Outpatient treatment by definition is treatment that does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or medical facility. The care and attention associated with it may be administered in a medical office or a hospital, but most commonly it is provided in a medical office or rehab facility center. The level of in-house accountability and support is lesser than an inpatient program because of the flexibility and freedom afforded patients to continue their full-time work schedules and/or be home with family.
Since patients don’t reside at the clinic or hospital during treatment, care on an outpatient basis must be carefully considered to determine if it is the right fit. It’s a drug rehab route that isn’t necessarily for everyone and every level of addiction.
Outpatient Care Offers Limited Services Relative to Inpatient Care
LSD is a powerful narcotic that is highly addictive. The withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and uncomfortable, pushing a person to relapse if not adequately supported. Generally speaking, outpatient treatment does not oversee the detox process because of its limited scope. The medical care and nutritional elements required for some patients are not supported through outpatient services.
Under outpatient care, patients attend therapy sessions and counseling a certain number of times a week for a designated length of time. Individuals who have struggled with LSD addiction for a prolonged period of time are likely using LSD – as well as other drugs – frequently. Such patients do not typically benefit much from an outpatient program; they probably require more intensive inpatient care.1
Outpatient Care for LSD Addiction Requires Considerable Self-Control
Outpatient treatment patients should have a relatively low-level addiction in order for the regular weekly participation in therapy sessions and minimal off-site supervision to have a chance of being successful. In contrast, individuals receiving inpatient care receive constant, around-the-clock care to meet their needs.
LSD users must determine if their level of addiction and the demands involved with their withdrawal can be managed outside of constant medical attention. Not only is a lack of comprehensive medical attention a reality with outpatient treatment, but the patient must possess tremendous self-discipline and self-motivation in order to ride out the ongoing temptation to relapse back into drug use.
Patients who have a strong support system – apart from the clinical staff – usually benefit greatly from the extra encouragement and accountability those friends or relatives offer. If self-motivation and self-discipline aren’t strong, then outpatient care will likely present significant challenges to those patients.2
While Outpatient Care May Be More Attractive, It May Not Suffice
Outpatient care is, as one might expect, less expensive. If patients continue to reside at home – while still maintaining regular attendance at counseling sessions – costs are substantially reduced, relative to the more comprehensive, 24-hour inpatient care. Outpatient LSD addiction care usually consists of basic, cognitive behavior therapy applied in group sessions, while also offering individual counseling. The uniqueness and scope of services offered through outpatient care is limited.3
How Can I Determine if Outpatient Care Is the Right Choice for Me?
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to LSD, we encourage you to call our 24/7 toll-free line. When you call, a highly trained staff member will listen to your concerns, answer all of your questions, and offer some positive solutions. We will not only help you determine whether inpatient or outpatient services are appropriate for your specific needs, but we can also help you determine how much of the cost will be covered by your insurer. The best time to end the cycle of addiction to LSD is now.
1 “Treatments for Substance Use Disorders”, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/substance-use-disorders , (September 28, 2015).
2 “DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction , (January 2016).
3 “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states/types-treatment-programs , (December 2012).