Drug and alcohol abuse always has consequences. One of the most typical is trouble with the law and driving under the influence (DUI) is the most common offense. If this has happened to you, you may now be facing court ordered treatment or a spouse or other loved one may insist you get help. What can you do, though? You aren’t able to drop everything and put your life on hold while you enter an inpatient program. You can’t tolerate the idea of being “locked up” in residential care. Possibly an outpatient program at Transformations, a division of Jupiter Counseling could be the best option for you.
Outpatient Care vs. Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment
There are benefits to both types of treatment plans. When you undergo residential care, you’re isolated from temptation and your day is structured, your activities planned, and your behavior monitored. Sometimes this type of care is necessary to kick start the recovery process.
In many cases, however, outpatient care is just as or even more effective than residential care. Outpatient care allows you to continue working. You’re able to live at home and be with your family. You are in familiar surroundings and not hidden away where you are protected from the real world. Many times people who choose outpatient care are better prepared to deal with everyday life when the treatment plan is completed.
Outpatient Programs at Transformations
If you opt for outpatient care, you’ll find Transformations has one of the best programs available in Florida. Our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) provide you with a number of options. Classes are held three days a week and each session lasts three hours. We have daytime meetings and evening meetings so no matter what your schedule we should be able to accommodate it.
There are programs designed just for men, just for women, or mixed gender groups are available. Many people prefer to attend gender specific classes, reporting that they are more relaxed and comfortable in groups of same sex peers, making it easier for participants to open up and discuss personal matters like sex, fear, anger, inner pain, and other topics that affect behavior. You can speak with your personal counselor about which group is better for you.
The Challenges of Court-Ordered Treatment
After a DUI or other legal issue, many people come into treatment angry and resentful. They are there against their will. The court has forced them to decide between getting treatment and going to jail. Their only goal is to complete the program and get the law off their back.
You are free to choose how you react to your circumstances. You can continue to sulk and be bitter or you can choose to make the best of the situation. Learning more about causes of addictions, what issues contribute to the compulsion to use drugs or alcohol, and being given healthier options is not the worst thing that can happen to you. If, once you complete the program, you still choose to continue on the path you were previously traveling, that is your option. No one can force you to choose recovery.
Our goal is to help you make the right decision. We’ll provide you with tools, support, and understanding. We’ll search for medical conditions that may need addressed to improve your physical or mental health. We’ll cooperate with your attorney and help you meet the court’s requirements. The rest is up to you.
Whether you are considering Transformations because you have to please the courts or because you want to discover if there are alternatives to addiction, we are on your side. It takes a courageous person to admit they need help. For your sake and the sake of those who love you, we hope by the end of the DUI program you will discover your inner strength and choose to begin your transformation to wellness.