The first step of any journey into recovery and away from addiction is, of course, ceasing to use drugs or alcohol – and most likely, withdrawing from a prolonged and severe substance dependency. Withdrawal itself is not an effective treatment, and it is almost inevitable that patients will begin using again if they do not enter treatment directly after detox. The question remains, which treatment is right for you after the detox process is complete? Inpatient treatment refers to living in a facility for an extended amount of time under close therapeutic and medical care, while outpatient treatment involves the patient undergoing a variety of programs upon regular visits to a treatment facility. Inpatient treatment is usually recommended above outpatient treatment, especially for those who are ‘getting sober’ for the first time. Outpatient treatment is frequently recommended for those who may have obligations (such as work) that they simply cannot get out of. Depending on your personal history with drug abuse and your current situation, there will undoubtedly be a clear-cut choice on which form of addiction treatment will be most effective for you.
Inpatient treatment is definitely a wise investment for anyone who has been battling a prolonged addiction and is looking for long-term and maintainable sobriety. Removing an addict or alcoholic from potential temptation and external stressors for an extended period of time (frequently 30 to 90 days), provides him or her the opportunity to truly focus of him or herself without any distraction. Frequently, emotional trauma is a significant part of the underlying causes of addiction, and exploring past experiences in a safe environment is crucial to overall healing. Many will attest to the fact that drug rehabs act as a secure place for a patient to stay while he or she learns to live life without the daily use of drugs or alcohol. This is true, though every inpatient facility acts as much more than a barrier from the outside world. While being closely monitored is essential to those just beginning to kick physical and mental dependency, the professional therapeutic care offered at most drug rehabs is crucial to an overall better quality of life, and sobriety that will last far beyond 90 days.
In many cases, outpatient treatment is recommended to those fresh out of inpatient, as a standard and proven portion of a comprehensive aftercare program. However, an outpatient program can be effective for those who have gone through the process of withdrawal yet have obligations they can simply not take a month-long break from. This is very rare, and in most instances any prior commitment does not outweigh the lasting benefits inpatient treatment can provide. Though if you absolutely cannot get away, looking into a IOP would be to your advantage. IOP programs typically consist of weekly individual and group therapy sessions, as well as regular drug testing.
Choosing whether to attend an inpatient or outpatient treatment program is a crucial part of the recovery process, and it is often imperative that you consult an addiction specialist in order to make the right decision. Feel free to contact one of our licensed representatives – we are always more than happy to help.