How Does Outpatient Detox Work?

For people who lead demanding lives but also struggle with the cessation of their drug or alcohol usage, inpatient treatment is not always be the answer. In these particular types of situations, outpatient detox may be the most ideal solution.

When a person undergoes outpatient detox, he/she visits a facility during regular hours for detox treatment and leaves at the end of the day. Outpatient detox is probably the least invasive method of treatment for issues with alcohol and drug abuse, and it is a solid solution for people who cannot afford to completely change their lives for rehabilitation.

What to Expect in Outpatient Detox

When you decide to engage in an outpatient detox program, a couple of different things will initially happen. First, the medical staff involved in your course of treatment will create an effective, personalized plan that focuses on your needs and personal situation. Second, the chosen course of treatment will heavily depend on a number of factors that are specific to you and your needs. Likewise, these factors will be used to determine if you are a suitable candidate for outpatient detox. Some of the factors include:

  • The substance you’re struggling to stop using
  • How long you’ve been addicted to the substance, and the addiction’s severity
  • The state of your physical and mental health
  • Your gender
  • Your age
  • Your familial, friendly, and romantic relationships

If medical personnel determines that your personal life could support outpatient detox, it is likely that it will be recommended as a treatment option to you. (Note: Your personal life is considered suitable for outpatient detox is you generally have reliable transportation, a stable housing situation, and a network of strong supporters in your social circle.)

How Does Treatment Work for Each Type of Drug?

Detox is not an easygoing process, and there are going to be points throughout it that you will likely find difficult or challenging. However, it’s important to keep the end goal in mind as you navigate the process of outpatient detox: your recovery.

It might help to look at it another way, such as envisioning a happy, more focused and stable version of yourself that does not depend on drugs to function. This is the essentially the goal you should work toward as you progress through treatment.

You will experience withdrawal symptoms while in recovery, but the effects will be heavily mitigated and lessened with the help of medical staff. Depending on your usage habits, these are the withdrawal symptoms that could be experienced to some degree as you rid your body of alcohol and drug-related toxins:

Alcohol: There is a chance while in treatment that you will become nauseous, and help will be administered to curb these effects, along with copious amounts of fluid. If symptoms become severe enough, you will likely be given medication to assist with the discomfort associated with withdrawal. Along with nausea and discomfort, you might also experience the following symptoms in the beginning of your outpatient detox treatment plan: anxiety, tremors, shakiness, increased blood pressure and heart rate, change in sleep pattern, and dehydration.

Benzodiazepines: Treatment for this benzos tends to be slower in pace, as it requires a gradual, steady weaning from the substance. In some cases, alternative drugs might be administered to aid in the weaning process including chlordiazepoxide or diazepam. Utilizing a different drug in place of the usual one serves the purpose of enabling the weaning process and reducing the impact of withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, these symptoms might include aches and pains in the muscles, grogginess in memory and focus, irritability, anxiety, inability to sleep or rest, and changes in sleep pattern

Opioids: When it comes to opioids, patients are assessed on a regular basis using the SOWS (Short Opioid Withdrawal Scale) to ensure symptoms are properly controlled. Drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine are used to mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms which are likely to include excessive sweating, watery eyes, diarrhea, cramping and discomfort in the muscles, anxiety, vomiting and nausea, changes in sleep pattern, and cold/hot flashes.

Stimulants: When patients slowly come off of stimulants, they are extremely susceptible to developing anxiety and depression or other illnesses. Therefore, medical staff closely monitors them for signs of their onset. Particularly, staff will make sure that your water intake is ideal, and that you are taking adequate amounts of B and C vitamins. Symptoms that might be experienced include irritability, pain and discomfort in the muscles, changes in sleep pattern, and changes in appetite.

What Will Outpatient Detox Be Like for You?

As you progress through outpatient detox, you will experience three integral phases in the process. These are evaluation, stabilization, and preparing for your new life beyond recovery, or preparing for further treatment.

Evaluation

Once you agree to enter outpatient detox treatment, you will be given a thorough examination that will be used to determine the current type and amount of drugs in your body, as well as what type of care is necessary.

Stabilization

Stabilization is a large chunk of the detox process, and depending on your personal situation, it can take anywhere from a few days to multiple weeks. Help and medication will be administered during this process to make your withdrawal symptoms much more manageable. Any drugs administered to help your detox treatment will later be gradually tapered back off at the end of treatment.

After Detox

If you feel confident in your ability to maintain your sobriety and resume a life without drugs or alcohol, treatment will officially end once outpatient detox is over. However, it’s highly possible that you will require further guidance even beyond initial phase of detox. For many people, the next step in the journey towards recovery is inpatient or outpatient treatment.

When outpatient detox is drawing to a close, medical personnel will help you better understand your options following detox. With these suggestions in mind, you can weigh out each of the possibilities and potential benefits with a medical professional before making an informed choice.

If you’re ready to find out how treatment can dramatically reshape your life, contact us today. It’s never too late regain control over your life and future. Call 877-978-3125

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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