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When considering the right type of addiction rehab, an early task should be to determine if inpatient or outpatient treatment is the best choice. Learning as much as you can about these kinds of addiction treatment centers can help make the decision to enter and the transition into rehab easier.
Inpatient or residential addiction treatment facilities provide immersive substance abuse treatment while patients live on-site 24 hours a day, allowing them to focus solely on their recovery during that time. Inpatient treatment can be highly effective, with some studies pointing to better recovery outcomes for those spending at least 90 days in treatment. Outpatient treatment options exist for those who prefer to live at home while attending counseling and participating in other forms of substance abuse treatment for several days a week at the rehab facility.
Inpatient Addiction Treatment
The first phase of inpatient rehab often includes a period of detoxification (detox). During detox, the patient is slowly weaned off of the substance of abuse, which in many cases may result in the user experiencing withdrawal symptoms. For certain types of abused substances, these withdrawal symptoms can be very severe or even life-threatening. For this reason, detox under medical supervision in a professional facility provides the most safe and comfortable setting in which to begin recovery. Though there are commonalities, unlike those requiring a detox period at the start of substance abuse recovery, those suffering from behavioral addictions, such as an addiction to gambling or sex, generally forego a formal detox period.
Treating the psychological addiction to drugs, alcohol, or behaviors is traditionally the second step of the inpatient rehab process. In many cases, this phase of recovery involves a combination of medical, psychological, and peer support. Most inpatient treatment programs tailor treatment to the needs of individual patients, adjusting treatment according to what the patient needs at a particular point in their recovery. Individual counseling sessions, group therapy, life skills courses, and complementary activities are generally included to help patients regain the skills needed to function in society, at home, and at work.
Several types of residential treatment programs are available. Many traditional treatment centers utilize a number of evidence-based treatment modalities, including group and individual counseling, and often provide additional psychiatric care if needed.
Holistic programs approach treatment from a whole-body perspective, incorporating various natural therapies to promote sobriety, overall health, and contentment. Gender-specific rehab programs offer care for women or men only, allowing individuals to focus on their recovery without distractions from the opposite sex, and to address certain issues that are particular to their gender.
Adolescent rehab programs address the unique challenges teens face in recovery, and religious or faith-based rehab programs incorporate various religious philosophies into their treatment models.
Outpatient Rehab Options
Just like inpatient rehab, there are a number of different types of outpatient addiction treatment. In an intensive outpatient setting, a patient meets with an intake counselor who will assess the patient’s individual situation prior to the start of the program. The type and severity of addiction, its duration, and the individual’s health and life commitments should all factor into placing the patient in the best program possible. Outpatient programs vary in length, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Some may involve daily 8-hour programs, whereas others may only meet for 1 to 2 hours per day.
Outpatient rehabilitation employs some of the same treatment practices as inpatient care, such as individual therapy, group therapy, support groups, medication-assisted treatment, and life skills workshops. In some cases, participants in an outpatient program will be required to take weekly drug tests to ensure they aren’t relapsing when they are away from the facility.
If patients suffer from multiple addictions, particularly severe or long-term addiction, or are diagnosed with both addiction and mental health issues, outpatient care may not be the optimal treatment solution.