According to the National survey on drug use and health 19.7 million Americans are currently battling substance abuse.  

With substance abuse so prevalent in our society, it’s important for addicts to have information on recovery options such as knowing about various treatments and what is the difference between inpatient and outpatient centers.  

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse and wants to learn more about finding the help they need for recovery read on for more information.

Understanding Whether or Not You Have a Problem  

Some signs and symptoms of addiction may include  

  • Glossy or glazed over eyes
  • an increase in anger or aggression
  • a change in  priorities for hobbies
  • track marks along the arms, feet, and legs   
  • an increase or decrease in energy
  • an increase or decrease in wait
  • Mysterious Behavior or becoming secretive with finances
  • a constant feeling of paranoia 
  • A dramatic reduction in job or school performance

If you or someone you love is experiencing one or more of the symptoms above, it’s important to contact a Rehabilitation Center. They can help you begin your path to recovery.

Types of Substance Abuse Treatment  

Those suffering from addiction have a number of different treatment options when choosing the path of recovery. For example,  some recovering addicts may choose to attend meetings with counselors or psychotherapist.

These meetings are intended to identify the various triggers an addict may experience that drives them to their drug of choice.  Once these triggers are identified, it becomes easier for the addict to recognize when they are occurring and to apply healthier coping techniques that are learned during their sessions.  

Counseling and Psychotherapy sessions can be done either one on one or within a group.  Each option holds its own benefits. For example, with grief counseling, now you can feel safe in a space where other individuals have gone to the same experience you have. You’ll also be able to build a support group with relationships that can last a lifetime.

One-on-one sessions provide a more intimate approach that allows the addict to go deeper into their personal life and childhood. These sessions will also create more tailored advice from a counselor or therapist.

Depending on the case an addict may choose to enroll in either an outpatient or inpatient recovery program.  

The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab 

For those seeking a more a continuous and Hands-On approach choosing to engage in either an outpatient or inpatient Center may be the right option. Both treatment options utilize daily counseling and therapy sessions. You’ll also find healing activities in order to increase and addicts the likelihood of recovery.

The difference between inpatient and outpatient recovery centers is an inpatient recovery centers requires the addict to live within the center in order to be under the strict supervision of its staff. This may be a solid option for those whose addiction has spiraled out of control and feel that they cannot trust themselves to stay away from drugs without the intervention of others.

Outpatient centers mean that the Addict is still able to live at home while working on their recovery. They will still engage in the same daily activities as the inpatient resident will be experiencing.

However, since the outpatient does not live within the center, they may not partake in as many sessions and activities as one that is living within the inpatient facility.

Outpatient centers may be the only option available for many individuals. This is often the case for those who are seeking assistance with recovery while still needing to maintain a job and family care.

The difference can also be found within the various prices of attending inpatient or outpatient clinics since inpatient clinics tend to cost more as they include the cost of food and boarding.  

Knowing What the Right Choice Is for You

Before jumping into which recovery treatment option you would like to utilize, there are some factors to keep in mind. It’s important to take time to consider which is the right option for you.

This means, taking stock of the current state of your addiction. Take time to ask yourself how intense your addiction truly is. You’ll also want to consider how long it’s been going on, and whether or not you trust yourself with the responsibility to attend important sessions without supervision.

Addiction falls into a wide spectrum, and there is no one-size-fits-all path to recovery.  However, the more honest you are with yourself, the easier it will be to find the options that you need to build a life without addiction.

The Help You Need When You Need It  

Knowing the difference between inpatient and outpatient clinic is just one of the many steps you’ll take while pursuing a life free of addiction. It’s important to make these choices on your own. So remember that the more support you have in creating a life of recovery the higher your rate of success will be.

If you or someone you love are currently seeking substance abuse treatment contact us today for more information on how we can be of assistance. The call alone is one step in the right direction. You’ll find that both our inpatient and Outpatient Center options have been designed to give you your best chance at a life without addiction.

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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