Outpatient treatment is beneficial to many people who are attempting to recover from amphetamine addiction. Here are 5 reasons you should choose outpatient amphetamine addiction treatment.
Many Amphetamine Abusers are College Students.
It’s true. According to MIT, “amphetamine use among college students has recently risen and is becoming normative as more students are diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed stimulant drugs as treatment.” Amphetamines are highly addictive drugs, but because they can be prescribed for ADHD, many users do not realize the risks. They borrow from a friend who has been prescribed the medication or begin abusing their own meds and wind up addicted.
Outpatient treatment can be helpful because students who become addicted to amphetamines can attend treatment without being away from school and other important activities (the way they would be in inpatient treatment). MIT states that “amphetamines are far more prevalent at highly selective, highly competitive private colleges,” and many of these students would prefer outpatient treatment to inpatient where they might not have to give up their spot on campus.
The Treatment for Amphetamine Abuse Varies.
According to a study from the NCBI, “no treatment has been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment of amphetamine dependence and abuse.” This means that there is no clear-cut medication that creates the desired therapeutic effect for those who are addicted to amphetamines. As therapy is therefore the best and only option, patients may consider outpatient treatment if it works for them and receive therapy readily every day.
As there is no one treatment for amphetamine abuse except therapy, the possibilities are wider for the patient who is looking for help. He or she can consider many facilities which will all provide therapy but, perhaps, will vary more with their selection of holistic treatments, medication, and catering to the needs of the patient.
Outpatient Programs are Cheaper.
For the most part, outpatient programs are considerably cheaper than inpatient programs. While many amphetamine addicts are college students who may be unable to pay the high costs of inpatient care, this can be a necessity. The NIDA does warn, though, that “low-intensity programs may offer little more than drug education.” This is why it is important to research the outpatient facility of your choice and make sure you are getting your time and your money’s worth, as well as the treatment program that fits you best.
A Good Support System Can Make Inpatient Care Unnecessary.
Depending on the individual, people with “a good social support system may do well as outpatients,” (NCBI). Often, those who sorely need inpatient care do not have support at home and therefore will need it 24 hours a day from their care facility. Those who have a good social support system can choose outpatient treatment if all of their other requirements are met by it.
Group Counseling Can Be Beneficial.
According to the NIDA, “in many outpatient programs, group counseling can be a major component.” Many people still seek groups like Narcotics Anonymous and others for their drug addictions, especially after formal treatment, and outpatient treatment usually offers this while giving the patient a bit more structure in the early stage of recovery.