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Deciding Between Inpatient and Outpatient Opiate Treatment Options

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Medically reviewed: 05/26/2019
Last updated: 05/13/2019
Author: Addictions LLC

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The decision between inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment for an opiate addiction is both challenging and potentially life changing. While there are many outpatient treatment options that can work, residential care continues to provide the greatest chance for recovery and healing without relapse. Ideally, both a stay in an inpatient treatment center as well as a lengthy period of time spent in an outpatient treatment center will take place in order for complete recovery and healing to occur.

Why Choose Inpatient Care for Opiate Addiction?

Opiate Treatment Options

Inpatient care provides a safe place to live while in recovery.

You could just go to a doctor and ask for methadone. There’s a chance you could get Suboxone or a similar maintenance medication from a doctor without ever having to set foot inside a residential treatment center. So why choose inpatient treatment?

Inpatient treatment is a safe, effective and secure means of getting the help that you need for opiate addiction. Unlike getting medication from a doctor, inpatient treatment centers provide more than just access to medical care. They also offer:

  • Around-the-clock support.
  • Peer-to-peer counseling and guidance.
  • Interaction with treatment specialists, peers and others in recovery.
  • A safe place to live while receiving treatment.
  • Transitional services that reduce relapse risk.
  • Relapse prevention education and support services to aid in recovery.

What about Outpatient Treatment?

Just as inpatient treatment is the ideal choice for those in the early stages of opiate addiction recovery, outpatient treatment has benefits during the later stages of recovery. Individuals who have already completed a residential treatment program of 30 days or more can often smoothly transition into an outpatient addiction treatment program to continue their care without the burden of living in a treatment facility.

Outpatient treatment provides the following benefits to those who have been sober for at least 30 days or who are not heavily addicted to opiates:

  • Lenient treatment schedules that can be incorporated with an existing work or school routine.
  • Access to continued treatment and care services following residential care.
  • Peer-to-peer support including group therapy.
  • Counseling and therapy as needed, long-term.

Making the Choice

If you or someone you love is addicted to an opiate, the mere decision to get help is a courageous effort. Deciding between inpatient and outpatient treatment requires your understanding of the two types of care and what is expected of you in each recovery program. During inpatient treatment, you can expect to live in a recovery center for a period of 30-90 days while you receive treatment that is specifically tailored to your unique needs. During outpatient treatment, you will not live in the rehab center but you will be expected to maintain your sobriety when you are not at the treatment facility. This will take a great amount of effort on your part, but it’s all part of the recovery process.

For help deciding between the two types of treatment, or for help finding a treatment center near you, call our hotline at 800-654-0987 toll-free. Our specialists are ready to assist you in finding and choosing a treatment program that will provide the best chance for your healing and sobriety.