If you are like most people just starting recovery, you may be wondering about your treatment options. What is the right choice for you – residential or outpatient drug rehab?
Why Do I Need Outpatient Drug Rehab?
Here’s the good news – most people who enter and REMAIN in outpatient substance abuse treatment for extended periods experience multiple benefits, tending to:
- Stay off drugs and alcohol
- Engage in less criminal activity
- Maintain more stable employment
- Enjoy fewer relationship problems
- Have improved mental health
- Function better socially
Determining Rehab Success
When considering how “successful” either type of treatment is, relapse rates are an appropriate measure.
Studies have shown that people in recovery for addictive disorders relapse into unhealthy noncompliance at rates comparable to sufferers of other chronic illnesses:
- Diabetes: 30% to 50%
- Drug addiction: 40% to 60%
- High blood pressure: 50% to 70%
- Asthma: 50% to 70%
Of special relevance, a relapse does NOT mean that drug treatment has failed. It means that additional treatment and more outside recovery support may be needed and that greater lifestyle changes need to be implemented.
Inpatient Versus Outpatient Drug Rehab
Here’s the good news– it is the TREATMENT that matters, not where you sleep at night.
Most studies have concluded that the relapse rates for inpatient and outpatient rehab programs are virtually identical. In fact, the biggest qualifier is that a program should include “evidence-based practices” – treatment protocols relying on the latest accepted scientific data – rather than “practice-based evidence” that only takes into account the experience of the individual counselor.
The best drug rehab programs marry both approaches.
Are There Any Advantages to Outpatient Drug Rehab?
Even though the success rates for evidence-and-practice-based programs are the same, regardless of setting, an Outpatient Program, which can does have several other advantages:
- Cost –an IOP, either a 9 or a 30 hour a week program is a fraction of the cost of a residential rehab stay.
- Length of treatment – most residential rehabs only offer a 30-day program, while an IOP typically lasts for several months.
- Flexibility – IOP clients do not have to put their life on hold to get help. They can still work, go to school, and live at home with their families.
- Practice – every day, IOP clients can apply what they have learned in treatment to their everyday lives.
- Support – IOP clients also enjoy the ongoing daily support of their families, friends, church/work/school, and communities.
These advantages are why many “graduates” of residential programs go on to enroll in an outpatient program as they transition back to their lives.
If you want to know more about what an IOP outpatient drug rehab program can offer you, contact Lasting Recovery TODAY.
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