There are many different options to battle substance abuse and addiction. How do you know which will be the most effective for you? Typically, working with your health practitioners will provide this answer. Often, more than one type is used to provide the most successful outcome for addiction. The biggest choice when looking for drug rehabs in NJ is whether you want to go into inpatient or outpatient care.


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During inpatient rehabilitation the patient is admitted to a medical facility where around the clock care is provided. The patient lives there for a short amount of time, often anywhere between one and six months, (the length of stay varies based on individual needs) and attends group, individual, and family counseling. Medication may be provided in the staff feels it is beneficial to the patient. Initially you will complete the intake process, which includes the history of the individual’s addiction, health history, and orientation.

Orientation will cover the policies and procedures regarding treatment and is a great time to get any questions answered. Next is a detox period. This is necessary to ensure that all substances exit your body. This can be a period of discomfort, but your health care professionals will work with you to make it easier. Inpatient treatment allows patients to limit their distractions that may compromise their sobriety. This level of care is usually necessary for those with strong addictions.



Outpatient services are usually suited best to those with mild to moderate substance abuse issues. This service model offers treatment in a clinical setting and then you return to your home after your appointment. Group and individual counseling occurs regularly and family therapy may be provided as well. This type of rehab does require a fairly extensive time commitment. Some may require hours a day while others are a few appointments a week. You will create a plan with your health care professionals that may be more intensive initially, that tapers are you gain the skills you need to remain sober.


Which is Right for Me?

Depending on the severity of your addiction, both may be options. Those with stronger addictions often utilize inpatient therapy initially and then after completion move to outpatient therapy. Work with your doctors or a rehab professional to determine which will offer you the most success.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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