When you have a heart attack, you go to the hospital. When you have a drug addiction, you go to rehab. Right? It’s not that simple. There are many different kinds of drug and alcohol addiction treatment options appropriate for almost any kind of addiction or lifestyle, and when you decide to get help, it’s important to choose the right path for you.
What is rehab?
When people with substance abuse disorders go to “rehab,” that generally refers to residential treatment. In residential treatment, a patient decides to enter a facility and receive full-time treatment for as long as medically appropriate. This is usually preceded by detox as needed.
What is outpatient treatment?
In outpatient treatment, patients receive part-time treatment, attending classes or process groups during the day or evening, and returning home to sleep at night. Outpatient treatment is available in varying levels of intensity, up to IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Programs.
Should I go to residential treatment or something else?
One of the “selling points” of outpatient treatment is that you can continue your normal life during treatment, to a large extent. To people who are afraid of taking time off of work, or leaving their family, this sounds attractive. For most people, however, residential treatment is the safest choice. There, you’ll be completely separated from the environment and people that may have triggered or enabled your substance abuse. You’ll also get the 24/7 support of a team of professionals and peers going through the exact same thing as you are. Your community is right there for you when you need them. Finally, all of the details of daily life are taken care of for you, too. At Transformations Care, for example, we have an incredible chef who cooks delicious meals and snacks for our house residents.
If you’re worried about taking time off of work, don’t forget that you have a legal right to get treatment AND keep your job.
Also, you can go to outpatient treatment after your residential stay, if you still want to. As your residential treatment winds down, your clinical team will work with you to develop an aftercare plan that supports your recovery and helps position you to go after your goals.
When it’s time to get clean and sober, you deserve the best chance at making it last. Residential treatment is a great step.
If you’d like to talk over your options, chat us right here on the site, or give our team a call. We’re happy to be a friendly ear and a resource, even if you’re not ready to make the decision just yet.
Or, check out our ebook below on how to get clean and sober and keep your job at the same time.
Getting Clean & Sober at Home
Today, more than 75% of hospitals and healthcare providers offer access to telehealth treatment, with 29 states having gone so far as to enact telehealth parity laws, which force insurance companies to reimburse patients for telehealth at the same rates as they would for in-person treatment.
If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, or if you’ve been wanting to work on and strengthen the recovery you already have, it’s never been easier to do it through telehealth.
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