Outpatient Alcohol Treatment Success Rates
We live in a culture of guarantees, money-back offers, and lifetime warranties. Even if these come with a mile-long list of stipulations and exceptions, it provides many of us with the sense that our money has been well spent and that our purchase is protected. Unfortunately, because there is no cure for alcohol abuse or addiction, there is no guarantee that outpatient or inpatient treatment will be successful in helping your loved one to remain sober for life. Alcohol disorders are chronic medical disorders and as such require long-term medical and psychotherapeutic treatment. This requires that the patient remain actively engaged in his or her recovery even when treatment is over, and that the patient gets as much as possible out of treatment while enrolled in order to increase the chances of long-term success.
There is one guarantee, however: without treatment, alcohol abuse or addiction will most certainly continue, and when that happens, the story almost always ends in any one of a number of alcohol-related deaths.
Increasing the Success of Alcohol Treatment
There are a number of things that you and your loved one can do to increase their chances of remaining relapse-free in sobriety for years to come. These include the following:
- Choosing an outpatient alcohol treatment program that has the resources to provide your loved one with the therapy and treatment they need to address specific obstacles to their recovery
- Actively engaging in therapy sessions and taking advantage of all treatment opportunities
- Getting involved with a 12-step program outside of outpatient treatment
- Including family members in the treatment process through family therapy, support groups, and family visiting days
- Taking advantage of all the resources available, including mental health services, job skills training and assistance, holistic therapies, and more
- Continuing with aftercare services after the outpatient treatment program is complete
Managing to say “no” to alcohol and other drugs is the main goal of outpatient alcohol treatment. No matter what comes up – cravings, stressors, boredom, grief, anger, etc. – your loved one must learn how to handle those issues in a positive manner, without using alcohol to handle the uncomfortable emotions. It’s not easy, but the principles of relapse prevention learned in outpatient treatment can help. Generally speaking, these include:
- Learning how to recognize “triggers” that may make them want to drink
- Creating a plan to deal with each of those triggers should they arise – or avoid them completely, if possible
- Learning how to mitigate stress in everyday life
- Identifying accountability partners who they can call if they feel they are on the verge of drinking
- Recognizing a “slip” and stopping it before it becomes a full-blown relapse, or worse, a complete return to alcohol abuse or addiction
Family Support Can Change Everything
The more that family members know about alcohol abuse and addiction as well as the treatment principles that will help their loved one to stay sober, the better equipped they will be to aid their family member in recovery. Learning to avoid “enabling” behaviors can be instrumental in helping someone actively in outpatient treatment to avoid relapse or dropping out of treatment.
Your first step in helping your loved one can be getting them into the outpatient alcohol treatment program that will be able to help them begin their walk in recovery. Call now to get started.