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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment

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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment

When you plan to break the habit, you have many options when it comes to what path you are going to take.

You can do it on your own at home without any professional intervention but only your own willpower. However, you will only be able to pull this off if you don’t have a severe abuse problem.

Another way you can take is by doing your cessation or withdrawal at home but with professional help as an outpatient. You can go on withdrawing from abuse with scheduled weekly or bi-weekly visits to a therapist and physician to keep you always in check.

Being an outpatient will work well enough, still, only if you do not have a severe abuse problem but have been abusive of substances for quite some time.

The most efficient way for treatment checking yourself into a facility where medical professionals can monitor you 24/7, helping ensure that you avoid relapse, keep away from cravings, free yourself from emotional and mental triggers, and manage your withdrawal symptoms. 

Going for the inpatient option, no matter how severe your abuse problem is, people will be able to help you manage everything and effectively get you to the point of sobriety. 

If you are planning to stop your habits, be it alcohol or drug abuse, you should make sure that you are going for the right option. You have to make sure that you are not putting yourself on a path that will work effectively.

This is to mean that as much as possible, consider inpatient treatment because it will help you avoid problems because of the attention given to you.

To make things clear for you, here is the comparison between Inpatient vs. Outpatient treatment for people who want to stop their alcohol or drug abuse.



You have more freedom to do what you want and be financially productive if you can.


However, the freedom will give the patient ability to come back to the habit anytime things go wrong.

Severe abuse patients cannot be productive while recovering and, in fact, can suffer pains or discomfort when in withdrawal and will need complete monitoring.


On the other hand, whatever the level of abuse the patient is coming from, the medication and environment will help the person avoid coming back to abuse during recovery.

If you come from a severe alcohol or drug abuse problem, you are at risk of serious withdrawal symptoms.


For example, AWS or alcohol withdrawal syndrome has symptoms like tremors, high blood pressure, palpitation, confusion, and, the worst of them all, delirium tremens, which can result in cardiac arrest.


Doing it alone can be dangerous.

In a facility, professionals will make sure that nothing bad happens to you while you go through detox and recover.


You will go through the entire process with the safekeeping of medical professionals.

The once-a-week or once-per-two-week support from a medical professional will benefit an outpatient.


However, the patient must be someone who is not going through severe withdrawal, which is usually someone who has abused alcohol or substances for a long time and/or in significantly high doses.

Doctors will monitor you regularly, at least once a day. And nurses and medical professionals will be around 24/7 to make sure that you are safe.


However long or short you have had your abuse problem, you will be safe and secure as an inpatient while on the way to effective recovery.

Severe abusers who chose to become outpatients might end up overdosing on prescription pain relievers and sedatives when things go wrong.

Medicine used to assist you in managing withdrawal symptoms will be well-managed.

Going DIY can take long with relapses in between, especially when you do it in the place where you usually do your substance or alcohol abuse.


Also, when you still see or hang out with the same people you join when abusing substances or alcohol, there are very small chances that you can effectively cease.

Being in a recovery facility ensures that you are in a place that is most conducive to recovery.


There will be no distractions, temptations, stressors, and triggers. 


The personnel in the facility are able to use the best methodologies, medicines, and technologies that will make drug or alcohol cessation effective.

You might experience unwanted side effects like severely increased food intake or a mere change of vice.


For example, some people change to smoking from drug abuse to cope with cravings and keep “sober” in the long run.

The goal of inpatient treatment is complete detoxification.


The facility and doctors will be able to give you the right tools that will help you eradicate your habit without transferring to another bad one.


Also, the facility will continue on helping you after detoxification in terms of aftercare.


You will have guidance all the way.

Outpatient will not cost lodging but only check-ups with doctors and medicine.

Inpatient costs lodging but saves you more by helping you effectively avoid hospitalization due to severe withdrawal symptoms or having to pay more again when ceasing once more after a relapse.

Therefore, the best option will always be to go to a facility.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from drug or alcohol abuse but already willing to take the first step to recovery, don’t make things hard. Call via (844) 311-6980.

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