Inpatient or Outpatient Care
When you’re looking to get help with overcoming addiction or rehabilitating an injury we understand it can be difficult to live your daily life. Once you have made the decision to tackle your addiction through counseling and support it becomes important to determine what level of assistance you need to defeat the addiction. Rehabilitation facilities offer individuals different levels of help by providing both inpatient and outpatient care.
Inpatient care means someone looking for assistance would live at the facility for 24 hours a day for a specific period of time as a means of providing them all of the help needed to be able to overcome the addiction, some additional time for a detox if needed, and time to help prevent a relapse from occurring. During this time rehabilitation professionals are involved in order to help educate individuals in how to reduce the possibility of a relapse, different lifestyle changes which can be made to improve their daily lives, and ways to receive support from a support group or network.
Outpatient care is offered to provide individuals with flexibility for continuing to live their life while receiving assistance with overcoming their addiction. For those which are unable to dedicated the time towards rehabilitation outpatient care can be an effective strategy for overcoming an addiction and receiving the help required to prevent a relapse from happening. The main objective of outpatient care is to provide individuals with the resources they need to overcome the addiction while allowing them to continue on with their daily life.
Making the Decision
While it can be difficult to determine whether to participate in rehabilitation or not, it is also a difficult choice to decide on whether to participate in inpatient or outpatient treatment. In choosing inpatient treatment you require a specified amount of time in which you will be housed at the rehabilitation facility for 24/7 observation and assistance to ensure proper detoxification and to ensure that individuals do not relapse. Outpatient treatment provides more freedom in regards to living one’s daily life, but will have a lower success rate due to the lack of an established environment and supervision.
It is important to determine the following:
1) Do I have the time and resources available to opt for inpatient care?
2) Am I able to finance my stay at the rehab facility either through my own means or through financial assistance with the facility?
3) Will I be able to resume my social obligations after my stay at the facility?
Many employers will provide their employees with a leave under the circumstances of their stay at a rehabilitation facility. It is important to have a conversation with your employer in order to better understand how they will handle your leave of absence as well as whether or not your insurance plan covers your stay in a rehabilitation facility.
At the end of the day it is a difficult decision on whether to opt for inpatient care or outpatient care. While inpatient care comes with the greater success rate and lower rate of relapse for rehabilitation, it requires a significant time and financial investment in order to provide the dedicated environment. Be sure to connect with your rehabilitation center to learn more about their requirements, the overall environment, and to help determine your financial eligibility.