When seeking treatment for substance use disorders, many options and levels of care exist. The most intensive and comprehensive is inpatient or residential treatment, where an individual lives at the treatment center. For many, that is not an option. Insurance coverage, financial concerns, or work or family obligations can make a residential treatment option untenable. An outpatient detox treatment program offers more affordable and flexible solutions for those seeking treatment for substance use disorder.
What to Expect with Ambulatory Detox
Ambulatory detox can be performed in one of two ways. Patients can either attend brief appointments scheduled at a clinic or day-long sessions at the clinic. Ambulatory detox will typically include the following therapeutic approaches as part of the planned treatment:
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Additional forms of psychotherapy as appropriate
Some therapies offered can include health realization (HR) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). After detox, therapy is necessary to change how you think about alcohol and other drugs. Learning healthy habits and routines makes you more likely to stay sober for the long haul.
Although ambulatory detox offers more independence, this can also leave room for your thinking to become overwhelmed. This is why you must have a stable support system at home when you leave daytime treatment.
Ambulatory Detox Placement Level
There are two placement levels of ambulatory detox as established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Clear Steps Recovery will be offering Level 1D.
Level I-D: Ambulatory Detoxification Without Extended Onsite Monitoring
- This is an organized outpatient service.
- You’re supervised by licensed and trained clinicians and attend regularly scheduled sessions.
- Your detox may be administered in a treatment facility, at home, or in an office setting.
- This should be offered under a strict set of medical protocols or procedures.
Benefits of Ambulatory Detox
There are several benefits to ambulatory detox. The Clear Steps Recovery team can answer any questions and help you determine if ambulatory detox is the best treatment solution for you and steer you towards other options if not. The main benefits of outpatient detox treatment include the following:
You Can Return Home After Treatment
If you live in a supportive environment with friends or family, it could be good for you to stay in our day program at Clear Steps Recovery while you attend ambulatory detox. Living at home while attending treatment can help you quickly adjust to living a sober lifestyle.
You’ll Most Likely Have Medication to Help You
FDA-approved medication is commonly used to mitigate painful withdrawal symptoms during detox.
You’ll Have a Strong Support Network
Having your family and friends at your disposal can greatly help when you’re going through detox. Since ambulatory detox allows you to go home after your treatment, you’ll have immediate access to a supportive network of people.
Ambulatory Detox Is Cheaper than Inpatient Treatment
A significant concern with addiction treatment is cost. If you don’t have insurance, this can make detox expenses even worse. You’ll be paying about 40% less for outpatient treatment than for inpatient since you’re eliminating an overnight stay at the facility.
You’ll Have a Longer Course of Treatment for Better Recovery Outcomes
When you stay in a treatment program for a long time, you’ll be tapered off alcohol or other drugs more gently. You can also stay in treatment longer. Health insurance providers are also likely to cover an extended treatment stay since it’s more economical.