Residential and Non-residential Substance Abuse Treatment
The first step in quitting drug and alcohol addiction is finding the right substance abuse treatment program for you. While there are many different treatments available, one of the first choices you will have to make is whether you want to enter a residential or non-residential program.
Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and certain drugs can begin as soon as a few hours after the last time the substance was used and gradually worsens to peak in the first few days. Trying to quit your abuse or addiction on your own without assistance is the same as quitting “cold turkey” and can be dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms may include any of the following depending on the type of substance abuse:
- Chills and sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety and irritability
- DTs (in alcohol withdrawal)
The DTs, also known as delirium tremens, are periods of confusion and hallucinations can be dangerous, even fatal if untreated. Studies prove that persons who experienced seizures and the DTs during outpatient detox were more likely to stop treatment before the process was complete.
Research shows that those individuals who seek assistance through a residential substance abuse treatment program, especially a medical detox have a significantly higher chance for successfully completing the process, but also a higher chance for success in sobriety. Whereas, individuals who try to go it alone or suffer through the process in outpatient treatment do not receive the support and care they need to abstain and most individuals return to their alcohol or drug use to relieve their withdrawal symptoms. It is important to note that the method of medical detox is as relevant as deciding whether to receive inpatient or outpatient care. The use of oral medications is not always effective at reducing withdrawal, or in keeping the patient comfortable. Intravenous therapy has proven to be more successful because the medication can be adjusted for an immediate effect.
Counseling for Emotional and Mental Wellness
An added benefit to a residential program is the psychological support that is available as most treatment facilities provide drug and alcohol counselors on site. In fact most programs have, as part of their screening and evaluation process, a mental health assessment.
Non-residential: Not For Everyone
At a first glance, both residential and non-residential programs offer certain advantages. An outpatient facility will allow you to receive treatment and still continue with your daily schedule and maintain responsibilities. While that may sound appealing, on the other hand, there will be no hands on medical supervision and care while you are going through detox and withdrawal. The result of not receiving adequate care can be a major set-back for the recovery process often resulting in relapse. Most doctors recommend finding a residential program that offers doctor supervised medical detox. If you or someone you know are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.