Which is better – Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment?

Which is better – outpatient or inpatient drug rehab treatment? There is no one answer.

Your needs and the severity of your addiction will help you determine which type of treatment is best for you.

Inpatient facilities differ from outpatient facilities in a number of ways – from costs involved and intensity of treatment to the overall environment and support structure throughout the recovery process. Let’s look at what each treatment has to offer.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient drug rehab offers 24-hour-a-day care that allows you to focus solely on recovering from your addiction and your newfound sobriety. Inpatient treatment often includes at least:

  • Supervised detoxification.
  • Administration of medication, if appropriate.
  • Therapy, group and individual.
  • Programs vary and may include a number of other features ranging from family therapy and life skills training to yoga and meditation.

Benefits of inpatient treatment include:

  • Allows you to get away from your normal environment, which is likely rife with the temptation to use, and focus on your sobriety without distraction.
  • Puts you in a healthy environment with addiction treatment professionals and others who are focusing on recovery.
  • Provides ongoing skills training and education.
  • Is typically associated with higher success rates.

Inpatient rehab is often sought by those with addictions that have been long-standing, addictions to multiple substances and dual diagnosis conditions – or coexisting medical or mental health conditions. It may also be a good option for those who have made previous rehabilitation efforts (either inpatient or outpatient) and have since relapsed.

To learn more about inpatient programs please contact La Fuente at 1.888.903.9898. We offer a comprehensive inpatient program with an emphasis on treating the LGBT community.

Outpatient Treatment

Like inpatient programs, the features of programs will vary amongst outpatient programs. Typically, however, the focus will be on therapy to help you focus on your recovery and sobriety.
The specific types of therapy available in an outpatient setting include the following:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Motivational incentives
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Multidimensional family therapy

While you may not get the same level of immersive, 24-hour care in outpatient treatment, it does let you:

  • Live at home while getting care.
  • Continue working or going to school.
  • Remain close to a supportive network of friends and family.
  • Learn the skills you need to live a sober life through therapy and education.

Also, because outpatient treatment does not involve all-day care for an extended period, you’ll find that the cost of treatment is often lower. These facilities tend to be better for those with short-term addictions.

Each program will have varying features, therapy types, and price points. It pays to do some research and find the program that is best suited to your own needs.

We, at La Fuente, are available to discuss your particular needs and help you determine the right treatment for you. Please contact us at 1.888.903.9898.