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Rehab: Inpatient vs Outpatient


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Should I Go to Inpatient Rehab or Consider Outpatient Treatment?

Drug and alcohol use are both increasing, with heroin use skyrocketing across the country. If you have a problem with either one and you’re wondering “should I go to rehab?”, consider this. The National Institute on Drug Abuse claims that 2.3 million people got treatment for substance abuse at a specialized facility in 2009, but they estimated that more than 22 million people needed it. It was also reported that there were 2.1 million visits to an emergency room connected with drug abuse. If you’re wondering “do I need inpatient or outpatient treatment?”, consider the benefits of both.

Advantages of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Outpatient Addiction Treatment
  • Confidentiality
  • Loss of work-time
  • Cost

Although there are reasons why someone may consider outpatient treatment, we feel the benefits are outweighed by the disadvantages.

Disadvantages of Outpatient Treatment

  • Emergency medical care not available
  • Potential access to drugs or alcohol
  • Dangerous or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms
  • Higher chance of relapse

Your life, well-being, and family should be your primary consideration. Everything else should take a back seat. With that said, let’s look at the pros and cons of inpatient rehab.

Advantages of Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient Addiction Treatment
  • A secure and sober environment with no access to drugs or alcohol
  • Medical care and monitoring while doing detox and through recovery
  • Less chance of relapse
  • Group and individual therapy sessions
  • Less exposure to “triggers”
  • Confidentiality


Disadvantages of Inpatient Treatment

  • The need to take time off from work, school, and home responsibilities
  • Cost

At Into Action Recovery Centers, we offer all the advantages with few disadvantages. We work with most insurance carriers, and we take our confidentiality policies seriously. The only way anyone will know you’re here is if you tell them.

There are other pros and cons for each option, but some of them are debatable. The ones listed are set in stone and hold true at most facilities. But you can throw out all the other reasons. You should be focusing on the one listed third for inpatient: less chance of relapse.

This is your life we’re talking about. If you want it back, you may need to do things you don’t want to, but once you’re clean and sober, you’ll be glad you did.

Questions to Ask a Rehab Center?

Do you have a doctor on site?

Do you have medically-trained personnel?

Are you licensed by the state, and are you accredited by CARF?

Do you accept most insurance?

Into Action Rehab Facility

At Into Action Recovery Centers, we not only have a medically-trained staff on site, but we have a psychiatrist as our on-site medical director. In addition, we are only three minutes away from a respected regional hospital and only twenty minutes away from the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world.

We are licensed by the state of Texas, and we have the coveted 3-year accreditation from CARF. In addition, we accept most insurance plans. We are also in-network with most major insurance providers.

We also have an extended-care facility and an outpatient facility that offers intensive services, and we do accept insurance at outpatient treatment.

When you ask yourself the question “Should I go to inpatient or outpatient rehab?”, look hard at what’s best. A relapse helps no one.

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