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Outpatient Rehab

Drug addicts and alcoholics who want to quit will have a much better chance of doing so if they look for professional help. In fact, their chances of getting clean are virtually zero if they try to quit without any help. One of the options that they have is to take a rehab program at a dedicated addiction treatment facility. In Wyoming, there are several such facilities throughout the state. Some of these are inpatient only, others are outpatient rehab facilities, and some offer both inpatient and outpatient rehab.

In Wyoming, more than 30,300 people are problem drinkers, according to statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse, while the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that almost 12,000 people in Wyoming are prescription drug abusers. There will be some overlap between these two groups, but it is clear that there is a serious problem with addiction. Outpatient rehab is often the first choice for people in Wyoming with substance abuse problems when they decide to do something about them.

During outpatient rehab, clients do not remain resident in the treatment center, returning home each day after the treatment session is over. Sessions can take place daily and most facilities have a minimum of three daily sessions per week, while some have sessions every weekday.

The treatment programs that outpatients receive are essentially the same as those that inpatients get, but there are some differences. In the initial stages of treatment, addicts may have to quit taking addictive substances immediately, and this means they will go through a withdrawal period. This has the potential to be excruciating, but the pain and discomfort can be alleviated to a great extent by administering medications. The strength and quantity of medications that outpatients receive will be lower than those given to inpatients.

For example, it is fairly standard that people with addiction to alcohol are given tranquillizing drugs like Valium in the early stages of treatment. Since these drugs can affect people’s coordination and slow down their mental processes, they cannot be given in large quantities unless the recipients are under 24-hour supervision. Therefore, inpatients will be able to get more benefit from these than outpatients.


The therapy, other than medications offered to ease withdrawal symptoms, will be the same for both inpatients and outpatients. During therapy, people with addiction problems will be taken on a journey of self-analysis so that they can identify what factors contribute to their problem, and learn what situations or events make them most likely to seek refuge in addictive substances.

The purpose of this self-exploration is to prepare addicts to handle those triggers in a different way in the future. Many treatment programs include cognitive behavioral therapy, or other similar therapy, during which addicts learn about healthier behavioral responses to triggers and urges.

What Type of Person is Best Suited for Outpatient Rehab? 

Any people who have lost control of their drinking or drug-taking will find outpatient treatment may help, although the success rates from inpatient programs tend to be higher. However, the latter are not suitable for everybody. For example, a mother with young children may not be able to register for an inpatient program that would take her away for several weeks.

Moreover, the cost for inpatient treatment is a lot higher than for outpatient treatment, since the patient must pay for being resident on top of the treatment fees. Therefore, people who cannot afford to become resident will have to settle for outpatient treatment.
After Outpatient Rehab

Patients will receive intensive therapy during rehab, but they will still need support when the finish the program. They should join recovery groups, preferably those that offer some kind of mentoring, so they can get help when things get rough.

If you are suffering from substance abuse, outpatient rehab might be the right course of treatment for you. Contact an addiction specialist today.