Inpatient vs. Outpatient Programs: Which Is Right for Your Heroin Addiction?
One thing that’s important to realize about addiction is that no one’s experience is the same. Everyone will be going through a different set of challenges and struggles. It’s important not to compare yourself to others during the treatment and recovery process.
Because of that, there’s no cookie-cutter treatment plan that will work for everyone. When deciding which rehab treatment plan is right for you, you’ll have to do a bit of research and consider your needs closely.
Perhaps the biggest factor to consider is whether you’d like to do an inpatient or an outpatient program.
While both can have effective outcomes, they do have very different features, costs, and advantages when compared with each other.
What Is an Inpatient Program?
An inpatient program is any sort of rehab treatment where you physically stay in the treatment location. It will become your temporary home as you work through your issues and get off drugs.
There are two main types of inpatient programs: long-term and short-term.
Long-term residential treatment programs:
- Last 6 to 12 months
- Provide care 24-hours a day
- Help you relearn how to socialize with other residents and staff
- Are highly-structured and include many different activities to help break unhealthy mental and physical habits
Short-term residential treatment programs, on the other hand:
- Last three to six weeks
- Are based out of a hospital-setting
- Utilize a 12-step approach
- Are followed-up with outpatient therapy and self-help groups
What Is an Outpatient Program?
An outpatient program is similar to an inpatient program, in that it provides higher levels of intensive intervention and care. However, the key difference is that you will not be living at the facility.
In general, outpatient programs:
- Offer drug education
- Sometimes last the entire day
- Feature group counseling
- Can treat other mental health or medical conditions
What’s the Cost Difference?
Unfortunately, because inpatient programs have a much higher level of care, they are typically far more expensive than a standard outpatient program.
While insurance may cover this treatment, patients will still be left to handle their deductible and other out-of-pocket expenses, which can sometimes be too much.
Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, is far less expensive because you’re only getting help for a few hours each day.
Outpatient treatment also gives you the freedom to have a job and make money to care for yourself. This may not be possible while staying at an inpatient facility.
Which Has Better Outcomes?
Both methods of treatment can be effective. However, inpatient care does have an edge on outpatient care.
In a 1993 study that looked at 183 inpatients and 120 outpatients, the outpatients were found to be four times more likely to relapse and fail treatment.
However, another study done in 1989 found that there was no real significant difference in overall treatment effectiveness.
What does all of this mean for you? Well, for outpatient care, it just means you’ll have to curate a more extensive network of social support, which can help you rebuild relationships with family and friends.
Outpatient care will also allow you to lead a normal life where you can go to work, attend social engagements, and more.
So in the end, which type of facility is right for you? Only you can decide.
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