INPATIENT VS. OUTPATIENT CARE: HOW TO CHOOSE
At some point in one’s recovery process, they will have to decide whether they should choose inpatient or outpatient care. This, however, isn’t a simple decision, or one that can be done whimsically. Choosing between inpatient and outpatient care should be examined closely according to the level of care a person needs as well as their budget.
INPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAMS
Inpatient alcohol and drug programs are usually reserved for more acute substance abuse issues. By inpatient it is meant that a person physically stays in a recovery facility for a set time, which can range between 30 and 90 days. Usually, the detox portion will last from 4 to 10 days. The rest of the treatment experience will focus on recovery programs, private and group therapy, and abstinence training.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INPATIENT CARE?
Inpatient care has its advantages in that severe alcohol and drug cases have around-the-clock monitoring of their recovery. Another advantage to inpatient care is it takes a person out of their prior environment which may have been instrumental in their addiction.
Another large plus that comes with inpatient care is that everything you do, from detoxing through to recovery is supervised by a qualified staff. Inpatient care also keeps you in close contact with therapists and counselors to whom you can speak if you don’t feel your rehab isn’t going as it should.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF INPATIENT CARE?
Cost is the main disadvantage of inpatient care, in that inpatient care can cost exponentially more money than outpatient care. Another disadvantage entails insurance, and the possibility that the entire cost of your rehab will not be paid.
Outpatient programs allows a substance abuser more freedom within a recovery program. Outpatient programs can entail daily, semi-daily or weekly visits to a rehab center. While less structure is involved with outpatient care, there still can be a structure in which you exercise and/or take up a hobby, which also occurs with inpatient care.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF OUTPATIENT CARE?
First and foremost, outpatient care is much less expensive than inpatient care, sometimes resulting in thousands of dollars. Outpatient care is usually less intense than inpatient care simply from the fact that it is not around-the-clock care.
One more advantage of outpatient care is you can still seek treatment while remaining in a familiar environment. You can continue to remain employed while living at home in the program. Insurance is also more likely to pay for outpatient care since the treatment is less expensive.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF OUTPATIENT CARE?
A facility and its staff can never provide the same 24-hour care if you are an outpatient at a rehab facility. Many Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs will offer six hours a daily programming. This isn’t to say the level of care will be lower, but the client will not be under supervision 24 hours and day will be able to live more independently.
Another disadvantage is you’re more likely to relapse in a non-inpatient environment where triggers that may make you want to use alcohol or drugs can exist. Also, if you are on medication, there will be no long-term supervision to confirm you are using the medication properly.
Inpatient vs outpatient care is a subject that has been the focus of many debates in the rehabilitation community with no true conclusion as to which is more effective for a person’s addiction. All that can really be said with veracity is whether your case qualifies as an inpatient or outpatient depends solely on the severity of your addiction.
Consult a doctor as well as a qualified rehabilitation center to help you decide which form of treatment will work base with your own affliction.
And remember, you’re the one who needs to become addiction free, so be critical and honest with who you are and what you’ll be comfortable with while in rehabilitation.
If you or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.