(press release: summitbehavioralhealth) // New Jersey // Maria Ulmer MA, LMFT, CAADC | Chief Clinical Officer
What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab?
The answers are important, because of people suffering from addiction who commit to a drug treatment program, or an alcohol rehab program, need to understand what to expect during this process and the risks of not fully committing to changing their behavior.
Frequently Asked Questions About Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab
What Is Inpatient Rehab?
Inpatient rehab is considered more intensive than outpatient rehab because patients are required to live in the treatment facility. This means that patients are more closely monitored by staff members of the rehab facility, which can help caregivers detect early signs of a relapse.
Some things to know about an inpatient rehab facility, include:
- Offers In-House Detoxification – Many inpatient rehab facilities feature a dedicated detox program that can last anywhere from several days to a week. During this process, addicts are weaned off drugs and alcohol, so that their bodies can eliminate the toxins that have built up over time. The presence of nurses, doctors, and counselors also helps addicts get through this difficult process, knowing they have a support system of qualified caregivers.
- Provide Intensive Therapy – Inpatient rehab facilities offer hours of intensive therapy in both individual and group sessions. While outpatient rehab also offers therapy, the fact that patients live in the facility provides them with the opportunity to attend many more therapy sessions. Therapy is one of the biggest factors in managing an addiction, therefore patients who attend more sessions may gain more confidence in their ability to manage their addiction.
- Offers In-House Extracurricular Activities – Patients in an inpatient facility can also take advantage of social activities that can help them cope with their addiction. Many of these facilities offer exercise programs such as yoga, group games, and social outings that can help break up the monotony of being inside a facility.
- Provides Safe Environment – Outpatient facilities lose ‘control’ over their patients when they go home, or when they are at work. But residents in inpatient facilities have the around-the-clock support system that can help prevent early relapses. Knowing that doctors, nurses and counselors are nearby can help patients stay on track, and removing outside temptations – such as friends who still abuse alcohol or drugs – can go a long way in the recovery process.
One other to remember is that inpatient facilities are more expensive than outpatient facilities, precisely because they offer 24/7 services, private rooms, and extensive therapy sessions.
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What Is Outpatient Rehab?
Outpatient rehab facilities don’t require addicts to remain within the facility, so there is more freedom for patients to establish a schedule that fits into their daily lives.
Some things to know about outpatient rehab facilities include:
- Provides Therapy – Outpatient rehab facilities offer your group and individual therapy sessions, which you can schedule based on your home and work schedule. Although you will not have 24/7 access to therapy, you still have access to counselors during an emergency.
- Lets You Continue Your Normal Routine – Although there is nothing ‘normal’ about going through a drug treatment program or alcohol rehab, an outpatient facility lets you maintain your daily life without the massive disruption of leaving your home and work to live in an inpatient facility for several weeks or several months. This may be a real issue if you can’t afford to leave work for a long period of time. The key is having a supportive family structure, as well as friends who can help you during this time of treatment. (1)
- Provides Real-Life Challenges – Residents in inpatient facilities are not able to test their ability to stay clean in a real-world environment. That’s not the case for addicts in outpatient facilities because they are forced to put the principles they are learning in therapy to use in day-to-day activities. This helps them understand what works and what doesn’t work and enables them to make adjustments easier than those undergoing inpatient treatment.
It’s also important to understand that outpatient treatment is more affordable than inpatient treatment, because you are not paying to live in a private room, nor are you paying for all the amenities that inpatient facilities offer.
What’s Best For You?
Choosing between inpatient and outpatient treatment is dependent on many factors.
If your addiction has spiraled out of control and has ruined your family and work life, then inpatient treatment may be the best choice to eliminate distractions and temptations and provide you with the intensive therapy you need.
On the other hand, if you want treatment for alcohol or drug dependency, but are experiencing financial difficulties, outpatient treatment may be a better choice. By understanding the pros and cons of each type of treatment, you are better equipped to make a decision that fits your unique circumstances.
If you want to learn more about your addiction treatment options, please call one of the expert counselors at Serenity at Summit by Summit Behavioral Health.
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