There’s plenty to take into consideration when picking between drug rehab facilities. There’s the care components offered, such as a behavioral modification therapy, group therapy, and more. There’s detoxing or withdrawal services at many of these drug rehab centers as well.

Then there are inpatient and outpatient rehab options. Those who are thinking of enrolling in rehab may wonder what the difference between the two is. It’s best to choose a rehab facility that offers inpatient and outpatient care for enrollees who need short-term or long-term care.

Let’s explain both inpatient and outpatient drug rehab.

What Is Outpatient Drug Rehab?

Some addicts may decide to enroll in outpatient drug rehab. Under this type of rehab, enrollees are only engaged in addiction recovery for a limited time each day. If the addict still has a job or attends school, they can commit to this full-time while still getting the help they need after hours.

There is still a commitment to be made for the outpatient enrollee to get sober. All elements of rehab are the same, in that the enrollee may detox, speak with a therapist, and engage in other activities that rebuild their physical, mental, and even spiritual health.

It may take longer for an addict to finish an outpatient drug rehab program because they’re not spending the majority of their time at the facility. This type of rehab is also recommended for those who are not deep into the throes of their addiction. That type of engrained addiction typically requires more advanced care.

What Is Inpatient Drug Rehab?

That advanced care often comes in the form of inpatient drug rehab. Unlike outpatient rehab, an enrollee in inpatient drug rehab will live full-time at the facility with the goal of getting clean from their drug addiction.

This type of rehab is recommended for those who are addicted to more life-threatening drugs or who have been addicted for longer periods. Those who have tried outpatient rehab and failed may want to consider inpatient drug rehab as well.

An enrollee will not attend work or school if they are in inpatient rehab. They may have to speak to their boss and let them know of the arrangement ahead of time. That said, most enrollees stay between 30 and 60 days in an inpatient program, although that time can vary depending on the rehab facility.

Family and friends can still call and visit, so the enrollee is not totally isolated during their stay at an inpatient rehab facility. Also, enrollees may or may not be permitted to bring items like their phones or other personal possessions. This again varies depending on the rehab facility.

The enrollee will spend some of their time alone, but will often be meeting with psychiatrists, counselors, psychologists, and other medical professionals. They may engage with other enrollees in group situations as well.

The Rehab Experience

We understand that everyone recovers differently, which is why there are no limits on our outpatient or inpatient programs. If our enrollees need to stay for 90 days, then that’s what they’ll do. We want them to leave clean and sober, so however long that takes is what’s necessary.

Enrollees will work on their spiritual, mental, and physical health through holistic treatments. From massage therapy and the reintroduction of vitamins and supplements to outdoor and indoor exercise and better nutrition, the journey to sobriety will be one filled with many achievements.

There’s also art therapy, massage therapy, yoga and meditation, and mindfulness to nourish and fulfill the spirit. If an enrollee need to detox, they can so do with fewer addictive detox medications.

With group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy, our therapists will speak in-depth with the enrollee about their addiction and teach them coping behaviors for life outside of the facility. Staff will also stay in touch with the enrollee after they leave the program with our aftercare program.