Twelve step programs work great if you’re an addict who successfully completed an inpatient rehab program or an intensive outpatient program and you’re focused on your aftercare recovery.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Which is better?
Today we want to talk about the pros and cons of outpatient vs. inpatient treatment for addiction.
There are pros and cons to both, and there’s not a clear answer as to what is the right thing for everybody. It’s an individual choice.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Pro’s and Cons
“Pros” of Inpatient Addiction Treatment Centers
The advantages of an inpatient program is that you’re totally immersed in your healing.
You’re taken out of your daily life. You leave all of that behind and you’re completely focused on trying to get better.
Inpatient recovery is a powerful experience and the data has shown that it will exponentially increases your chances of recovery success.
Your chances of longterm recovery success goes up if you do a 90+ day inpatient rehabilitation treatment over an outpatient treatment program.
You don’t have to worry about meals. You don’t have to worry about where you’re going to stay.
You don’t have to worry about getting home from work, or any of that kind of stuff.
You’re just focused on healing.
“Cons” of Inpatient Treatment Centers
The cons to inpatient treatment, is that it can be very expensive. You do have to leave your life for an extended period of time, which can be difficult.
You have to leave family and friends for that period of time, as well. That’s the downside to residential treatment.
“Pros” of Outpatient Addiction Treatment
From an outpatient perspective, it’s sort of the reverse. From the outpatient perspective, the pros are that you get to maintain your life.
You don’t have to be away from your family, and you don’t have to somehow leave your job for an extended period of time. That’s all great. It is a lot cheaper to do an outpatient treatment.
“Cons” of Outpatient Treatment Centers
The downside to outpatient treatment is you’re still in the life that potentially has been causing you the behavioral issues that you have.
You don’t have a lot of focus on your healing, because you’re simply coming out of your life for a few hours, and then you’re right back into your life, so the healing aspect can be much more challenging.