Outpatient Rehab Center

“Two Things at Once – Treating Dual Diagnosis at an Outpatient Rehab Center”

Getting the Diagnosis Right, Both of Them

It’s something you see every day, at every outpatient rehab center in the country. A client comes in for drug treatment and they’re suffering terribly.  They’re desperate, terrified, and terminally sad.  They present symptoms of every emotional and mental disorder the human race has ever seen.  It’s a clear case of dual diagnosis, right?

Maybe, maybe not.  The truth is most addicts come to an outpatient rehab center  with symptoms of this or that emotional disorder.  How could they not?  They’re coming off months and years of systematic drug and alcohol abuse.  They’re bound to feel terrible in a number of ways.  But this doesn’t necessarily mean they have a dual diagnosis.  

With a little abstinence and treatment, sometimes these symptoms go away on their own.  Unfortunately, dual diagnosis doesn’t work that way.  When substance abuse is accompanied by mental illness, the symptoms can linger long after the using stops.  That’s why the outpatient rehab center has to get the diagnosis right.  

One Mind with Two Conditions and all of it Treatable

But once the diagnosis is made, the outpatient rehab can get to work treating it.  They’ll probably use something called parallel treatment.  This just means they’ll treat both parts of the disorder at the same time.  In the past, therapists might treat one part first, then the other.  But now most professionals consider dual diagnosis as part of a continuum.  

What Makes a Good Outpatient Rehab Center?

A good outpatient rehab center offers specialized treatment for dual diagnosis clients, not just a mix of two different modes.  Every treatment plan is different, but most dual diagnosis protocols have many things in common.  The key is that the treatment be properly integrated, that all the moving parts are moving together towards recovery.

Dual diagnosis treatment plans focus on building self esteem, confidence, and tools for long term recovery.  They acknowledge the need for psychiatric medications and suggest them when appropriate.  They pinpoint specific therapeutic needs and work vigorously to address them.  And when the outpatient treatment is finished, they set up aftercare programs to sustain both recovery and sound mental health.    

“Why Choose Outpatient Treatment Services?”

Outpatient Treatment Services: Recreate Life Counseling

The World Doesn’t Stop Spinning Just Because You Do

Outpatient treatment services combine recovery with participation in the everyday world.  They can be perfect for the addict whose disease has started to drive them back into themselves, and away from community, work, and family.  Showing up for life is a crucial aspect of long term recovery.  Outpatient treatment services facilitate this, even as they deliver the same type of programming as residential rehabs. 

Life goes on, right?  It doesn’t stop just because you’re looking to transform yourself.  Bills need paid and somebody has to feed the kids.  You might not be in a position to go away for 28 or 60 days.  28 or 60 more days, that is.  Many addicts have been gone long enough, gone from the people they need for love and support, the same people who need them in return.  Recovery, like life, derives meaning from participation.

Intensive outpatient treatments change lives, just like residential facilities.  They let addicts apply what they learn immediately, so they can see what does and doesn’t work in their unique situations. Essentially, outpatient treatment is a back and forth process, like on the job training for a better life.  Outpatient treatment is ongoing.   It lets addicts and their families store up food for the bad weather to come, even as the winter is gathering.   

Maybe we should ease into things?

Residential treatments are wonderful.  They provide recovery tools, safety, and round the clock support.  They are often necessary, especially if the addict is experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms or has relapsed several times.  But leaving inpatient facilities can be difficult.  After several intense weeks away, returning to life can be overwhelming, like a shock to a delicate system.  Outpatient treatment allows the addict to ease back into life slowly, in a way that prepares them for the difficulties to come.  

Then there’s the matter of cost.  Cost is another thing the newly sober addict might want to ease back into!  Early recovery is stressful enough, without the pressure of a huge bill looming over it.  Outpatient treatment is less expensive, and lets the client continue to work and fulfill their obligations.  It all depends on your situation, on striking the best balance between recovery and so called real life.  We say so called because recovery and real life are exactly the same, a certainty that outpatient treatment embodies perfectly.