Choosing To Go To Rehab
Deciding to attend rehab is one of the most critical steps in addiction recovery. It is a decision with the potential of completely uprooting a person from their daily roles and habits. If a patient chooses to attend an inpatient rehab, it may be weeks or even months until they come back home or can work again. The choice affects the individual and those they love and care for, which is why so many individuals choose not to go. Still, finding help for addiction should never be placed on hold. Not only is it dangerous, but potentially lethal. There are other options besides inpatient care.
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What Is After Work Rehab?
For people who know they need to go to rehab but have responsibilities they cannot ignore, facilities across the nation offer outpatient programs known as after-work rehab. After-work rehabs allow patients with mild to moderate addictions to focus on recovery while maintaining their career and home schedule. Unlike inpatient centers that expect people to check themselves into a controlled environment with 24-hour medical care, after-work rehab is much less restrictive. Individuals are only required to dedicate about 10 to 12 hours to treatment weekly.
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During after-work rehab, those with a mild to moderate addiction may participate in outpatient detoxification. On average, the process takes about a week. During outpatient detox, patients must visit the treatment facility for physical and mental check-ups. Trained medical professionals may provide medication to assist with any withdrawal symptoms like anxiety or depression. Once detox is complete, the medical treatment professional may recommend alternative therapies to get to the root cause of the addiction.
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Treatments Offered At After Work Rehab
Like many inpatient programs, after-work rehabs grant recovering individuals access to medically trained professionals and a safe space to focus on their sobriety and what caused their addiction in the first place. During their sessions, patients can receive many of the same treatments found in inpatient facilities.
After work rehabs offer therapies like:
- Group counseling
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Meditation >
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Coping skills
- Drug abuse education
- Family therapy
Since most individuals choose to attend an after-work program because of their responsibilities to their families, family involvement and support are usually emphasized. Research shows that when family members assume healthy roles and behaviors, they can encourage and support recovery. Partners, parents, and friends may sometimes even attend support groups with their loved ones in after work rehabs.
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Benefits Of After Work Rehab
After-work rehab is an excellent option for mild to moderate addictions, and is even considered the ideal choice due to its flexibility. Yet the freedom experienced in these outpatient programs is not its only benefit. Another primary reason why people opt-in for after-work rehab is its affordability. Not only can patients continue earning money at their jobs while receiving treatment, but it is also significantly cheaper when compared to inpatient rehab.
Since patients return home after their sessions, they do not pay any lodging fees, which can be expensive. Inpatient rehab fees vary on average, yet a patient can expect to pay around $6,000 for a 30-day program. It is important to note that each facility can charge less or more based on its location, popularity, and amenities. Some well-known centers can cost $20,000 for a 30-day program. In an outpatient program like after-work rehab, individuals can expect to pay less. On average, a 3-month outpatient rehab program costs around $5,000. That’s why many choose it over an inpatient treatment.
Another reason why after-work rehab is sought after is its discretion. Since the program allows patients to continue their lives without much interruption, it is difficult for others to notice the change. High-profile executives, politicians, and those who would prefer others not to know, find discretion the most significant benefit of all.
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Deciding to go to rehab is not an easy choice. There are so many factors to consider, like money and loved ones. Still, it is the best choice an individual can make to ensure their safety and improve their quality of life. Addiction is a disease that cannot be ignored or backlogged. The longer an individual goes on without treatment, the more debilitating and dependent they can become. Over time the disorder can lead to the destruction of the user’s career, health, and home. Finding help is necessary, and fortunately, there are flexible and affordable options like after-work rehab.
If you or someone you love needs help determining what type of treatment programs are available, contact a treatment provider now.
Ashish Bhatt, MD, MRO
Doctor of Addiction Medicine
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