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The subtle and important differences between outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment may not be immediately obvious. With so many different treatment options available, understanding the difference will help you get the best rehab treatment possible to meet your needs and be successful in treatment.
On the most basic level, outpatient programs allow you to continue your regular daily activities while receiving daily or weekly services. Inpatient services are provided through residential treatment programs and provide 24-hour assistance. Both options have benefits and disadvantages so choosing the right one is important as you begin down the road to recovery.
Outpatient programs provide treatment with minimal disruption to your regular daily activities. Services are usually provided in an office or central location and are designed for people who need minimal treatment.
During Outpatient treatment you:
Inpatient programs provide intense and thorough treatment during residency at the facility. Services are provided in a residential treatment center and are designed for people who need maximum support during rehabilitation.
During inpatient treatment you:
Choosing the right treatment program could mean the difference between a successful rehabilitation and ineffective treatment. For some, outpatient treatment may be enough but for most, full rehabilitation and success comes from residential inpatient treatment followed by ongoing outpatient services based on individual, on-going needs.