Inpatient vs outpatient rehab. Which open is the best for your recovery?

Read this article to get more information on both options.

The topic of rehab can be a difficult one. Admitting that you or your loved one would benefit from such a place can be hard.
Not to mention confusing. How do you know which place would be right for me? What is inpatient rehab, exactly? Outpatient rehab? To help you make an informed choice, we’re going to look at each option so you can decide on the best choice for your situation.

Inpatient Rehab Treatment

First, let’s have a look at what inpatient rehab means and why the inpatient option may be one to consider. What does inpatient rehab mean? Inpatient rehab services are also known as residential treatment services. This means that the patient checks into a controlled environment to help overcome their addictions. In other words, you live in the controlled treatment facility for a temporary period of time, typically ranging from 30 to 90 days.

Why Choose Inpatient Rehab?

By choosing this option, patients have access to 24-hour medical and emotional support available to them in the forms of:

Choosing to live in a controlled, supportive environment is a great option for those looking to get away from temptations: the preferred choice if their environment has people using and abusing around them. It should be noted that there is a higher rate of success from inpatient rehab. A study found that 84% of those in rehab for a longer period were more successful in recovery.

Things to Consider Before Choosing Inpatient Rehab

While these are excellent reasons to choose inpatient rehab, there are certain things to think about before making the decision.

These include:

  • Limited access to the outside world
  • Limited access to family and friends
  • The need to take time out from work or school
  • The cost

Weigh the reasons to opt for inpatient services and what to consider carefully. Are any of these points concerning for you? If so, why? Determining what concerns you, may help you make your decision. This option should be a serious consideration if you or your loved one’s addictions are severe or life threatening.

Outpatient Rehab

Now, let’s take a look at the other rehab option: outpatient. What does outpatient rehab mean? This type of treatment option means the patient visits the rehab clinic in regular intervals. In comparison to inpatient rehab, outpatients get to live at home instead of in a facility.

Why Choose Outpatient Rehab?

Choosing this treatment option has its own benefits to consider:

  • Living at home while getting treatment
  • Continuing to work or go to school
  • Access to friends and family and other support networks
  • Ability to fulfill other personal responsibilities
  • Reduced cost
  • The ability to practice relapse prevention skills in the patient’s actual life

Overall, the outpatient rehab option offers patients flexible treatment while allowing the patient to live in their relatively normal environment. During such a difficult time, family and loved ones are invaluable to the patient. They will need all the support they can get as they battle their addictions. While it will be tough on friends and family, too, everyone will need to work together to encourage the frequent clinic visits and keep them on the right path.

Things to Consider Before Choosing Outpatient Rehab

While outpatient treatment comes with flexibility, there are other things to keep in mind before choosing this option, such as:

  • Not having access to 24-hour medical and emotional support
  • A constantly controlled environment
  • Easier access to substances
  • Potentially higher relapse risk
  • Lack of constant supervision during detoxification

This option is a viable choice for those that have addictions that are not as severe or life threatening. Do any of these points pose any concerns for you? If so, why? These considerations will help you determine the best route toward recovery.

Choosing the Right Recovery Path

After having a look at both treatment options and what they mean, let’s look at what to consider in choosing the correct path.
When looking to make the best decision for either yourself or a loved one, you need to consider:

  • Is your living environment stable?
  • Does your environment support sobriety?
  • Are you exposed to substances or alcohol in your environment on a regular basis?
  • Do any of your friends or loved ones use substances or drink around you?
  • Are you ready for the hard work you’ll have to put in if you remain at home?
  • Can you leave your commitments such as your job or school for a set period of time?
  • Can you commute to a treatment center several times a week?
  • Do you have a strong, supportive network to help keep you going on the sobriety path?
  • What do your financial circumstances look like? What kind of financial commitment can you make?
  • How severe is the addiction?

It is important to take a sufficient amount of time thinking about these questions. Don’t go with the automatic reactionary choice. Especially if this concerns someone you love. Instead, go over the questions carefully and with someone you trust. If you need an unbiased opinion, speak with a professional to help you determine the right choice. Rehab is a commitment and you need to be prepared for it in the best possible way to get the best results.

Choosing the Right Facility

Regardless of whether you’re in need of inpatient or outpatient services, it’s also important to choose the best rehab center. It’s vital you select a treatment program with personnel that care about the attendee and sees them as more than just their addiction, like the professionals at 1 Method Center. We have all the essential techniques needed for recovery while keeping the patient in mind. When you’re ready, feel free to contact us so we can start helping you or your loved one get onto the path toward sobriety, as soon as possible.