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Do Outpatient Rehab Centers Help with Detox?

When addiction takes hold, the victim is left with very few choices. They can either settle in for the longest, more horrible ride of their life or perhaps recognize there is another option. The other option is facing the fact something is awry and reaching out for help.

If you are the victim, you need to understand you can get off the addiction ride at any time. You don’t have to wait until you hit what experts call “rock bottom.” Rock bottom is just one step above proverbial hell. It’s hell that comes in the form of homelessness, loss of family and friendships, prison, insanity and in the worst cases, death. Before any of these bad things happen, you can get yourself into a rehab program and put an end to the madness.

As for treatment, there’s a real possibility you might not be able to submit to an inpatient treatment program. Better yet, your issues might be manageable within an outpatient program as long as you can exhibit the ability to act in a responsible manner. That means following the rules and showing up for your scheduled appointments on time, every time. The best treatment option is the one that creates the desired results with a minimum of restrictions. Of course, the desired results would be a lasting recovery from addiction and the least restrictive way to accomplish that would be within an outpatient treatment program.

Do Outpatient Rehab Centers Help with Detox?

The answer to the title question is an emphatic yes. Actually, most reputable rehab centers are going to strongly encourage the patient to go through a detox program to increase the effectiveness of therapy in the next phase of treatment. It’s the only way a patient is going to be able to clear their cravings and the onset of withdrawal symptoms in a safe environment. With this in mind, all rehabs have two options they can use to help patients get through detox. They can maintain in-house resources or choose to outsource said services to a reputable detox facility. Let’s discuss further.

In-House Detox

When it comes to actually prescribe a detox program, there are two ways the facility’s clinicians can handle that process, depending on how the facility operates. If the outpatient program is but one of many treatment options within a broader menu of options, including in-house detox, the detox process would certainly be handled internally, which assures continuity of care.

Continuity of care is a great benefit because it provides for coordination between the facility’s treatment professionals. In fact, it could create instances when therapy could actually start while the patient is going through detox. That’s a huge advantage.

Outsourcing Detox

If the outpatient facility only offers outpatient services, the process is a little different. Even if the outpatient facility offers other services, they might still choose to not offer detox programs. In either case, the detox services would need to be outsourced. It’s not a difficult process because most reputable drug and alcohol treatment centers will work to develop a relationship with at least one detox center they can rely upon. For the patient, it should remain a somewhat seamless process, simply requiring them to relocate from one facility to the next.

The Importance of Detox

Most of the focus above has been directed towards where a patient can go through detox. A further discussion about the role of detox in the treatment process is equally if not more important. Once someone becomes addicted to a substance, their body and mind need that substance. If deprived, the mind and body will go through physical and emotional issues related directly to the deprivation. Experts call this withdrawal. Depending on the substance abused and the depth of the individual’s addiction, the withdrawal symptoms could be quite dangerous. For instance, here’s a quick snapshot of the potential symptoms related to opiate withdrawal:

  • Heart rate and blood pressure issues
  • Tremors and convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Severe muscle cramping

To prevent pain and discomfort, detox professionals can use prescription medications to keep the patient comfortable. As long as the patient is safe, a successful detox will set the stage for the rest of the treatment.
Instead of worrying about detox, you should leave that to us. We just want you to focus on getting into treatment. If you would like more information about our treatment services, you can call us at 866-698-0823.

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.