What are the Benefits of Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab?

What are the Benefits of Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab?








If you’ve decided to enter treatment for your addiction, congratulations! Recovery may well be the best gift you’ll ever give yourself and your loved ones. Before you admit yourself into a detox and/or rehab program, you’ll need to weigh the merits of inpatient vs. outpatient care. Each type of program has advantages and disadvantages. Your choice should be based on your unique circumstances.

First, the basics:

Inpatient programs, also known as residential programs, offer round-the-clock care. Here, you’ll live exclusively for the duration of your treatment. You’ll eat, sleep, and attend treatment programs entirely at the facility, with the possible exception of limited excursions into the community, under the supervision of facility staffers. Most inpatient rehab programs last from one to three months. Most inpatient treatment centers also incorporate detox programs, often held in a different wing or building, for up to seven days prior to beginning rehab.

Outpatient programs, also called day programs, allow you to remain at home during your treatment. These programs are held at a community facility, such as a hospital or rehab center, up to five days per week. You will be required to make a mandatory minimum of programs each week, and you’ll also be screened for drug and alcohol use. Treatment programs are usually similar to those offered at inpatient facilities, but may be shorter, or less intensive.

Pros of inpatient programs:

  • Less risk of relapsing during the duration of treatment.
  • Stable, controlled environment.
  • Intensive support from staff members.
  • Medical and psychiatric care during detox and throughout your stay.
  • Specialized treatments, such as acupuncture, yoga, exercise, or animal therapy.

Cons of inpatient programs:

  • Limited or no time outside the treatment center.
  • Limited visits from family members.
  • Markedly more expensive than outpatient programs.
  • You’re unavailable to meet everyday responsibilities.

Pros of outpatient programs:

  • You can still work, attend school, and take care of family.
  • Far less expensive than inpatient rehab.
  • Ability to access community supports during treatment.

Cons of outpatient programs:

  • Exposure to stressors and triggers of daily life.
  • Higher risk of relapse if around drugs or alcohol at home, work, or school.
  • No round-the-clock care available.

Questions to ask yourself before deciding on a program:

  • Do I have health insurance?
  • Do I have a safe and stable home life?
  • Will I be exposed to drugs or alcohol at home, work, or school?
  • Do I have a strong support network to help me stay sober?
  • Do I have any co-occurring disorders or mental health issues that must be addressed?
  • Can I get to and from treatment several times a week if I choose to stay at home?
  • Can I afford to “leave” my life for a month or more?

It’s often wise to consult with counselors or treatment facilities of each type before making a decision. Whichever type of program you choose, you’re taking a vital step toward a lifetime of recovery. Congratulations!

Harmony Place offers a full continuum of private residential care, from detox to transitional living. Holistic and science-based, our programs heal mind, body, and spirit. Providing excellence in care for co-occurring disorders, our programs from detox to transitional living help clients find their way in recovery, creating a life worth living sober. Call us today for information: 1-855-652-9048