Detox and rehab treatments fall into one of two categories- inpatient or outpatient. Both focus on safe drug withdrawals and working on rehabilitation, but there are some differences. Here at Delray Center for Addiction Medicine, we offer a full-service outpatient detox program, but that may not be the best choice for everyone. Here are all the differences between outpatient and inpatient treatment.
The biggest difference between outpatient and inpatient detox is where the patient stays. Outpatient means the patient stays at home but attends treatment during the day. This way patients are able to continue working and going to school while seeking help.
Outpatient treatment is a more affordable option and tends to be longer term. Patients build a support system and have access to other addicts going through the same thing. Because there is more freedom in outpatient treatment, patients have to be dedicated to making a change. They are free to leave the facility and are responsible for their actions outside. Outpatient treatment is a good option for those with a mild-moderate addiction that want to keep their daily routine.
During inpatient treatment, patients stay in a facility during the entire program. Programs tend to last 24 days- 6 months long. It’s an intensive treatment option, and patients are cut off from their regular life. Many inpatient treatment facilities even require patients to cut off contact with others for a set period of time.
Due to how intensive it is and that the patient stays in a facility, inpatient treatment tends to be more expensive. The intensive nature of it means it’s a good option for those with a severe addiction or those that have relapsed in the past after attending outpatient treatment.
Those struggling with drug addiction should explore all treatment options. No one can say whether outpatient or inpatient treatment is better, it’s all based on the individual case.