A thorough clinical assessment will determine the level of care needed for your addiction. Typically, inpatient care is recommended for people with more severe drug and alcohol problems, those who have mental health disorders that occur alongside their addictions, and people in recovery who are struggling with relapse.
Inpatient programs are residential facilities that provide intensive treatment for addiction. Typically, they include full-time medical staff and 24-hour onsite nursing care. As an inpatient, you may receive medically-supervised detoxification (detox) to safely rid drug toxins from your system, and a combination of therapeutic treatments to aid your recovery. This can include pharmaceutical therapies such as Naltrexone to reduce cravings for alcohol or opioids, and wean you from the drug.
As a resident of an inpatient program, you may also receive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other psychosocial treatments to help you build new life skills and overcome relapse. You’ll be immersed in a supportive peer community with daily activities focused on addiction recovery.
Outpatient programs provide addiction treatment and therapy without an overnight stay. As an outpatient, you have more freedom to go home or return to work after treatment (for convenience, you may want to choose an outpatient rehab that’s close to home). But you also face the challenge of staying clean and sober in your regular environment.
Outpatient facilities provide day treatment and aftercare/relapse prevention programs including group and family counseling, 12-step programs and research-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.