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Inpatient or Outpatient: What’s Right For Me?

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Inpatient or Outpatient: What’s Right For Me?

What’s the Difference?

inpatient or outpatient

Inpatient refers to patients that are admitted to a rehabilitation center. They do on-site groups, meetings, follow-ups, counseling, and look after you and your health while you’re admitted. Inpatient targets those who require more attention or who have a riskier health issue. 

Outpatient refers to patients that are not admitted to a rehabilitation center. It can be cheaper, and you won’t have on-site counseling, meetings or follow-ups. You can continue working at your job, continue your everyday life and not be interrupted by anything. You’ll still be able to attend meetings every week and see a therapist, but you’ll receive less intensive care compared to being an inpatient. Outpatient targets those who require less attention or who have a less dramatic health issue.  


Consider Inpatient Programs…
-When you have tried to recover on your own and failed
-If you notice severe withdrawal symptoms from your body
-When you feel you’ve hit rock bottom
-If you live in an area that is motivating or pressuring you to keep using
-If outpatient programs didn’t work for you
-If you’re medically incapable of living off site
-If you are without a home
-If you think this is the best decision for yourself

Pros of Inpatient Programs

  • 24/7 medical attention
  • Group and individual meetings
  • 1-on-1 counseling
  • Personal case manager
  • Freshly cooked meals
  • Living in a safe environment
  • Living with other sober people
  • Inpatient programs help you find jobs
  • Inpatient programs work with you on setting goals

Cons of Inpatient Programs

  • Set schedule every day
  • Less freedom to do your own things
  • You won’t be able to work while you’re in the program
Consider Outpatient Programs…
-If you have a minor, less impacted addiction
-If you can balance recovery with school/work
-If you’ll be motivated to recover
-If you’re low on funds or insurance to cover inpatient programs
-If you live in a safe and positive environment
-If you think this is the best decision for yourself

Pros of Outpatient Programs

  • You’ll be able to continue work/school
  • It takes less time commitment 
  • You’ll still be able to attend meetings
  • The people you’re in therapy with can be more functional
  • It’s easier to transition to sober living

Cons of Outpatient Programs

  • You won’t have a medical professional looking after you
  • The inpatient program amenities won’t be available for you
  • Less supervision (likely to relapse)
  • Lack of structure
  • Outpatient programs tend to be a lot longer
  • You might not have individualized therapy

Inpatient and Outpatient programs can be a hard decision for many. We want to make this as easy as possible! If you’re still struggling between going to an inpatient or outpatient program, we would be happy to help! Please call us for a free and confidential assessment at 855-737-7363

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