Inpatient or Outpatient: Which is Right for Me

So, the time has come. You’ve decided that enough is enough. The unbearable and unrelenting torment of active addiction has brought you to your knees you’ve admitted powerlessness, and you’ve become willing to accept help. But what kind of help do you need? Addiction is a highly individualized disease, and no two treatment programs will be the same. In most cases, however, inpatient treatment is necessary, while detox is the first step.

It may seem that the only difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment is whether or not you can stay at home. In reality, this is only part of the story. Inpatient treatment is highly effective because it removes the distractions of the outside world. While staying at home might seem like a comfortable and money-saving solution, those that don’t immerse themselves in therapeutic recovery stand less a chance of long-term sobriety.

Inpatient or Outpatient which is the better one

What is Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient addiction treatment is a long-term, therapeutically based program geared towards those who have struggled with any degree of alcoholism or drug addiction. Because addiction is a progressive, relapsing disease, the sooner the symptoms are treated, the better. A study conducted in 2019 suggested, “After beginning treatment, patients in the study reduced their use rate by as much as 90%. When heroin users enter treatment programs, success rates differ. Outpatient therapy has a 35% completion rate, while residential (inpatient)  programs have a 65% completion rate.” So what is inpatient treatment?

Residential treatment programs typically last a minimum of 28 days. In some cases, treatment is voluntary; in some cases, those concerned about the well-being of patients will have them entered involuntarily. This all boils down to how serious the disease has become; whether or not patients are an immediate risk to themselves or others. Patients that are in need of detox services (which typically last from three days to three weeks) will be transitioned straight from detox into inpatient. This is to ensure their own safety. Well over two-thirds of individuals who undergo detox without following up with inpatient treatment will relapse within the first thirty days.

What is Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient and inpatient treatment have many similarities. However, outpatient treatment is typically geared towards those who have already been through inpatient treatment, or who have had very, very minimal consequences as a result of their addiction. Say an individual has just begun experimenting with a serious chemical substance, and there have not yet been any dire consequences. This could pertain to someone who has just used heroin for the first time, or who has been drinking for under a year. The reason behind the drug and/or alcohol use must be addressed, but things have not yet gotten so out of hand that they cannot be remedied with intensive therapy several times a week.

Additionally, if you are working a high-profile job or simply do not feel the need to express your personal struggles, outpatient treatment allows for a sense of security that inpatient treatment may not. You will be able to tackle your issues head-on without stepping away from your personal life for an extended period of time.

The Allure Detox Way

We at Allure Detox carefully evaluate each patient, determining which program of recovery will be the most cost-efficient and effective. We understand the necessity of individualized treatment, and our integrated team of experienced professionals is completely dedicated to helping you determine which modalities of addiction treatment will benefit you the most. Whether inpatient or outpatient treatment, we are here to help. For more information on our specialized methods of recovery, or to learn more about which method of recovery is right for you or your loved one, please feel free to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.