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Outpatient vs Inpatient Rehab

Written by: Editorial Staff.

There are common confusions associated with drug and alcohol rehabilitation. One common question that can be confusing is outpatient versus inpatient drug treatment? The unknown can be scary especially when it comes to taking the steps to choosing the right drug rehabilitation. Knowing the difference of outpatient vs inpatient treatment can ease the decision making process.

Outpatient vs Inpatient: Inpatient

An inpatient treatment center is typically when a patient checks into a drug rehab and maintains there treatment in that facility under the supervision of medical professionals. Inpatient treatment centers generally offer both a short-term treatment option as well as a long-term treatment option.

Short-term inpatient treatment can offer a short 3-14 day visit. Generally short-term inpatient is facilitated within the confines of a hospital for 24 hour monitoring and supervision. This is typical for a drug detox. A drug and alcohol detox is the process of the body eliminating the substance. Many substances such as alcohol, opioids, and stimulants have adverse withdrawal symptoms. One of the hardest things to overcome in recovery is the agonizing withdrawal symptoms. On a therapeutic level however little can be accomplished on such a short visit. As with most addictions it is a physical and emotional dependency to a substance that initiated their drug abuse. It is common for a patient to be psychologically evaluated by a doctor to see if there is a necessity for extended treatment and therapy.

Long-term inpatient also recognized as residential treatment can offer a wide range of accommodations, dynamics and specifications. Residential treatment can offer a secure, safely monitored detox and recovery process integrating therapy, counseling, and peer support. By addressing core issues that directly relate to the using, the patient can build coping skills.

Outpatient vs. Inpatient: Outpatient

Outpatient treatment can vary by type and length of treatment the difference of outpatient vs. inpatient is that it is a non-live in facility. The responsibility of showing up is on the patient themselves. Outpatient generally is offered by contract ranging from a 30 day treatment to up to a year. It is typical for an outpatient treatment center to offer therapy, counseling, group counseling and random drug testing. This level of support, accountability and freedom can be successful with patients that genuinely want to stay sober without reservations. Much like residential or extended inpatient treatment, examining the psychological reasoning for using can benefit long-term sobriety. Outpatient is commonly integrated as a transition from inpatient treatment to living independently.