Woman experiencing at-home drug rehab

These days people are looking more and more for things they can manage from the safety of their homes. Can you add drug rehab to that list? Drug rehab centers are typically seen as a live-in facility, but there are at-home drug rehab programs that you can consider. Here's what you should know.

What Is At-Home Drug Rehab?

As the name suggests, it is an outpatient drug treatment that you get from your home. It differs from what most people imagine when they think of an addiction treatment center.

The truth is this isn't the same treatment you would get in an addiction treatment center that includes immersion in a community of those working towards recovery. It is a different approach, but not necessarily better or worse. Every person's circumstance is different and an addiction treatment center might not be the right choice for everyone.

How Does Drug Treatment at Home Work?

The exact program will depend both on the provider and the specific addiction. Some at-home approaches involve more personal guidance than the actual treatment. Someone comes to your home and works with you to create a program to attend AA meetings and set up sponsors. You can also take advantage of telehealth treatment, which involves virtual.

Other programs include a combination of medication and mental health care, using both in-home visits and virtual therapy sessions. With these plans, you do not leave home for meetings, reducing your risk of infection from diseases like COVID.

What Should You Look for In an In-Home Addiction Program? 

You should expect some of the same things you would from a residential drug rehab program. For example:

  • Continuum of care - The treatment specialists you work with should be with you at every step of your recovery journey
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Dual diagnosis treatment for those with a mental health condition as well as an addiction
  • Proper accreditation and certified specialists

What Are The Benefits of an In-Home Program?

The most apparent benefit these days is the ability to get the help you need without leaving your house. Telemedicine is taking over many healthcare options for the same reason.

At-home drug rehab should be less expensive than a residential treatment program, too. You are shouldering the costs of housing and food.

Add comfort to the list of benefits from an at-home program. Most people are more comfortable doing anything in their homes. You can't match that same comfort at a residential treatment center.

Some of the at-home programs are long-term, lasting a year or more. Most traditional treatment programs offer aftercare, though, so you get support for longer than just the drug rehab period.

In-home programs are better for those who want to stay connected to their support system and keep up with any other obligations in their lives. With an at-home program, you can continue family therapy, attend alumni events, and maintain your job or school responsibilities more easily.

At-home drug rehab is also more flexible than residential treatment programs, meaning you can fit the program around your life instead of having to take time off from work or school.

Finally, many people like at-home drug rehabs because they are more private and less stigmatizing than other options. You don't have to talk about or explain why you need help in order to get it. This can be a huge benefit for people who want to keep their drug rehab journey private.

What Are The Downsides of an At-Home Program? 

A residential treatment facility is a secure environment, free from triggers that might lead to drug use. You would need a very strong support system at home to make this kind of outpatient service work.

Working from home also requires you to stay on point and not let distractions keep you from attending therapy sessions or doing the hard work that comes with changing behaviors.

At-home treatment may not be the best option for those with more severe addictions, as the temptation to use drugs or alcohol can be too great. In such cases, an inpatient program is recommended.

San Antonio Recovery Center does offer telehealth services along with traditional residential treatment. We take steps to make sure our addiction treatment centers are safe and comfortable. We do believe that the at-home services are important for some with high-risk conditions, though, such as kidney problems or heart disease. It's with pride that we offer both services.

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There is no reason to live with substance use disorder, even with the threat of COVID. Call our experts at San Antonio Recovery Center today to find out more about our telehealth program. You can reach us at 866.957.7885.

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