April 6, 2022 PCI Centers
What is the difference between inpatient vs outpatient rehab programs?
Generally, inpatient rehab is for those who need around-the-clock monitoring and often require more intensive care, while outpatient rehab is used for those who can continue to live at home while receiving treatment.
Inpatient and outpatient therapy have different potential benefits, so the decision to choose a specific rehab plan should be based on an individual’s unique situation and their needs.
Inpatient rehab is for those who need around-the-clock monitoring and care.
The duration of an inpatient psychological treatment program typically ranges from one to six months, and an outpatient rehab program may have a similar timeline, but sometimes may extend to a year or more. An inpatient rehab program is typically recommended for severe addiction issues, so the patient can focus on wellness and sobriety in a safe and comfortable environment without the distractions of everyday life.
Outpatient rehab is for those who can continue to live at home while receiving treatment.
Outpatient rehab allows the individual in recovery to remain at home during the treatment process, and they can continue working their job and spending time with friends and family. Outpatient rehab centers often conduct rehab programs or meetings in the morning or evening with scheduling flexibility, thus allowing individuals to continue their daily life without much inconvenience.
The risks of withdrawal must also be considered, as the mental and physical symptoms of withdrawal can be severe depending on the individual’s drug use. In such a case, inpatient rehab is recommended and the 24-hour medical attention offered can be greatly valuable in maintaining the individual’s recovery and preventing relapse.
Similarly, in the case of physical rehab or physical therapy, outpatient rehab is typically used in circumstances in which the individual is able to function and live on their own, though semi-regular exercise or treatment is needed. In such a case, a doctor, physical therapist, or another health care professional may recommend an exercise/physical rehab plan, exercise equipment, and can check in through relatively infrequent in-person check-ups, virtual meetings, or telehealth treatment options.
Conversely, an individual requiring inpatient physical rehab would have more frequent, closer monitoring of their responses to physical therapy, which may include blood tests, breathing tests, and body scans depending on the individual’s situation, and the patient would likely be staying at a hospital or health care center overnight for around-the-clock care. This is commonly used after complex surgeries or with serious illnesses that require frequent monitoring.
The cost of inpatient rehab can be more expensive, but may be covered by insurance.
The cost of inpatient rehab is generally more expensive and requires more time dedicated to the rehab program, though it may be covered by insurance. Outpatient rehab is usually less expensive, though it is less likely to be covered by insurance.
The decision to choose inpatient or outpatient rehab should be based on the individual’s needs and situation.
The decision between inpatient and outpatient rehab, as it applies to addiction treatment and psychological care, is one that should be developed by the individual along with the consideration of their family and with the advice and knowledge from a trusted health care professional.