Inpatient Versus Outpatient Rehab

Written by on December 3, 2018 in News Flash with 0 Comments

Everyone's needs with regards to finding the right rehab centre for them vary. For some people, it's a minor addiction that just needs some light coaching to be fully excised from someone's life. For others, addiction has taken hold of every part of their lives, to the point where drastic intervention is required for them to be successful in their recovery.

This contrast in health care needs has made for a large variety in how rehabilitation centers choose to operate. One main differentiator, as far as different centers are concerned, is whether a centre is an inpatient centre or an outpatient centre. At an inpatient centre, patients stay onsite full-time for the duration of their treatment. They eat, sleep, and socialize within the walls of the centre and have limited contact with the outside world, although it isn't a prison by any means. Outpatient centers are centers where the patient transports themselves to the centre on a daily or near-daily basis to receive therapy and treatment.

What are the functional differences between the two? Well, they are numerous, but I’ll go over the main attributes of the two in this article.

Inpatient Rehab

 Inpatient rehab, also known as a residential treatment facility, is a more intensive kind of rehab where the patient will be onsite nearly 24 hours a day. Emotional and medical support is available 24/7, and the patient is never truly out of the health care system during their stay. Inpatient rehab centers are fantastic for those whose addictions have taken root in nearly every part of their daily life, and need a whole new routine to get sober successfully. An inpatient rehab also removes any stressors based in the outside world from inhibiting the recovery process.

Food is provided, and the patient typically wakes up very early with no chance of sleeping in. The day is structured by the facility and usually integrates some form of exercise with the rehabilitation therapy happening later in the day. The patient is seldom the only one in the centre, so there's an opportunity to meet people in a similar position as the person who has been admitted, and they can have support from people besides their doctor.

A typical stint in an inpatient rehabilitation centre is anywhere from 28 days to six months or more.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehabilitation centers offer much more personal autonomy to the patient. They are best suited for people who have a minor to moderate addiction and can still go about their lives without their dependence becoming worse.

The total time spent at an outpatient rehab is typically somewhere in the realm of 10 to 12 hours a week, which averages out to about an hour and forty-five minutes each day. This can easily fit into someone's life, and there's minimal disruption of their routine. Outpatient rehabilitation centers are also useful for long-term monitoring of addiction, if someone is worried they are returning to old habits they've previously kicked once before.

In the End, It's Up to You

The patient decides what kind of rehabilitation centre is best for them. A major addiction that needs constant monitoring and aggressive treatment is best treated at an inpatient centre, while milder addictions do just fine in an outpatient centre. Figure out just how big of an addiction you have, and how much time you can sacrifice from your life before settling on what centre is right for you. Sometimes though, taking time off of work or regular life is necessary to avoid a total life collapse.



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