How Does Intensive Outpatient Treatment Work for Alcoholics?

Overcoming alcoholism requires different forms of treatment or interventions. An inpatient treatment option is suitable for individuals who need significant medical support or those with comorbid illness that requires attentive care.

As well, some individuals require intensive treatment but do not need around the clock medical care and monitoring.

To determine which approach is suitable, a thorough physical and psychological assessment of the individual by a qualified healthcare professional.

What goes into a treatment plan?

After the initial assessment, a customized treatment plan is developed by the psychotherapist. The development of the treatment plan involves the participation of the patient and his/her family. The treatment plan is usually focused on therapy to uncover and address the underlying causes of alcohol abuse. The plan: –

  • Outlines if the therapy will be delivered individually or in a group or a combination of both. The participation of the family in the process may be part of the treatment plan.
  • Incorporates a comprehensive educational aspect of enabling the individual and their family to learn about substance and alcohol use disorder, among others.
  • The treatment plan may also incorporate complementary alternative treatments. Alternative complementary treatments may include music therapy or art therapy, among others.

The success and effectiveness of the therapy will depend on the patient’s commitment and desire to recover. It will be based on a set of goals set by the patient and psychotherapists with set milestones to monitor progress.

What’s more, is that an intensive outpatient program also provides access to social support groups such as alcoholics anonymous moderated by a qualified therapist.

Further, depending on the assessment results, the treatment plan may also incorporate a collaborative approach between the psychotherapist, physician, and psychiatrist.

Intensive outpatient programs also mean that the patient has access to the medical facility in case of medical emergencies.

A critical part of the program will be building trust and monitoring the individual’s abstinence from alcohol through the use of urine and breath tests. The monitoring will help keep the individual accountable and is vital for the success of the plan.

Usually, intensive outpatient programs last for 90 days, although the time frame is adjustable depending on the patient’s needs.

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