Inpatient Rehab vs. Outpatient Rehab: What’s the Difference?
Every year, millions of people are found to be in need of some type of drug or alcohol rehab program. There are many different options for them, and both can work very well, depending on their needs, their addiction and their history with drug and/or alcohol treatment.
It’s important to understand the differences between inpatient and outpatient rehab if you’re considering getting treatment for yourself or for someone you care about. While there are many differences, you’ll find that both options can be used to achieve the same results – recovery from drugs and/or alcohol.
The main difference between inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab is the fact that when a person chooses to go inpatient treatment, they are required to check into the facility for a pre-determined amount of time. Depending on how the treatment goes, that time may be shortened or extended, and the treatment team will continually evaluate the patient’s progress on a regular basis.
Many people who opt for inpatient rehab still need to undergo the detoxification process, which is a period of time when withdrawal is the worst. During detoxification, the drugs are leaving the patient’s body, which can cause a variety of symptoms, such as tremors, sweats, rapid heart rate and high blood pressure. Detoxification can be very difficult, and it’s during this time that most patients relapse if they’re not in a controlled environment. For that reason, inpatient rehab is not only generally safer for many patients, but it’s also preferred by those who are serious about becoming sober.
Once the detoxification process is complete, the patient will usually experience a period of feeling very sad or depressed. This is very common because there is a sense of loss. However, the treatment team provides an excellent way to educate patients about why they’re experiencing these feelings. Group meetings allow them to meet and connect with others who may be in similar situations, or in similar places in the recovery process. One on one counseling provides a way for patients to talk about their feelings and gain valuable insight into why they feel the way they do about their addictions and the challenges those addictions caused them to cover up.
Inpatient rehab is an excellent option for many reasons, and it has been proven to be very successful for those who require that level of supervision and support on their journey toward recovery.
Many patients prefer outpatient rehab because it allows them to live at home while they still have access to the treatment they need for their addictions. Outpatient rehab can be quite challenging for patients because how easy it can be to relapse, especially during the withdrawal process. While all outpatient rehabs might be a little bit different, many of them require daily check-ins with staff for updates, medications and therapy. Some start quite rigorously with group sessions and one on one sessions, and then as the patient demonstrates progress and success, the number of those sessions might decrease.
There are many benefits to outpatient rehab. It works quite well for patients who have excellent support systems at home. It’s also much more cost-effective because there is no need to cover room and board expenses. People who choose outpatient rehab over inpatient rehab might have a slight advantage as well, because of the fact that they are actually relearning how to live their lives free of addiction in the real world. That fact alone results in many patients experiencing great success after completing their treatments.
Which Type of Rehab is Right for You?
There are benefits to both inpatient and outpatient rehab, but only you can decide the method that’s right for you. You may choose to try outpatient rehab and then find that it’s just not working as well for you as you had hoped. Or, you could opt for inpatient rehab because you want to really get serious about overcoming your addiction.
No matter which treatment method you choose, the most important thing is getting the help you truly need. Addictions are very powerful, and they can quickly take over your life if you allow them to. Whether you choose inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab, the most important step is realizing that a problem exists. Once you realize you need professional assistance, it becomes much easier to choose which treatment method is the right one for you.
If you have questions, or if you would like to talk with someone about your addiction treatment options, please contact us.
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