What’s Better: Inpatient Treatment or Outpatient Treatment?

What’s Better: Inpatient Treatment or Outpatient Treatment?

Written By: Fiona Stockard

Inpatient vs. IOP Treatment Centers

Choosing the Right Treatment Center

IOP Treatment Centers

While deciding to seek treatment is a courageous step down the road to recovery, it’s important that the proper treatment is sought. To put it another way, someone with diabetes isn’t going to see a pediatrist.

There are a vast amount of rehabilitation programs which cater to clients seeking a drug-free life. Most programs can be classified as either Inpatient or Intensive Outpatient Programs (commonly known as IOP treatment centers).

Choosing the best program depends on factors like the length and severity of addiction, as well as the client’s general lifestyle, and other personal needs. Staying informed, and understanding exactly what each program offers, will help lead to long-term recovery.

IOP Treatment Centers (Intensive Outpatient Treatment)

IOP treatment centers have become increasingly popular as a recovery method for substance abuse, eating disorders, mental health issues, and trauma.

IOP treatment centers work around an individual’s existing schedule. If you need treatment but have a job, you can work and receive treatment at the same time.

IOP provides intensive treatment that allows access to doctors, counselors, and other medical specialists, as well as group and individual counseling, and educational services to help the client overcome addiction. IOP typically lasts three hours a day and allows the client to then return to their homes, jobs, and lives. Basically, IOP is treatment for individuals who can’t afford absences from their work, school, or home life.

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Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment is a common method of rehabilitation for clients who require services like medical monitoring for detox, or a controlled and drug-free environment. Inpatient programs require the client to live at a facility twenty-four hours a day, with a length of stay averaging between twenty-eight and ninety days.

Before someone goes into inpatient treatment, they usually have to detox. Inpatient programs are structured and provide therapeutic rehabilitation, physically and emotionally. This type of treatment provides a supportive community, in a safe, trigger-free environment.

Read about how to pay for Inpatient Rehab

The path is yours to choose. The good news is you’re not alone.

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