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Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which is Right for Me?

Drug Rehabilitation, or Drug Rehab, is an important part of recovery. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that recovery support systems help those in recovery manage their conditions successfully. Inpatient and outpatient rehab are two types of addiction treatment programs available. They both have pros and cons. You will have to decide which one is best for you. In some cases, individuals go to inpatient rehab followed by an outpatient program. 

What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient drug rehab requires the individual to stay in the treatment facility for the length of the program. A typical program can last anywhere from one to three months, depending on the needs of the individual. Before rehab can truly start, the individual must go through detox before starting the treatment in the facility. Some inpatient facilities offer a detox program as part of their treatment plan. Other inpatient facilities require you to detox at a separate detox facility.

Regardless of where the detox occurs, typically medication is used to facilitate withdrawal. This is most common when the addiction is severe or the individual is addicted to multiple substances. After removing all the substances from the individuals body, recovery continues. Now the individual can focus on skills to stay clean through therapy, counseling, support, and education. 

Pros and Cons of Inpatient Rehab

There are many things to take into consideration when deciding if inpatient rehab is for you. Inpatient facilities provide a stable environment with a lot of supervision. There is a reduced risk of relapse while in treatment. Individuals have decreased exposure to stress and other things that may trigger drugs use. There is constant medical and mental health monitoring during recovery. Individuals have access to intensive therapy and access to yoga, meditation and exercise. Those in rehab have a higher success rate in recovery. 

There are some negatives to inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment severely limits access to everything outside of the treatment center, which means limited, if any, interaction with family. The individual must completely dedicate him or herself to treatment, which means time away from work, school, and home. It is incredibly expensive.

What is Outpatient Rehab?

During an outpatient rehab program, the individual stays at home and continues to work or go to school while not participating in treatment programs. Those in outpatient recovery participate in therapy, both group and individual, every week. They will meet with a psychiatrist on a regular basis for medication needed for withdrawal symptoms and any mental health issues. This treatment is similar to that in an inpatient facility, but not quite as intense. 

Outpatient rehab may use any number of different kinds of therapies, such as behavioral therapy to help those in recovery acknowledge their unhealthy behaviors and thoughts, as well as strategy to make healthier choices. Family therapy can assist with the family dynamic and help them to function better. They can learn how to support the individual in recovery. A therapist may also use incentives or rewards to help an individual make positive progress.

Pros and Cons of Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient Rehab has its own set of points for consideration when thinking about the best type of treatment for you.

Some of the positives with outpatient rehab are it is less expensive than more intensive treatment. Individuals can still work and go to school and try to maintain some sense of a normal life. They can also participate in home activities and responsibilities. They have more access to family and friends who can provide support during recovery. 

There are some negatives to consider when thinking about outpatient facilities. They do not have 24 hour care available. Substances are much more accessible to individuals in recovery. If home or work is stressful or unstable, there could be a higher chance of relapse. The therapy is not as intensive and outpatient detox and recovery programs may not be adequate.

How Do I Know Which One Is Right For Me?

It may be an easy choice for you to decide which treatment is right for you. If you aren’t sure, there are some questions you should ask yourself that can help guide you to the right choice.

If your home stable and can your family support your recovery?

Are you currently exposed to alcohol or drugs in your home?

Can you leave your family, school, or work for a period of time?

Do you have any other medical conditions that require treatment?

Are you able to commute to an outpatient facility?

Answering those questions should make it clear which facility type you need. Contact us today for more information and to speak to an addiction professional.

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