Alcohol Treatment: Should I Go To Inpatient or Outpatient

Determining whether an inpatient or outpatient program would be the best option for your alcohol dependency issues can actually be a challenging decision. Of course, each option has their advantages and disadvantages. Naturally, there are some individuals who would do better in the structured environment of an inpatient program and there are some who would do just fine with an outpatient arrangement. The best thing to do is to fully research each of the options and to fully understand your addiction situation.

Getting all of the facts about the nature of these programs is key. Consider these factors about each: Outpatient treatment is beneficial for many individuals.

  • You can continue to live at home while you are receiving treatment.
  • Outpatient treatment costs are usually much lower than an inpatient program.
  • Outpatient treatment is not a one-size-fits-all program. You can actually pick and choose from a variety of many different treatment options based on your individual need and preferences.

Of course, as good as outpatient treatment can be, it does not work for everyone. You might have to “bite the bullet”, so to speak, and go with an inpatient program if you have a number of characteristics. Factors such as having constant cravings to use alcohol can cause you to be unsuccessful in an outpatient program. You also probably shouldn’t consider an outpatient program if for some reason you would have a difficult time showing up to the program meetings.

Finally, if you have multiple disorders besides alcohol abuse, then you probably should opt for an inpatient program. Inpatient treatment is much more intensive. The main difference between inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment would be the fact that you live in the facility when you are the recipient of inpatient care. Here are some of the benefits of inpatient treatment:

  • The constant, 24-hour medical care can help you guard against relapse.
  • 24-hour care can help an individual properly detox from their heavy alcohol use.
  • You can not only get emotional support from the staff but from other patients as well.

So inpatient or outpatient? Which one would work best for you? When you are considering treatment options for your alcohol dependence, this is when you need to do some serious soul searching and take a good long look in the mirror to determine which one you would most benefit from. Call one of our counselors today at 855-807-4673.