Is Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment Right For Me?

Choosing the Right Treatment Method can be Challenging

When it comes to choosing the right addiction treatment program to attend, you want to ensure that you have done adequate research so that you know that you are receiving the right kind of help. Deciding on whether inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment is right for you can be a stressful and tricky decision.

Depending on the sort of addiction that you are struggling with, whether it is alcohol, drugs, or another sort of toxic vice, one of the two programs will be better suited for your recovery.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment is an intensive, residential type of treatment program that is designed for those who are struggling with a very serious and life-threatening addiction. Patients will reside at the treatment center for the length of their stay which can be anywhere from 30-days to 90-days depending on the addiction at hand.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is designed for those who are struggling with a less intensive addiction and are typically considered ‘part-time’ programs. This is because patients who attending outpatient treatment spend several hours per day in a treatment program, speaking with counselors and partaking in various recovery therapies. This type of addiction treatment program allows patients to work part-time in the evenings and reside in their own homes at the end of the day.

The thing about outpatient treatment is that only those who have enough willpower and strength to stay sober after treatment has been completed for the day should attend these programs. This is why the program is reserved for those with a less severe addiction.

Inpatient Rehab vs. Outpatient Rehab

Inpatient Rehab:

  • Patients reside at the facility
  • Pricier
  • 24-hour medical support
  • Designed to treat severe addictions
  • Distraction-free environment
  • High success rate

Outpatient Rehab:

  • Lower success rate
  • Less expensive
  • Able to leave at the end of the day
  • Designed for mind addictions
  • Able to hold a job

There is no right or wrong addiction treatment program; it boils down to the severity of your addiction as well as what sort of substances you are looking to recover from. Your best bet is to speak with an addiction specialist who can guide you in the right direction as to which program is best for you.

Daily Life During Rehab

There is no doubt that your life will be drastically modified during your time in treatment as treatment is somewhat disruptive, especially inpatient rehab. During inpatient rehab, patients are able to put their entire focus on recovery without any sort of distractions.

During a typical day in inpatient residential treatment, patients will meet with psychologists, therapists, and counselors on a daily basis. They will also attend support groups and have individual counseling sessions.  

A standard day in outpatient treatment, patients will attend therapy and counseling sessions throughout the day which is approximately eight hours in length. This process will go on for anywhere from three months to six months. Outpatient treatment may also be recommended for those who have completed their inpatient treatment program but are looking for a sort of bridging program that will integrate them into the real world.

Social Support

Both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs will offer social support and ongoing care. Patients are able to connect and find comfort in those who are going through the same thing as themselves.

It is also encouraged that patients attend alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous programs post-treatment. This will give them the support they need to carry on in their recovery.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.