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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment

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Choosing a treatment program is a very important part of the early recovery process. Many people might recognize that quitting drugs or alcohol is necessary. Unfortunately, very few people feel completely ready to commit to a treatment program. However, studies show that people who complete a formal program of drug or alcohol treatment tend to achieve a more lasting recovery.

In fact, there are several factors that can impact whether an outpatient or inpatient rehab program would be best for a particular person. Even within the categories of inpatient and outpatient rehab, there are different types of addiction treatment approaches that are available. 

To learn more your treatment options, call us today at 833.991.2955.

Why Choose an Inpatient Program for Addiction Treatment?

Inpatient programs have many benefits for someone who is battling addiction. The common perception is that inpatient programs are restrictive. This isn’t very accurate, however. In fact, the few restrictions that are in place are only the ones necessary to make sure that participants remain safe. Some of the benefits of inpatient addiction treatment are:

  • Medical and therapeutic care staff are present at all times. This helps make sure that participants are safe and as comfortable as possible.
  • The environment is recovery-focused and totally supportive.
  • Participants do not have to worry about daily life issues while they concentrate on their recovery process.
  • Interacting with peers and alumni of the program can help participants to build a strong support network to help them maintain their recovery.

Who Would Be a Good Candidate for Outpatient Programs?

The best practice for addiction treatment is usually inpatient. This is especially true when there are issues of physical addiction or mental health challenges. Sometimes, however, outpatient programs are a better fit for certain individuals. Some situations which might make a person a better candidate for an outpatient program are:

  • The person has already gone through a period of intensive inpatient treatment and is ready to transition into a part-time treatment program
  • An individual has obligations which would not allow them to be absent from home for any period of time
  • A prospective patient has a very strong support system at home and has demonstrated reliability when it comes to attending treatment and support group meetings

How Long Does Addiction Treatment Usually Last?

There is no simple answer to the question of how long a person can expect to remain in active treatment for addiction. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so everyone’s experience with treatment and recovery will be different. Addiction is a disease that needs to be managed. Additionally, no two people will have the exact same strategies for management. 

Addiction treatment helps people rediscover healthy, sane, safe ways of life. It does this by helping them heal from the experiences that fueled the addiction. Attending an addiction treatment program starts with detoxing and carries through until a person is ready to start living life to the fullest again. This can mean transitioning through several different types of programs. By doing so, the person can access the type of support they need at that stage of recovery.

Join Our Recovery Community in Panama City, Florida

Recovery Bay is a substance abuse and mental health treatment center for men over the age of 18 years old. We offer a wide variety of programs and activities that help our participants regain their freedom and achieve a lasting recovery. Our programs are often called “vacation-style.” Why? Because we believe in an approach that combines proven therapeutic practices with wellness activities and recreation. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and looking for the right program to help jumpstart the healing process, reach out to us today at 833.991.2955.