Inpatient vs Outpatient Rehab: Discover Which Is Right for You
Recovery centers dedicate their services to helping patients overcome substance abuse. Many recovery centers, like the Phoenix, also have programs that aid mental health recovery and stabilization. To provide patients with the best care possible, these recovery centers will divide patients into two categories of treatment, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. The type of care given, inpatient or outpatient, will depend on the level of help required by the patient and the patient’s preferences. Both treatments are incredibly successful in helping patients receive the care they need while differing slightly in their purpose and approach.
What Is the Purpose of Inpatient Rehabilitation Treatment?
The purpose of inpatient rehab, for both substance abuse recovery and mental health recovery, is to help patients stabilize and recover quicker, with 24-hour care and treatment. Often inpatient treatment is suggested for more extreme cases, to help individuals reset and kickstart their recovery journey. Some of the top benefits of residential treatment include the absence of outside triggers and influences, constant care from medical professionals to provide a safe and healthy experience, and nonstop support from other patients and counselors in the program.
The absence of triggers and influences looks like taking a break from work, parenting, managing finances, shopping for groceries, and any other daily activities. Though it can be extremely difficult to arrange an inpatient stay, the absence of outside pressures acts as a catalyst for recovery. Luckily, inpatient programs at the Phoenix are customizable, to allow for personal circumstances to be taken care of, and necessary treatment to still be given.
Constant care from medical professionals is extremely beneficial in the case of medication-assisted treatment, and dual diagnosis. Additionally, constant medical help is crucial when in the process of diagnosis, and when determining the correct medication and medicinal dosage. A patient who has a medical professional constantly available can receive the correct treatment faster.
Lastly, nonstop support for patients and counselors looks like group therapy sessions, new friendships, and support from individuals who can relate to one another. At the Phoenix, we encourage our residents to befriend and support one another. The last thing we want individuals staying at our recovery center to feel is lonely.
What to Expect From the Phoenix
It’s important to note that the Phoenix does not work as a hospital or psych ward. The Phoenix does assessments on all individuals who are looking for inpatient treatment. If it becomes apparent that an individual would receive better care through a psych ward or hospital then the Phoenix will give those recommendations.
For individuals who choose inpatient treatment, our live-in program offers 44 beds to house that number of individuals at one time. Our patients are separated into gender-specific wings to provide additional safety and comfort during their stay. Patients at the Phoenix are allowed to bring personal grooming items, clothes, and other personal belongings to help their stay be more comfortable. At the Phoenix, we also work to educate family members of our patients to help them understand what their loved one is going through and be an advocate for help. After the inpatient treatment is finished, the Phoenix can help recommend outpatient programs to ease the transition and further aid in recovery.
What Is the Purpose of Outpatient Rehabilitation Treatment?
The purpose of outpatient rehabilitation treatment is for individuals to continue their normal daily activities while still receiving the help that they need. For individuals who do not require more intense care, either a general or intensive outpatient program might be the best option. Outpatient rehabilitation for both mental health and substance abuse does require a weekly time commitment but is flexible depending on when that care is given. The flexibility of outpatient programs is designed to make them more easily accessible.
There is often a concern that the quality of treatment is not as high for outpatient care as inpatient care. However, at the Phoenix, outpatient members still benefit from pharmacological (medicinal) interventions & assistance, experiential recovery, therapeutic education, and process groups combined with the individual therapy needed for recovery. Additionally, the opportunity to receive top-quality rehabilitation and continue normal daily activities helps patients have a smoother transition out of therapy.
One of the biggest benefits of outpatient treatment is its affordability. The price paid for outpatient drug rehab varies depending on an individual patient’s insurance coverage. Luckily, the Phoenix is considered in-network for many insurance providers and is also able to work individually with providers outside our network to make treatment accessible. However, the price of treatment should never be a reason to not seek treatment. Consequently, the Phoenix works with each of our patients individually to find a solution to make rehab a possibility.
What to Expect From the Phoenix
The Phoenix offers both intensive outpatient and general outpatient programs for drug rehabilitation and mental health recovery. Intensive outpatient programs consist of at least 12 hours a week of care, while general outpatient programs are considered a step down from intensive outpatient care.
Inpatient vs Outpatient Rehab: How to Know Which Is Right for You
The reality is that both inpatient and outpatient programs are incredibly effective at helping individuals overcome substance abuse and mental health challenges. The right care for individuals seeking help is best determined by professionals. At the Phoenix, we conduct testing to best determine the type of care needed for each individual. For more extreme cases, inpatient care is recommended followed by some form of outpatient care to help adjust to normal life. For less extreme cases, some form of intensive outpatient or general outpatient care is recommended. If you have questions about which types of care are covered by insurance, be sure to reach out to the professionals at the Phoenix.