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Drug Rehab Treatment: Inpatient or Outpatient?

This is one of the first decisions that needs to be made when one decides to enter any type of drug or alcohol treatment program. When weighing the options for yourself or a loved one you are responsible for, some of the factors to consider include:

How much time do I have in terms of work, school and family obligations? Remember, your health comes first – but you do need to make a wise decision that will be best for the life you are living outside of your treatment. For some people who are unable to take extended leave from work, an outpatient program is likely to better. For those who have summers off or can easily obtain permission to leave work for a while, an inpatient program can be a great option. 

Do I need detox treatment in order to become physically healthier? In many cases, the answer is yes – but fortunately, there are both inpatient and outpatient detox programs available.

Do I plan to transfer into a sober living home after treatment? This is one of the best ways to improve your chances of long-term sobriety, because you will be living with others who share your struggle. There is structure and security in a sober living home that just can’t be found in one’s “normal” everyday life. There is good news here, too: Sober living homes are appropriate for those who have taken advantage of both inpatient and outpatient programs.

Does that mean that sober living homes are supposed to replace inpatient or outpatient drug rehab treatment? Absolutely not. Instead, they are designed to be support after the initial, medically-supervised treatment is completed. No matter which option you choose, inpatient or outpatient treatment, a sober living home can be the ideal transitional environment after drug rehab treatment. Contact Homes of Promise to learn more. 



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