Inpatient Versus Outpatient

inpatient alcohol rehabThe first choice facing you once you decide to enter alcohol rehab is whether an inpatient alcohol addiction treatment program or an outpatient alcohol rehab will better serve your needs. Is it necessary to live at your alcohol rehab in order to graduate successfully from the program? Will a short-term program suffice or is a long-term program more beneficial?

At Michael’s House, we offer an inpatient residential alcohol rehab for those who are ready to break free from alcoholism and start a new life. If you have questions about our alcoholism treatment program, contact us at Michael’s House: 760-548-4032.

Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

According to studies, inpatient or residential alcohol rehab is the most effective way to address and medically treat alcoholism. The first phase, alcohol detox, is almost impossible to do effectively on an outpatient basis. If you are physically dependent upon alcohol and experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop drinking alone, then you will require a medically supervised alcohol detox at an inpatient facility.

The treatment of the psychological addiction to alcohol during the second phase of an inpatient alcohol rehab is seamlessly integrated into the program when you choose the residential option. With 24-hour medical, psychological, and peer support, you significantly increase your chances of successful completion of the program without relapse. Statistically, the longer you stay in residential treatment, the longer you will remain drug-free without relapse when you return home.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab

Outpatient alcohol rehab programs usually have a minimum commitment in terms of the number of days and/or hours that you attend each week. Usually short-term, outpatient alcohol rehab programs or day treatment programs require that you come to drug addiction and treatment education classes, 12-step meetings, and/or support groups.

Some require a weekly one-on-one therapy session as well. At night, however, you are free to go. Many find the freedom of outpatient alcohol rehab programs are beneficial because the schedule allows them to continue working or caring for dependents and the cost is usually lower than inpatient alcohol rehab as well. On the other hand, few are able to abstain from alcohol when they have easy access to alcohol every time they leave the program.

Outpatient Treatment as an Option

outpatient treatmentAlthough outpatient alcohol treatment doesn’t offer the same insulation as you will find at a residential alcohol treatment center, there are a number of benefits to be had. The more limited schedule still provides you with access to group therapy sessions, support groups, one on one therapy, and other alternative and holistic treatments. It also allows you to maintain a part-time work schedule, take care of kids when they get home from school and stay on top of your commitments at home.

One caveat: If you are physically dependent upon alcohol and experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking, then you will not have the benefit of medical detox in an outpatient alcohol treatment program. In these situations, it is recommended that you either go through a short-term inpatient alcohol detox prior to entering the outpatient alcohol treatment or choose a comprehensive inpatient alcohol rehab program that provides both detox and addiction treatment.

Inpatient Versus Outpatient: Which One is Right For You?

Both inpatient and outpatient alcohol rehab programs are effective, but the extent of their effectiveness will vary according to your personal circumstance and experience with alcohol and other drugs. For example, if you have only been drinking heavily for less than a year, still have your family, are actively involved in your career, and do not experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking alcohol, then an outpatient alcohol rehab program may be just right for you. However, if you are physically dependent upon alcohol to the point that you experience withdrawal when you stop drinking, then at the very least, you need an inpatient alcohol detox program.

If you have been drinking for years, have been unable to stop alone despite serious health problems and destroyed relationships, career, and finances, then you will have a better chance in recovery if you start with an inpatient alcohol rehab.

Getting Help at Michael’s House

Michael’s House offers an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab program that can be modified to suit your specific needs. Contact us today at 760-548-4032.