If you’re considering addiction treatment, you’re probably weighing the pros and cons of outpatient versus inpatient rehab. Which one should you choose? Outpatient rehab is often more affordable than inpatient treatment, and it can be very effective for patients who have a strong support network, a stable living situation and a lot of willpower. But that isn’t every patient; far from it. Even if you do have a stable living situation, supportive loved ones, and the willpower to stick to your recovery no matter what, why make your recovery journey any harder than it needs to be? Inpatient rehab has built-in fail-safes that make a successful recovery much more likely.
Many insurance companies provide coverage for treatment of chemical dependency, often making inpatient rehab a more affordable option.
Inpatient Rehab Offers Supervision and Safety
Only inpatient rehab can offer round-the-clock supervision to ensure that the person struggling with chemical dependency never has to suffer alone — staff are always available to provide support.
Recovering from addiction takes a lot of hard work and intensive counseling, and inpatient rehab provides a safe haven for that self-work. People going through addiction treatment must face and vanquish the demons that led them to abuse drugs and alcohol. Difficult memories and emotions can come up. Patients might feel overwhelmed and try to hurt themselves or others. When this happens in an inpatient setting, staff can control the situation quickly.
Inpatient Rehab Takes Away Temptation
The closed community and 24-hour supervision offered in inpatient rehab creates an optimal recovery environment. Willpower is an important component of outpatient rehab, and, for a number of reasons, some recovering addicts have more willpower than others. Inpatient rehab takes the patient’s willpower completely out of the equation. Inpatient facilities create an environment where drugs and alcohol aren’t allowed, so the patients don’t even have to face the temptation to use, much less fight it off. Some patients even go so far as to check into a rehab clinic far away from home, so they can get away from the people and places that might trigger their substance abuse.
Inpatient Rehabs Protect Your Privacy
Inpatient rehabs offer a greater degree of privacy than outpatient facilities. Many patients don’t want acquaintances or colleagues to know that they’ve gone into drug or alcohol rehab, due to the stigma still attached to addiction. With inpatient rehab, there’s no explaining your daily treatment sessions. Patients go away and then come back; they only need one story to explain their absence.
More People Stick With Inpatient Rehab
Is inpatient treatment more effective than outpatient treatment? Multiple studies show that both outpatient and inpatient treatment have similar success rates over the long term for patients who complete their treatment. However, patients in inpatient rehab programs are almost twice as likely to complete their treatment as those in outpatient programs. Studies find that as many as 47% of patients in outpatient treatment programs drop out within the first three weeks. One study that compared success rates for inpatient and intensive outpatient programs found that 89% of the inpatient group completed their programs, compared to a mere 54% of the outpatient group. Research also suggests the most effective addiction treatment programs are inpatient programs lasting at least 90 days. If you’re considering your rehab options, inpatient rehab may well be the choice for you. Call us to learn more about inpatient rehabs in your area and to obtain a free benefits check to help us find a treatment facility that accepts your insurance plan.