Outpatient Program vs. Inpatient Program: Which is Best For YOU
The two basic types of substance abuse treatment programs offered are inpatient programs and outpatient programs. Deciding which is best for you at the moment could mean the difference between sobriety and continue in active addiction. So, it is important to make an informed decision when choosing whether to go to inpatient or outpatient.
At an inpatient facility, you are in a controlled environment where they watch you 24/7. The facility provides everything you will need for the time you will be there. Depending on the length of your stay, and if you require mental health treatment, certified professionals will assist you in developing a treatment plan that suits your unique situation. You attend group therapy sessions daily, as well as 12-step self-help meetings.
Outpatient facilities, such as More Life Recovery Center in New Jersey, also provide group therapy sessions, but on an outpatient basis (meaning you don’t reside at the facility). These programs make addressing treatment while keeping your employment, and possibly family, intact possible for millions of people every day.
Which is Better: Inpatient or Outpatient?
It all depends on your unique situation. If you have a life that you can’t afford to be absent from, but an addiction problem, then trying outpatient first is a better option. However, if you are unemployed and living from hand-to-mouth, then going inpatient would really make sense because you need a new start.
- Extended group therapy sessions over several months allow you to develop strong bonds with other members of the group that would not be possible in inpatient drug rehabilitation programs.
- Spiritual support (even centralized by most group members). Most people with long-term sobriety have some sort of spirituality at the core of their treatment protocol.
- Mental health counseling by trained professionals who are experienced in the addiction field and have access to the latest research on addiction treatment.
- A support network of sober group members you can contact in a time of crisis if you need to or build a sober social life.
- Regular attendance can and often does have a positive impact on a patient’s standing in the eyes of the criminal justice system. It doesn’t matter if you are mandated to treatment, or attend voluntarily. What matters is what you do once you get here.
- Accountability to somebody you can’t manipulate. Addiction is an insidious disease, and it forces you to use people in ways you never would otherwise just to get what you need. Addiction professionals know that. They have seen it all before, and many of them have lived it themselves. So, these people can tell when you are lying and when you’re being honest. Since honesty is the very foundation of recovery, accountability plays a vital role in building that foundation.
- Flexible group times for people who work or attend school.
- Medication support for patients who are on medication.
- 12-Step discussion and networking for people who attend meetings.
At More Life Recovery Center, we watch people work to change their lives with our help. If you are struggling with addiction, or know someone who is, and lives in the New Jersey area, give us a call (888) 825-8689, so we can help you now. Don’t wait, this disease doesn’t wait for anyone.