Admitting to yourself that you have a serious drug addiction is a daunting experience- and one that can leave a person feeling scared and hopeless. At the same time, however, it is an eye-opening and freeing realization that can help you to take a positive step forward and admit that you need help. Once you get to this point, there is now just one more decision to make regarding how to proceed forward with treatment: inpatient or outpatient?
Outpatient drug addiction treatment takes place in a rehabilitation center. Clients are given access to counselors, support groups, individual sessions, and many of the same benefits as a residential treatment center. However, clients are allowed to leave and return to their homes each night after completing the rehabilitation program during the day. Clients who opt for outpatient services may be prescribed medication as a form of maintenance from a doctor, and the treatment is typically less intensive. This type of treatment program is best suited to individuals who have a milder or short-term addiction.
When You Should Choose Inpatient Treatment Over Outpatient
For clients who have been battling a drug addiction for years and have had their lives significantly impacted by the problem, inpatient is a more appropriate and helpful option. Inpatient rehabilitation programs are more comprehensive, but also more strict with rules. Detox is mandatory, which then leads into the withdrawal phase. Because of the inherent medical risks of detoxing, the program is run at a residence or hospital, and clients receive around-the-clock supervision and monitoring from medical staff and counseling personnel. Clients generally cannot leave (unless they are quitting the program) and commit to staying anywhere from 30 to 90 days.
Inpatient treatment is certainly a commitment – and one that can seem intimidating because of the structure and time commitment. However, if drug addiction has been plaguing your life severely and for a long time, it is the safest and most effective method of treatment. The risk of relapsing is significantly lowered, and staff are there constantly to support clients through cravings and withdrawals. It gives individuals the chance to escape from their everyday lives for a while, to focus on themselves and using the tools and opportunities presented in treatment to vastly improve themselves and their lives.
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