Treating Alcohol, Narcotic, or Cocaine Use in an Outpatient Setting

Oct 8, 2020

Treating Addiction with Outpatient & IOP (Intensive Outpatient Treatment) at Origins Counselling

Men and women with an addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and narcotics can begin recovery through outpatient and intensive outpatient programs provided by Origins Counseling Dallas. When you’re ready to break free from dependence, a program close to home that fits within your work schedule can make starting recovery easier.

Origins Counseling serves men and women with a variety of substance use issues. Among the most common are alcohol, cocaine, and narcotics. Below you’ll see some of the risks associated with each type of substance.

Three Types of Commonly Misused Substances


Most people in recovery have struggled with alcohol use. It changes the way the brain works, it changes behavior, and it can even lead to changes in the way you look. How it impacts you personally depends on how much you drink, how often you drink, your family history, your age, and your overall wellness. Drinking too much can affect your brain function, cause liver and heart damage, and possibly lead to certain kinds of cancers.


After snorting, smoking, or injecting cocaine, a user can feel more alert and energetic, but the drug also can cause severe reactions in short-term use. Those reactions can include:

  • Violent behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Using it over longer periods of time can cause nosebleeds and trouble swallowing when it’s been snorted and damage to the lungs when it’s smoked.

Narcotics (Legal & Illegal)

Examples of legal narcotics include medications prescribed for pain, such as codeine or fentanyl. These prescription medications are often misused, as they  produce a feeling of euphoria in the body. Unlike some substances which take time to lead to dependence, narcotics can become addictive after five straight days of use. Drinking alcohol while using prescription opioids, or illegal ones like heroin, can slow a person’s breathing and heart rate and lead to coma or possibly death.

Treatment Techniques at Origins Counseling Dallas

  • Individual Therapy: In one-on-one meetings with a counselor, you work on your recovery goals and learn new skills to help you maintain your recovery between meetings.
  • Motivational Interviewing: Open-ended questions help a patient tell their own addiction story and find reasons to commit to their recovery.
  • Trauma Therapies: These therapies help a person understand how past trauma has affected their mental health and may be connected to their use of drugs and alcohol. Meditation and mindfulness training are examples of these kinds of therapies.
  • Group Therapies: Group meetings led by a counselor give individuals an opportunity to share addiction experiences and hear from peers. This form of therapy can provide a supportive environment and help people with substance use learn how to form healthy relationships.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapies: CBT can be offered one-on-one or in a group setting, and helps a person understand how their thinking has affected their substance use. Sessions also teach someone starting recovery the skills needed to make healthy choices and avoid alcohol and drug use in their everyday lives.

Outpatient and IOP Treatment to Fit Your Schedule

One of the benefits of outpatient treatment is flexibility to fit it into your work schedule and around your family commitments. In this way, it becomes integrated into your daily life. You’re given the opportunity outside of sessions to practice what you learned and follow up with your treatment team to discuss your progress and your challenges to recovery.


About Origins Counselling

Origins Counseling is a new program in Dallas, Texas, made available by a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today: 866-671-4124.

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