Is outpatient care right for me?
Both outpatient and inpatient care can help you get more out of the time and energy that you invest into your recovery. Ultimately, the option that’s right for you will depend on who you are and what you hope to get out of the treatment that you receive.
For example, inpatient care requires more of a commitment. If you sign up for it, you will need to be willing to leave your home and to live in a treatment center for a pre-determined amount of time.
In exchange for this, you’ll receive around-the-clock care and the opportunity to benefit from a wide variety of treatments. The structure that inpatient programs provide can also give you a blueprint for what your life should look like once you complete rehab.
Outpatient programs, on the other hand, can be better for patients who are looking for more freedom in their treatment plan. Like inpatient programs, outpatient ones provide patients with access to a wide variety of treatments, such as therapy and group activities. The difference is that you’ll also be able to go home at night and sleep in your own bed if you sign up for an outpatient plan.
The nature of your home environment can play a large role in determining whether outpatient care is right for you. For example, if you live with family members who are supportive and sober, then coming home at night could give you the strength to complete your rehab plan successfully. But if you live in a home with other substance abusers or with people who contribute to your addiction, then inpatient care could be a better option.