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If you are suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, you may have considered or been suggested by a loved one or medical professional to seek professional addiction treatment help. There are many addiction treatment centers that offer treatment through various rehab programs and modalities. While programs vary, one of the most significant differentiators for you will likely come down to whether you can access their treatment services through an inpatient, outpatient, or a hybrid of inpatient and outpatient setting. How do you decide which treatment environment is best for you? Here are a few things you should consider before you decide.

The Severity of Your Addiction and External Influences

In many cases, addiction can be caused or exacerbated by a variety of environmental or social factors. For example, everything from a circle of friends who participate in similar behaviors to the individual trying to cope with a high-stress work environment can lead to addiction and can make it more difficult to overcome. The patient’s safety should be a top concern when determining the best way to treat the addiction. An inpatient center will typically provide you with a safe environment where you are removed from factors that may be contributing to your addiction. With an outpatient treatment center, you may still be immersed in your current environment where some triggers or factors may be present. However, if you receive support in your environment, an outpatient option can be beneficial.

The Services, Treatments, and Programs Offered

Many treatment centers provide you with a wide range of services, but some offer only limited services. For example, an inpatient or residential program may provide more in-depth services that include medically-supervised detoxification followed by group therapy, individual counseling sessions and more. These are generally designed to immerse the patient in a positive, safe and supportive environment. Therapy and counseling are also included with most outpatient programs, and patients may also be paired with a buddy or may receive a 24-hour support number to call when they are struggling. However, they do not receive regular supervision and may have to reach out to others to receive support with an out-patient program. This is typically an option that allows the individual to continue to work and be surrounded by family and friends while also being treated for their addiction.

The Time Commitment for Treatment

It is important to note the difference in the time commitment between the two options. Most inpatient programs are at least 28 days long, and some may be even longer. This is time when the patient will be away from family, friends and work. It can be entirely beneficial, but it also can be difficult for some to manage. Many of these programs are followed by out-patient services, such as periodic counseling and therapy sessions for months or even years afterward. Out-patient services may only require an hour or two of a patient’s time per day or even every few days. These appointments may be set up around the patient’s schedule, and some centers offer evening and weekend appointments.

It is not always easy to determine which addiction treatment option is best for you. You may consider seeking the professional advice of a doctor, counselor, or therapist before deciding how to proceed. Keep in mind that the best option is not always the most convenient one, and you should ultimately choose an option that will provide you with the right level of support and services that are needed to help you recover from your addiction.

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