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The choices that face you once you have decided to seek addiction treatment may seem daunting, but there are ways to sort through the pros and cons and find out what will suit you the best. If you are ready to get help but trying to choose between an inpatient program or intensive outpatient program (IOP), it can be helpful to learn more about your options.

Read on to learn more about these two choices, but please feel free to call us to ask questions. One of the knowledgeable staff members at Serenity Light Recovery will gladly talk to you about options and help you feel comfortable with the process of choosing the best plan for you and starting your new life of sobriety. Just call 855.658.6109 or fill out our simple online form today.

Intensive Outpatient vs. Inpatient Addiction Treatment

You can rule out intensive outpatient rehab if your home environment would trigger cravings, if you would be vulnerable to people and circumstances that might encourage substance use, or if you cannot readily get to and from the rehab center for your outpatient sessions. Intensive outpatient therapy demands between 10 and 20 hours per week in treatment.

To enter a residential rehab program, you need to meet the diagnostic criteria and suffer from moderate to severe addiction. An IOP is best for those with mild to moderate addiction. There is some overlap. People with moderately severe addictions can benefit from both. How do you decide?

There is no single treatment that is ideal for everyone. On the other hand, some people could probably do well in more than one treatment program. All you can do is look at your options and decide which seems to fit your circumstances the best. Below are some pros and cons of each option.

Benefits of Inpatient Rehab

  • A sober, trigger-free environment, thus reduced risk of relapse
  • Access to a team of medical doctors, psychiatrists, and therapists who can monitor your progress
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment is usually the purview of residential programs
  • Intense group and individual therapy sessions
  • Round the clock support from staff
  • Specialized treatments such as holistic therapy, yoga, meditation, fitness, and more
  • Potentially better long-term outcomes based on research data

Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Rehab

  • The opportunity to practice relapse prevention strategies in real-time during treatment, outside the facility
  • The ability to meet work and family obligations, though at a reduced level due to the time commitment of an IOP
  • Reduced cost due to the absence of room and board fees
  • A continuum of family support from before rehab that will continue beyond the end of treatment
  • Enhanced therapeutic opportunities due to the intensive nature of IOP while still living in your own space

Deciding Between Residential and Intensive Outpatient Programs

Deciding to enter treatment is the most important decision of all. The fact that you are weighing the pros and cons of two excellent choices is a sign that you are taking the first step in your recovery. Generally speaking, if you qualify for both inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment, think about your comfort level and be realistic about how you may respond to being away from family vs. being triggered by unreliable friends or the places where you used drugs or alcohol.

If you are ready after detox to return to your routine, home, and family, an intensive outpatient program may be ideal. You will still be in treatment for several hours a day to receive a greater level of coordinated, wrap-around care than you would in a low-intensity program.

But remember to set realistic expectations for yourself. Seek counsel and advice from trusted sources. If you decide your medical and psychological requirements or risk factors indicate that the freedom of an IOP may be too challenging for you at this point, choose inpatient.

Contact Serenity Light Recovery Today

Either way, be sure that you feel fully supported by those who are caring for you so that you can face your newfound sobriety with confidence. Call 855.658.6109 to speak to someone at Serenity Light Recovery to learn more about our residential and intensive outpatient options. Or you can fill out our online form. No matter what, we are here to help because we want what is best for you.