Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab – Which Is More Effective?
Addiction is something that affects lots of people during their lifetime. There are many different forms of addiction which all affect people in a variety of different ways. This, of course, means that we require a variety of treatment options to deal with them.
If you are looking for a rehab program to treat drugs or alcohol, it’s important to know that help is readily available and it can be tailored for you. Addiction isn’t the end of the road for you.
Addiction can affect so many factors of your life, you may become distant with family members, your personality will go through a lot of changes, your social and work life may suffer, and you may start to struggle to find money to fund the addiction.
Alcohol addiction is one of the common addictions that we deal with often at our treatment centre. Many people start to use alcohol as a coping mechanism for difficulties they may be experiancing in their lives. However, this starts to become a problem when increased consumtion causes severe side effects such as liver damage, increased blackouts, agressive behaviour, vomiting and breakdown in relationships. The reason many struggle to quit alcohol consumption is not just down to self will but also side effects can arise when trying to go cold turkey. People can suffer withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop using alcohol and dependency issues can start to manifest.
Whether you are addicted to drugs such as painkillers or alcohol, we have a variety of treatment options to suit you. Our addiction centre can provide both inpatient rehab and outpatient programs. If you are unsure what type of treatment options are available or even whether an inpatient or outpatient rehab would suit you, simply read through the information below to better inform your decision.
Choosing outpatient programs
The term outpatient programs mean that you can leave the rehab centre at the end of the day once the recovery programs are finished. We have found that this is especially useful in patients whose addictions are still developing or in patients who are at a point where they are still able to mostly function in day to day life.
This is incredibly useful for people who have obligations to family members and need to be able to return home at the end of the day to fulfil these. They also may have kids to care for or work commitments. By choosing one of the outpatient programs to suit their schedule, this doesn’t cause too much of a disruption in daily life.
If you feel that being surrounded by family members will help you on the road to recovery then outpatient rehab might be best for you. They can help you out when it gets tough and try to stop you relapsing if possible. It’s important to note that if your family members aren’t fully aware of the level of care you need, then they may not be able to help as well as they’d like.
When it comes to addiction treatment, outpatient treatment is not commonly recommended by many health professionals, this is due to the patient still being exposed to the temptations which has caused them to develop an addiction in the first place. The main reason people go for this type of treatment is due to it being a significantly cheaper option.
Choosing inpatient rehab
For a lot of people, inpatient rehab programs are the most successful way of treating addiction. An addiction centre like this will run a rehab program that usually lasts around 28 days. However, the patient doesn’t leave the centre during that time.
This has the benefit of the patient not being able to access any of the vices they usually use, whether this is drugs or alcohol or even cases such as a bad environment or bad influences. The treatment centre will craft treatment options that are catered personally to you to pinpoint the main cause of the addiction in order to treat it effectively.
As you generally can’t leave the addiction centre for around 28 days, this allows for one of the more intense treatment options available. We have found that when patients are surrounded by medical professionals and away from the distractions of day to day life they are less likely to relapse.centre
Compared to the outpatient programs, inpatient rehabs may be a lot more suited for people who need an intense type of treatment that has lasting results within just 28 days.
What can I expect at the treatment centre?
When you check into a rehab centre, one of the first things we determine is the type of treatment that will help you the best. We offer services such as group counselling, individual counselling, therapy sessions and a team of medically trained professionals that can help treat any withdrawal symptoms that occur.
Depending on the level of addiction you have, your withdrawal symptoms may be dangerous to your health. By being in a facility with medical staff on hand it is a lot safer to treat addiction this way rather than in outpatient programs.
With no temptations around and no bad influences, you could find this type of treatment more suited to you. A lot of people find that the therapy and group counselling gets to the core of the issue and the time spent in inpatient rehabs pays off.
Aside from these two methods, other options of rehab exist such as residential rehab. This allows a patient to be treated at home rather than in an addiction centre. This can have benefits that help such as being surrounded by people they trust as well as being in a familiar setting.
If you are not too sure what type of treatment plan would be best for you but have started looking into the idea of a rehab program, we will be able to help. Whether or not it’s inpatient or outpatient rehab that you are looking for, or just some advice on how best to proceed, Step One Recovery is at hand.