Pros and Cons of Treatment
According to the National Institute of Alcohol, Abuse, and Alcoholism, there are multiple benefits and disadvantages to receiving outpatient treatment, specifically ambulatory detoxification.
Recovery and treatment programs can be on the expensive side of the cost spectrum, considering that they offer and many unique treatments: counseling, medications, behavioral therapy, among other services provided by physicians, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other experts in the field.
Maintain Social Relationships and Support:
Many patients who choose to be outpatients experience a significant difference in their relationships and social support than inpatients. Patients who can function fairly normally can maintain their employment status, family relationships, and relationships within their community.
No one wants to stay in a place that they are not used to for so long. With the ambulatory detoxification method, patients are allowed to go home at the end of the day and sleep in their own bed, eat their spouse’s homecooked meals, and overall be with the ones they love, rather than strangers, being and feeling completely alone, even though they are not.
Risk of Relapse:
Among the disadvantages to ambulatory detoxification is the increased risk of the patient experiencing a relapse. Due to their decision to become or remain an outpatient, it is not impossible, per se, for them to have or maintain access to the said substance that they are addicted to and trying to recover from.
In addition to the drawbacks, ambulatory detoxification patients can prefer not to keep up and follow through with their detoxification schedule and process. Subsequently, if they choose to follow this route of their recovery and treatment program, they ultimately fail to complete it. Thus, continue to maintain their addiction and behavior.