Do You Need Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?

Choosing the right rehab facility when dealing with drug or alcohol abuse is the key to successful recovery. The first decision most patients have to make when selecting rehab is whether they will seek inpatient or outpatient treatment. Both have their benefits and drawbacks that need to be considered.

Benefits of Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment occurs when the patient checks into a rehab facility for the rehab process. The patient will live at the facility, which may be connected to a hospital or other medical facility, while completing the withdrawal process. This provides the support, including medical support, to help the patient complete the process.Inpatient rehab benefits the patient because it provides continual monitoring, especially during the challenging withdrawal process. This makes it impossible for the patient to “cheat” and use the drugs or alcohol that are responsible for the addiction while recovering.

Inpatient rehab also gives the patient ongoing access to medical and mental health professionals that can provide the treatments necessary to get through the complexities of recovery. Patients who are in danger or are a danger to society because of their addiction will have the proper monitoring and supervision while recovering.By checking into an inpatient treatment program, someone who is struggling with addiction is able to leave behind many of the triggers that can lead to a relapse. The kitchen where the alcohol is stored is no longer visible on a daily basis, and the stresses of the job are removed for a season. This makes it easier to complete withdrawal and begin recovery without undue temptation.

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

Inpatient rehab is effective, but it can also be expensive and requires the individual to completely leave behind work and family responsibilities. For many, this is not possible. Family still needs to be cared for and jobs still need to be done, as long as they can be done in light of the drug or alcohol struggles.Outpatient rehab provides much of the same counseling and treatment as inpatient treatment, but it does not require the individual to check into a rehab center to live fulltime. Patients are able to continue in their normal lives while receiving counseling, behavioral therapy and family therapy. Because the patient is not being monitored at all times, medical treatment is less common with outpatient treatment.Since an outpatient treatment program does not require the person to live at the facility, it requires no room and board payments. This lowers the cost of treatment, making it the more affordable option.

Which Type of Treatment Is Best?

For patients who are a danger to themselves or society because of their addiction, inpatient treatment may be the only safe option. Also, those who cannot rearrange their daily life to avoid triggers will benefit most from inpatient treatment. Finally, those who have a co-occurring condition, such as mental illness, and have a dual diagnosis will do best with the ongoing care provided by inpatient treatment.

With that said, inpatient treatment cannot work for all individuals. Those who cannot take a break from work or family responsibilities and who are dealing with less dangerous addictions may be able to get sufficient help with outpatient treatment. Patients and their families need to know that the risk of relapse is greater for outpatient programs because they can gain access to drugs and alcohol. However, those who do successfully complete outpatient treatment may find reintegrating into sober life is easier because the rehab process occurred with the challenges and triggers of daily life.

The answer to which is best is not an easy one. Often, patients can benefit from both treatments, starting with inpatient treatment followed by outpatient care after the initial detox is over. Sometimes, lifestyles, insurance and budget will dictate that a patient has to choose one type of rehab over the other. In the end, the patient and the patient’s family, as well as any addiction or medical specialists who are helping, are the best people to help make this choice.

Whatever path to recovery you choose, our staff has access to hundreds of treatment centers to assure the best personalized treatment for you, then with continued follow up to help you make the transition to sober living as seamless as possible.

Our trained staff of professionals are qualified to help you assess what type of treatment will be the best fit to ensure you or your loved one gets the help you need.

But how does one go about finding the right program?

If this all looks very overwhelming....it is! But that's what we are here for. Call us at 888-205-8608 and we can help make this process much easier. We will narrow down all of these aspects and find the best program for you or your loved one with all your concerns considered. It's as simple as making that first call. And the best part is that we are a free service. The road to recovery starts here!

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