The Big Difference Between Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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The first step in recovery is changing your relationship with drugs or alcohol. Because recovery involves a step-by-step process, alcohol or drug rehab facilities are available to help you. Many types of substance abuse treatment options are available, starting with detox and then moving on to counseling and therapy. These treatments fall into two categories, including inpatient vs. outpatient treatment.

The Difference Between Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment

The treatment program you pick depends on the severity of your substance abuse issues. Once you make that determination, with the help of a professional, you can determine if you need inpatient vs. outpatient treatment. Each program is designed to help those with substance use disorders to stop using and reduce their risk of relapsing.

Keep in mind that one rehab treatment program is not more effective than the other. However, both programs do have distinct differences. These differences include their settings and determining which one is going to work best to meet your needs.

Inpatient Rehab Program

You might hear inpatient rehab treatment facilities referred to as residential rehab. The main reason is that patients live at the facility. If patients are suffering from severe alcohol or drug issues, inpatient rehab could be extremely effective. These programs are also incredibly beneficial for those who are also dealing with mental health conditions.

When patients live at an inpatient treatment facility, that helps them avoid temptations that influence or trigger their substance abuse.

Clients receive 24-hour support, coupled with intensive care from licensed inpatient treatment facilities. These programs break down recovery into three phases, including detoxification, reflection, and growth. That way, upon completion, those in recovery can adopt alcohol and drug-free lifestyles.

Inpatient treatment programs are beneficial for the following reasons:

  • Participation in short or long-term treatment programs help patients detox and make preparations for life in recovery when treatment is complete.
  • Because inpatient treatment includes around the clock care, patients are never alone when overcoming addiction.
  • Residential treatment facilities feature structured routines focusing on every aspect of addiction.
  • When participating in an inpatient treatment program, it is safe, and medical attention is available around the clock.

Outpatient Rehab Treatment

Those who participate in outpatient treatment programs must attend a clinic or facility daily. During these visits, patients participate in similar addiction counseling, group sessions, or therapy programs. When choosing an outpatient treatment program, that means it is possible to continue living at home, keep up with job requirements, and care for the family.

Outpatient treatment programs are beneficial for the following reasons:

  • You can receive treatment while living in the comfort of your own home.
  • It typically costs much less to participate in an outpatient treatment program.
  • This setting offers a variety of treatment options, thus allowing patients to customize their program.
  • It is possible to accommodate work schedules by scheduling appointments in the evening or on weekends.
  • Those who are experiencing co-occurring conditions can receive treatment.

Deciding Which Treatment Program Is Best

Understanding the many differences between inpatient vs. outpatient treatment includes identifying which program is going to fit your needs the best.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you going to experience temptations or triggers during your everyday lifestyle that could interfere with recovery?
  • Do you believe you are not going to get the most out of your treatment program due to the stress levels you are experiencing?
  • Could social relationships influence substance abuse or interfere with your recovery?
  • After trying to quit in the past, has it been unsuccessful?
  • Do you think that you are physically dependent on or addicted to a substance?
  • Could an inpatient treatment program make you feel safe, secure, and feelings of relief?

Final Thoughts

Do you know anyone who is struggling with addiction and could benefit from inpatient vs. outpatient treatment? Identifying which is best is challenging, so now is the time to determine which is optimal. Contact Renaissance Recovery at [Direct] to learn more about both of these treatment options.866.330.9449

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Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country