The cause of addiction is unknown. Researching are searching tirelessly for a link- be it genetic, behavioral, upbringing- for clues on how to combat this crippling disease, however the fact remains that as of now, we don’t have the answers. Fortunately for those affected, there are numerous resources to help addicted individuals get the help they need. One such resource is seeking treatment for the individual, but the choice between inpatient and outpatient may seem like a daunting one. We will look into the differences between these two options to decide the best level of care for yourself or a loved one.
The simplest place to start when defining inpatient vs outpatient treatment is that inpatient treatment requires the patient to temporarily leave at the treatment center. Inpatient treatment often starts with a period of time in which the patient is detoxed from their substance of choice, if necessary. Once detoxed, the patient will attending group therapy, one on one therapy, and often various other types of therapeutic activities such as art, or music. 12 step groups are also often provided to the client. Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, requires patients to attending group and individual therapy for only a few hours a day, while still being able to participate in various commitments.
So how do you choose what is right for you? If you or your loved one is currently in an unstable, or unhealthy living environment, or do not have a home, inpatient may be the way to go. One very notable pro of inpatient therapy is the removal of the addicted individual from their current circumstances, and placement in a safe environment. However, there are benefits to outpatient as well, including the ability to continue to work, or go to school. Another facet of outpatient therapy is learning to practice staying sober in a real world setting.
Choosing the appropriate level of care for treatment is an important, and difficult decision. Fortunately, treatment facilities will be happy to speak with you and learn your individual needs, to help determine if the facility will be a good fit, and provide support as you go through the process of seeking help.