What You Need to Know About Outpatient Alcohol Treatment

There is no question, outpatient alcohol treatment is an effective follow-up after a detox and residential treatment at a drug and alcohol treatment program. But is outpatient alcohol treatment enough by itself? In this article, Palm Beach Interventions examines this question and the pros and cons of different types of alcohol treatment. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision about which type of care is going to be best for you or the person you love. We will compare outpatient treatment to conventional inpatient programs and hybrid programs which blend partial hospitalization and IOP with sober living among other options.
The first thing you should know about outpatient alcohol treatment is there is more than just one type. The most involved is the Intensive Outpatient Program or IOP, which consists of at least 9-10 hours a week of treatment. IOP programs generally run anywhere from 2-5 days a week. IOP offers a taste of some of the therapy of a more intensive PHP program while living in your own home or a sober living house. The opposite end of the scale is online outpatient treatment one time a week or less. This is the lowest level of commitment and involvement in outpatient alcohol treatment. It consists of attending group therapy by video chat. There are also a variety of options that fall somewhere in between those two.
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How Do I Know I Even Need Outpatient Alcohol Treatment?

The fact your search brought you here is a good indication that you or someone you care about has a concerning relationship with alcohol. Maybe you received a DUI. It could be your partners drinking has become heavier and more frequent. Whatever the case may be, you’re in the right place. Palm Beach Interventions can help.
Let’s start by looking at why you might need this type of care. Most people seek outpatient treatment for one of 4 reasons. Those reasons are:

Might You Need Something More Than Outpatient Alcohol Treatment?

If you’re trying to decide what amount of treatment is right for you or your loved one, consider this. When have you ever heard of someone getting “too much help” for a problem? We can all agree there is no such thing as “too much help”. What is the concern? You might get “too sober”? You might be too mentally healthy? It seems silly to look at it that way, but the idea rings true just the same. On the flip side, we all know someone who didn’t get enough help for a problem. Whether it was alcohol or drugs or something completely unrelated to addiction. Every one of us can think of an example when someone downplayed or underestimated how much help they needed and paid a terrible price.
If you or the person you love is drinking daily, they will very likely need a detox at the bare minimum. People are rarely successful at trying to kick a habit at home with no medical support. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can be dangerous. Home detox can even be deadly in the case of alcohol and certain drugs, including benzodiazepines like Xanax or sedatives like barbiturates. If any of these apply to you or your loved one, do not attempt a home detox. Get a medical detox with the support of a physician.

Why You Might Go Beyond Outpatient Alcohol Treatment


Outpatient alcohol treatment is part of an overall solution for an alcohol use disorder. For most people with a drinking problem though, outpatient alcohol treatment by itself isn’t enough. It’s worth thinking about the other options if you want to make a wise decision. What’s covered and by how much depends on your insurance coverage. Insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse can be complicate to understand, however. A verification of benefits from a trusted healthcare can be helpful way get to the facts. This will give you a better idea of what your insurance may cover in laymen’s terms. Palm Beach Interventions has excellent relationships with Florida’s top alcohol rehabs and will connect you with the right program for your needs. Please feel free to call us at (800) 123-4567 for assistance and information or submit a form here.