Residential vs. Inpatient Treatment
Do I Need Residential or Inpatient Addiction Treatment?
When looking for the right drug and alcohol treatment program, there are many different levels of care to choose from. Those who find a rehab that gives them the structure they need along with the freedom they can handle are the happiest in treatment and see the best long-term results. Professional addiction assessments are the best way to determine an individual’s needs and help match them with a program that will meet their needs.
Finding the Right Program
Each individual is different, and everyone has their own unique needs and goals for recovery. While some people would not feel comfortable in a structured inpatient facility, others thrive with this type of support and care. Inpatient rehab is the strictest form of rehab and provides tight schedules and around-the-clock care. Residential treatment allows for freedom to move around and engage in various activities. Because it is designed to be more like a home, residential treatment is a comfortable type of rehab for most.
On the other hand, decisions have to be made regarding the person’s ability to live at home and participate in outpatient rehab, or if they would do better living at a residential facility. In order to enroll in outpatient therapy, the person must be reliable and committed to treatment.
Levels of Addiction Recovery Treatment
Inpatient Addiction Treatment
The first and most structured is inpatient treatment. This is when the individual is cared for in a treatment facility somewhat like a hospital. Most of the time, patients in this type of care are monitored closely because they are going through medical detox or are dealing with a high level of instability and cravings to use.
Inpatient rehab usually implies a hospital or nursing care facility, with many beds, few amenities, and a more streamlined process for recovery. While not for everyone, this level of care is often necessary for those just starting out in recovery who cannot be left alone and need to become more stable in their sobriety before given more freedom and activities to take part in. This phase of recovery often lasts a month or less.
Residential Addiction Treatment
A step down from inpatient rehab is residential treatment. Although the terms inpatient and residential are sometimes used interchangeably, there are differences. Residential treatment implies a more home-like atmosphere, with residents having their own space to live in or share with a roommate, with fewer beds, more freedom, and more amenities. Clients in residential rehab essentially move from their home into this new home for a period of time, sometimes 30 days and sometimes for several months.
During residential treatment, the individual has the benefit of living away from family, friends, stress, and many temptations to use. This allows for better participation in therapy, positive interaction with peers, and a focus on sobriety rather than all the pressures of everyday life.
Outpatient Treatment Programs
After residential treatment, a natural next step is an outpatient rehab. This is when the person in recovery lives at home and travels to the rehab facility for treatment sessions during the day or sometimes at night. The benefit of this level of care is the individual is free to live at home with family and even work if they are able, so it is less disruptive to everyday life. Outpatient therapy sessions are flexible and can be attended according to the individual’s schedule but must be attended faithfully in order for the person to complete the program.
Aftercare and Relapse Prevention
Finally, the last and longest stage of recovery is aftercare, during which time the individual returns fully to their life and family and puts into practice what they learned in rehab. During aftercare, participation in support groups, alumni programs, and with other sober-minded individuals is important to foster encouragement and support to remain sober. Aftercare lasts as long as the person is at risk for relapsing, sometimes for years and sometimes for the rest of their life. Because it is much less time intensive to attend weekly support group meetings than daily therapy sessions, this phase of recovery becomes a way of life more than a treatment stage.
Addiction Assessments Determine The Level Of Care
All of these details are important when considering what type of rehab facility is right for you. While the decision is yours and your family’s to make, allowing a professional to assess your situation and make a recommendation is really the best way to connect to the right kind of rehab. A professional who has experience with addiction treatment will be able to make the best assessment about your needs and the type of care that will best meet your needs.
The Ridge conducts assessments on all of our clients before they enroll in a rehab program. Our professionals help find the right kind of care for each person’s needs, based on their history, needs, special circumstances, attitude, and goals.
Professional addiction assessments are the best way to determine an individual’s need and help match them with a program that will meet their need.