What are the benefits of inpatient drug rehab over outpatient care?

inpatient drug rehab

Are you seeking help for drug or substance use?  Do you have a loved one or dependant who needs support to beat their addiction.  Are you struggling to determine the type of help you need to overcome your dependency?  Are you weighing up outpatient care against more intensive rehabilitation?


Drug addiction is extremely serious, and ending your drug habit requires your complete attention. The first and hardest step is realising you need help.  If you are in the process of considering whether inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation is most suitable then you have made that difficult first step, and are actually already on the road to recovery.  It may not feel like it yet, but you are.


Before we consider some of the benefits of inpatient drug rehab I want to quickly elaborate on both inpatient and outpatient care.


First, what is an inpatient rehabilitation program?  Inpatient care is one of the most prevalent types of treatment for drug addiction.  It is provided by a range of treatment centres and requires the affected user to check in to a facility for the entire length of the rehabilitation program.  The length of the stay varies from a few weeks through to several months depending on individual needs, and typically includes a detox process followed by counselling or therapy.


If an inpatient approach requires a person to check in and live in a specific facility, it stands to reason that outpatient care allows victims to stay in their own homes.  Rehabilitation is still completed at a treatment facility, and in fact the therapy is in many instances the same, but it is not necessary to live on site.


What are the benefits of inpatient care then?

You are probably already considering the pros and cons of each of these alternative approaches.  But let’s touch on a few of the benefits of inpatient care as I see them.


A more intensive approach

While they are vastly similar in their procedures, inpatient care is significantly more intensive.  Inpatient rehab facilities provide round the clock care and supervision, a welcome support for those looking to overcome a serious affliction.  They also tend to have a host of additional services available to cement attendees progress such as tailored meal plans, yoga and fitness classes, religious and spiritual healing and more.


Less distractions to halt your progress

If you are trying to overcome your substance dependency while continuing everyday life, there is constant distraction that has the potential to derail even the best laid plans.  With a live in facility your focus is entirely on recovery, free from the stressors of the outside world.


Lower chance of relapse
A key to the success of inpatient care is the lack of access to drugs or alcohol.  Outpatient care has a much higher relapse rate as access to substances is not controlled.


Now I know that inpatient care will not suit everyone.  It costs more, places a greater upheaval on personal relationships and employment.  Critics will also argue that those undertaking inpatient care cannot truly test their treatment success until they re-enter the outside world.  However, inpatient care has demonstrated high levels of success and relatively low levels of relapse… so I recommend it as an option to assist in your sobriety.

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