Inpatient Drug Rehab or Outpatient Drug Rehab: Which Treatment Option is Right for Me?

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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to drug rehab. Your treatment experience, or that of your loved one, should be tailored to your specific care and lifestyle needs. When you or someone you care about are looking for drug rehab, it’s important to find a program that is able to serve the unique aspects of your substance use history, and address the fallout that has occurred in your life during active use. While your treatment needs should come first, you may not be logistically able to enter an inpatient drug rehab program. On the other hand, outpatient drug rehab might not provide a high-enough level of care to adequately address your substance use history. If you or a loved one needs help for drug addiction, there are several key distinctions between outpatient drug rehab and inpatient drug rehab that you should know.

What Is Inpatient Drug Rehab?

Inpatient drug rehab is a model of treatment that allows you or your loved one to stay at a treatment center to get the help you need for drug addiction. Recovery Unplugged’s inpatient drug rehab programs generally last anywhere from seven to 24 days or more, depending on your progress. Inpatient programs provide a variety of clinical and lifestyle benefits, including but not limited to:

  • A Safe, Comfortable Environment to Heal
  • Time Away from the “People, Places and Things” that Trigger and Substance Abuse
  • Meeting of Basic Needs, Such as Food, Shelter and Stability
  • Consistent Monitoring and Support for Medical and Co-Occurring Behavioral Health Issues
  • Accountability to Program Guidelines
  • Consistent and Strong Peer Support
  • Stronger Relapse Prevention Safety Nets

Inpatient drug rehab also often includes coordination with detoxification and withdrawal management. Programs are generally covered, at least partially, by health insurance.

Some of the Potential Drawbacks of Inpatient Drug Rehab May Include:

  • Temporary Disruption of Everyday Life
  • Being Separated from Supportive Loved Ones
  • Cost and Financial Issues
  • Anxiety and Fear of Being in a New Place

It’s important to realize that, until you or your loved one get the help you need, every other aspect of your life that you’re worried about disrupting in inpatient recovery will continue to be impacted. It’s best to get whatever help you need now, so you can be the best version of yourself at work, at home in your relationships and all other areas of life.

What Is Outpatient Drug Rehab?

Outpatient drug rehab allows you or your loved one to get the help you need while still staying present in the other aspects of your life. Participants receive daily treatment sessions, including group therapy, individualized counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral (DBT), eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), motivational interviewing and more. Both inpatient drug and outpatient drug rehab both include case management services to help you or your family get customized care for the specific clinical and lifestyle issues associated with your addiction. Recovery Unplugged offers outpatient treatment at our Northern Virginia Treatment Center, as well as our other locations throughout the country.

Advantages of Outpatient Drug Rehab

Some of the primary advantages of outpatient drug rehab include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to Stay Present in Other Areas of Your Life (Family, Work, Friendships, Etc.)
  • It Generally Costs Less than Inpatient or Residential Treatment
  • Readily Covered by Most Insurance Programs
  • Ability to More Quickly Apply Coping Mechanisms in Real-Life Situations
  • Chance to More Quickly Repair Family Relationships

Very often, the anxiety of temporarily leaving a job, family or other important areas of life to get treatment can leave people more closed off to care in general. Outpatient drug rehab programs can still provide excellent care while allowing you to stay connected to the things you care about and for which you’re responsible.

Deciding Your Eligibility for Inpatient Drug Rehab and Outpatient Drug Rehab Programs

When you’re considering the differences between inpatient drug rehab and outpatient drug rehab, it helps to know the general criteria for each to learn which is the right option for you.

Outpatient rehab can be ideal for:

  • First-Time Rehab Participants
  • People with A More Limited History of Substance Use
  • People with Families and Careers They Can’t Leave for Extended Periods of Time

Inpatient rehab can be ideal for:

  • People Who Have Relapsed after Outpatient Treatment
  • People Who Need Immediate Detox and Withdrawal Management
  • People Who Need to Remove Themselves from the Toxic Circumstances of their Everyday Lives
  • People Who Need More In-Depth Care for Serious Medical Conditions Associated with Addiction
  • People with Serious Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Etc.)

Economic factors like insurance coverage and costs will also play a role in choosing between inpatient drug rehab and outpatient drug rehab.

Drug Rehab at Recovery Unplugged

Whether you’re looking for outpatient or inpatient drug rehab, Recovery Unplugged offers multiple locations across the country to help you or your loved one heal. Our outpatient drug rehab program in Northern Virginia provides targeted, in-depth counseling and uses music to help you become more open to treatment. If you or someone you care about is living in Virginia and struggling with addiction you’re not alone. Data from the Virginia Department of Health indicates that:

  • Fatal drug overdose has been the leading method of unnatural death in Virginia since 2013
  • Opioids have been the driving force behind the large increases in fatal overdoses since 2013
  • 1626 Virginians died of overdose in 2019 and  at least 1699 are expected to die in 2020

While Rural Appalachia continues to outpace the rest of the state in substance use disorder, addiction is an epidemic that is enveloping the whole state, including Northern Virginia, where our treatment center is located.

Our Virginia drug rehab facility offers:

  • Group and Individualized Counseling
  • Supplemental Therapies
  • PHP Programs and Sober Living Resources

We also offer additional locations in Florida, Texas and Nashville. No matter what kind of help you need, the best thing you can do for yourself and the people who care about you is to get treatment now. Contact us today for a full insurance verification and to learn if inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab is right for you.

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