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What Treatment Program is Right for Me?

If you are suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol, finding the right treatment program for your individual needs can be challenging and time consuming but it can also save your life.  There are various types of treatment programs available to assist people just like you in overcoming addiction, mental illness or a wide range of other conditions.  The most common types of treatment include inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment.  Each has benefits of its own.

Pros & Cons of Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment is a highly effective method of care for those who are addicted to hard drugs such as painkillers, opiates, heroin, methamphetamine or prescription medications.  Inpatient treatment programs are also the most effective method of treatment for alcoholics who cannot avoid alcohol without suffering from serious side effects associated with withdrawal.

Benefits of inpatient treatment include:

  • Around-the-clock monitoring
  • Continuous support
  • Routine setting
  • Healthy meals
  • Medical care
  • Removal from dangerous situations
  • Consistency
  • Tailored treatment
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It is best to look at all of your options when you are looking for a treatment program.

The benefits most often outweigh the few minor disadvantages of inpatient treatment programs which include:

  • Can’t live at home with family
  • Can’t work while in treatment
  • Can’t continue without normal family routine
  • Typically higher cost than outpatient treatment

Choosing an inpatient treatment program is the ideal and most suitable option for a recovering addict who has tried other methods of treatment and had little success or has relapsed.  This method of treatment is also well suited to those who suffer from co-occurring disorders such as mental illness or co-occurring addictions.

Pros & Cons of Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is often the secondary source of treatment for those who suffer from addiction and have already received help at a residential treatment facility.  If the patient does not go through residential treatment first, then outpatient treatment should only be considered if the addiction is minor, does not include major physical dependence and does not pose any serious health risks to the recovering addict.

Benefits of outpatient treatment include:

  • Lower cost
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to live at home with family & care for children
  • Ability to continue working or going to school while receiving treatment
  • Less invasiveness or controlling atmosphere

Like any treatment program, there are a number of potential disadvantages associated with outpatient treatment if it is not chosen under the right circumstances.  Some of the potential disadvantages include:

  • Too much time left to fend for one’s self in recovery
  • Too much free time
  • Not enough support
  • Not enough monitoring
  • No removal from dangerous situations of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Increased risk of relapse

There is No One-Size-Fits-All

When choosing a treatment program, it’s important to recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all method of treatment that works for every recovering addict.  Every situation is different and everybody has their own recovery needs.  Choosing a treatment program that’s right for your unique needs and individual situation could save your life.

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