Is Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?

Is Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?

Both inpatient and outpatient treatments are effective forms of treatment for addicts

There are numerous forms of treatment and each facility has their own treatment options, all of which strive for the same end goals of sobriety and healthy living. Because of the vast variety of facilities, as well as programs, addicts may find it difficult to know which program is right for their situation. Feeling comfortable with a specific form of treatment is extremely important for the addict to be successful both while in treatment and upon completion of treatment.

Both inpatient and outpatient programs have similar practices yet they have tremendous differences in how an addict’s addiction is treated. While one provides a drug-free environment the other gives the addict the opportunity for an independent lifestyle, leaving the responsibility of creating a drug-free environment to the addict. Fully researching the different treatment options and approaches can help the addict feel more comfortable with his treatment.

What is Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment is typically recommended for addicts who have a severe or long-term addiction along with those addicts who feel that they need the added support to achieve sobriety. Even those addicts who are in the early stages of addiction can opt for inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment has been extremely effective for numerous addicts because it offers the following:

  • Around the clock care
  • Safely supervised detox
  • Tailored treatment plan
  • Controlled environment

Most inpatient treatment facilities start with the process of detoxing the addict from his drug(s) of choice, which is done under constant medical supervision. This stage of detox is often considered the initial stage of treatment. During this process, the addict’s body clears itself of drugs and alcohol. Because certain drugs or even alcoholism can cause the addict serious harm if abruptly stopped, medical personal help manage the detox pain and side effects with specific medications, which help the addict go through this stage without as much pain or harsh side effects. Detoxification alone does not treat the addict’s psychological, social or behavioral issues that initiated the addiction, and because of this, should be followed up by a formal assessment.

Inpatient treatment is a great opportunity for addicts; while in the program addicts are able to initiate treatment for their psychological, social and behavioral issues that initially sparked their addiction. While inpatient treatment helps lay the foundation of sobriety, upon an addict’s completion, he is often referred to other forms of treatment such as outpatient treatment, where his treatment is continued in a more independent style.  [1]

What is Outpatient Treatment?

Typically, outpatient treatment is sought for recovering addicts who have either completed inpatient treatment or for those addicts whose addiction has been caught in the earliest stages. Outpatient treatment is also a great resource for addicts whose obligations prevent them from being able to seek inpatient treatment. Included in the following are some of the benefits outpatient treatment has to offer:

  • Independent lifestyle
  • Scheduled counseling sessions
  • Referrals to other opportunities

Many addicts wish to seek treatment but because of their obligations at home and work, they are unable to attend an inpatient facility. Another great option for those addicts is outpatient treatment, where they will be able to maintain their obligations while they receive treatment for their addiction. Although this is a great alternative to inpatient treatment, outpatient programs do not offer assistant with the detox stage nor do they offer medical supervision.

Outpatient treatment typically consists of scheduled counseling sessions, which can be both in a group or individual setting where the addict receives feedback from those who understand his struggle while at the same time being able to uncover the reasons behind his addiction. These sessions, for most, are one to two times per week and often last anywhere from one to two hours. Outpatient treatment also gives the addict additional resources such as local support groups he can attend and help with finding jobs, housing or even sponsors.

Although both forms of treatment, inpatient and outpatient, have tremendous benefits for addicts seeking sobriety, the addict’s success depends on the severity of his addiction, what form of treatment he will respond best to, and if there are any other conditions affecting his life. These are all aspects an addict must fully consider before committing to a treatment program.

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[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states/types-treatment-programs, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Types of Treatment Programs, 11/05/15, 12/2012.

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