Understanding the Differences Between Addiction Treatment Programs

When you or your loved one are searching for help with a substance abuse problem, the first step is understanding the differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. There are benefits to each option and it is important to consider all the factors involved to reach the best possible outcome.

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Residential Inpatient Treatment Programs

Residential treatment, also known as inpatient programs, allow you to devote all of your energy and time to the recovery process. Treatment centers are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a safe environment for recovery. The length of stay for an inpatient program varies depending on individual circumstances, although most people choose to stay between 30 and 90 days. However, individual factors are considered for determining the length of stay, such as insurance coverage and clinical suitability. Some of the services offered to inpatient clients include:

  • Group therapy
  • Reintegration skills
  • Alternative interventions
  • Aftercare team approach
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment
  • Private rooms for all patients
  • Medical monitoring and medication management
  • Assessments for psychiatric issues and biopsychosocial disorders

An important component of completing addiction treatment and staying sober is attending an intensive outpatient program immediately near their residence.


Intensive Outpatient Programs

IOPs are part-time intensive outpatient treatment programs designed to be a lower level of care than detoxification or residential treatment services. IOP is optimal for individuals seeking to balance their work and home lives, but who still require a treatment-centered setting for peer support, continued education about addiction, and accountability. Master’s level clinicians run most IOP meetings, which are typically held in the evenings three times per week to allow clients to work during the day. Attendance at each meeting during the week is mandatory to remain in the program. Focus in IOP includes the following:

  • Awareness counseling
  • Small group therapy sessions
  • One-on-one counseling sessions
  • Introduction to the 12-Step program
  • Follow-up education classes for addiction awareness
  • Continue recovery therapies from inpatient treatment programs
  • Intensive, part-time schedule to accommodate work and family life
  • Establish a foundation for long-term recovery in your local community

IOPs are helpful for those not requiring medically supervised detoxification and those starting to rebuild their lives and repairing your meaningful family bonds.


Comparing Recovery Options

The primary benefit of inpatient treatment is focusing on recovery without the distractions of everyday life. Chances of relapse are small because there is no access to alcohol or drugs. However, outpatient programs make it easier to live at home and keep your job while attending rehab. Friends and family members are also available and accessible to provide needed support. Request more information today from Brighton Recovery Center.

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