Inpatient Care Vs. Outpatient Care
When it comes to the battle against addiction, many people have many different needs due to being from different walks of life and having different living conditions, which may affect rather or not they are able to have inpatient care or not. Oftentimes people can devote enough time to get a proper inpatient care and be monitored 24/7 through Detox, but for others, due to many things in life requiring their presence, they require a more flexible outpatient schedule. In this article we will discuss the differences between inpatient and outpatient care, and their ups and downs. Then we will give you a couple tips in deciding which one is best for you.
Inpatient care is a hands on approach to fighting addiction. It is a live in situation which begins with an assessment, followed by detoxification, then rehabilitation. Inpatient care often runs from two to six months and maybe even longer depending upon what the client wants/needs. Throughout the client’s stay, he/she will receive impartial knowledge of addiction to understand what it is they are fighting. They will also receive two forms of counseling, from one-on-one meetings with a counselor who can give his/her client the undivided attention deserved, and group therapy with other like minded individuals who all have the same goals in sobriety.
Outpatient care are for those who prefer to or cannot work with a live in situation. It is usually flexible with the client’s schedule, and it offers most of the same features that inpatient care offers. Outpatient care is more for people who are functioning properly with their habits and have a busy schedule. Outpatient care focusses specifically on one on one counseling services and group therapy services. Most rehab facilities that offer outpatient care also act as a shelter for those clients who need a proper productive sober outlet.
Which One Is Best for Me
Deciding which option is best for you can be difficult, especially when it comes to stepping out of your families lives for an extended period of time. Accepting that you have a problem is the first step in recovery; It means you have defeated the denial stage or bypassed it altogether. Choosing between the two completely depends on two things:
The Severity of your Addiction
If your addiction has taken a pretty bad toll for the worst it may be impossible for you not to do Inpatient care and have a real recovery. The fact that Inpatient care puts a lot of attention on you. The professionals focus on helping you heal and keeping you away from addictive substances and bad influences, along with promoting personal growth and replacing bad habits with healthier more productive habits. Although outpatient care also focusses on the same principles, it would be less likely that you would be able to dedicate enough time with outpatient care to get the same experience. On the other hand if you are a luckier person and your addiction is far less severe and you are properly functioning in society, outpatient care can be a better option for you to slowly get passed your addiction.
If you were to leave home for Inpatient care, would your living condition be worse when you leave?
Basically meaning, do you have those who depend on you every day to provide for them, such as an elderly person or a child (children). If your presence is required to pay the bills or make sure food is on the table then Outpatient care might be a better choice for you. If you have a family member, significant other or friend who you can trust and who is willing to take on you work while you receive care, then inpatient care might be a better approach for you.