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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment Centers

Depending on your needs, you need either an outpatient or inpatient addiction treatment center.

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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment Centers

Depending on your needs, you may decide that either an outpatient or an inpatient addiction treatment center is right for you. The most important questions to consider are those which are concerned with your needs in every aspect of your life. When choosing whether to stay at an inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment center, consider the following.

Inpatient centers and outpatient centers are both necessary for different individuals' treatments, and sometimes, a person will receive treatment from both types of centers during his or her recovery. According to the NIDA, "effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug use."

It is important to compare the aspects of each type of treatment center in order to decide which type is right for you at this time. Inpatient addiction treatment centers are:

Outpatient Addiction Treatment Centers

Choosing an Addiction Treatment Facility?

It is important to remember that everyone's needs are different. Addiction treatment should be catered to the individual and should be based on his or her needs on all levels. Here are some aspects of your life that you may want to consider when choosing a type of addiction treatment center.

These are all important questions that don't necessarily concern your drug abuse but do concern your life and major needs. A study from the NCBI states that "patients with high psychiatric severity and/or a poor social support system are predicted to have a better outcome in inpatient treatment." Those whose situations are the opposite (strong support systems and low psychiatric severity) would probably do well in outpatient treatment.

If you can take time away from your daily life and your addiction is very strong, inpatient treatment may be necessary. But if you have a good handle on your treatment and also have many people helping you through your initial withdrawal and recovery, you should consider outpatient treatment. Either way, the center's treatment plans and methods can only work as well as they fit your needs.


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