Alternatives to Our Twelve-Step Outpatient Program

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It’s important to remember that, much like how the journey into active addiction is different for each person, the journey from addiction to recovery is likewise a unique path for every individual. Of course, there are certain aspects of recovery that are vital across the board; psychotherapy and group sessions are just two examples of recovery resources that often serve as the foundation of rehabilitation, whether you’re in inpatient care or our Utah outpatient program for addiction. Further, each type of treatment or recovery resource is designed to address certain types of recovery needs. This is especially the case with our outpatient program in Utah.

Although there are many reasons why our twelve-step outpatient program might be right for you, it’s not perfect for everyone’s needs and preferences. With the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous being the underlying philosophy of the program, many individuals will respond positively to the program’s ability to address the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual recovery needs that individuals often have. However, we also have alternatives to our twelve-step outpatient program. Whether you’re looking for something more different in your Utah outpatient program for addiction or you’d simply like to learn more about the alternatives we offer, Pinnacle Recovery Center often a few other program types that have helped countless individuals achieve lasting sobriety.

Intensive Outpatient Care

With a standard or twelve step-based outpatient program, individuals will spend up to ten hours in treatment per week. For those who suffer from less severe forms of addiction — perhaps they have only been addicted to alcohol or drugs for a short period of time — such an outpatient program may be sufficient for their recovery needs. On the other hand, research has shown that more intensive programs yield more lasting results. If you’re someone who’s looking for something a little more intensive than out twelve-step outpatient program, you might consider our intensive outpatient care.

An intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization program resembles standard outpatient care in a few key ways. For one thing, both are outpatient-style programs, meaning that residential accommodations aren’t provided. Patients will live at home — or possibly in some type of halfway home or transitional living facility — while commuting to the treatment facility on designated days. Additionally, intensive outpatient and standard outpatient programs provide a minimal level of supervision and medical care. However, arguably the biggest difference is that intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs afford more time for treatment. Patients in intensive outpatient care may participate in up to 20 hours or treatment per week. As such, intensive outpatient programs are ideal for individuals who might have had little success in standard outpatient programs or who want a more intensive curriculum without losing the scheduling flexibility of an outpatient-style program.

While the twelve-step outpatient program utilizes the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as a guiding philosophy throughout the rehabilitation process, our intensive outpatient program doesn’t have this focus on the Twelve Steps. Although patients are more than welcome to work the steps on their own to enhance their recovery journeys, this is not something that’s actually built into an intensive outpatient program.

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Residential or Inpatient Care

The biggest difference between inpatient care and forms of outpatient treatment is that the former usually provides patients with residential accommodations. This means that patients take temporary residency in the treatment facility for the duration of their treatment. As research has shown, inpatient-style programs tend to yield the best results when it comes to addiction recovery; however, not every individual is able to take an extended leave of absence from their homes, families, and jobs to complete an inpatient program.

For those who are able to complete inpatient care, there are many benefits to choosing an inpatient-style program over a standard outpatient, twelve-step outpatient, or intensive outpatient program. Perhaps most importantly, an inpatient program provides patients with a safe, supervised, alcohol- and drug-free environment in which to focus on recovery. One of the biggest obstacles to recovery for patients in outpatient programs is that they’re often confronted with temptation as they remain in the circumstances that led to their becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs. In other words, rather than being removed from the people and places that contributed to their addictions, patients in outpatient care often encounter numerous relapse triggers while they’re in treatment.

Beyond providing a safe and drug-free environment in which to focus on recovery, inpatient care also affords a level of supervision and care that’s not available with outpatient programs. Since they living on-site during treatment, patients benefit from a staff of professionals being constantly at their disposal, potentially make their therapists and other staff members vital resources for their recoveries.

Medically-Managed Inpatient Care

On the continuum of care, the final and most intensive level of addiction treatment is medically-managed inpatient care. While sharing many similarities with residential and inpatient treatment, one of the key differences is that medically-managed inpatient care provides patients with round-the-clock medical care, as suggested by the name. For patients who suffer from severe or long-term addictions, this form of treatment is particularly useful as it ensures patient safety since there are nurses and technicians continuously monitoring them. In the event that a patient would experience adverse effects during detoxification or some other stage of the treatment process, nurses and other staff members would be available to treat the patient’s symptoms. Thus, patients for whom medical emergencies are even a remote possibility would be much safer in a medically-managed inpatient program.

How Pinnacle Can Help

One of the most effective ways to beat addiction is to start recovery at an addiction treatment center. Pinnacle Treatment Center is a comprehensive program that addresses the root causes of addiction and how to overcome it. Pinnacle provides intensive therapy along with lectures and exercises for life skills and relapse prevention. Patients will be involved in group therapy sessions as well as 12-step groups like NA and AA. Pinnacle will even help manage aftercare planning to ensure their patients remain on the right path after treatment. A well-rounded program like this is the best way to start recovery today and take control of your life. Call us today at 1-866-301-0573.

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