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Is Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab Right for You?

If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, the right rehabilitation program can get you back on the path to recovery. Choosing the right program can be challenging, however.

Every program — whether outpatient or inpatient — offers a distinct treatment philosophy. Daytime programs might provide addiction counseling but no assistance with a mental health disorder such as depression. Many inpatient centers provide comprehensive care but require clients to enroll after withdrawal ends. Some provide comprehensive care that begins with intervention and withdrawal, then continues long after residential treatment ends.

With the diverse choices available, how can you tell what you need to get and stay sober?

What Is Outpatient Rehab?

Outpatient rehab allows people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse a greater amount of flexibility alongside lower cost and the comforts of staying at home. Outpatient care includes everything from all-day programming to counseling that lasts for an hour or two.

Many recovering individuals supplement outpatient counseling with assistance from a rehab clinic. A rehab clinic might offer pharmacological intervention, such as buprenorphine, or a 12-Step program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

The financial benefits of outpatient rehab are clear; however, the clinical benefits are not. Individuals who are in the later stages of addiction may find outpatient care does not provide the structure necessary to avoid temptation.

Although clients can leave inpatient care any time they like — inpatient rehabilitation is not prison — they do not have to, for example, drive home past a favorite bar or other “old haunt”. Also, if there is an underlying mental health disorder, outpatient care might not be equipped to provide the care necessary to avoid depressive or anxious symptoms. Depressive and anxious symptoms are common causes of substance abuse.

What is Inpatient Rehab — How is Inpatient Rehab Different?

Although inpatient drug and alcohol rehabs also differ in their approaches, they do share a commitment to 24-hour support. At Clarity Way, for example, treatment begins with medically assisted detox if required or requested. Medically assisted detox helps addicted individuals feel more comfortable. It also helps clients avoid relapse during withdrawal.

Some inpatient rehabs end care after detox with a recommendation to seek follow-up outpatient care. Other inpatient rehabs, including Clarity Way, recommend staying in inpatient care for a period of 30, 60, or 90 days.

Independent clinical evidence suggests longer stays result in more successful treatment outcomes. During this period, clients engage in therapies and counseling that treat a broad spectrum of issues. These issues can include behavior modification, mental health, family counseling, nutrition, physical health, and spiritual wellness. An inpatient clinic that treats all aspects of addiction is called a holistic rehab.

What Rehab is Right for You?

Clarity Way is a holistic rehab. Our comprehensive program uses evidence-based therapies and treatments. These treatments can include everything from drug-free pain management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to nutrition education. Other inpatient rehabs use 12-Step, or faith-based, treatments. Some use a combination.

If you are ready to choose a rehab program, ask yourself questions such as:

  • Do I trust myself to stay sober when I am not in counseling?
  • Is it possible I might suffer from depression or anxiety?
  • Do I have problems with chronic pain, but I am tired of taking drugs?
  • Do I try to quit using but can’t seem to get through withdrawal?
  • Do I feel skeptical about 12-Step, AA-style treatment, or have I tried it before without success?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, residential rehab might be the right choice for you. For more information about the differences between inpatient and outpatient care, call Pennsylvania inpatient rehab center Clarity Way at 866-216-9006.

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Posted on February 19th, 2015 in Blog


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