Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment - Long Island Recovery Center

Are you or someone you love struggling with alcohol addiction or drug addiction? Are you ready to face your addiction and do the work on recovery?

Deciding to get help is the first step in the steps toward your recovery from the addiction that grips your life.

You want to find the program that best fits your life and your needs and in turn, will guide you through your recovery.

What will that program look like? Do you need inpatient addiction care? Is outpatient addiction care going to better fit your life and needs?

Read on to learn about inpatient vs. outpatient addiction treatment to find which is best for you.

Inpatient or Outpatient Care, Which One?

Inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment will both work to treat the addiction and work towards the recovery. Yet, they are very different and each works for unique needs.

The needs you have as an addict and the severity of your addiction will play a role in which program will work best for you. There is no easy answer as to which is better.

Both types will work to get you away from using, help you through your recovery. One type is not necessarily better than the other.

The key to success is finding the program that you are willing to commit to so you can work through the recovery process successfully.

What Is Inpatient Addiction Care?

Inpatient addiction care or rehab, often referred to as residential care,  means you stay at the facility. Often a someone with more significant addiction issues will choose inpatient care. An addict who is also struggling with other mental health issues might choose inpatient care for its breadth of care.

When someone chooses inpatient care it allows them to get away from the temptations and triggers that fuel their addiction.

Inpatient treatment means the addict lives at the facility for a period of time. Committing to an inpatient addiction program means the addict will be in a secure and safe place to work through the recovery.

The treatment can be more intensive and patients are put on a recovery schedule.

Pros and Cons of Choosing Inpatient Care

While one option is not better than another, it’s about finding the best fit. There are several benefits to inpatient care to consider.

Inpatient care will:

  • Help through the detoxification process
  • Prepare you for life after rehab
  • Offer 24-hour a day services while overcoming the addiction
  • Provide structured treatment to address social, psychological factors and personal history

Inpatient care gives 24-hour a day medical attention which can be advantageous for the addict with other mental health conditions.

Often inpatient rehab programs require a longer commitment than outpatient programs.

Inpatient rehab means you separate from your daily life, family, and job. It means you will be away from school or work and may need help caring for family or children.

When you are in the inpatient rehab program, it is highly structured. The program will establish an often rigorous schedule you must follow. While this schedule can be very helpful in the recovery process while at the treatment facility, some patients struggle when they leave the facility.

The cost of inpatient care can be prohibitive for some. Outpatient care is usually less expensive than inpatient care.

What Is Outpatient Addiction Care?

Outpatient addiction care means the patient continues to live at home while receiving addiction care. The patient can continue to meet responsibilities like working, going to school, and caring for their family. At the same time, they receive group and individual therapy sessions to address their addiction.

These programs tend to be slightly less intensive and help patients work through their addiction while also existing in their normal life.

Pros and Cons of Choosing Outpatient Care

Like inpatient care, there are some advantages and disadvantages to choosing outpatient care. The key for anyone suffering addiction is finding the treatment plan that will individually work best for them.

Outpatient care will:

  • Allow you to live at home
  • Allow you to continue working, going to school and caring for family
  • Offer different levels of treatment based on your therapy needs
  • Offer flexible therapy and counseling times as needed

Outpatient care tends to be less expensive than inpatient care which for many makes the decision for them.

There are some disadvantages to outpatient care to consider. These include:

  • Harder to get away from negative influences
  • Harder to resist urges to use alcohol or drugs
  • Needing the responsibility to get yourself to treatment sessions and group therapy sessions
  • Less structure
  • Lack the 24-hour care

Some outpatient programs have less structure based on their setup. If you have other medical or mental health needs, they may be addressed within an outpatient program.

Deciding Which Treatment Plan Is Best for You

If you are already facing addiction, it can be overwhelming to research and decide on the best program. Consider carefully your needs and the features of the program as you decide.

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you work through the decision.

  • Will you continue to be around drugs and alcohol if you remain at home?
  • Are the people you live with going to support your sobriety?
  • Will people around you continue to use alcohol or drugs?
  • Is there a network of people who will sincerely support and motivate you to stay sober?
  • Can you afford to leave school or work for a period of time?
  • Do you have other medical needs? Which place will best meet those needs too?
  • Do you have transportation to go back and forth for treatment?

If you can work through the answers to these questions honestly with the help of a trusted loved one, it should guide you to the best option for treatment.

Understanding the Key Components of Inpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Are you tired of living your life as an addict?  Ready to do the work that’s needed for recovery?

Consider the differences between inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment and choose the best place to begin your recovery work.

Contact us today to find out more about our program options.

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor

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All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.