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Choosing the Right Path to Recovery: Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab

There are benefits to both inpatient vs. outpatient treatment for addiction. The program that will be the right fit for you will be dependent upon your unique needs and situation. This treatment decision can be influenced by factors like what type of substance you are looking for treatment for. It can also be influenced by what your home situation is like, how much support you have, and how long you have struggled with addiction. 

If you have never been in recovery before, you may have a lot of questions about what treatment will look like for you. The different types of treatment options, facilities, and programs can feel overwhelming and you may be worried about making the wrong decision. Knowing a little bit more about the difference between inpatient v. outpatient treatment can help ease your mind as you make your decision. 

There are advantages and potential disadvantages that are associated with both inpatient and outpatient care. At Sage Recovery, we will help you to make this decision and ensure you fully understand what to expect from treatment. 

Inpatient vs. Outpatient: Understanding the Primary Differences

One of the main differences between inpatient vs. outpatient rehabilitation is that during an inpatient program, you will reside at the facility while you participate in treatment. The treatment facility is a controlled environment where you can be under the care of medically trained staff 24/7. Many people choose this option not only because support is readily available but also because they can focus fully on establishing and sustaining recovery without needing to balance outside responsibilities. Additionally, alcohol and drugs are of course not permitted at the facility. Thus, the temptation to use would not be present in the way it could be at home. 

With inpatient treatment, you have access to many different resources all under the same roof. This way, you can receive mental health treatment while also receiving addiction treatment. With resources like counselors, 12-Step support groups, and more readily available, you can make the most of your time at the facility. 

Meanwhile, when attending an outpatient treatment program, you would still come to the treatment facility daily. However, instead of living at the facility like you would in an inpatient treatment program, you would be living at home. This would continue throughout your early recovery. 

Some people prefer this treatment method because it allows them to stick to their typical schedule as much as possible. It also allows them to continue going to work or school or tend to other important responsibilities that cannot be put on hold, like childcare. All of the same resources like 12-Step support groups, counseling, educational classes, and more are still available in outpatient treatment. 

Inpatient vs. Outpatient: The Right Path for You

Many different factors may cause you to sway more toward inpatient or outpatient treatment for addiction. This isn’t a decision that you’ll have to make on your own. At Sage Recovery, we will review your needs and situation and guide you as you determine the right treatment program for you. The detox process is an important factor to consider when making the safest decision.

For many, detox is the first step in the recovery process from alcohol and other drug abuse. During detox, you completely cease substance abuse, which may trigger intense withdrawal symptoms. This is a result of the body and mind not getting the substance that it has become dependent upon over time. 

In some cases, the side effects of withdrawal can be very severe and can affect you both mentally and physically. Every person’s detox experience differs in the type and intensity of withdrawal symptoms, when these symptoms begin, and how long they last. Some factors that influence these experiences include:

Withdrawal side effects can not only be uncomfortable but they are also often dangerous and potentially life-threatening. This is why, with certain substances, it is only recommended to detox under medical supervision through an inpatient program. Opioid detox, in particular, should typically be conducted in an inpatient treatment environment to ensure your safety. This is also often the case for detox from benzodiazepines and heroin.

In severe cases, those struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction are also encouraged to detox in a medically supervised inpatient setting. This is due to a condition called delirium tremens, which can cause hallucinations, delusions, and other serious side effects as a result of alcohol withdrawal.

What to Expect at Sage Recovery

At Sage Recovery, we offer intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) for both adolescents and adults. We also offer inpatient luxury rehab here at our facility. No matter which treatment option you choose, you will receive high-quality, personalized care from an experienced team. Reach out to us today to learn more.

If you have been struggling with substance use disorder for an extended period of time, you may be feeling lost and confused. Perhaps you want to change your life but don’t know who to turn to or where to begin. If this is something that you are going through, you are not alone. There is no reason to feel guilty or ashamed. Our team at Sage Recovery has helped many patients begin living happier and healthier lives through sobriety. At our facility you will never have to worry about being judged. Instead, you will be treated with upmost dignity you deserve. Give us a call at (512) 306-1394 today to learn more.