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Outpatient treatment definitely has its advantages. It’s more convenient. It disrupts your life less. It’s generally more affordable. It doesn’t require you to explain your situation to family, friends or co-workers.
But will it work?
Before we answer that question, let’s take a quick step back. Addiction is a disease that must be managed over time. A relapse doesn’t mean that rehab was a waste or didn’t “work.” It just means you need to pause, evaluate and set yourself back on the right course.
Who is Outpatient Treatment For?
With that said, there are definitely circumstances when in-patient rehab is the choice most likely to give you the tools you need to move forward without drugs or alcohol.
Inpatient rehab is the best choice if you answer yes to any of the following questions:
1. Am I physically or psychologically dependent on drugs or alcohol? If that’s the case, you’ll need 24-hour care for your own safety and well-being.
2. Is my home situation unstable? If so, it won’t offer you the supportive environment you need to work on your recovery and resist temptation.
3. Have I relapsed before? Answering yes to this question means that you may need the many benefits of inpatient care in order to achieve a lasting recovery.
4. Am I addicted to opioids? The simple fact is that all drugs can kill, but opioids can kill especially quickly, especially since the rise of fentanyl-laced drugs.
Do I Need Outpatient Treatment?
There is definitely a time for outpatient treatment. Generally speaking, it’s when a person realizes they are developing a problem, but are not yet psychologically or physically addicted to a drug.
What about if you think you can’t afford inpatient rehab? That’s one factor that should not determine which type of rehab you choose. You can’t put a price on your life, which is what you’re doing when you don’t get the help you need. Also, you may find that there are more options to help with financing than you may have thought.
Hope and Healing at The Raleigh House
The Raleigh House is a treatment center located in Denver where residents are given the help they need to rebuild their lives. Our team of experts works together to tackle both the physical and mental aspects of addiction.
After you’re done with rehab, you’ll have the opportunity to join a sober living house, where you can transition back to normal life at a pace that works for you.