What is the difference in residential vs outpatient treatment?
There are a multitude of program types to choose from when seeking addiction rehab. Even further than just the residential vs outpatient debate, available programs include:
When choosing a drug rehab treatment program, one’s drug history is an important aspect in deciding the type of treatment necessary.
Residential Treatment Centers (RTC): RTCs are interchangeable with inpatient rehab programs for they require patients to stay in-house and be monitored 24/7 for a determined length of time. A residential program has shown to be the most effective when creating a fresh start free of alcohol and drugs. These facilities remove clients from their previous unhealthy environments by removing temptation and allowing them the physical and mental space to focus on their health and recovery. Inpatient treatment is recommended for those physically dependent on drugs and alcohol.
There are also programs that are generally extensions of other rehab experiences. For example, sober living is frequently used to supplement residential or inpatient treatment, just as it may be relied upon if patients suffer relapse and need to engage in a more focused, productive and sober environment without going back into a rehab program. Although patients often think they have a choice between residential inpatient outpatient, IOP and PHP, there are usually determining factors that lead to which program a patient chooses. For example, a long-time heroin addicted patient will usually be better treated within a controlled environment of inpatient or residential treatment. Teens also do well in inpatient treatment.