The outpatient treatment is indicated for addicts who wish to keep their professional lives. For this treatment, the dependent must have family support and also a social network that allows a continuous treatment as well as conditions to organize a withdrawal plan at home.
This procedure is also indicated for patients who have gone through in-patient treatment in order to detoxification and now need to continue a therapy program.
Initially the individual sessions are weekly, once or twice a week, depending on the phase and on the need for support. The patient undergoes a diagnosis and is forwarded, if necessary, to psychiatric treatment or other therapeutic resources.
The group sessions are intended to support the decision to remain abstinent. The groups consist of drug addicts in recovery to help one another to maintain abstinence through the exchange of experiences. The family has an important role at participating in the treatment, learning new strategies to deal with the disease, through the acquisition of knowledge and information about the addiction.
The treatment time is undetermined since it is an incurable disease.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT OUTPATIENT TREATMENT:
In this treatment patients are assisted by multidisciplinary staff and forwarded to services that can help them in maintaining abstinence. In the clinic, they have individual psychotherapeutic care, therapeutic support group, psychiatric care and assistance to psychological health in general.
Every person who needs help, regardless of severity, must undergo an initial assessment in the clinic. The initial assessment will indicate the best treatment plan for the person.