The first steps to tackling your addiction.
If you are sitting there reading this, because you’re looking at which level of addiction treatment is going to help you the most to get your life back on track, first of all…
Good. On. You.
Seriously, it takes a huge amount of strength, willpower, and, yes, good old-fashioned guts to admit finally that you need help. That you can’t resolve this – or even attempt to manage it – on your own, and to then follow through with that to the point of enrolling on a program of recovery. Sadly, many don’t make it as far as you have. So, kudos, as they say.
Now that you have reached this point, you are undoubtedly inundated with information that leads to questions. And then to searching for more information to find answers, and, guess what, more of those damned questions.
Maybe – well, hopefully, really – this article help. It offers clarification on what you really need to know about the addiction treatment options out there, and, in particular, looking at the benefits of each type of program.
Let’s start with the BIG question…
Inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab program?
First of all, let’s start with the answer to that one. And it’s pretty simple to work out, if you can give an honest and real answer to the question of…
Which option would work best for you?
Yes, my Mom told me, as well, to never answer a question with a question, but this is important – seriously important. In fact, to best answer that one, let’s look at your circumstances…
Honest and real answers, ok?
1. Do you need to have some flexibility in your addiction treatment?
If you have restrictions or commitments of an important kind such as:
- Other family commitments, eg. you are a carer of another family member
- A job that you need to keep
- Something else that places that kind of restriction upon either your time or the place you’re at where you can receive treatment.
… then the answer is: Outpatient Rehab Program.
Treatment for your substance addiction requires one thing from you. You! 100%, full-on, and dedicated engagement with the program you choose. If it can’t get that from you, you may as well stay home. Attending any kind of addiction treatment when your head is somewhere else, worrying and getting anxious over something now out of your control, will probably result in failure.
Therefore, your best chance of recovery success lies with an Outpatient Rehab Program.
However, if you have none of these restrictions at all, it is likely that Inpatient Rehab will work best for you, with no outside distractions of any kind to interfere with your treatment.
There you go. The answer to the question that may well have been bugging you more than a little. Now let’s confirm that answer, because, as you already know to your cost, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Answer these short questions:
- Do you need to choose (or, at least, have input into) the level of treatment you receive; for example, your treatment can be given during evenings and weekends only?
- Do you need a medically supervised detox from the substances you have been abusing?
- Are you worried about the cost of treatment?
- Do you need to transition from an inpatient program to a treatment program which is less restrictive?
If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” you’ve just confirmed that an Outpatient Rehab Program is your best option.
Now, let’s look at our title again – here are the three benefits we mention.
Without doubt, women do tend to face more obstacles to getting the addiction treatment they need than men do, which, sadly, makes them less likely to seek that help in the first place, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Furthermore, when they do get over whatever obstacles lay in their way, they tend to receive treatment in either mental health or primary care settings, rather than in specialized addiction treatment programs.
Outpatient Rehab Programs offer a way to overcome obstacles easily, such as childcare, a need to continue working or studying, and being geographically close to home. This is thanks to their flexibility.
Outpatient Rehab Programs usually have evening or weekend treatment sessions, where patients can meet their normal obligations while getting their treatment at night, making it the perfect choice for working parents.
Additionally, Outpatient Rehab Programs normally offer several levels of treatment – these are:
- Traditional Outpatient (OP): Usually requires a weekly commitment of around 6 hours per week, OP is normally split up between 2 or 3 sessions throughout the week.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Usually requires around 10-15 hours per week. IOP is perfect for people needing a higher level of care, while still providing the flexibility they need.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Usually requires 30 hours per week, PHPs will normally treat patients for 6 hours during the day, allowing patients home for nights and weekends, and provides the highest level of program care.
2. Cost: more affordable than an inpatient rehab
If cost is an issue for you, Outpatient Rehab Programs are considerably cheaper than their inpatient counterparts, while still providing the treatment options you need. This is primarily because an inpatient will also need to pay for their room and board, as well as additional facilities, such as gyms, outdoor excursions or visits, even spa treatments.
3. Connections: with your children, partner and friends
Outpatient Rehab Programs, because of their flexibility and that you can choose a location close to home, means that you stay connected to those supportive of your treatment and your recovery. In other words, your children, family and close friends.
Outpatient treatment facilities are all over the US, meaning that wherever you are, you’ll have a facility near you, whether you need an outpatient rehab in Denver, Dallas or Detroit.
For mothers, being able to stay in close contact with their children and still have them as a part of their daily life can be extremely important. Yes, you should participate fully in your addiction recovery for you and you alone, but, having support from those rooting for you, can provide the extra motivation you need when times get tough.
Hopefully, after reading this, you are now in a far better position to pursue the right addiction treatment option for you, and are more aware of the pros and cons of both inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab programs. Remember, if you’re looking for fewer restrictions in your treatment, outpatient rehab will provide that.
Outpatient Rehab Programs provide a number of benefits over their inpatient counterpart, including:
- Maintaining connections, among others