Rehabilitation: Inpatient vs. Outpatient Programs

Have you decided that it is time to quit your addiction? Whether it be drugs or alcohol, you have decided that it is time to get some help.

That is great! After all, the first step to addiction recovery is deciding that you need help and that it is time to make a change. Next, comes the decision of where to go.

First, you must consider the type of program you want: inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation.

Free stock photo of people, friends, men, women

But, assuming that you have never been to rehab before, how do you know which one will work best for you?

The main differences between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities are:

  1. Duration of the program.

    Based on your needs, the total length of the process will vary. However, most people spend about 28-30 days starting out in an inpatient rehab. But, a more severe case can take anywhere from 90 days to a year, or longer.

    On the other hand, outpatient care does not require you to stay at the treatment facility at all, but it does require regular attendance to counseling sessions which are typically offered weekly or even daily. On average, someone in an outpatient rehab program continues participation for 12-16 weeks. However, it could last for several months or even years based on individual need.

  2. The cost of the treatment.

    Obviously, inpatient treatment will be more expensive as housing costs are included. An inpatient treatment program will include room and board, intensive daily treatment and more.

    Whereas, outpatient treatment just requires payment for the treatment services such as counseling, but patients live on their own outside of the facility.

  3. Your place of residence during treatment.

    As mentioned before, inpatient means you live there. So, the biggest difference between the two – inpatient and outpatient – is if you live at the treatment facility or not.

    With outpatient rehabs, you have greater freedom and can continue with your daily activities, however, with inpatient treatment you must become fully devoted to the program.

  4. The detox processes.

    Detoxification is required for both inpatient and outpatient rehab programs, however, inpatient rehabs do detox on site. If you choose to go with an outpatient program you might try finding a clinical setting for a medical detox.

The type of program you choose is entirely based off your needs – do you need more structure or do you have enough willpower to complete the program while living in the outside world?

Each treatment type offers its own benefits. Ensure you do extensive research before making your selection.

Leave a Reply