For some people who are suffering with drug or alcohol addiction, an outpatient program is enough to get started on the path to recovery. For others, the stresses of daily life and the temptations that surround you can make it difficult to finally develop the healthy habits you need to recover from substance abuse and addiction. Understanding the differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment options can help you find the one that will work best for you.
While every program is different a typical inpatient (residential) treatment program will have facilities where you can stay 24 hours a day. Since drug addiction and substance abuse can be complex illnesses that involve a variety of factors—including genetics, environment, and behaviors—it can be tough to overcome these things when you are still surrounded by the same environmental factors and may still be participating in the same behaviors that contributed to your addiction. When you enroll in a residential treatment program, you have the opportunity to change your environment and live in a place where you are unable to access the substance to which you are addicted.
Inpatient programs can also help with some of the potential dangers that you might face during the early stages of recovery, specifically when you’re going through withdrawals. Depending on the type of addiction and the severity of your dependence, these symptoms can range from being uncomfortable to being potentially life-threatening, and inpatient facilities provide round-the-clock medical supervision to help you get through this safely.
Following the withdrawal phase, patients typically stay for a period of time around one to three months to develop new, healthy lifestyle habits and behaviors that will help them avoid substance abuse in the future.
Outpatient programs do not have live-in facilities, and instead you come to the facility during the day for various forms of treatment or therapy, then return to your own home during the evening and night hours. The specific treatments you participate in can vary, but generally include things like:
- Cognitive behavior therapy to learn to cope with or avoid situations that trigger substance abuse
- Interviews and incentives to identify and change motivations behind drug-seeking behaviors
- Individual or group counseling sessions
- Family therapy and counseling
Both inpatient and outpatient treatment options have advantages, so the specific one that you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. Talk to Renaissance Ranch today to learn more about each program.