Outpatient vs. Inpatient Treatment

As a part of the opioid epidemic that is occurring nationwide, heroin addiction for those living in Florida has become an issue that leaves urgency behind substance abuse treatment. There is a real concern for the heroin abuse that has been increasing along with heroin overdose-related deaths. Luckily, there are ways to recover from heroin addiction and live a new life free from the chaos and dangers that come along with its use.

Two of the most successful treatment options available are inpatient and outpatient treatment. Let’s take a look at the different forms of addiction treatment to help determine which one is best for you or your loved one who is struggling with an addiction.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment requires a stay at a facility while treatment is provided. This type of treatment can take place at either a hospital or at a residential treatment facility. While at an inpatient facility, the patient doesn’t leave for any reason. They live in the facility, eat meals there, and have very structured activities that typically include therapy, medication management, skills training, and more. There are typically other therapies available as well such as yoga classes and exercise facilities.

This form of addiction treatment allows for a radical change in how individuals make choices, and how they think about themselves and substances of abuse. Typically, inpatient programs can run anywhere from 30 days to 90 days and can vary in intensity depending on the length of stay, the patient’s medical requirements, and the individual’s emotional capacity for stress. In some cases, a program can last as long as 6-12 months, however, those programs are less common.

Types of Inpatient Treatment

When it comes to inpatient treatment, there are several options available. Those options include:

  1. Long-term residential treatment – This type of residential treatment program can last up to 90 days and offers round-the-clock care. Care is typically offered in a non-hospital setting, with medical guidance from nurses and an onsite doctor. The focus of a long-term treatment program is to rebuild a person’s social structure and interaction with their community. Therapy is a major focus during treatment, with the therapists helping patients overcome self-destructive behaviors and learn to accept personal responsibility for their actions.
  2. Short-term residential treatment – This type of program is typically shorter than its long-term counterpart, usually lasting less than 90 days. Short-term treatment can be done in either a hospital or residential treatment facility. After a patient completes their treatment, they are typically referred to an outpatient facility where they can continue their treatment. With short-term treatment, the residential part of the program is part of a larger, longer-term program. The primary focus of short-term residential treatment is detox from the substance and an introduction into talk therapies.
  3. Sober living homes – A sober living home is a group home where all those living in it maintain their sobriety by adhering to a strictly sober environment. Sober living homes don’t offer detox or any sort of medications management services. Because of that, they are typically occupied by people that have already undergone some form of inpatient treatment. People living in sober living homes should have jobs, pay rent, and maintain their own therapy schedules. The sober living home staff, however, maintains the quality of the facility and ensures that no intoxicating or addictive substances end up coming into the home in any capacity.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment programs offer many of the same services as inpatient programs, but in an environment that allows people to live at home or in a sober living environment. Most programs are therapy-based and only involve a commitment of a few hours per day and a few days per week.

This type of addiction treatment allows the person to continue to live their normal life by maintaining a job, family commitments, or school attendance.  Typically, outpatient treatment is a compliment or combined with, inpatient treatment in order to gain the skills necessary to overcome their addiction.

Types of Outpatient Treatment

There are several different outpatient options. Those options include:

  1. Partial Hospitalization or Intensive Outpatient Treatment – These are two different types of programs, but both provide similar benefits and structure. The person involved in the treatment program is able to go home at the end of their daily session, but they are typically required to attend medication management, group therapy, and individual therapy for several hours per day, many days per week. This can range from anywhere from four hours per day, three days per week, to eight hours per day, five days per week, with structured breaks. Most of these programs spread a 20-hour-per-week requirement over a few days. A person will typically enroll in one of these programs after completing their inpatient treatment.
  2. Peer support or 12-Step Programs – These programs tend to get the most attention on television and movies. This type of recovery program first became popular in the 1930s, as a method for overcoming an alcohol abuse disorder. The program changed how addiction and substance abuse were viewed. Since its inception, 12-Step programs have exploded in popularity, and they remain very popular today. A person joining the program goes to regular meetings and finds a sponsor, who will help them remain accountable for their recovery. These are peer-led programs that are not accredited by hospitals, but the social setting can provide a good support structure. As a result, they are not technically considered outpatient treatment. However, they are often viewed under this umbrella. As a result, they are typically done in conjunction with another outpatient treatment program.
  3. Other types of outpatient services – There are other types of outpatient programs that can be ordered by a doctor can be found at hospitals, university medical centers, or on their own in separate, specialized facilities. Like the other treatment programs, these typically involve group therapy and focus on actively involving the individual’s family, friends, and community in their recovery.

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If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction reach out to us at FHE Health today. We offer multiple levels of treatment to ensure that you do not face your addiction alone and can live a new life free from addiction. Choose life and contact us today at 844-299-0618.

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