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Residential rehab vs. outpatient rehab

Residential Rehab vs. Outpatient Rehab

After deciding to seek help for your addiction, there are a variety of rehabilitation programs to explore. Choosing a rehab center can seem very confusing and overwhelming, and the process may even deter some people from pursuing their options. A lot of sites will throw around terms like “residential rehab,” “inpatient rehab” and “outpatient care” only furthering the confusion of the potential patient when there is a lack of understanding. After making the decision to enter treatment, it is vital you have all the information you need to make an informed decision on what type of program best suits your addiction and you as an individual.

What Is Residential Rehab Treatment?

Residential rehab (or inpatient care) refers to a center where patients actually live at the facility in a strict and safely monitored environment. At an outpatient care center, patients have regularly scheduled appointments and counseling sessions, but live at home. Outpatient centers are more common than residential rehab facilities but residential rehab offers many benefits that outpatient care cannot.

  • Detox services in residential facilities help addicts with a physical addiction to safely and effectively wean themselves off the substance while under medical supervision.
  • Patients receive individualized treatment with a team of medical professionals and counselors who monitor their progress and offer support at any time of day.
  • Patients are removed from their destructive, negative environment so they can focus solely on getting healthy instead of dealing with external distractions.
  • With round-the-clock care, patients have a lot of time to evaluate themselves both in a group, with a counselor or on their own, and treat their addiction and the causes of their addiction more thoroughly.
  • Patients can dedicate time to building their new, positive habits in a secure environment before returning to everyday life.
  • Patients can recover physically from the effects of their addiction and allow their bodies time to heal.

What Is Outpatient Rehab Treatment?

As aforementioned, outpatient treatment centers allow patients to continue living at home while they receive treatment. Most addicts find outpatient centers to be most effective when they follow a strict treatment program. Outpatient programs have benefits, but it is important to evaluate yourself before deciding if an outpatient program is the best course of action for you.

  • Patients in an outpatient program return home after their treatment, meaning they can spend time with their families and even maintain a job.
  • Because the patient is not living at a facility, the expenses are much lower for outpatient treatment options.

Outpatient rehab has its place in the treatment cycle. Often, when you go to a reputable inpatient treatment facility, they will recommend outpatient rehab as transitional care between residential rehab and returning to everyday life. Outpatient rehab provides the necessary follow-up care to help you remain accountable when you return to your old routines.

Need Help Finding the Best Rehab Treatment?

Deciding on a rehab program is not something you have to do alone. Call our toll-free number and our experienced counselors can discuss your options with you and help you decide on the best course of treatment for you and your family. Different facilities and different kinds of treatment are available and you deserve to know your options.

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