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Outpatient Treatment for Alcoholism – Outpatient Programs

By: Stacy Lott, PsyD, CADC

Outpatient Alcohol TreatmentMany people don't realize they can receive effective alcohol treatment in outpatient drug rehabilitation. The reality is, alcohol is a drug and outpatient therapy is very beneficial for treating the many forms of alcoholism.

Outpatient drug rehab is a flexible option for people who are unable to commit to a residential program. Many have jobs from which they cannot take time away or have children they must care for.

In addition to flexibility, outpatient treatment enables people to come in, learn new skills, and immediately utilize them in the real world. People can see what works and doesn't, come back in, process that and build upon it.

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers' outpatient drug rehab program utilizes evidenced-based treatment, which has been shown through research to be the most effective. More than a support group, our program helps participants build the most effective coping skills.

The ultimate goal of alcoholism treatment is to help people learn to tolerate negative thoughts, emotions and situations without the use of alcohol. A variety of evidence based skills and curricula are used to reach this goal.

The program begins with Intensive Outpatient (IOP) three hours a day, four to five days a week, for six to eight weeks, followed by Basic Outpatient (BOP) for the same length of time but fewer days a week.

Participants in Gateway's outpatient programs build relationships with others in the group, the instructors, and family members. In building these relationships, they can apply newly learned skills.

Outpatient drug rehab creates a lasting benefit for those who need effective alcohol treatment. Rather than coming in, learning and moving on, we've found the majority of people who participate continue to attend after their program is complete. Making positive changes is motivating and people learn that by helping others they help themselves. To remain connected, many eventually participate in our Alumni Leadership groups, maintaining the relationships they've built and benefiting from mutual support.

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