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Examining the Differences of Inpatient vs Outpatient Rehab

Commitment. It’s kind of a heavy word, isn’t it? We’ve all had to commit here and there—to a job, a friend, a romantic partner, a mortgage, a brand of cola . . . Commitment is simply a fact of life.

Fighting a drug or alcohol addiction is no different. It takes a commitment to make it work. Just like the commitment to losing weight, it is equally important that you find the right addiction treatment that works for you. One way to find the right treatment is to examine the differences between inpatient vs outpatient rehab, and how to choose between the two.

The Inpatient Rehab Option

An inpatient rehab center is an immersive experience where individuals temporarily leave their regular lives—homes, jobs, etc.—to check into an addiction rehab treatment center. As an individual receiving inpatient treatment, you participate in a program, such as our Non 12-Step Rehab Program, for help recovering from an addiction. The length of your stay depends on you, the individual—treatment is completed when there is 100 percent recovery through a full immersion in a nurturing treatment facility. So when you are fully recovered, you are done with rehab!

The Outpatient Rehab Option

Outpatient rehab is treatment that has a minimal amount of disruption to patients’ daily lives. This allows you to continue with your regular life on a daily basis. Treatment is done mostly through a series of appointments and group therapy sessions. Outpatient treatment is more time consuming that inpatient rehab, but many people find it advantageous. Having the ability to combat addiction while living at home, seeing family and friends, and not taking time off of work is very appealing to some people.

Why Choose One or Another?

Deciding which rehab option is best for you is not a choice to make lightly. This decision can impact your success rate. Here are a couple considerations to weigh when determining the right option.

  • Is this your first rehabilitation attempt? If this is your first attempt at addiction recovery, outpatient rehab might be a possibility for you. If you’ve already tried some form of rehab program in the past and have since experienced a relapse, it might be time for an inpatient treatment program.
  • Are you a functioning addict? This can be difficult for some addicts to gauge. Some people are high functioning addicts—meaning, they’re still able to hold down a job and meet obligations while addicted to drugs or alcohol. While this isn’t an acceptable way of life, this kind of addiction is treatable through outpatient rehab. But if your addiction is debilitating and is ruining other aspects of your life, inpatient care is an option you should seriously consider.
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Inpatient and Outpatient Programs at Prominence

Prominence Treatment Center offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for our clients. One thing that we do differently than other programs is that our outpatient program is not a stand-alone program—it’s meant to be used as a follow up to an inpatient program, even if that inpatient treatment was done at another facility.

Our inpatient rehab program, located in Malibu, California, is a great location for the immersive inpatient treatment. We encourage you to read about our facilities and the typical day-to-day experience at Prominence.

There are options for addiction treatment. It is vital that you consider your own personal situation and that you carefully assess what the best option is for you. Whether this is inpatient or outpatient rehab, the point is the same: addicts need to find help. If you have questions about your rehab options and determining which best suited for you, please call us at   .

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