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Outpatient Detox

Outpatient detox allows patients to safely and comfortably go through the detox process from the comfort of their homes. It provides individuals with access to medication and professional support while they go through the process of withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. Outpatient detox is usually recommended for those with mild to moderate addiction issues who do not require 24/7 monitoring.


What Is Outpatient Detox?

Those who want to begin their recovery from alcohol abuse or drug abuse often worry that they can only go through medical detox as part of an inpatient treatment program. For some, residential treatment is not an option. It may be impossible to take time off work or abandon other responsibilities. At Upper Path Recovery, we offer outpatient detox for people who cannot participate in inpatient treatment. Outpatient detox services allow you to undergo treatment while continuing to live at your normal residence. Our medically supervised outpatient detox program is designed to give you the support and guidance you need to safely and effectively detox from the comfort of your home

Outpatient Treatment vs. Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient and outpatient treatment offer different levels of care and support. While the outpatient detox process involves many of the same components as an inpatient program, outpatient treatment does not require a commitment to an inpatient stay. Unlike inpatient detox, outpatient detox programs allow you to maintain your daily routine and attend regularly scheduled appointments, such as school, work, or family obligations.

While in outpatient alcohol treatment or drug treatment, our clinicians provide psychological support, helping patients cope with the underlying issues contributing to their addiction. In addition, similar to inpatient programs, the outpatient program at our rehab center includes resources like relapse prevention education and counseling services such as group counseling, family therapy, and human services. These sessions focus on providing all the tools necessary to give you a successful start on your journey toward recovery.

Understanding the Drug & Alcohol Detox Process

Detoxification is the first step in treating a substance use disorder. It is where your body begins to recover from the effects of long-term alcohol or drug abuse. The detox period typically lasts anywhere from 3 to 10 days.


Before Drug and Alcohol Detox

Before you can attend treatment at Upper Path Recovery, we will conduct a medical evaluation. This will allow our team to make sure you are healthy enough for the detox process and to determine the best course of treatment moving forward. It is also important to set realistic expectations about the process and recovery journey ahead. An evaluation includes:

  • A physical exam
  • Blood work and/or urine screen
  • Discussion of medical history and current medications
  • Substance use disorder assessment
Following the evaluation at our detox center, our team will provide you with a personalized treatment plan. This process ensures that your needs are met and your detox experience is as comfortable and successful as possible. To learn more about the intake process at our treatment centers, call our admissions department at (818) 748-4845.

During Drug and Alcohol Detox

During detox, you may experience various physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, insomnia, anxiety, and irritability. Our clinicians will use a variety of medical and psychological approaches, such as medication management, to help reduce cravings and manage any discomfort associated with detoxification. Once you are free of addictive substances and have passed the withdrawal process, our team will speak to you about the next steps in addiction treatment.

After Drug and Alcohol Detox

Once you have completed medical detox, our team will help you transition into a treatment program that is best suited for your needs. Generally speaking, this will be an inpatient or intensive outpatient program, depending on your progress and the severity of your addiction. No matter what your addiction treatment plan looks like, our experienced professionals will provide you with the tools and resources needed to make lasting changes in your everyday life and establish a firm foundation for long-term recovery. This can include relapse prevention education, counseling services, group therapy sessions, family counseling, and other social support groups.

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Withdrawal Process


The goal of detox is to allow the body to adjust to functioning without drugs or alcohol. During this period, you may experience physical and emotional symptoms as your body and brain become accustomed to living without addictive substances. While each person’s withdrawal process is unique, common physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Anxiety, depression, mood swings
  • Hallucinations and paranoia
  • Sweating, shaking, or tremors
  • Insomnia or fatigue
  • Drug Cravings

We understand that withdrawal can be an uncomfortable and difficult experience. Our team of medical professionals is prepared to help you manage and reduce any unpleasant side effects associated with withdrawal. As you progress through our substance abuse program, our team will be there to support you every step of the way. With the proper care, guidance, and emotional support, you can make a successful transition into addiction recovery.

Benefits of Outpatient Detoxification

Outpatient detox is an ideal solution for individuals who cannot commit to the structure and rigors of inpatient detox treatment programs. Notable benefits of outpatient drug rehab include the following:

  • Increased flexibility—patients can stick to their normal routine while receiving treatment
  • Improved access to care—patients don’t need to travel to an inpatient facility
  • Greater comfort and convenience—patients can stay close to family, friends, and home.
  • Ongoing support from our team of experts—we provide detailed instructions for each step of the detox process.

Best Candidates for Outpatient Detox

Outpatient detox is an effective option for people with mild levels of physical dependency and those who have already completed a more intensive inpatient detox program. Whether you can benefit the most from outpatient alcohol treatment and drug detox programs can depend on a few factors.

Type of Substance

The substance you have an addiction to influences whether you are a good candidate for outpatient detox. This type of detox does not offer the 24/7 medical supervision that inpatient programs do to reduce risk of medical complications. Some substances can pose greater health risks than others, so we will carefully consider the type of withdrawal symptoms you are likely to experience.

Medical History

Your medical history plays a role in whether you are suitable for outpatient treatment. If you have underlying medical conditions, such as kidney or liver disease, then it may be best to go through a more intensive inpatient detox program.

Duration of Addiction

How long you have had the addiction and your usual dosage can also play a role in treatment. Our treatment center will ask for a full history of your drug and alcohol use to determine whether outpatient alcohol detox and drug detox programs can be effective for you.

Home Environment

Those who can get the most out of detox outpatient services are the ones who have a stable and supportive home environment. An outpatient detox program relies on you being able to stay sober and go through the entire detox program. Part of that is not having easy access to drugs or alcohol. Additionally, If your friends and family members are not supportive or able to provide the necessary help, then inpatient treatment may be best for you.

Physical Health

We will also consider your physical health, especially if you are going through alcohol detoxification and have a risk of developing delirium tremens. Outpatient recovery programs at our treatment center might not be the best option for severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Detoxing from certain substances can strain your well-being. If you are at high risk of suffering serious side effects, outpatient treatment may not be appropriate for you at that stage in your recovery.

Mental Health

If you have mental health concerns along with a substance use disorder, our evaluation can help us decide whether you can benefit most from outpatient or inpatient detox and addiction treatment.

Start Our Outpatient Detox Program for Alcohol & Drug Abuse

At Upper Path Recovery, we understand the struggles of overcoming substance use disorders. That is why we provide a wide range of outpatient reatment services to ensure that you get the right treatment for your individual needs and circumstances. Regardless of where you are in the recovery process, whether you struggle with alcohol or drug use or require a short or long-term treatment program, we can help you. Contact us at (818) 748-4845 to learn more.