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Is an Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment Center Right for You?



Is an Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment Center Right for You?

If you are ready to seek help for your substance abuse issue, then you have a huge question to ask yourself.

Do you want to seek this help at one of the many inpatient treatment centers in the United States?

Would you rather go to outpatient rehab?

There are many different aspects to treatment, and deciding whether inpatient treatment centers or outpatient rehabilitation is better for you can be difficult.

Each program has advantages and disadvantages.

It is incredibly important to consider all facets of the recovery process as well as your own personal needs when choosing treatment for your addiction.

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Inpatient treatment centers typically are only one of two main types of treatment programs.

The other is outpatient rehab.

These both focus on rehabilitation, but each one has unique attributes and benefits to offer.

Inpatient rehabs are intensive and are residential treatment programs.

These are designed to treat serious addictions.

Outpatient rehabs are part-time programs, which can allow you to continue going to work if needed.

It is essential that you and your loved ones understand the difference between outpatient treatment centers and inpatient rehab centers before choosing a program.

Finding the right program can help you achieve long term sobriety.

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Pros and Cons of Inpatient Treatment Centers

In inpatient treatment centers you will stay in the facility and there is a higher success rate. Despite this, it is more expensive and also disruptive to your daily life. You are able to obtain 24 hours per day medical support, and it can range anywhere from 28 to 90 days. In severe cases, it can continue to six months. Inpatient treatment centers are designed to treat serious addictions but provide no distractions from everyday life.

Pros and Cons of Outpatient Treatment Centers

Outpatient treatment centers allow you to stay at home each night, and go to treatment each morning. Because of this, there is a lower success rate, but it is also more affordable. You are able to maintain a normal routine, and you have support from family or friends. Typically these programs last anywhere from three to 12 months. Overall, these programs require 10 to 12 hours per week and are good if you have a mild addiction. 

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Inpatient treatment centers are also known as residential treatment. They require you to check yourself into a controlled environment without drugs or alcohol, in order to overcome your addictions. You will be at the clinic 24 hours per day, with medical and emotional support.

Preparing for Inpatient Treatment Centers

It is very important to properly prepare for rehab before going. There is no set amount of time that you will need to prepare, but it is important to set a date ahead of time. You will be living at the inpatient treatment centers for anywhere from 28 to 90 days, so you should have affairs settled before your entry date.

Things to take care of before entering inpatient treatment centers include:

  • Talking to your job
  • Finding living arrangements for children or dependent family members
  • Planning how to get to and from the rehab center
  • Finding out what personal items are allowed


Family Support in Inpatient Treatment Centers

Successful inpatient clinics allow your family to be involved as long as they are supportive. This is because family involvement is crucial to recovery. Family members can typically contact loved ones in residential treatment centers, through the center, to provide emotional support and encouragement.

When it comes to how often you can communicate with your loved ones, inpatient treatment centers are all different. You may even have your family included in counseling if they are willing to commit.

Daily Life During Inpatient Rehab

During inpatient treatment, you will be able to focus on getting sober without the added distractions of everyday life. You should expect that every day will be scheduled. You will meet with psychologists, counselors, and psychiatrists both individually and in groups. You should expect a typical inpatient program to run anywhere from 28 days to six months, but most often up to 90 days.

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Medical Detox

The first step in inpatient treatment is usually a medically assisted detox. This is essential because you will have physicians and addiction specialists to monitor your vital signs while drugs exit your system.

Drug cravings are common during detox and can be difficult to overcome. This eventually can lead to relapse. During medical detox, you will have more than just the care that is provided during inpatient treatment. Instead, clinicians can also provide necessary medicine and medical expertise to lessen cravings and withdrawals.


The brain reacts differently to different addictive substances. This means that over time and with frequent use you will experience withdrawal symptoms. These are not pleasant regardless of the drug, but some drugs should never be quit without medical supervision.

This is because some withdrawals can be fatal. Lethal withdrawals are linked to drugs such as synthetic opiates, benzodiazepines, alcohol, and also heroin. Inpatient rehab offers you access to 24-hour medical attention, which is essential if you want to complete a full recovery.

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Outpatient drug rehab is less restrictive than inpatient programs. Outpatient recovery programs only typically require 10 to 12 hours a week at a local treatment center.

These sessions focus on drug abuse education, as well as include both individual and group counseling. You will learn how to cope without your drug of choice.

Outpatient drug rehab can also be a good standalone option if you suffer from a mild addiction. Despite this, it can also be part of a long-term treatment program. Outpatient drug rehab usually spans a time period of three to six months, or up to a year. 

Outpatient Detox Programs

Although typically you will want to detox during inpatient rehab medical detox, if you suffer from a mild-to-moderate drug withdrawal, you might find outpatient detoxification fitting.

Outpatient detox is safe and effective and typically takes less time to complete than medical detox in an inpatient treatment center. The average outpatient detox period lasts six and a half days.

During outpatient detox, you will be required to go to a treatment facility for physical and mental check-ups. Your doctors may give you medications to soothe withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and increased heart rate.

Social Support During Outpatient Rehab

During any form of rehab having social support is essential. Outpatient rehab provides you the opportunity to have more social support than any other program. This is because you will be able to remain living at home during treatment. You will also be able to continue working, providing a layer of support.

Twelve-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are typically used as part of outpatient treatment. Studies have shown that going to recovery groups helps addicts to stay sober longer.

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Getting Help

Regardless of the treatment option you choose, rehab can change your life.

Addiction is a chronic illness, which means that recovery is a lifelong process.

Medical professionals such as mental health counselors and community groups are essential in your success.

Contact us at Resurgence Behavioral Health to learn about our free insurance verification for treatment, and to get started today.

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