inpatient vs outpatient treatment

Why Choose Long-Term Rehab?

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Substance abuse in Fresno County is a growing problem and impacts people from all backgrounds and walks of life. One thing that is true of Addiction is that it has no boundaries. It ignores demographics and can find purchase in all walks of life. If you or someone you love has ever been exposed to drugs or alcohol, there is potential for substance use disorder.

Of course, the friends and family members of someone with an addiction suffer tremendously watching the person they love walk towards personal destruction. Yet with the right treatment, recovery is possible. Once a person has decided to find treatment, one decision to make is whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is the right fit.

At First Steps recovery, we offer both. However, we truly believe that inpatient treatment is almost always the best option. Here is why.

Inpatient Treatment

At an inpatient treatment center, residents will have access to 24-hour care, and programs can last anywhere between three weeks and six months. This option provides patients with a high rate of success and will give them access to the help and attention they need.

Get Away

When residents live their lives like they normally do, they will be exposed to temptation every day. It will be easy for them to relapse when their withdrawal symptoms are at their worst, making recovery a challenging task. Inpatient treatment centers remove a person with a substance use disorder from temptation and place them in a safe environment, improving the odds of success.

Being forced to spend time away from their loved ones is one of the biggest downsides of inpatient treatment. The residents are under supervision to ensure that they stay on the right track, but the isolation can cause stress. Also, spending time at an inpatient treatment center prevents people from going to work.

Full Treatment

That said, the full continuum of treatment is available in residential treatment. At First Steps, this means residents to receive a highly individualized experience with continuous monitoring and quality care by our team of detox and treatment experts, experienced clinicians, and physicians.

Beyond that, upon admission one of our counselors helps each individual create a personalized treatment curriculum that consists of a combination of evidence-based counseling and psychotherapy as well as a variety of holistic and supplemental treatments and aftercare options, allowing us to address each resident’s individual recovery needs and preferences.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment involves going to support groups or therapy sessions several times each week. This path does not provide the same restrictions as inpatient care but is not ideal for every situation. Those with a mild or moderate substance use disorder have the most to gain from outpatient care. Since it does not require as many resources, outpatient treatment is also a cheaper option.

A lot of people consider the ability to go to work and maintain their life as the No. 1 benefit of opting for outpatient care. Generating an income and being able to spend time with loved ones is an important factor for many patients.

The biggest downside to this option is that it does not restrict a patient’s access to substances, which can increase the odds of a relapse.

Choosing Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient and outpatient treatment centers come with their pros and cons, but inpatient care often provides people with the best chance of making a full recovery. Being away from temptation, having 24-hour access to medical professionals and being under supervised care can work wonders for anyone who wants to overcome a substance addiction.

Need Help

If you or your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol and would like to know more about our Fresno County inpatient rehab, please call us today: 844-489-0836.

Our intake specialists are available to give those in need a free assessment, matching individuals to the treatments that can help them to overcome chemical dependency.

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