Inpatient vs Outpatient Treatment: Which is Better for You?
Over 21.5 million Americans suffer from an addiction, be it drugs or alcohol.
Only a small percentage of them receive treatment, yet almost half of Americans say they know someone who suffers from an addiction.
While the minority of people do receive treatment for drug addiction, treatment centers are key in helping manage an addiction and achieving true recovery.
If you’re considering treatment for yourself or a loved one in Elgin, IL, you may wonder about the merits of inpatient vs. outpatient. In this article, we’ll go over which one is best for you, or your family member.
Read on for more.
Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which is More Effective?
Before we go into the article, we should note that both treatments can be equally effective. The reason why a doctor requests a patient enter into inpatient or outpatient will depend on a variety of reasons. You can also choose between inpatient and outpatient, and you may receive both levels of care if you begin as an inpatient.
In this article, we’ll discuss what to expect from both levels of care, and help you choose which is best for you to begin with.
What is Inpatient Care for Addiction?
You may have heard of inpatient care in terms of drug and alcohol addiction, or in terms of treatment for eating disorders and other psychological issues.
Inpatient often refers to the care an individual gets if they also require medical treatment. For example, someone with an eating disorder may become so ill that they also need medical intervention to get them healthy again.
Likewise, someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction will also need medical intervention in order to help them overcome the withdrawal process.
Withdrawal can be incredibly uncomfortable and difficult. Doing it without medication is one reason many people decide to use again. The pain and discomfort can become overwhelming if attempted alone.
In an inpatient facility, you’ll receive medical withdrawal support to help you transition. While the process is never pleasant, it is far more comfortable if done while medically supervised.
While receiving inpatient care, you’ll likely also start rehabilitation and psychological care. This is where you’ll delve into the reasons why you became an addict. You’ll also then explore how to curb your addiction and live your life free of substance abuse.
Most people who start in inpatient have a very serious drug or alcohol problem. They will almost always transition to residential or outpatient care as they move through the process of recovery.
What is Outpatient Care?
Outpatient care is when you go through the same processes and meetings that you would as an inpatient, but do not live in the facility.
Depending on what program you choose, you may attend a program five or seven days a week. In some cases, your day will be only during work hours, while others, it will be the entire day.
You will likely either live at your own residence or a residence designated for other people in recovery.
People who begin at this level of care are not addicted to drugs or alcohol to the point that they need medical intervention. That means that they can quit without going into withdrawal, and instead manage their cravings.
Outpatient is one step above living at home and resuming your daily life and schedule. Once you are discharged from outpatient, you’ll begin the process of returning to your job, school or family life.
You’ll then manage your symptoms and your addiction with the help and support of therapists in your area. Depending on your aftercare plan, you may still attend meetings and therapy sessions. This could be several times a week, but it may go down to once or twice a week as your symptoms and coping skills improve.
What is Residential Treatment?
At our facility in Elgin, IL, we offer residential treatment, which is the best of both worlds.
This is the type of treatment our center specializes in.
With this treatment, you’ll live in a designated area with other people going through your program. You’ll be monitored during your stay, and you’ll be able to live in an environment free of pressures of family life and your job or school.
The difference between residential and inpatient is that a residential treatment does not require medical intervention. While there is round the clock monitoring and support, those who attend residential programs are medically stable.
At a residential program, you’ll attend workshops and therapy sessions, both individual and with the group.
Once you are stable enough to cope outside of residential, you may decide to live nearby or live at home with your family. As we mentioned with outpatient, you still won’t return to your daily stressors, but you’ll ease into them.
You’ll attend outpatient every day or several days a week until you’re able to cope with less support.
Which One is Right for Me or My Loved One?
So which do you choose? Inpatient vs outpatient? Residential?
This isn’t a choice you can make on your own but must make together with your healthcare providers and family. Together, you’ll decide on the care that is most appropriate for you and your current situation.
Our program seeks to provide the necessary tools to help you recover and be free of your addiction. You deserve it.
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