What’s the difference between inpatient, day treatment and outpatient?

What’s the difference between inpatient, day treatment and outpatient?

For a person seeking rehabilitation for alcohol or drug abuse problems, deciding whether to undergo inpatient, day treatment or outpatient treatment is the first step toward long-term sobriety. To make the most appropriate choice, it’s important to understand the key differences between these different levels of addiction treatment.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment provides care 24/7, in a residential home type setting. Clients eat, sleep and live at the treatment facility, often a home, while receiving full-time addiction treatment. Inpatient residential treatment lasts 30 to 120 days, depending on addiction severity, medical necessity and a client’s individual progress. Inpatient treatment is best suited for individuals with ongoing addiction problems who are losing or have lost the ability to meet the regular obligations to family, their employer, school and or their community.

During inpatient treatment a client’s psychological and social shortfalls are identified and treatment is tailored to address these needs. Essential components of treatment include, personal accountability, individual counseling, group therapy, experiential therapy, addiction education and relapse prevention classes all aimed at helping clients achieve long term sobriety and socially productive lives. Inpatient treatment is very structured and is purposely confrontational at times, with therapies planned to help residents identify damaging self-concepts, beliefs, self-destructive behavior and adopt new, healthier and constructive ways to interact with others. Inpatient treatment works to “re-socialize” clients and utilize the program’s complete community – including other clients, therapists and staff as fundamental mechanisms of treatment.

After completing residential treatment it is essential that client’s transition into a day or outpatient treatment program. These programs support the recovering addict as they learn to apply the skills they learned in treatment and substantially reduces the risk of relapse.

Day Treatment

Day treatment is comparable to inpatient treatment in effectiveness and services, depending on the client’s addiction severity and unique individual needs. This level of care is sometimes called partial hospitalization or PHP.

A big difference between day treatment and inpatient treatment is that the clients do not sleep, eat or live at the facility. Day treatment is Monday – Friday for a total of 20 hours per week. At the end of the day clients return home. Some clients who need additional support, or who do not have a supportive home environment choose to live at a Sober Living residence.

This level of care includes individual counseling, group therapy, psychotherapy classes. Clients learn about impulse control, relapse prevention, cross addiction, life skills, how to plan their environment, how to sleep better and how to set themselves up for success. They also practice mindfulness and have access to our serenity biosound lounge where they can experience guided meditations and stimulate theta brain waves as a relapse prevention tool.

Outpatient Treatment

Just like with day treatment, outpatient clients don’t do not sleep, eat or live at the facility. Outpatient treatment is Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Clients may choose to attend either in the morning from 9 am to 12 pm or in the evening from 6 pm to 9 pm. Both options provide a total of 9 hours per week. At the end of the day clients return home. Many clients at this level of care choose to live at a sober living residence for additional support. Outpatient treatment is less intensive, so generally speaking, outpatient treatment best suited for individuals who have an addiction problem and have extensive social support and are able to meet the regular obligations to family, their employer, school and or their community.

Some outpatient programs offer little more than drug education, so it is important to choose a dual diagnosis program that is capable of treating patients with addiction and other mental health problems at the same time and in the same setting. An outstanding outpatient treatment program will offer a comprehensive range of services including individual counseling, group therapy, addiction education and relapse prevention classes, weekly drug testing, a family therapy program and after care services.

Choosing the Most Suitable Rehab Program

All three levels of treatment are non-12 step programs offering a comprehensive range of therapies that treat addiction and psychological issues at the same time within the same program.

The evidence based therapies used throughout all of our programs include:

  1. Individual Counseling
  2. Group Therapy
  3. Addiction Education and Relapse Prevention Classes
  4. Six Week Family Program
  5. Lifetime Aftercare Program

Even though similar therapies are offered throughout all of our programs, each program is unique and the amount of therapy and intensity either increases or decreases to meet the needs of clients with varying levels of addiction severity.

All of Cold Creek’s programs offer life-changing therapies and provide the necessary tools to recover from your addiction. Determining which treatment option is appropriate for your unique situation is an important topic to discuss with an intake coordinator or therapist. When talking with a professional, be honest about your personal circumstances and how much and often you have been using. This will help them determine which level of care best meets your needs.