Outpatient treatment for addiction is a feasible and often the only solution available for many people. Rehab facilities aren’t always practical or even affordable. Choosing an outpatient approach is even more practical as we implement new technologies to allow the treatment necessities come into our immediate surroundings. Along with new medications that we have at our disposal today, we can open up choices to enable better success of an outpatient program. A program’s success is more reliant on a person’s commitment and discipline, than it is to the location where treatment is given. While it is never easy to rid oneself of any addiction, whatever manner a person chooses it requires one key element –“a moment of clarity” that leads us to a decision to take action. Although many are discouraged to try this sort of treatment option at home, it can work and has many advantages, yet it does require that key commitment above all.
To reach a decision to stop an addiction, you need to have a moment of clarity. A moment of clarity is a very small window of time in which the real you surfaces, the insanity of the addiction is held at bay, and in this moment a clear message surfaces that you must do something about your drinking or your addiction. That’s the moment you must maximize to make a decision to stop the addiction. The decision made, you now have to choose a treatment option.
For many, an outpatient treatment program is the only option, and although some may believe that they may need to go somewhere to make a change it really does rely on the commitment one is willing to make. How many stories have you heard of people after going to an elaborate and expensive facility, come out and go back to old habits? This is because they failed to fully engage what was necessary and maybe never had that moment of clarity. Someone else either forced them or they were left with few options while essentially they just following along to buy time, until the next explosion of events occurred. Yet once making a commitment to do a home recovery program it should be considered nothing less than an outpatient treatment program as along with the decision come responsibilities necessary to achieve a successful outcome.
Being an outpatient in recovery affords privacy, no time lost from work, it’s inexpensive, and non-intrusive allowing less expulsion of one’s intimate situation to an outside circle of others who may judge. You can recover at your own pace and set your own goals. However, as the name implies “outpatient” means that you are still a patient and you are in need of help and medical attention. A favorable approach is to utilize a personal coach to guide you through the changes you need to make and responsibilities that are required.
Find an addiction coach or therapist that will agree to work with you from home. With the various forms of technology at our disposal today, you can use Skype video or even a simple phone call to bring your coach into your living room or office. It doesn’t matter if your coach is in Canada or Tokyo, the key is getting an experienced party involved to help you reach your goal.
Another element that is a crucial part of success for many and your coach should advise you on, is using anti-craving medications to help make your program successful. New research shows that some medications actually reverse the addiction. While other medications can help slow down and even stop binge drinking, there are also drugs that can help control cravings.
Once you find the person you feel can help you, your coach can take an honest assessment of your situation and help you start the healing process. Here is what your recovery at home may look like and the order you may want to take:
- Get a checkup from your doctor
- Address any medical issues
- Decide which anti-craving drug if any that you need to take
- Set goals for recovery and have those goals set within a time frame
- Check in with your coach daily for the first week or two until the medications start working
- Keep a drinking diary so you can chart your progress
- Take at least 1 hour per day that you set aside to get your “homework” done and work on yourself
- Turn undisciplined into discipline
- Start making small changes and step out of your comfort zone
- Start adding healthy activities to your routine
- Start improving your diet and eat regular meals
- Work on your sleeping patterns
All these suggestions can be found in The Breakthrough Plan for Alcohol Addiction, by Deborah Morrow, a free e-book available to you at: http://www.debbiethecoach.com/subscribe/