Outpatient Detox Advantages

With the recent advances in medical science, treatments that were previously thought to be impossible have become the new standards of care. These include outpatient detox, outpatient comprehensive addiction treatment and relapse prevention.  Many of these treatments are completely new developments, incorporating brand new medications and innovative procedures. Many of these procedures have been developed or further advanced by Dr Rodriguez himself.  All procedures are custom tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.

Few working professionals have the time or money to take 28 days off from work in order to receive treatment.  Aside from the direct opportunity cost of lost income, they often lose their job from the extended absence or their business crumbles.  Outpatient treatment allows you to detox without missing work in most cases.  Discreet outpatient treatment preserves privacy.  Outpatient detox care also allows clients to utilize newly learned tools in their real world environment.  With a much lower overhead, this option is much more cost efficient as well.  While inpatient or residential care may be unavoidable for some people, outpatient treatment is viable option for most.

Most inpatient detox regimens today are very short due to cost constraints imposed by insurance companies and by the high overhead needed to run any inpatient facility. Each day of inpatient treatment usually costs at least $500, but more often $1000 or more. Most inpatient regimens are 3-5 days, depending on the substance.The major problem with this is that the body can physiologically detox only so fast. Opiates will require 7 to 9 days while alcohol and benzodiazepines may require even longer. Trying to cut the detox short will cause the patient to experience very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. In the case of alcohol and sedatives, this can rather easily lead to very dangerous complications such as seizures and delrium tremens. Every alcohol detox runs the risk of seizures, but this risk is unnecessarily so much higher if the detox regimen is only 5 to 6 days long or less. A longer regimen in the hospital becomes more and more expensive with each additional day though, with the price usually becoming prohibitive for most individuals.

This can all be bypassed with an oupatient detox, where the pressure of time is simply not there. A detox regimen can easily be extended to 14 days or more, depending on the specific needs of each individual patient. The additional cost for these extra days would be minimal; basically the price of the additional medication used over the additional days. The detox pace can also be easily adjusted to minimize discomfort, which is especially convenient when a softer pace is needed on a specific day due to important events or responsibilities that require a patient at their best on that particular day.  The easier pace is both less physically and less emotionally demanding, allowing for a quicker total recovery. The easier pace also allows the body to detox within more normal physiologic parameters which substantially reduces the risk of complications such as seizures and delerium tremens. Testament to this is that in his entire career, in over the thousands of detoxes performed by Dr Rodriguez, there has never been a patient who has experienced a detox seizure or delerium tremens. Most inpatient detox units will have up to several detox seizures a week.

There are also tangible advantages to an outpatient relapse prevention program. Sober time earned in an inpatient or residential setting is valuable and meaningful, but not as meaningful as sober time earned while subjected to the real life stresses of an outpatient setting.  The most critical aspects of treatment for all those who finally succeed in their recovery are the outpatient relapse prevention and maintenance phases of treatment. It is during these phases that an individual works through their illness while working through the different problems in their personal and professional lives. Outpatient detox treatment is relatively inexpensive, which facilitates following through with the necessary long-term therapy that yields the highest treatment success rates.