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What is Outpatient Alcohol Rehab?

Outpatient alcohol rehab is a type of treatment program offered at most alcohol rehab centers. Unlike inpatient programs, this type of alcohol treatment program allows clients to continue to live at home while moving forward in their recovery journey. Although the idea of being able to return home every night is certainly tempting, these programs are not always right for everyone.

Let North Jersey Recovery Center help you learn more about the types of outpatient drug abuse treatment in NJ and whether or not they are right for you.

Understanding Our Outpatient Alcohol Rehab at North Jersey Recovery Center 

How does outpatient alcohol rehab work at our addiction treatment facility? 

Outpatient treatment for alcoholism focuses on providing counseling, rehabilitation, and educational programs. There are different levels of programs depending on the severity of the alcohol addiction. Our standard outpatient programs for alcohol involve the least amount of time and can be personalized to suit the needs of each client. 

For instance, those who want to involve loved ones in their recovery journey may opt for family therapy. Those who struggle with suicidal tendencies may need mental health services geared toward dialectical behavior therapy. Each outpatient program we offer matches the goals and struggles of each one of our clients.  

Why is alcohol rehab important? 

Outpatient drug abuse rehab programs also provide clients with a strong support system on their journey to sobriety. Not only does an outpatient treatment program for alcohol help individuals build a support system within treatment, but beyond it as well. 

For instance, relationships fostered among peers with similar struggles can extend a person’s life after leaving North Jersey Recovery Center. Plus, it’s easier to seek out support groups after an outpatient treatment program knowing that peers are there to accompany you. One notable group is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

How can you get the most out of our outpatient alcohol rehab program? 

Outpatient drug and alcohol rehab requires a client to be totally committed to getting over their alcohol addiction. This is doubly important because those in our outpatient program have more opportunities to relapse. You must attend every one of your meetings because missing even one meeting is likely to hinder your recovery. 

Also, to get the most out of our outpatient program, it’s important to recognize when it’s not working out. It’s best to attend an inpatient program if the temptation of drugs and alcohol is too strong. That applies to individuals who have never attended inpatient rehab in the past or those who thought they were ready to move on to an outpatient program. 

Perhaps general outpatient isn’t rigorous or structured enough. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) may be a better option in this case. Those in an intensive outpatient program will still be able to leave our facility but will spend more time than standard outpatient in treatment. 

How long is outpatient rehab for alcohol at North Jersey Recovery Center each day? 

Your treatment will occur on specific days of the week for a certain amount of time. Some programs may require you to be there most of the day, whereas other programs only require a few hours. Once you are done for the day, you are able to return home. This is typically the most appealing part of outpatient rehab programs, but it’s also what makes it a bad choice for some clients.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab North Jersey Recovery Center - A group of individuals attending outpatient alcohol rehab for their alcohol abuse and addiction issues are engaging in an open and safe conversation, where they can have a support network to help them continue down the path to recovery and lasting sobriety.

North Jersey Recovery Center’s Outpatient Alcohol Rehab in NJ

If you are looking for outpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder in New Jersey, North Jersey Recovery Center is here to help. While outpatient programs are not always right for everyone, we understand inpatient programs are not always a feasible option for those struggling with alcohol use disorders.

Outpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs give our clients the opportunity to continue to fulfill their work and family obligations while attending recovery programs to keep toward the positive path of long-term sobriety. These things often prevent people from even seeking help for their drinking problem, which is what makes an outpatient program for alcoholism a great option for many of our clients.

Those living in New Jersey should know that we service many locations across the state. We’ve been able to grow our addiction treatment locations after the combined success of our patients and individualized treatment programs. Common areas we serve in New Jersey include: 

Which Is More Effective: Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab For Alcohol? 

Inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for substance use disorders have their own benefits. Outpatient care allows individuals to attend to outside responsibilities as they attend treatment here at North Jersey Recovery Center. However, these programs are best suited to clients that have a strong and supportive household to return to each day. Your family must be fully invested in your recovery and willing to help you to get better.

It is not the right choice for clients living with household members who also have a drinking problem or refuse to stop keeping alcohol in the home. So, while outpatient care can help some individuals overcome an alcohol use disorder without the need for inpatient care, there are factors to take into consideration. Additionally, outpatient services are often more cost-effective and convenient than inpatient care. That’s why we offer outpatient telehealth services for our clients. 

What is Alcohol Abuse?

You may be surprised at how many outpatient alcohol rehabs in NJ are available to help those struggling with alcoholism. Alcohol is one of the most commonly used and abused substances in the United States. In fact, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) found that 5.6% of American adults suffer from an alcohol use disorder. This translates into 14.1 million adults.

People drink for many reasons, including the celebration of milestones, get-togethers with family and friends, birthdays, weddings, special occasions, or simply because they believe it helps them relax after a long day. Many people can manage to drink anytime without ever having an issue.

However, for others, their casual drinking relationship may eventually turn into alcoholism. Alcohol abuse is when your drinking is causing issues with your health or life but you cannot stop drinking. More specifically, the American Psychological Association (APA) notes that a substance use disorder, such as alcoholism, is a complex chronic relapse disorder. Individuals suffering from one will:

  • Drink in risky situations
  • Forgo social responsibilities to drink
  • Will be physically/psychologically unable to stop drinking
  • Will need to consume more alcohol to ultimately feel its effects (or feel normal at all)

In short, alcohol is a  chronic brain disease that makes you crave alcohol regardless of what consequences may follow. Usually, this entails drinking above a BAC of 0.08 or above frequently. This can be around 15 drinks or more per week for men and eight or more drinks per week for women.

There is no one reason why some people end up addicted to alcohol and others do not. Your genetics, your personality, and your past experiences all play a part in your need for outpatient treatment for alcoholism. Yet, the fact is that alcoholism doesn’t discriminate. It can affect men, women, elders, and young adults. It’s crucial to seek assistance from a professional addiction treatment program when this occurs. 

The Effects of Alcohol Abuse: Why You Should Seek Help Now

Despite how common it is for adults to drink alcohol it is far from a harmless substance. Moderate to heavy drinking, even without having an alcohol addiction, can cause many serious problems with your health. People who drink excessively have a higher chance of having problems with their liver, such as cirrhosis, a condition in which scar tissue develops on your liver and prevents it from working correctly. Drinking heavily for a long period of time also increases the risk for many types of cancer, including breast, colon, liver, mouth, and throat cancer.

Alcohol users also have a higher risk of death from injury, car crashes, homicide, and even suicide. For pregnant women, the risks of alcohol use are even higher. Drinking while pregnant can cause harm to a baby. It can lead to issues including low birth rate, miscarriage, learning delays, premature birth, and even stillbirth.

Substance Abuse and Mental Illness 

In outpatient alcohol rehab, we frequently see clients who struggle with both substance abuse and mental illness. Individuals suffering from more than one health disorder at the same time have a dual diagnosis, otherwise known as a co-occurring disorder. Our dual diagnosis program here at North Jersey Recovery Center treats both health disorders at the same time. Treating one without addresses the other wouldn’t result in lasting sobriety. 

Some of the most common mental illnesses we see in people with alcohol addiction include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Many people with preexisting mental health issues use alcohol as a way to treat their symptoms because alcohol changes the way your brain releases chemicals that help control your emotions. In the short term, alcohol may help treat symptoms because it makes your brain release more “happy chemicals,” like dopamine, making you think you feel better. But the more you drink, the less your brain is able to release these chemicals naturally. Instead, it makes you crave more alcohol to release additional dopamine and feel better.

This dependence on alcohol to release dopamine is what leads to alcohol addiction. Hence, why substance abuse and mental illnesses commonly co-occur together. Finding an addiction treatment center that can help individuals overcome alcoholism means finding one that also offers mental health services. This is because treatment offered through mental health services gives clients at North Jersey Recovery Center the tools to respond positively to intrusive thoughts that occur because of a mental illness. 

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab North Jersey Recovery Center - A young woman is meeting with an addiction specialist to go over an outpatient alcohol rehab program that will best suit her needs according to her daily responsibilities and level of alcohol abuse.

Signs You Have a Drinking Problem 

If you suspect you have a drinking problem, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. These include:

  • Do you spend a lot of your time drinking?
  • Have you tried to stop drinking before but could not?
  • Do you feel a strong urge to drink when you are sober?
  • Is your drinking causing problems in your personal life?
  • Is your drinking causing problems with your physical health?
  • Does your drinking impact your ability to work or go to school?
  • Have you given up things you used to enjoy so you can drink instead?
  • Do you often drink more than you meant to or for a longer period of time?
  • Do you keep drinking even though it makes you feel depressed or anxious?
  • Are you finding that you have to drink more alcohol than you used to so you can feel its effects?
  • Have you participated in risky behaviors, like drunk driving or unprotected sex, while drinking?
  • Do you have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking, such as shakiness, anxiety, depression, nausea, sweating, or insomnia?

If you answered “yes” to two or more of these questions, there is a chance you have a drinking problem.

Do You Have a Drinking Problem? Let’s Overcome It as a Team!

When it comes to trying to get help for your drinking problem, we know it is not always possible to commit to an inpatient treatment program which is why we offer outpatient treatment to our clients. At North Jersey Recovery Center, we know that addiction doesn’t just affect your physical health; it also affects your mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We tailor all of our treatment programs to fit the unique needs of every client.

We offer multiple levels of care, which allows us to help even those who have professional or educational commitments. Our facility was designed with our clients’ comfort and success in mind, providing unique amenities, privacy, and a supportive recovery environment. You can trust our team of experienced, highly qualified addiction professionals to help you through every step of your recovery journey.

We realize many of our clients worry about how they are going to pay for their treatment. We accept most private and commercial insurance plans. We’re always happy to complete a free verification of your benefits and coverage for addiction treatment. If your insurance plan will not cover our services, we will not stop helping you on your recovery journey. Instead, our admissions team will work with you to make sure you are directed to a rehab center your insurance plan covers.

No matter how serious your alcohol addiction is or how long you have been abusing alcohol, you can still make the choice to get sober. At North Jersey Recovery Center, we are here to help design your recovery plan for maximum success. Contact us now to break free from alcoholism and take back your life.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Medical Reviewer

Laura comes to NJRC with 23 years of vast clinical experience in hospital, residential, outpatient, and community outreach settings where she has worked, supervised clinical teams, and volunteered. She has provided substance abuse and mental health counseling, clinical coordination, and advocacy to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in co-occurring disorders for both adults and adolescents.