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Outpatient vs. inpatient drug rehab

At Port of Call, we truly believe that every drug addiction should be treated in such a way that suits the individual’s personal needs and requirements. Some may need immediate emergency drug rehab, whereas others may be better suited to rehabilitation at home. Here, we give you a comparison of outpatient vs. inpatient substance abuse treatment programmes. Whether you are looking for help finding addiction rehab in the North West, all the way to the South, we can help. 

What is outpatient rehab?

Outpatient drug rehab is when you receive drug addiction treatment at home. This isn’t as hands-off as you might think though. You are still closely supervised by a medical practitioner on a daily basis to ensure that any detox, if required, is safely monitored and that you’re receiving adequate support. Outpatient rehab is more suited to people who don’t necessarily want, or need, to enrol at a rehab clinic but would rather be closer to home, supported by their family.

Outpatient vs inpatient drug rehab

What is inpatient drug rehab?

Inpatient drug rehab is essentially when you are checked into a rehabilitation centre and live there while you receive a broad range of intensive treatment. Inpatient drug rehab generally starts with a gradual detoxification process, which is carefully managed by clinicians, and also includes counselling and other therapies. The length of your stay will depend on the severity of your drug addiction. Every addiction case is different, which is where Port of Call can help to determine the most appropriate care for you.

Outpatient Vs inpatient substance abuse treatment

When assessing the benefits and drawbacks of outpatient vs. inpatient drug rehab and trying to decide the best course of treatment for you, it is important that you equip yourself with all the facts to be able to make a fully informed decision. Here are a few questions that you might want to ask yourself when comparing outpatient vs. inpatient drug rehab and before deciding which course of action is best for you.

  • Are you in an environment that enables you to access drugs?
  • Are you in contact with people who take drugs?
  • Will your place of work allow you to take time off to have inpatient rehabilitation?
  • Will having outpatient rehabilitation provide you with enough support?
  • Do you need specialist services, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to change your habits?
  • Do you have the facilities to commute to a rehabilitation centre each day?
  • Would you benefit more from being in a more private environment?

As ever, if you would like to talk through your options with a friendly and knowledgeable source, our Port of Call advisers are ready and waiting to offer their guidance. Call us for free and in confidence today on 08000029010, or email help@portofcall.com, to discuss whether inpatient or outpatient care could help you on your journey to recovery.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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