Inpatient and outpatient care services are common staples at rehab centers. However, many people don’t know the key differences between these two programs or which one is right for them. Before going to rehab, it’s important to know the features of inpatient vs. outpatient treatment.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient
The first important feature to know is the main difference between inpatient vs. outpatient. Inpatient treatment requires clients to live at the treatment facility for the duration of care. Outpatient treatment allows clients to return home during non-treatment hours and then return to the facility at certain times of day for therapy.
Detox and Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment
When a physical dependency is unfulfilled, the affected person undergoes withdrawal. Withdrawal is particularly severe for heavy users, and for users of alcohol, heroin, and benzos. This severity is dangerous not only to a person’s health, but to their recovery. If a person undergoes withdrawal but has access to their substance of choice, the urge to relapse will be very strong. Withdrawal is the first, and perhaps the most difficult, roadblock to your recovery.
Since withdrawal is so severe, doctors strongly recommend against going through withdrawal alone, aka “cold turkey.” Instead, doctors recommend that patients seek detox treatment at an inpatient rehab facility. Detox is normally only offered in inpatient facilities because of the worry that withdrawal symptoms could harm patients once they leave an outpatient program for the day. Another risk of detoxing during an outpatient program is relapse, since a substance may be available outside inpatient facilities.
Detox starts with withdrawal, lasting anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. The benefit of detox is that it takes place in a secure, medically monitored environment. Some withdrawal symptoms, like seizures or delirium tremens (for alcoholics), can be fatal if left untreated. Medical professionals monitor detox patients 24/7 to keep them comfortable and safe as their body purges the addictive substance. At San Antonio Recovery Center, we offer detox programs for alcohol and heroin, for both men and women.
Therapy In Inpatient vs. Outpatient Programs
One major commonality between inpatient vs. outpatient programs is the use of therapy. Addiction therapy is a follow-up to detox, which heals the body. Psychotherapy instead focuses on healing the mind, tackling the roots of addictive behaviors. Therapy also handles co-occurring mental disorders through dual diagnosis treatment. The types of therapy used in inpatient vs. outpatient rehab can be split into the holistic approach and evidence-based modalities.
At San Antonio Recovery Center, therapies used in inpatient and outpatient programs include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Behavioral Therapy
- EMDR Therapy
- Exercise Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Holistic Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Meditation Therapy
- Mindfulness Training
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Nutritional Therapy
- Outdoor Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Trauma Therapy
- Yoga Therapy
Benefits of Inpatient Treatment
People benefit from inpatient treatment for a number of reasons. First, they leave their homes and enter a safe and caring environment 24/7. Leaving home is generally a good thing because it takes them away from the environment where their drug addiction developed.
Inpatient care also gives people around the clock support. With outpatient treatment, they’re on their own once they return home in the evenings. For some people, this lack of support can lead to relapse.
Lastly, studies show that inpatient treatment has a high rate of success. Most people attribute that to being in a controlled and supervised area. In short, the right environment makes it easier to overcome addiction.
The benefits of receiving inpatient care are great. In fact, most rehab centers recommend that people start with inpatient treatment and then move to outpatient care. It’s often best to leave the choice of program to the experts at the rehab clinic.
Benefits of Outpatient Treatment
For the right people, outpatient care has a number of strong benefits. The biggest is that it allows them to continue living normal lives. Unlike inpatient treatment, outpatient care allows them to continue going to work or school.
Also, studies show that some people are more successful in outpatient treatment. They attribute this fact to having a support network of family and friends and to feeling more comfortable at home.
For many, however, the real benefit of outpatient care is the cheaper price tag. It’s typically cheaper than inpatient care. The lower price makes sense because they don’t live at the facility during treatment.
Addiction Treatment That You Can Count On
At San Antonio Recovery Center, we provide a customized addiction rehab program that you can count on. We take the care and safety of our clients very seriously. Some of the different programs that we offer include:
- Residential drug and alcohol program
- Aftercare program
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- 90-day care programs
Don’t let drug addiction control your life any longer. Reach out to us and we’ll help you overcome your addiction safely. Call us anytime at 866.957.7885 for more information about the services that we provide.