What is the difference between inpatient and intensive outpatient rehab?
Inpatient treatment programs require the participant to live on campus for a set period. The programs typically last in 30 days, 60 day, or 90-day increments. Some treatment programs may last for six months or longer, depending on the severity of the patient’s addiction. Inpatient treatment programs also offer medically-supervised detox, which is highly recommended for patients with polydrug addictions or severe addictions to drugs or alcohol where withdrawal timelines can be dangerous.
Inpatient rehab allows patients to fully focus on recovery, where they are kept away from everyday distractions and living arrangements that could be triggers for drug use. Patients who have had issues with relapse in the past may benefit from an inpatient treatment program, where they live in a long-term environment that is 100% free of drugs and alcohol. In addition, inpatient treatment programs give patients access to medical staff and therapists on a 24/7 basis.
In contrast, an intensive outpatient treatment program enables patients to live at home and continue going to work or school. They would attend rehab and treatment sessions on a part-time, pre-scheduled basis. Usually, outpatient treatment is scheduled for ten or twelve hours per week. Outpatient rehab programs are designed to accommodate a patient’s work and family life. Intensive outpatient rehab also gives patients the ability to rebuild family and community ties while they are in recovery, instead of having to wait until they leave an inpatient rehab facility.