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Inpatient vs. Outpatient

What Is The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment?

There are several levels of care within addiction treatment rehabs including medical detox, residential inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and sober living. However, depending on the specific rehab, the options for a continuum of care may be limited.

The two main programs following a medically assisted detox are residential inpatient and outpatient treatment. Resident inpatient, or inpatient treatment, is the highest level of care found within an addiction treatment program. Alternatively, outpatient treatment is the lowest level of care in an addiction recovery program.

How do I Choose Between Inpatient and Outpatient?

Before entering addiction treatment, it is important to research the various treatment options at the qualifying rehab locations. Often, people starting the search for treatment have a difficult time deciding between residential inpatient and outpatient treatment.  

It is advised that you seek inpatient if your addiction is so longstanding that you have lost your outside support such as:

  1. Job
  2. Family
  3. Friends

Additional indicators include drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Irregular heartbeats

Outpatient treatment is typically beneficial for people who have a less severe addiction that can be managed from their residence or a sober living facility. Additionally, outpatient treatment works effectively when it is integrated into a full continuum of care treatment plan that works through each level of care, starting with inpatient.

Why Inpatient?

Substance dependent people may feel better and do better in an inpatient setting because it is safer and more protective— because it provides medical attention for detoxification or health problems, and because it separates you from temptations, from relapse-triggering people and events.

It takes you out of the environment that has become associated with your habit, and away from pressures that could distract you from concentration on recovery—while placing you in an environment tailored to encourage recovery.

It is a more all-encompassing and intense form of therapy, and it may be more effective in making sure you get safely through the first, most difficult few weeks.

The following indicate that inpatient care is most likely the best choice:

  1. The substance abuser is using large amounts of drugs, taking drugs on a nearly continuous basis, or using drugs intravenously
  2. The substance abuser has a high risk of dying from an overdose
  3. The polyaddiction person who uses one drug to counteract the effects of another
  4. There are severe psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders and/or medical disorders such as liver problems or infectious diseases
  5. Is the user completely incapable of taking care of himself, going to work, or interacting with other people
  6. The addict has failed at previous outpatient treatment programs

Why Outpatient?

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your addiction, outpatient treatment may appropriate. You may feel more secure if you can stay on your job or be with your family in the evenings while you’re going through structured outpatient treatment. Cost is another factor in favor of outpatient treatment.

Both residential and outpatient treatment center prospects should include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Psychological testing
  • Medical and psychiatric care
  • Social evaluation
  • Licensed therapists
  • Certified substance abuse counselors
  • Self-help orientation
  • Drug screening
  • Aftercare

Inpatient or outpatient, a keystone of many treatment programs, which we believe is absolutely essential, is the use of recovering people as counselors. The most important reason is that recovering people really understand what you have been through and are going through. They have been there themselves.

When they say, “I know how you feel” it’s not just sympathy or empathy or somebody’s attempt to soothe your concerns. It’s a fact.

At the same time, while a recovering counselor isn’t trying to fool you, neither are you going to be able to fool him.

Reach Out

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse problem, please reach out to our addiction specialists for guidance and support, at (877)-RECOVERY.

Our team of addiction specialists make themselves available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Because We Care.

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