Alcohol and drug abuse continues to threaten individuals and families across the world, however, it is important to recognize that those struggling are not alone. Dependence on drugs or alcohol can have wide ranging, damaging effects on individuals and families, however there are options that can help. Treatment is available to assist struggling individuals to overcome the power of substances to live their best, healthiest life. With the expansive treatment needs, a variety of treatment types are available to best fit the individual needs of each individual. No treatment is right for every person. While an outpatient clinic environment may be a good choice for some, inpatient rehab may be necessary for some individuals.
Drug Rehab Clinics
Outpatient treatment provided by a clinic can be effective for many individuals based on certain factors. This type of treatment:
• Is more affordable
• Allows participants to stay in own home
• Offers flexibility
• Allows for some portions of daily life routines to remain consistent
• Encourages more social support from friends and family
• May be most effective for those with mild substance use issues
For some, such as caregivers, this type of treatment allows for continued family interaction, however, with a continued focus on outside demands, the effectiveness of the treatment may suffer. Although a more cost-effective choice that allows for daily life responsibilities to continue, treatment provided by an outpatient clinic does not remove the individual from the environment which leads to dependence on drugs or alcohol and allows for easy access to these substances during treatment. With this, inpatient treatment may be more effective for some.
Compared to treatment provided by an outpatient clinic, inpatient treatment offers a different treatment environment that may help individuals to overcome their unhealthy use of substances. This environment:
• Allows for focus solely on treatment
• Provides 24-hour intensive care
• Requires staying on-site, disrupting normal daily routines and responsibilities
• Can be more expensive
• More successful for those with complex addictions or comorbidity
When considering treatment facilities, it is necessary to consider which environment may best help to reach your treatment goals. For individuals who struggle with consistently attending outpatient programs, residential treatment could be a better choice. If the social circles, relationships, and home environment trigger substance use, inpatient care would reduce these triggers and allow the individual to focus on recovery. This type of facility surrounds the individual struggling with substance use by others who understand this struggle. The social support and awareness can be essential to long term recovery.
With severe addiction, medical attention during the detox process may be required to ensure the health and safety of the individual. Withdrawing from some substances, including opiates, can be dangerous if done without professional support, therefore the medical oversight provided by inpatient facilities can be most appropriate for some individuals. Extreme symptoms of withdrawal can impede progress and lead to relapse. Medication support is available to help manage symptoms of withdrawal and can help to reduce cravings while skills are developed to manage them independently.
Finding the right individualized program is imperative to recovery, however, no treatment program is right for every individual. Some facilities offer multiple levels of care, allowing program participants to move seamlessly from inpatient to outpatient treatment. Regardless of which treatment choice, outpatient clinical treatment or inpatient, residential treatment, it is important to learn skills to manage the stressor or triggers that led to the overuse of drugs or alcohol in the past. Ongoing care and support can be necessary to help with the transition back to daily life, if treatment occurred inpatient. This follow up care can include group therapy, individual counseling, and peer support groups. Families or other significant others should be included in this aspect of care, helping families to learn new communication or interpersonal skills that can encourage long term recovery.
Help is available! Whether inpatient or clinic focused, treatment can help those struggling with addiction to be freed of these chains. One of the most important factors is that active participation in treatment occurs until lasting changes are made. For some individuals, this may mean that inpatient treatment provides that long term structure that can lead to lifelong change. It is important to understand the differences between these treatment types and we can help! Please call 833-762-3739 today so you can start on the path to freedom from substance use.