Choosing Addiction Treatment: Inpatient vs. Outpatient

May 18, 2018 9:00 am Published by

An important first step toward sobriety is helping your loved one choose the best treatment program. Deciding on an inpatient or outpatient program can depend on the level of addiction and what will fit his or her lifestyle.

Both treatment programs are equally focused on a successful rehabilitation. However, each plan has unique benefits that should be considered when making the determination.

What is Inpatient Drug Rehab?

Inpatient drug rehab treatment is a residential program that is intensive and geared toward those with serious addiction. Inpatient rehab programs typically involve the following:

– Usually lasts from 28 days up to a few months
– At the beginning of the process, the patient will undergo a detoxification period either at the facility or at a standalone location specifically for detox
– After detox, there is a period of counseling, therapy and education
– If appropriate, medication can also be used during treatment

Pros of Inpatient Rehab Programs

  • It is a stable, sober environment
  • There is constant monitoring during withdrawal and recovery
  • A reduced risk of relapse
  • Reduced exposure to stressors and triggers
  • Specialized treatment services can include yoga, exercise, expressive arts therapy, etc. (depending on the facility)

What is Outpatient Addiction Rehab?

Outpatient addiction rehab is part-time and less intensive. They allow the recovering user to keep going to work or school. These programs make it possible for participants to live at home so they can continue with their personal responsibilities. The patient will then commute to group and individual therapy sessions each week.

Pros of Outpatient Rehab Programs

  • Reduced cost (no room and board necessary)
  • The ability to go to work or school
  • Increased access to a support system (family and friends)
  • Patients can practice relapse prevention in the real world during the treatment process

How to Choose Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment

Your loved one’s needs and their addiction severity will determine the best program for them. Ask these questions to help decide the best option:

1. Are they exposed to drugs or alcohol in their environment?
2. Is their living environment supportive of sobriety?
3. Do family members drink or use drugs around them?
4. Can they leave a job, school or their home for a long period of time?
5. Can they commute from home to a facility?

The answers to these questions can help you and your loved make an informed decision together. Once you’ve answered these questions, spend some time researching different treatment programs and talk with staff members to get a better idea of what life and recovery will be like with the inpatient or outpatient program.

Addiction Treatment at Footprints Beachside Recovery

Regardless of the type of treatment that is decided on, the facility should have an individualized plan to reach the goal of sobriety. At Footprints Beachside Recovery, there are several treatment options so a patient can get the exact help that he or she needs. Contact us today to choose the treatment program that works for you and your loved one and start the recovery journey.

Call Footprints Beachside Recovery at 877-954-3908 today.