Deciding to pursue recovery is a huge accomplishment, but it’s only the first step in a long healing process. Recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) takes time, commitment, and support from many external sources. You can’t do it alone.
To achieve sobriety, you’ll need to enter a rehabilitation program. These programs can guide you through an established process of detoxing, therapeutic treatments, and learning to lead a sober life. They’ll provide help through doctors, mental health professionals, and peer support.
There are many different recovery programs, which may feel overwhelming when you first start your search. Every treatment center has different specialties and programs. It’s crucial to pick one that’s best suited to your needs.
The two major types of recovery programs are outpatient and inpatient. The first choice you’ll need to make is which type you want to attend.
The main difference between outpatient and inpatient is where you live while undergoing treatment:
Read on for an in-depth comparison of both types of programs to determine which makes the most sense for you.
Outpatient programs allow you to continue your regular activities while attending treatment. Typically, you’ll live at home and travel to the program’s physical location for treatment multiple times a week, though it depends on the program.
There are multiple levels of care in outpatient programs:
Outpatient programs may be appropriate for people with a robust support system or those experiencing only mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms. If you feel you need a higher level of supervision and care, outpatient may not be the best choice for you.
Inpatient programs involve living on-site at a residential center to receive treatment. They are more intensive than outpatient programs, provide 24/7 supervision, and may be better equipped for severe SUDs.
A typical inpatient program lasts 1 to 6 months, depending on your needs. You’ll take time off work and away from family and friends to attend high-touch treatment. Here’s what to expect from daily life in an inpatient recovery program:
Inpatient programs are appropriate when you need significant support throughout and after detox. The higher level of care you receive, the less likely you are to relapse.
Both inpatient and outpatient programs have advantages and disadvantages. Exploring their benefits and downsides can help you decide which is best for your needs.
|Benefits of Inpatient Programs
|Downsides to Inpatient Programs
|Benefits of Outpatient Programs
|Downsides to Outpatient Programs
|Required to take time off work or away from family
|Allows flexibility with life and commitments
|Less access to support
|Medically assisted detox
|More affordable than inpatient programs
|More likely to slip into old habits or routines
|Access to doctors, mental health professionals, and peer support at all times
|Involves a transition period back to real life
|Insurance more likely to cover outpatient treatment
|Detoxing and withdrawal may be more difficult
|Structured daily routine
|Access to treatment on your schedule
|Support for severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings
|Ideal for less severe withdrawal
While both inpatient and outpatient programs have their ups and downs, only you can decide which one is appropriate for your situation. Explore your local recovery programs and ask questions about what they offer.
Ultimately, either choice is excellent. It means you’re seeking help and ready to recover. No matter which program you pick, you’re making a positive decision for your health.
If you’ve done your research and selected your preferred program option, it’s time to take the next step. Jackson House Addiction Recovery and Treatment Centers have both inpatient and outpatient programs. We’re here to support, guide, and encourage you throughout the recovery process.
You deserve everything that a sober life can give you. Choose recovery and reach out to start your journey today.