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The Benefits of Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehabilitation

As of today, we offer people struggling with substance addiction a plethora of recovery options. It’s easy to be discouraged when a treatment plan doesn’t match your lifestyle. With inpatient and outpatient options, you have plenty of room to choose the best-fit rehabilitation for you or your loved one.

In this blog, we’ll look at the following:

Understanding Inpatient Rehabilitation

Inpatient rehab offers patients a treatment setting where they live on the premises of the rehab center as they receive help for their substance use disorders. Many addicts require an entire change of scenery during recovery in order to avoid environmental triggers. An inpatient rehab facility does just that by supplying a new space for a fresh start.

Pros of Inpatient Rehabilitation

With inpatient rehabs, you have 24/7 support to aid with withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and mental health treatment. The environment is structured so that you’re able to stick to your recovery regimen and not fall out of the loop, leading to a relapse. 

Inpatient treatment programs also offer intensive care that keeps you immersed in a constant recovery setting. This means you’re separated from stressors or triggers of daily life that may hinder your long-term recovery.

Inpatient Rehab Pros

  • 24/7 medical care
  • A structured environment
  • Intensive care.
  • Away from daily life stressors

Cons of Inpatient Rehabilitation

Inpatient has its perks but also has some drawbacks in certain circumstances. For one, inpatient will cost more than outpatient programming, which may make it more difficult for those without insurance. You must also put life on pause for inpatient rehab, including school, work, and family responsibilities. Your life will revolve around recovery for several weeks to achieve the optimal effectiveness of the program. 

Once you finish the program, you’ll also have to transition back to your regular schedule, which can be difficult straight out of recovery. This is why we offer the After Care program at Harmony Junction, so you can maintain sobriety as you go back to daily living.

Inpatient Rehab Cons

  • Higher costs than outpatient
  • Requires putting life on hold
  • Challenge transitioning back to everyday life

Exploring Outpatient Rehabilitation

Outpatient treatment programs take a less immersive approach by allowing you to travel from home to the facility throughout the week to receive treatment. This option doesn’t decrease the effectiveness or comprehensiveness of rehab and is based on a patient’s preferences and personal needs. For some, the outpatient program allows them to continue working as they recover, which may be necessary.

Pros of Outpatient Rehabilitation

With outpatient rehab, you can maintain daily commitments like going to school and work. It’s also significantly less expensive than inpatient rehabilitation. Your treatment schedule can also adhere to your responsibilities, making it a much more flexible option.

Outpatient Rehab Pros

  • Ability to work or go to school
  • Maintain family responsibilities
  • Lower costs
  • More flexible

Cons of Outpatient Rehabilitation

Outpatient is best for those who haven’t reached a certain level of addiction where being anywhere but the treatment facility will cause a relapse. In outpatient rehab, you don’t have 24/7 medical supervision to help with cravings and cut you off from access to drugs or alcohol. 

Likewise, you’ll still be in your regular environment, which may have triggers that lead to relapse. Outpatient rehab takes a lot of personal discipline and a robust support system.

Outpatient Rehab Cons

  • No 24/7 access to medical support
  • Exposure to daily life triggers (certain family members or friends, places, etc.)
  • Less intensive care.
  • Requires solid discipline and support systems

Deciding What’s Right for You: Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab

Inpatient or outpatient rehab. You may feel your addiction is getting out of hand but also wish to maintain your job. In some cases, losing a job may be worth it if it means gaining sobriety. That said, there are plenty of instances where you can maintain your work as you continue in recovery. There are different levels of care to consider based on your lifestyle.

Personal Considerations and Lifestyle

Many people avoid rehab because they feel it will interfere with their daily responsibilities. You can create a flexible treatment schedule around your current responsibilities with outpatient rehab. This way, you can continue to go to school, work, and help at home, all the while receiving addiction treatment.

Consider the environment you’ll come home to after a day of outpatient treatment. 

Are there relapse triggers? Do you have a support group or people who will hinder your recovery? If you feel your current environment only fosters your addiction habits, then inpatient rehab may be best for you. It physically removes the factors that play a role in your addiction and gives you a fresh space to begin recovery.

Severity of Addiction and Medical Needs

For some addicts, outpatient isn’t enough. Addiction is a chronic disease, and over time, it will take over your ability to work and attend to essential responsibilities like self-care and family. In these cases, inpatient care is almost always a must. 

Likewise, if you’ve tried outpatient before and relapsed, then inpatient could be your next best bet. Lastly, if you have a co-occurring mental condition, it may take a more specialized and intensive approach to address both your addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions as a dual diagnosis. Consider taking the “inpatient or outpatient treatment?” quiz below to understand better which way you lean.

If you answered yes more than no, inpatient may be your best choice. You can always call us to discuss your options and see which treatment style fits your life and needs best.

Harmony Junction Recovery’s Approach to Rehabilitation

Our individualized rehab programs are formulated to fit your needs. We offer an inpatient program, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

Inpatient Program

Our inpatient program includes a medical detox as the initial first step. Once you’ve safely finished your detox, you’ll be moved into the recovery program, where you’ll live on-site and participate in various activities we offer, such as yoga, equine therapy, group work, and medication management.

Intensive Outpatient Program

The intensive outpatient treatment program allows you to receive all the treatments available with our inpatient program, except that you’ll travel from home to your sessions. IOP is generally recommended for people who have a moderate addiction or are unable to put specific responsibilities on hold.

Partial Hospitalization Program

The PHP sits in between inpatient and outpatient. You spend the entirety of your days here at the treatment center but go home each night to sleep. This is a great program choice for those who don’t want to commit to living at the center but still need intensive support in their recovery.

Learn more today about our programs and your options for addiction recovery. We look forward to hearing from you.