There are many different benefits that will come with outpatient treatment options as compared to inpatient treatment options. It is important for you to realize that not all of these benefits are necessarily going to apply specifically to you and the drug rehab needs that you have.
You need to look at both the benefits and the drawbacks associated with each type of therapy so that you can determine which one is going to address your needs in the best possible way.
Here are some of the benefits associated with outpatient substance abuse rehab:
- Cost benefits. Outpatient therapy is definitely the cheapest type of substance abuse rehab since you are only paying for a few hours of counseling every week rather than an all-inclusive residential or inpatient stay at a facility where around-the-clock care is provided. Obviously while the cost is significantly lower, the level of care provided is also trimmed back significantly.
- Ability to continue meeting life obligations. If you have a full time job, are attending school or have other obligations that you need to meet such as a family to raise, then an inpatient drug rehab program can pull you away from those obligations and cause problems. If you have obligations that you cannot set aside for a few months, then an outpatient drug rehab program is definitely going to make sense because it will allow you to get much of the help that you need while still allowing you the time that you need to attend to all of life's matters.
- Outpatient support can continue for as long as you need it to. You can go to counseling for the rest of your life if you feel that it will keep you on track. You can go for a few months, stop when you feel confident, and then start up again at any time as you see fit. This is one of the unique benefits of outpatient treatment and therapy because it works on your schedule and with your best interest and you can start it, stop it, slow it down and alter it as necessary based on your individual needs. Start strong with daily therapy then slow it down as you become more confident, or start slow and step it up as you need to.