Outpatient vs Inpatient Rehab

Which Addiction Treatment Option is Best For You?

Alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic disease that effects millions of Americans. Too many times addiction can lead to the destruction of a person’s life as well as the lives of loved ones.

After continued use of drugs or alcohol, chemical changes occur in a person’s brain. The search and need for alcohol and drugs can become a compulsive and uncontrollable need, leading many people to spiral out of control.

If alcohol or drug addiction reaches this critical apex, it’s best to get help as soon as possible before life becomes completely unmanageable. The problem? Many people in this situation wait until it’s far too late and they’ve reached a point of hopelessness.

Inpatient & Outpatient Rehab: Two Roads to Recovery

Because addiction is a chronic disease, people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients need long-term or repeated care to stop using completely and recover their lives.

When faced with making a critical change in their lives, one thing is true: it’s harder to go it alone than accept help. Hopefully, the person suffering is ready to get well.

Alcohol and drug addiction can be treated, but it’s not simple. Addiction treatment must help the person do the following: they need to stop using alcohol and drugs, they need to stay clean, and they need to be productive in the family, at work, and in society.

The best option for someone that needs help for an addiction is to enter an inpatient or outpatient treatment program.

Inpatient vs Outpatient: What is the Difference?

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs typically fall into two categories: inpatient or outpatient treatment. So, what is the difference between inpatient vs outpatient rehab treatment?

While each type of program has its benefits, the specific type of treatment needed needs to be considered based on a patient’s individual needs at that time. Many times, it is best that both inpatient and outpatient be used to complete a successful recovery from addiction. However, outpatient can be used on its own when intensive inpatient treatment is not needed. As said, it is up to what a patient needs at the time to get well and to maintain sobriety. RCA’s clinical staff will work with each patient to determine what the best level of treatment is.

At RCA we offer both inpatient and outpatient rehab and concentrate on helping you rebuild your life. To determine whether inpatient vs outpatient is right for you, it’s important to talk to a professional. Call RCA at 844-429-3795 and get connected with someone who can help.

Inpatient Rehab

For most people suffering from addiction, detox at an inpatient rehab (also referred to as residential treatment) provides a great start to achieving sobriety and beginning on a path toward lifelong recovery.

Inpatient rehab, also known as residential rehab, is a very important first step in treatment that gives a person complete focus on comfortable withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, education on the disease of addiction, and the development of strategies to continue in ongoing recovery.

If you require an acute level of care with moderate to severe addiction, inpatient rehab is probably best for you. It provides an immersive and comprehensive treatment experience with a stay of about 30 days depending on need.

What to Expect from Inpatient Rehab

During an inpatient treatment stay at RCA, patients who are dependent on drugs or alcohol typically start with a medical detoxification process. This process works to detox the body from drugs and alcohol in a comfortable manner with 24/7 round-the-clock support. Depending on what drug you are detoxing from, your clinical team may suggest you receive medically assisted treatment for a specific time. Again, this will be a decision you and your clinical team make together.

Inpatient treatment provides patients with a structured environment to keep everyone dedicated and focused on recovery. Immersive care concentrates on individual, group, and family therapy to get to the root of addiction and help mental healing.

Patients learn about addiction through educational programs. To help heal the soul, inpatient treatment also includes recovery and 12-step activities, art and music sessions, physical fitness and yoga, and community sessions.

Patients also receive psychiatric, nutritional, spiritual and other services when needed. At RCA, our comprehensive treatment is delivered by a highly qualified team including masters-level clinicians, therapists, social workers, case managers, medical professionals such as nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient treatment is a great choice for people with substance abuse problems that are milder, where they have not become physically dependent to drug or alcohol, but realize they have a growing problem. Outpatient treatment is also a great way to continue progress when transitioning from an inpatient facility. Either way, outpatient offers unparalleled convenience and flexibility. Patients live at home and continue to work or go to school, all while getting treatment for addiction.

Outpatient behavioral treatment includes a wide variety of programs. Patients meet healthcare providers specializing in addiction and mental health on a regular basis to get the treatment they need. Outpatient treatment programs include all the programs of inpatient treatment, only less intensive. That means education and counseling in the form of individual therapy sessions, group therapy sessions, and family therapy—all tailored to address addiction and mental health issues.

What to Expect from Outpatient Rehab

When you start outpatient treatment with RCA, you’ll receive a comprehensive biopsychosocial and medical assessment, where appropriate, to determine the best level of clinical care for you. RCA’s evidence-based treatment provides:

Individual therapy sessions help patients explore the any underlying issues that could be behind their addiction and set them up for success as they progress through treatment.

Group therapy allows patients to share their experiences with their peers and learn how they’re not alone when it comes to the struggle of addiction. There’s strength in numbers, and building a supportive community is essential for recovery.

Family therapy sessions address a range of influences on patient’s drug abuse patterns and is designed to improve overall family functioning. Working with your family helps repair damage while strengthening your own foundation of recovery. RCA has comprehensive Family Program designed to help families heal and recover together.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) may be offered as a part of inpatient treatment when clinically appropriate and if available at the RCA facility.

12 step fellowship such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), or others. Patients can participate by attending meetings and doing 12-Step work with a sponsor to increase their likelihood of long-term success in recovery, achieve freedom from active addiction and/or alcoholism, help others to achieve sobriety, and cultivate a sober support network. There is no parallel to the support of alcoholics and addicts helping each other.

Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab In Detail

Below is a snapshot of inpatient vs outpatient rehab:

Inpatient Treatment Outpatient Treatment
Appropriate for patients requiring an acute level of care or with a moderate to severe addiction Appropriate for patients seeking a less intensive level of care
Provides patients with an immersive, comprehensive treatment experience as patient stays in the facility (typically for 30 days) Outpatient treatment is effective at providing long-term, structured support and flexible scheduling as patient continues to live at home and goes to treatment for a varied period and varied frequency throughout the week
More frequent, longer individual therapy sessions Less frequent individual therapy sessions
More frequent, longer group therapy sessions Less frequent group therapy sessions
Typically, more expensive than outpatient treatment* Typically, more affordable than inpatient treatment*
Patient remains in treatment for an extended period (typically 30 days) and accordingly, is separated from regular day-to-day life activities Patient maintains a more ‘regular’ schedule
24-hour medical supervision and community support Accessible to a recovery support network
Typically, a 30-day program Typically lasts a longer period of time than inpatient, can be up to 1 year or as needed
24 hours a day, 7 days a week Typically ranges from 3 to 30 hours a week
*Recovery Centers of America is in-network with many major insurance companies. Accordingly, inpatient treatment services may be more affordable than outpatient treatment services over time, based on your individual insurance plan coverage. Call 844-429-3795 today to speak with a Care Advocate to verify your insurance benefits and determine which treatment is right for you.

Note: In many cases, a combination or ‘step-down’ from inpatient treatment through a series of progressively less intense outpatient treatment services ensure patients have the highest chance for success in achieving and maintaining long-term sobriety.

Inpatient vs Outpatient—Fighting Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

No matter which type treatment you choose, when it comes down to inpatient vs outpatient rehab, the most important outcome of treatment is breaking free from the chains of addiction.

At RCA we believe our comprehensive treatment and various levels of care will help those suffering from addiction finally achieve and maintain recovery. For inpatient treatment this could mean 30 days and for outpatient treatment it could mean up to a year or longer.

Successfully fighting drug and alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. Addiction never quits and neither can you! If you are thinking about entering either an inpatient or outpatient rehab program now is the time. Make the call that will change your life. Call RCA at 844-429-3795 and get connected to someone who will help.

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