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Inpatient or Outpatient: What’s Right For Me?

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Inpatient or Outpatient: What’s Right For Me?

What exactly is the difference between inpatient or outpatient treatment? Is one better than the other? Is one more appropriate for you? These are important questions that you face at the beginning of your recovery journey. Let’s take a closer look at your treatment options.

Inpatient refers to patients that are admitted to a rehabilitation center. They do on-site groups, meetings, follow-ups, counseling, and look after you and your health while you’re admitted. Inpatient targets those who require more attention or who have a riskier health issue.

Outpatient refers to patients that are not admitted to a rehabilitation center. It can be cheaper, and you won’t have on-site counseling, meetings or follow-ups. You can continue working at your job, continue your everyday life and not be interrupted by anything. You’ll still be able to attend meetings every week and see a therapist, but you’ll receive less intensive care compared to being an inpatient. Outpatient targets those who require less attention or who have a less dramatic health issue.

Consider options like an intensive outpatient program if inpatient treatment isn’t appropriate for you. For more information, call us today at 833.433.0448.

The Pros and Cons of Inpatient Addiction Treatment

When you are struggling with addiction, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Addiction treatment can help you get your life back on track and learn how to live a sober, healthy life. Inpatient treatment offers many advantages over other types of treatment, such as outpatient care or 12-step programs.

It’s a good idea to consider inpatient programs if you:

  • Have tried to recover on your own and failed
  • Notice severe withdrawal symptoms from your body
  • Feel you’ve hit rock bottom
  • Live in an area that is motivating or pressuring you to keep using
  • Know that outpatient programs didn’t work for you
  • Are medically incapable of living off-site
  • Are without a home
  • Think this is the best decision for yourself

Pros of Inpatient Programs

  • 24/7 medical attention
  • Group and individual meetings
  • 1-on-1 counseling
  • Personal case manager
  • Freshly cooked meals
  • Living in a safe environment
  • Living with other sober people
  • Inpatient programs help you find jobs
  • Inpatient programs work with you on setting goals

Cons of Inpatient Programs

  • Set schedule every day
  • Less freedom to do your own things
  • You won’t be able to work while you’re in the program

The Pros and Cons of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Inpatient treatment isn’t necessarily right for everyone. Outpatient addiction treatment can be a great option for people who want to recover from addiction but can’t commit to inpatient treatment.

Consider outpatient programs if you:

  • Have a minor, less impacted addiction
  • Can balance recovery with school/work
  • Are motivated to recover
  • Are low on funds or insurance to cover inpatient programs
  • Live in a safe and positive environment
  • Think this is the best decision for yourself

Pros of Outpatient Programs

  • You’ll be able to continue work/school
  • It takes less time commitment
  • You’ll still be able to attend meetings
  • The people you’re in therapy with can be more functional
  • It’s easier to transition to sober living

Cons of Outpatient Programs

  • You won’t have a medical professional looking after you
  • The inpatient program amenities won’t be available for you
  • Less supervision (likely to relapse)
  • Lack of structure
  • Outpatient programs tend to be a lot longer
  • You might not have individualized therapy

Inpatient or Outpatient Addiction Treatment? We’ll Help You Decide

Inpatient and outpatient programs can be a hard decision for many. We want to make this as easy as possible. If you’re still struggling between going to an inpatient or outpatient program, we would be happy to help. Please call us for a free and confidential assessment at 833.433.0448.

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