How to Choose between Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab


There is currently over 23 million Americans addicted to drugs and alcohol. Another 43 million adults suffer from some form of mental illness. And rehabilitation facilities can drastically change these people’s lives, offering support and resources for recovery. Depending on the severity of your condition or where you are in your recovery process, an outpatient program might be enough. For others, an inpatient program is their only hope. Things to consider include location and cost. Depending on your insurance, you may need to research drug rehab that accepts tricare. But aside from the logistics, this article will explain the benefits of both types of programs so you can make an informed decision.

Outpatient Programs

Outpatient-ProgramsOutpatient programs offer part-time counseling and guidance and are designed for addicts dealing with slightly less serious or demanding conditions.

Flexible Schedule

If you’re seeking support that still allows you to perform your daily tasks and routines, a outpatient program might be right for you. During outpatient treatment you to still attend work or school before or after treatment. This ensures accountability. Some outpatient programs run all day, meaning instead of work or school, patients report to the facility but return home at the end of the day. When you return home (or to work and school) you’re at the mercy of outside influences. If you don’t trust yourself not to fall into bad habits, this treatment plan may be too risky for you.


AffordableMost outpatient programs are much cheaper than their inpatient counterparts. That’s because outpatient programs don’t provide shelter, food, and 24/7 resources and support. This cuts down the cost significantly.


Before choosing a outpatient program for your recovery journey, you should understand the time frame. Most programs require patients to attend between 10 and 12 hours per week. The length of treatment varies but runs anywhere from 3 months to 1 year. It’s also important to note that outpatient programs have a much lower success rate than inpatient, due to the freedom you have during the treatment process.

Inpatient Programs

Drug addiction

Inpatient programs are the more popular choice among struggling addicts. Especially those who know that their addiction is out of control and need immediate intervention. Here are just a few of the many benefits of this type of treatment program.

24 Hour Care and Support

This is the main benefit to attending an inpatient program. Individuals receive constant, round the clock care. If you wake in the middle of the night having an emotional or physical breakdown, someone is there to help. You’re never left alone for too long, which helps ward off cravings, temptations, and the risk of relapse. Most programs monitor your visitors and phone calls as well. This prevents negative outside influences from interfering with the treatment process.


therapy Because inpatient programs are much more intensive that outpatient, they’re also more expensive. You live at the rehab facility, which means the cost covers “room and board”. It also covers the cost of all the resources, materials, and knowledge you receive.

Less Freedom

The part of attending an inpatient program is considered both good and bad, depending on who you ask. Counselors and rehab staff find the lack of outside interaction helpful in the recovery process. It limits distractions, outside influences, and temptation. Patients, on the other hand, may experience feelings of isolation or lack of control over their own choices. But patients must also realize that it was their poor choices and inability to properly control their lives and behavior that landed them in rehab in the first place. Once they take ownership and become an active participant in the recovery process, most patients agree that limiting outside influences actually helped them recover more quickly.


yoga-class-It’s already been said that an inpatient program offer 24/7 services and support. But that doesn’t mean patients are in constant therapy sessions. Many rehab facilities have very nice amenities including exercise classes, yoga, massage, and other opportunities for residents to interact with one another. While therapy and (in some cases) detox are also involved, inpatient programs are designed to help you break the hold drugs or alcohol has on you and reclaim your life.

To sum it up

The most important part of breaking your addiction is admitting and asking for help. Seeking any type of rehab program is a step in the right decision. Be honest with yourself about the severity of your condition and then determine if an inpatient or outpatient program best suits your needs.


We would suggest impatient rehab to those suffering from a chronic addiction. However, if you think that you are not really addicted, but still you do smoke every day, we suggest you go for an Outpatient Detox. Don’t worry about its low success rate. The lengthy treatment would at least prevent you from becoming an addict in future.

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