Can I Still Go to Work if I’m Doing a Florida Drug Rehabilitation Center Program?

If you’re worried about being able to go to work and take care of family obligation while receiving treatment at a Florida drug rehabilitation clinic, you’ll be pleased to know that there are treatment options available that work with your schedule. Florida Drug and alcohol rehab centers offer many different types of outpatient treatments, including standard outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs.

Detoxification

Every drug rehabilitation program starts with an assessment and detoxification services, which can include standard detox or medication-assisted detox (MAT) and help for any underlying mental health issues. The type of detox you receive will depend on the substances for which you are addicted. Individuals who are addicted to opioids and/or alcohol typically need medication assistance in order to detox safely. MAT detox involves taking a prescribed medication in place of the preferred drug. These medications can be delivered via injection, IV or through a patch or implant.

Individuals who are addicted to other substances can detox normally, which only involves receiving counseling and not taking any more of their preferred drug. Monitoring is also included in a standard detox program, and if withdrawal symptoms become severe, medications may be given temporarily in order to improve comfort. It’s important to understand that not all outpatient treatment centers offer detox services, especially if the detox is anticipated to include severe and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms, so you may have to detox before entering the outpatient treatment program. Thankfully, there are lots of hospitals and inpatient treatment centers that offer initial detox services that only last a few days.

1. Standard Outpatient Treatment

Standard outpatient treatment for drug and alcohol substance use disorder involves scheduling times to meet with counselors and therapists and to participate in group programs. In the beginning of your treatment, especially during the detox phase, you’ll probably be required to schedule daily appointments, and at a minimum, you’ll be required to meet at least one to two times a week. However, you’ll be able to schedule those appointments either before or after you go to work. This means that you’ll still be able to earn an income, and you’ll be able to continue fulfilling your obligations after the appointments. Standard outpatient treatment programs typically last anywhere from three to four months but may last longer.

2. Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Intensive outpatient treatment is more in-depth than standard outpatient treatment and requires the individual to adhere to more guidelines. These programs meet at least three days a week for two to four hours. During that time, you’ll participate in a variety of treatment services. Common treatments found in an intensive outpatient treatment program include group counseling, individual counseling and family counseling. If you are participating in a medication-assisted detox program, you will also receive your medication and any medical monitoring that may be necessary. Intensive outpatient treatment program typically last four months or longer.

3. Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs are the most intensive form of outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation that isn’t an inpatient or residential program. These programs meet daily during the week for between four to six hours a day. During that time, you will be given any medication related to your treatment or detox and receive various counseling therapies, including individual, behavioral, cognitive, group and family therapy. You may also receive certain other services, like art therapy, coping skill and anger management and drug education courses. Like other types of outpatient treatment, PHP also tends to last between three and four months but may last longer, depending on your needs.

Aftercare and Maintenance Services

Once you complete your outpatient treatment program, you’ll need to enter aftercare, which is sometimes referred to an ongoing drug rehabilitation maintenance. Aftercare services are designed to help prevent relapses after you complete your initial treatment program, and they typically involve continued counseling and therapy either via a group or as an individual with a licensed counselor.

If the treatment center you choose does not offer aftercare services, they will help you find additional services within the community, including Alcoholics Anonymous and/or narcotics Anonymous programs. You may even receive a sponsor who you can call or talk to any time you feel tempted to return to your previous lifestyle. Call one of our counselors today at 800-723-7376.

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