How is Inpatient Treatment Different Than Outpatient Treatment?
Studies show that outpatient treatment can be quite successful for those in recovery. The advantage of outpatient treatment vs. inpatient treatment lie in the patient’s living situation.
Some argue that there are distinct benefits to allowing a patient to continue to live (and in some cases, work and attend school) in a home environment – in this case, whatever it is they might call home. While inpatient treatment removes those struggling with substance abuse from an environment that may have contributed to the development of drug or alcohol addiction to begin with, outpatient treatment provides a way to more accurately test the efficacy of ongoing treatment while a patient remains amidst those very triggers.In a way, some point out, it more accurately assesses the coping mechanisms of the person in recovery when they return home at night while continuing to provide them with intensive periods of support throughout the day.
In addition, outpatient treatment challenges a patient to seek out and utilize sources of support in their home environment, such as in finding local self-help groups or other recovery mentors in the neighborhood that can help guide someone down the path of recovery. Given that the transition from inpatient to outpatient treatment can be jarring, the addict in recovery will have the support of the community where he lives, works, and belongs, welcoming him back to wellness, and to a life without bondage to addiction.
There is a flip-side to these arguments, however. Those struggling with an addiction might face a much greater challenge of abstinence in an outpatient treatment center, especially in the early stages of recovery. Since their environment is not changing, they can easily access the addictive substance and are faced with temptation on a regular basis.
In addition, outpatient treatment does not always mandate follow up or aftercare treatment after the period of outpatient treatment ends, so it is important to find a facility that can direct you to another service that provides it, to help ensure continuity of care and continued recovery.
Of course, the most important consideration in determining the need for inpatient or outpatient care is dependent upon the severity of your condition. If substance abuse is interfering with normal activity, is associated with or causing medical problems or is part of a dual diagnosis, inpatient programs frequently will prove a better option. Inpatient treatment is also preferred by many who need medical detox.
Let us help you determine if an inpatient or outpatient treatment program is right for you. Call us at (801) 336-0658 to get the confidential guidance you need. Treatment support specialists are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to provide information that will help you choose the best course of treatment for your individual needs.
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