Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab - What's Right for Me?


Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab - What's Right for Me?

When you have a substance abuse problem, one of the best things that you can possibly do for yourself is to get some help. Unfortunately, there are so many different options to choose from when it comes to getting help that many people end up overwhelmed and shying away from the experience.


The best thing that you can do, however, is to sit down and consider the various options that are available to you when choosing a rehab program to meet your needs. There are several different basic options for you to choose from, and then you can sort of break your options down further to find the most suitable rehab program for your needs.

Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient rehab is rehab that you go away to. You move into the facility, and you spend all of your time there during your recovery. There are a number of benefits and drawbacks associated with this type of rehab, and you must absolutely look at both sides of the coin when deciding whether or not this is the right type of rehab to meet your needs.

  1. With inpatient rehab, you are expected to stay within the facility while you are dealing with your recovery and rehabilitation. The good side of this is that it means you will receive the help and care that you need at all times, 24/7. The bad side to this is that you have to put your life's obligations on hold since you will not be able to work or go to school or meet other obligations during your stay in the rehab facility.

  2. Inpatient rehab is generally going to provide you with a complete picture solution to your problem with substance abuse. Rather than simply treating the physical addiction or simply treating the emotional addiction, an inpatient or residential facility is going to treat both sides of the coin ensuring that all of your needs are met.

  3. Inpatient rehab is the best course of action if you are dealing with a serious addiction. If you have been addicted to a substance for a long time or if you are using enough of the substance that your health is in jeopardy, then your best course of action is going to be an inpatient program.

  4. Inpatient substance abuse rehab removes you from the lifestyle and the environment where you were driven to abuse in the first place. If you have friends, family members or other influences that are causing you to use drugs or alcoholism, then getting away from your current lifestyle is going to play an essential role in your ability to recover.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab is a different type of rehabilitation and recovery program because you do not live in the facility while you are going through your recovery. Instead, you attend therapies, counseling, meetings or other special gatherings where you can focus on the mental, psychological and emotional aspects of healing from a substance abuse problem.

  1. With outpatient treatment, you generally do not go through a detox. You have to stop taking the drug on your own or through another program, but then you get the counseling support that you need to prevent the relapse from occurring.

  2. If you have obligations in your life that you cannot put aside while you work on overcoming your addiction, then outpatient treatment is going to be a good way for you to go. It will mean that you can attend meetings, therapies and counseling without having to give up your job, your classes or your family.

  3. Outpatient treatment is going to focus on teaching healthy habits and helping you to develop a healthy lifestyle without allowing relapse to occur.

It is really important for you to consider all of the options that are available to you when attempting to overcome your addiction. Inpatient and outpatient therapies are both beneficial but only if you choose the one that is going to meet your needs in the most effective way. Long term and short term therapies are also a consideration that you need to make because you want to make sure you completely overcome the addiction so that there is no chance of you experiencing a relapse once you go back to your regular life once again.

Take some time to consider your options before making a decision so that you can be fully satisfied by the decision that you make in your life.

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