When you first enter a treatment facility to seek help for substance use disorder (SUD), your doctor will examine your condition and develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. The next step is to go through the detox process.
You will have the option to go through treatment and begin recovery in either an inpatient or outpatient environment. There are some benefits associated with either of these options, and you need to know what to expect before coming to a decision. While it is essential to always follow your doctor’s recommendation regarding choosing the treatment program that is right for you, it is still helpful to explore all options.
Inpatient rehab is most common if you have a more severe addiction, are addicted to dangerous illicit substances, or are at high risk of experiencing health emergencies while undergoing detox. When you choose this form of treatment, you will stay in a treatment facility full time during your treatment process. The length of time you will remain in inpatient care depends on the facility, the type of program, and your needs.
Treatment programs can range from less than a week to more extended periods, like several months. Most treatment facilities allow your loved ones to participate in your treatment on some level. This could be through physical visits, communication via technology, and in many cases, private family counseling. There are a few things to consider ahead of time if you are entering inpatient treatment. Some examples include:
There are some benefits you may want to consider in regards to choosing inpatient rehab. Some examples include:
When you decide to do outpatient treatment, you will not be living in a treatment facility, but you also will not be going through treatment on your own. Instead, you will regularly visit a treatment facility and work with medical professionals for anywhere from three to six months. You may spend around 10 to 12 hours a week at the facility. This type of treatment can be a good fit if you have a less severe addiction or as a part of a long-term treatment plan.
Outpatient detox is typically faster than inpatient treatment, lasting around six days. You will go to both mental health and physical health checkups during this time. Doctors will often prescribe medication to help reduce cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms safely and effectively. If you choose this route, you will be recommended to attend support group meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) during this time.
There are some benefits you may want to consider in regards to choosing outpatient rehab. Some examples include:
No matter what you decide to do, remember to listen to the medical professionals you are working with and weigh all your options.
When a patient seeks professional help for a substance use disorder, they will have the option to go through treatment and begin recovery in either an inpatient or outpatient environment. There are some benefits associated with each of these options, and it’s important for the patient to have an idea of what to expect before making a final decision. With inpatient treatment, the individual will live in the treatment center temporarily. They will have medical supervision and doctors who can help manage their withdrawal symptoms. With outpatient treatment, the patient doesn’t live at the facility; however, they do visit the treatment facility regularly throughout their detox and the beginning of their recovery. Either option can lead to long-term success. If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, our team at The Kimberly Center can help. Call (855) 452-3683 to learn more.