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5 Ways to Know Outpatient Alcoholism Treatment is Right For You

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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) estimates that 14.5 million people ages 12 and older had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2019.[1] Alcohol use disorder is the official medical diagnosis given to people who have a problem with alcohol, but everyone who suffers from AUD is unique.

In fact, AUD is diagnosed on a spectrum of mild, moderate, or severe severity. Some people have less severe alcohol problems than others, meaning some people can benefit from more intensive treatment programs than others. As a result, there are several levels of care that are offered to people who want to achieve sobriety.

Alcohol rehab is typically offered on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Outpatient rehab is preferred by many people due to its affordable cost, flexible nature, and supportive style. But how do you know which level of care is right for you?

The best way to choose the right treatment program is to consult with a doctor or addiction specialist, however, there are five ways to find out for yourself if outpatient alcoholism treatment is right for you.

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1. You Don’t Need Detox or 24/7 Care, so Your Alcohol Use Disorder is Manageable on an Outpatient Basis

If your doctor says you don’t need detox or medical supervision, you may have a mild alcohol use disorder. This means you have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol or are in the early stages of alcoholism, but are not yet physically dependent on the substance. While people in the later stages of alcoholism can benefit more from intensive inpatient care, people with mild AUDs may be able to recover successfully in an outpatient treatment program.

2. You Can’t Afford the Costs Associated With Inpatient Rehab

Rehab can be expensive, but alcoholism is even more costly. And, outpatient rehab offers a low-cost, affordable treatment option that is covered by insurance. Even though residential treatment is covered by insurance as well, the out-of-pocket costs may be higher, and not everyone has health insurance.

If you are someone who is concerned about the cost of treatment, outpatient alcohol rehab may be the right solution for you.

3. You’re Looking for Continued Support After Finishing an Inpatient or Day Program

Even if you complete an inpatient rehab or day program, your recovery doesn’t stop there. Recovery is a life-long endeavor that requires staying sober one day at a time.

Navigating early recovery can be challenging, so it’s important to have adequate support. One of the best ways to get support after rehab is to participate in an outpatient program. Outpatient rehab is centered around relapse prevention and healthy coping skills which can promote sobriety in the days and weeks after you leave a residential program.

If you’re looking for support to help you stay sober after a higher level of care, outpatient alcoholism treatment may be right for you.

4. You Know You Have an Alcohol Problem, but You Aren’t Ready to Commit to a Higher Level of Care

When your family and friends are concerned about you or when your drinking begins to interfere with your daily life, you may begin to realize that your alcohol consumption has become a serious problem. However, you may not be willing to commit to a residential treatment program.

If you refuse to go to treatment where there is around-the-clock care, you can benefit from an outpatient program. Not everyone needs inpatient care to recover–outpatient rehab can work for you, too!

5. You Need a Flexible Treatment Option that Allows You to Recover While Managing Your Responsibilities

Many people who struggle with alcoholism are high-functioning. In other words, they have a problem with alcohol, but they still go to work, take care of their family, or take classes. If you are someone who has responsibilities like work, school, or family, it may not be practical for you to put your obligations to the side to go to rehab.

The good news is outpatient alcoholism treatment centers offer substance abuse counseling on an outpatient basis. This means you can receive treatment without disrupting your daily life.

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How to Find out if Outpatient Alcoholism Treatment is Right For You

If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism and are ready to get help, please do not wait to ask for the support you need. You can either schedule a doctor’s appointment to consult with your physician about your drinking or speak with a qualified addiction specialist. At Woburn Wellness, our admissions team is available 24/7 to verify your insurance, learn about your situation, and help you choose the right alcohol rehab program for you. Please call now to speak with a team member.


  1. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics
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Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC Clinical Director
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Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC has been dedicated to the mental health and substance abuse field for a decade, providing her expertise to guarantee quality and accuracy.

  • Specializes in outpatient services with a focus on substance abuse
  • Expertise in reality-based therapy, CBT/DBT, and motivational interviewing
  • Holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling
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