Deciding Between Outpatient And Inpatient Treatment
The fundamental criterion to think about before deciding on inpatient or outpatient treatment is which course will best help recover the patient. The next two deciding factors are the severity of abuse and the addict’s commitment to recovery. But we understand that the decision is never so black or white. Some other factors are involved in making the final call.
So, here we talk about the pros and cons of both residential and outpatient treatment in Minnesota. A thorough search through www.webmd.com, the go-to site for better health information will tell you that there is no single better treatment plan.
When To Go For Outpatient Care:
If the individual is unwilling or opposed to an inpatient care, it is suggested that an outpatient treatment would be more efficient.
If the drug abuse or addiction ranks on a mild scale, a less severe intervention like outpatient care can help quickly.
Your finances do not allow for inpatient treatment.
The health insurance of the patient does not include residential care
Situations and circumstances surrounding your life do not allow for intensive care.
Though it is said that a low level and basic outpatient care gives just basic drug education, an intensive outpatient treatment can be as effective as an inpatient care.
If the outpatient treatment plan includes stress management methods, social groups involving friends, families or couples and even interpersonal skill groups along with other core services, it can be highly effective while being more convenient to the patient.
Why Go For Inpatient Care:
Residential care cuts off access to the addiction completely while you are undergoing treatment.
Usual environmental triggers are absent.
These factors are said to be vital to move to the first stage of recovery i.e. early sobriety. It is the most vulnerable phase, and maximum relapse occurs during it. Complete immersion increases the chances of successfully completing this period of recovery.
Inpatient treatment is considered to be more efficient because it includes the four essential elements of care: “detoxification, rehabilitative counseling, continuing care and Medication-Assisted Therapy”. Patients who go through residential care tend to have lower relapse rate and better chances of completing their treatment as per studies. Better care is acquired during inpatient treatments, continuous care and doctor’s attention is available round the clock. Inpatient treatments are safe and hygienic.
Before you decide between inpatient care of outpatient treatment, do give these factors a careful thinking through and consideration:
The expense of the program and is it within your budget.
The extent of your insurance coverage.
Standing of the treatment facility, its reputation.
The qualification & experience of medical and clinical staff.
Location of the program and how feasible it is for you.
Length of the program
The structure of the program – is it continuum care and if allows for aftercare resources.
Most importantly the real life outcomes of the therapies offered.
But before you make the final decision, have a brief conversation with an addiction professional to clarify all your concerns and consult the best possible treatment according to them.