If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, making the decision to get help is an amazing act of courage. Congratulations if you’ve taken that leap or are in the process of making this important decision. Now that you are ready to seek help, what’s the next step? There are so many options out there but which is the right one for you? If you’re considering treatment, you are probably wondering about the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab and which you should choose.
The Key Difference Between Inpatient And Outpatient Rehab
Just as you would expect, the main difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab is that with inpatient treatment you stay in the facility 24/7 for a preset length of time (typically 30 to 90 days) and with outpatient treatment, you leave the program at the end of each day, or session.
What Are The Advantages Of Inpatient Treatment?
One of the biggest advantages inpatient rehab has over outpatient is constant support. You have access to counselor and peer support every minute of the day. When you are hit with a craving or other problem, you have someone right there you can go to.
Another advantage is that you are in a safe space. Rehab is a safe environment free of not only drugs and alcohol, but other things as well. This is particularly good for those who have been living in unsafe circumstances or have experienced trauma or abuse, which is so common in active addiction. Rehab is safe. You can relax and have the opportunity to work on yourself. You are free from the outside influences and triggers that can threaten your newfound sobriety.
What Are The Advantages Of Outpatient Treatment?
Outpatient treatment allows you to continue living at home while still receiving addiction treatment. For many people, this is ideal. For example, caregivers often don’t get the help they need because they aren’t able to go to inpatient treatment. An outpatient program allows this. The same goes for students or those who are employed.
While inpatient is an excellent choices, outpatient care allows more people to get the help they need while still maintaining their responsibilities.
Which Type Of Treatment Is Right For You?
The best type of treatment is what works for you. While inpatient treatment is often seen as the most effective treatment option, it won’t work if you can’t complete the program, or don’t make it to the program in the first place. If your lifestyle or responsibilities don’t allow you to go to treatment for a month or more, then outpatient is an option.
You’ll still receive counseling, group therapy and learn tools and strategies that can help prevent relapse.
Inpatient treatment is a good choice if you don’t have the support you need to stay sober. For example, if you are homeless or living in an unsafe or unsupportive environment, inpatient is the best choice.
When it comes to the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab, the biggest difference is often the difference between going and not going. Choose the program you know you will have the best chances of completing. To get help or to learn more about treatment options, contact Atlantic Recovery Center today.