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Inpatient vs. Outpatient: Which Works for Addiction Treatment?

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Addiction Treatment, Inpatient vs. Outpatient

Calling Inpatient or Outpatient TreatmentAddiction is a complex illness that alters the addict's brain chemistry. Addiction can be further complicated if there is a genetic factor that makes the addict even more vulnerable to the toxic affects of drugs or alcohol. It can be a difficult illness to recover from and because it disrupts so many aspects of someone's life (emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial) treatment is not easy.

While some may attempt the recovery journey alone, professional treatment using trained therapists and proven programs is a key component of sustained recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "patients typically require long-term or repeated episodes of care to achieve the ultimate goal of sustained abstinence and recovery of their lives. Indeed, scientific research and clinical practice demonstrate the value of continuing care in treating addiction, with a variety of approaches having been tested and integrated in residential and community settings." (1)

Major benefits of a professional treatment program, whether it is inpatient or outpatient, are supervision and accountability. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), successful programs most often offer:

  • detoxification (to support the withdrawal process)
  • behavioral counseling (important to help understand the why, how and what of addiction)
  • medication (for opioid, tobacco, or alcohol addiction)
  • evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
  • long-term follow-up to prevent relapse (2)

While most programs do offer the above, there are key differences to know when choosing inpatient (residential) or outpatient programs. To learn more about The Treatment Center's programs, contact our admissions counselors today at (844) 665-6834. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. All consultations are free and confidential.

Inpatient vs Outpatient Help

Outpatient Treatment: What Is It?

Outpatient Treatment is a program in which, instead of living at a center 24/7, patients attend a rehabilitation facility up to seven days a week, where there are multiple programs available to help maintain sobriety.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

An outpatient treatment program offers many benefits, particularly flexibility and the freedom to work and attend school while in treatment. This is beneficial for families or patients who have financial issues to consider, as typically an outpatient program is less expensive than an intensive, inpatient program. The cost of an outpatient treatment program can be anywhere from free to $10,000 while an inpatient program can cost $2,000 to $30,000 for a 30 day program. (3) Having the flexibility to get the treatment that is needed while remaining employed can ease the financial burden of treatment for many.

The outpatient option is also beneficial for individuals who would actually suffer more by being isolated from family, friends and a familiar environment while they recover.

Benefits specific to The Treatment Center, Outpatient Services include:

From professional, experienced therapists and case managers, to holistic services and psychiatric medical care, all aspects of recovery are managed and covered at The Treatment Center.

Inpatient Treatment: What Is It?

Inpatient or Outpatient Care?Residential Treatment is a 24/7 program where the patient lives at the center, usually for anywhere from 3 to 12 months. Inpatient programs are beneficial as they utilize an entire community i.e. therapists, support groups, staff and other residents to heal and re-socialize the patient. Inpatient treatment is immersive and an excellent choice for those who need to be completely removed from exposure to substances and their environment.

Benefits of Residential Treatment

  • Structure and supervision
  • Removal of negative influences
  • 24/7 medical attention for withdrawal/detoxification
  • Community support
  • Focus
  • Therapeutic community

Which One Is Right For You?

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether inpatient or outpatient treatment services are the best option. It is very much an individual choice, but some key components to keep in mind during the decision making process are:

  • How dangerous is the addiction? If the addiction could cause serious physical harm if continued, or if going through withdrawal could be dangerous, inpatient services with 24/7 care are required. If withdrawal and detox will be mild, an outpatient treatment center and the flexibility it offers could be best.
  • Finances - consider the financial aspect of both inpatient and outpatient services. If finances aren't an issue, inpatient care is possibly the best option. If finances are an issue and staying employed is important, an outpatient setting wherein the proper treatment is obtained while continuing to work, is the best choice.
  • Socialization - If the addict is easily swayed by outside influences like friends, family and environment, an inpatient setting that isolates the addict from those influences is best. While isolation can be difficult at first, this nurturing, caring environment is often the healthiest and quickest way to recovery as it allows the addict to focus. Some individuals, however, may be hindered by isolation from friends and family and may do better with the support of family and friends while they go through recovery. In that case, outpatient services are the best choice.
  • Willpower - At an inpatient facility there is no access to drugs or alcohol. The ability to relapse is completely removed. At an outpatient facility, the flexibility of the program and the addict's familiar living environment, makes access to substances much easier. Knowing the individual personality of the addict and what environment would be best suited to him/her on the path to recovery will help make the decision as to whether inpatient services or outpatient services are the right program.

To learn more about the Treatment Center's Outpatient Services contact our compassionate, knowledgeable counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for free and confidential information to get started on the path to recovery. They can be contacted anytime HERE or at (844) 665-6834.

Which Works Better, Inpatient or Outpatient?

There are so many variables to consider with both outpatient and inpatient treatment that it is difficult to quantify which is more successful, particularly because no single treatment is right for everyone. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, research indicates that most addicted individuals need at least 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use and that the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment. (4) While duration of treatment is clearly a factor other issues such as those listed above (finances, willpower, needs of the individual) must be considered to determine the TYPE of treatment, inpatient or outpatient, that is best suited for the addict.

Call The Treatment Center, Outpatient Services Today

Don't wait until it's too late to get help. Counselors are standing by today to answer questions about our services and treatment. Contact or call at (844) 665-6834 today for a free consultation and to get on the path to recovery.

(1) https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/preface
(2) https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction
(3) http://www.recovery.org/topics/how-much-does-rehab-cost/
(4) https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment

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