Which One Do You Need? Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment
When looking for a drug or alcohol treatment program the first category they fall under are inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment. Both options have the end goal of you or your loved one gaining full sobriety. They both offer unique and effective treatment options and have many advantages. With that being said, they are also very different addiction treatment programs. The first major difference between inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment is the living situation. With inpatient addiction treatment, it requires you to live and stay in the treatment facility while receiving proper rehabilitation. Outpatient treatment allows the patient to live at home and work or go to school in between the treatment centers hours. Both treatment programs usually last between 30 and 90 days, depending on the level of care the patient needs.
At an inpatient addiction treatment facility you live around other people who are receiving and going through a similar path to recovery. These treatment facilities offer many different types of daily support groups and therapy sessions. By surrounding yourself in an environment where everyone wants to help and see you get healthy, you are not allowing yourself to live in isolation. By participating in the support groups, you are forming bonds and growing a strong support system to help you succeed in your recovery. Forming bonds with individuals participating in the program with you keeps you honest and if you do find yourself in a bad situation, you have people to help you through it and give you advice. Inpatient addiction treatment is also a more intensive program than outpatient. Their main focus while attending an inpatient program is getting you sober and on the path to recovery, whereas an outpatient program, you have more distractions around you, like work, school, family, or other daily activities.
Attending an outpatient addiction treatment program allows you the benefit of still participating in your normal routine in life, but adding in the addiction treatment schedule too. Do not think that just because you currently have a job or go to school, that this is the best option for you. Choosing between inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment should be based on the individual and where they are at in their addiction. Your work and school have a leave of absence program that lawfully cannot penalize you for seeking addiction treatment.
Patients attending outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation both receive therapy and support groups, but it is based on the individual and their needs. Regardless of what type of treatment program you pick the end goal of both of these programs is to get living an addiction-free life.
Pros to Inpatient Treatment
- drug and alcohol-free environment
- Medical staff on hand ready to treat you if withdrawal were to occur while receiving treatment.
- Reduced exposure to past stress and triggers
- Reduced risk of relapse
- Group and individual therapy sessions
Pros to Outpatient Treatment
- Reduced cost to attend
- Ability to continue doing your normal day to day life, going to work, school etc.
- Family and other loved ones are closer to support you
- Able to practice the techniques you have learned and apply them to real-life situations
If you our a loved one needs help deciding which program will work best for you, call us at 888-374-3252 to receive a free assessment and get on the path to recovery.