Residential and Outpatient Drug Rehab Programs

If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, then you may be considering a substance abuse recovery program. At Serene Beginnings, we know there are many options and that it can be challenging to decide which one is right for you. Below we discuss inpatient vs outpatient programs to give you a better idea of what to expect when you reach out to a drug addiction and rehabilitation facility.

Can You Choose Outpatient vs Inpatient Rehab?

Many patients and families begin their discussion with a treatment facility under the impression that it’s their own choice to decide which type of treatment they’ll receive. While this may be true for some people, in most cases, clients are assessed and must meet the specific requirements of a program before they can be formally admitted. For some, outpatient treatment can be encouraged. For others, inpatient treatment may be required, depending on their level of addiction.

The reason patients and families aren’t usually permitted to choose between treatment programs is that the decision often causes too much pressure on the patient. Knowledgeable staff members are objective and better equipped to decide where a patient will fit best and receive the appropriate level of inpatient or outpatient care.

In most cases, inpatient programs cost more than outpatient programs, and that’s one of the most noticeable differences between the two options. However, residential inpatient programs provide 24-hour care, which may be a necessity for some people. The severity of your addiction is what determines the kind of program that will suit you best, especially at the beginning. It’s also possible to step down through treatment by starting out at a residential treatment facility followed by intensive outpatient and less-intensive outpatient programs as you progress in recovery.

What Is Inpatient Rehabilitation?

If you’re weighing the pros and cons of each treatment, you should know that inpatient care requires you to live at the facility. Inpatient programs, also known as residential programs, generally have room and board included as part of the program fees. You’ll receive round the clock care and encouragement at every point during your journey to sobriety. Some inpatient treatment facilities support you through the challenges of detoxification before moving you into the general population of the facility, while others may partner with a separate detox center. Once you are feeling better, you will participate in group sessions.

Inpatient Treatment and PHP

At Serene Beginnings, we have a partial hospitalization program (PHP) that we call a “day treatment” program. In our program, you can live at home or choose to live at an off-site recovery residence. While full inpatient programs have you living at the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week, partial hospitalization programs like ours allow you to travel to the facility almost daily for treatment.

PHP programs are a good choice for those suffering from addiction, as well as those with dual diagnoses that include mental health conditions like anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. That’s because the programs are highly structured and include medical monitoring. Also, keep in mind that PHP patients have likely already gone through detox in an inpatient program. Serene Beginnings can help with detox if you need to go through it prior to starting our PHP program.

What Are the Benefits of Inpatient Treatment?

There are many benefits of inpatient treatment. Some include:

  • Allowing you to get away from your normal living environment that is ripe with temptation and triggers, which can be difficult to resist when you’re trying to get sober
  • Living in a facility where knowledgeable addiction treatment professionals are there for you every step of the way
  • Sharing experiences with others who are focused on their own recovery
  • Learning new coping skills through training and education
  • Participating in a program that’s associated with a higher overall success rate than trying to get clean on your own

Most inpatient treatment programs last between 30 and 90 days.

What Is Outpatient Rehabilitation?

Outpatient services don’t require you to live at the rehab treatment facility. At Serene Beginnings, we offer an intensive outpatient program. Intensive outpatient programs have similar levels of care to inpatient programs, but there is a greater amount of flexibility. Most intensive outpatient programs require you to come to the treatment center at least four to five hours a day for at least four days a week. Standard outpatient programs usually require less, which may affect their overall success.

What Are the Benefits of Outpatient Rehabilitation?

During outpatient rehabilitation, you do not receive 24-hour care. However, there are some significant benefits, such as:

  • Living at home while you go through care
  • Being able to continue going to work or school
  • Having access to friends and family who are actively supporting your recovery
  • Receiving education and therapy to teach you the skills you need to live a sober lifestyle in your daily environment

If you are eligible for it, an outpatient program can be an excellent way to seek treatment without having to miss out on your general responsibilities. (Learn more about the  specific benefits of intensive outpatient therapy.)

Contact Serene Beginnings for Support When Entering Rehabilitation

At Serene Beginnings, we understand you may be having trouble choosing a rehabilitation program. We want you to know we are here for you. No matter what kind of substance abuse you’re struggling with, we can help. Contact our center online or call today to speak with one of our helpful admissions counselors about our inpatient and outpatient rehab programs at 855-947-0552. We look forward to welcoming you to our facility.