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Inpatient Or Outpatient Therapy


When choosing whether you should receive inpatient or outpatient treatment, for your substance abuse problem, there are a few things to consider. While both treatment options can be effective, they both have their advantages. The first thing you need to know is the difference between these two therapies. Inpatient treatment therapy requires the person to live in the treatment center while receiving rehabilitation therapy while outpatient treatment therapy allows the patient to live at home, requiring the client to go to the facility for treatment.

Receiving treatment as an inpatient allows you to live with others who are going through the recovery process and enables you to attend daily support groups and therapy sessions. This provides for a great support system usually because the client doesn’t feel isolated and is surrounded by other clients who are going through the same struggles they are. As an outpatient client, you live on your own and you would have to visit the facility to receive treatments and then return home after.

Even though there are differences between inpatient and outpatient therapy, there are many similarities. For example, clients can enjoy the benefits of all therapy sessions such as individual and group therapy, along with other support group programs. All clients are required to remain sober regardless of the treatment type they choose and attend all required treatments on a regular basis.

As no person is the same, neither are the recovery treatment times. The time frame for inpatient therapy treatment generally lasts between 30 to 90 days. There are times where the treatment program may last up to a year. Towards the end of the client’s treatment, the therapist may decide to extend or not extend the treatment program based on how well the client has progressed.

For outpatient clients, the treatment programs are more open-ended since the client lives at home and they normally do not need to complete the program quickly to return to their daily life. Outpatient clients usually have therapy once a week compared to inpatient clients who receive treatment on a daily basis. Which is why outpatient treatment is recommended to be followed by inpatient treatment.

The Benefits of Each Program

The benefits to receiving inpatient treatment include:

  • Having access to therapy daily and even in the case of an emergency or crisis.
  • You are able to interact and surround yourself with people who are going through the same struggle as you.
  • Your transportation and dining arrangements are taken care of by the facility.
  • There is structure which keeps you on the right track to a successful recovery.
  • There is a less chance of relapse by partaking in an inpatient treatment program.

The benefits of receiving outpatient treatment include:

  • The ability to continue going to work while checking in for treatment.
  • Outpatient programs are best suited as a follow up treatment to inpatient therapy, following the step down approach in the continuum of care treatment model.

What Program Is Right For Me?

Each client needs to take into consideration the outcome of their goal and what fits their personality and needs and what would be most effective for them. There are studies that show that receiving inpatient treatment is more successful and relapse rates tend to be lower. The first step is making a call to one of our admissions coordinators who can help you understand your options. Call us 24 hours a day on our addiction hotline: 1-800-910-3734