Outpatient rehab isn’t just for people struggling with drug addiction. Individuals who have a mild to moderate alcohol use disorder are uniquely placed to benefit from this style of treatment. Unlike illegal drugs, people with an alcoholism diagnosis must learn how to control their intake of a substance that’s widely used and socially acceptable. As such, remaining in your home is less risky than it would be for someone whose only chance to get hold of their drug of choice is through a drug dealer.
That said, individuals with severe AUD will often require detox, residential treatment and outpatient care. Alcohol is one of the most physically addictive drugs available because, like opioids, it tricks your body into thinking you require that substance to function. If you suddenly stop, your body could go into shock and you could get very ill.
What’s more, as an outpatient, you could very easily buy yourself a drink, while it’s simply not an option in inpatient care. If you feel you’re unable to stop yourself from going to a shop or bar, residential rehab might be a better option.