The Major Differences Between In-residence and Outpatient Detox

The Major Differences Between In-residence and Outpatient Detox

The detox stage in a treatment program is often the greatest challenge on a patient's journey toward recovery. Patients at a rehab facility are presented with two options: inpatient or outpatient treatment.

The choice of detox is usually determined from the results of a preliminary physical examination, toxicology report, and with reference to a patient’s medical history.

Detox Treatments at a Glance

In-patient/residential Detox:

- 24/7 medical support and access to healthcare facilities
- Longer and more intensive treatment
- Recommended for severe addiction (especially for those with potentially lethal withdrawal symptoms)
- Costlier as a result of a comprehensive treatment package

Outpatient Detox:

- Less restrictive treatment, patients get to resume their daily lives
- Shorter treatment; standalone or long-term follow-up of in-patient treatment
- Recommended for mild to moderate addiction (or in cases with marked improvement)
- Independent care (patients are required to seek medical support from healthcare facilities)

In-patient Detox Treatment 

In-patient or residential treatment is usually recommended for severe addiction cases. These Patients are likely to face complications in the detoxification process, such as potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. In-patient treatment programs usually last between a month to half a year.

Patients are given round-the-clock supervision by center specialists who provide professional medical and emotional support. Some patients may opt for out-of-state facilities, away from the distracting influences in their environmental reality which in many cases could be the cause for their addiction.

In-patient treatment may be pricier than outpatient alternatives since it includes a comprehensive range of on-site offerings. These include patient accommodation, nutritionally balanced meals according to the patient's dietary needs and pre-existing health conditions, 24/7 monitoring by center personnel, medicine management, daily therapy groups such as relapse preventionfamily education. Physical activity sessions with certified instructors are typically conducted in a comfortable setting to compensate for a busy daily routine, which supports full recovery for the next day before starting the next cycle. 

Outpatient Detox Treatment

Outpatient treatment is the preferred method for mild to moderate addiction problems. Patients usually spend 10 - 13 hours a week on facility visits. Outpatient treatment includes education on drug use and individual or group therapy. Additionally, patients are required to visit a hospital or healthcare facility to seek proper medical treatment in coping with the withdrawal symptoms. 

The entire program may stretch across a span of three months to over a year depending on the severity of a patient’s condition. Outpatient sessions are at times the next step for individuals who have completed their inpatient treatment as a means of continuous recovery. Outpatient detox is more affordable than inpatient programs while minimizing disruption to everyday life. Follow-up sessions are usually scheduled in the early hours of the morning or at night, so patients can continue to attend to their duties at work or school while on the road to recovery. 

Making a Decision

Patients should always decide their choice of detox according to their needs and never limit themselves to pricing.
Inpatient and outpatient programs are not always alternatives to each other. In-patient detox and treatment programs have higher success rates followed by quality follow-up care in the form of as compared to outpatient programs. It is important for patients to select the right treatment for safe and lasting results. A suitable detox program will speed up the recovery for patients to help them regain confidence and control to enjoy the highest quality of life. 

Wish Recovery is a luxury rehab center in Los Angeles where patients can regain control of their lives in comfort and confidence.Our specialists and center staff are committed to guiding patients every step of the way toward freedom and happiness. Join us in a transformational journey where wishes do come true.

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