Addiction Treatment Options

Inpatient Or Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

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When an addict seriously begins looking at addiction treatment options a major step has been taken. It is the first of many they will need to take in their stride if long-term sobriety is to be achieved.

Why such an important step?

When an addict finally admits that addiction is ruling their lives they are ending denial. This is a trait that all addicts build as their dependence deepens. They will deny to themselves that their substance abuse is as severe as it really is and will also deny to others that their use is a problem.

The two major treatment options:

When looking at addiction treatment there are two major options to consider. The first is outpatient treatment, the second is spending time as an inpatient at a residential rehabilitation establishment.

Inpatient facilities differ from outpatient facilities in a variety of ways. This includes the intensity of treatment, the environment in which treatment takes place and the cost of treatment.

Addiction Treatment Options – Outpatient treatment:

As the name suggests this type of treatment allows addicts to attend an addiction facility on an appointment basis. Once therapy and other agreed services have been completed the person undergoing such treatment returns home until the next confirmed appointment.

This type of treatment tends to suit those who have been addicted for a relatively short time before seeking assistance, and also allows the person concerned to continue their daily life relatively unimpeded.

Outpatient programs vary in that some involve all-day attendance, others require the patient to attend for one or two hours per session. Because outpatient treatment offers fewer amenities and dedicated staff time is limited this option is cheaper than inpatient treatment. Many personal health insurance policies will cover some or all of the cost for this treatment.

The downside to outpatient treatment is that the patient remains in their home environment. One which usually helped put them in this position in the first place. Another factor is that appointments are spaced days apart. This lack of constant treatment and supervision increases temptation for a recovering addict to resume substance abuse.

Addiction Treatment Options – Inpatient treatment:

This is seen as a far more focused method of treating addiction. It is effective for anyone with dependence problems and is particularly recommended for those with a history of long-term addiction.

A person opting for inpatient treatment is committing to a stay at a residential rehabilitation establishment. Staff will be present 24/7 and a set routine will quickly be put into place. This includes intensive counselling sessions on a one-to-one basis as well as group therapy.

Daily physical exercise tailored to a person’s ability will be taken and set meal times are established. The recovering addict must agree to abide by the establishment rules and it goes without saying that substance use of any kind is forbidden.

Additional benefits include an environment where everything is geared to recovery with ample time and space for personal reflection. Comfortable accommodation and extensive facilities add to the effectiveness of the healing process.

Costs vary dependent upon the establishment chosen. Many accept approved personal health insurance policies to cover partial or full payment for this comprehensive addiction treatment option.

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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