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Inpatient or Outpatient Drug Rehab? Your Questions Answered

What is the difference between outpatient drug rehab and inpatient drug rehab?

The main differences between inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs are:

  1. Length of time
  2. Location
  3. The program itself and what it involves.

Length of time: Inpatient rehab programs range from 28-90 days and outpatient programs are generally shorter – for example, a 10-day program over 2 weeks. Outpatient drug rehab programs are designed for people with substance abuse issues who are unable to take time out from their family or work commitments.

Location: Inpatient drug rehab programs necessitate residing at a live-in facility and participants must stay onsite for the duration of treatment with board and accommodation included in the costs. On the other-hand outpatient programs are delivered at an outpatient drug rehab clinic or online. It is a day only program and participants return home at the end of each session.

Program content: The biggest difference between inpatient and outpatient programs is program content. Whilst every rehab program is different, most inpatient programs in-depth and immersive, involving a range of psycho-social therapies. Some of these therapies may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), group therapy, and one on one counselling. Some inpatient programs also include holistic elements such as yoga, art and music therapies and a small number of rehabs also offer 24/7 medical support.

Outpatient programs concentrate solely on psycho-social therapies.

Who is outpatient drug rehab for?

Outpatient rehab programs are for anyone suffering from drug and alcohol addiction who, for whatever reason, cannot attend or commit the time to an inpatient drug rehab program and do not require medical support.

How do I know if an outpatient program is right for me?

This depends on your individual circumstances and needs.  If you are unable to take time out from your day to day work and/or caregiving commitments, an outpatient drug rehab program is an addiction treatment option worth considering. It offers minimal disruption to your daily life, fitting in with your work and family commitments. Outpatient rehab programs also costs less than inpatient rehab. If you’re unsure if outpatient drug rehab is right for you, call Arrow Health on 03 9533 7888 and have a chat with one of our friendly team.

Where can I access an outpatient program?

Google! When you look up outpatient drug rehab, you will quickly discover that most towns and all major cities have outpatient programs available. Their depth and breadth (what they offer and for how long) differs greatly so it’s worth doing your research and finding one that works for you. Arrow Health is an addiction treatment provider with a 10-day Outpatient Drug Rehab program, based in Armadale, Melbourne.

Can I do outpatient drug rehab online?

There are outpatient rehab options available online, with most clinics offering telehealth appointments to deliver key supports and services to individuals and their families looking for outpatient programs. The 10-day outpatient drug rehab program at Arrow Health is an in-person program. Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic the outpatient program is being delivered online.

Does outpatient drug rehab work?

Yes. According to research undertaken by Dennis McCarty of the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, outpatient rehab programs have been found to be an effective alternative to inpatient addiction treatment when an inpatient program is not suitable. The format of outpatient programs vary. Some clinics like Arrow Health offer tailored programs focused on personalised recovery goals.

How do I find out more about Outpatient Drug Rehab?

Outpatient drug rehab information can be found online.

For more information about Arrow Health’s outpatient program, call 03 9533 7888.

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