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Key Differences Between Inpatient & Outpatient Substance Treatment

When most people hear the word “rehabilitation,” they often think of a live-in facility where people reside for months at a time. However, not all forms of rehabilitation/substance treatment require participants to move into a residential facility. Receiving intensive personal care and attention doesn’t have to mean taking a long hiatus from work, school, relationships, and other obligations.

Important Distinctions Between Inpatient and Outpatient Substance Treatment

In addition to the residential aspect of some substance treatments, there are a few important distinctions between inpatient and outpatient treatment that one should consider before enrolling in either:

  • Disruption v. Continuity: Sometimes inpatient or residential treatment is essential for people who are overcoming addictions or other serious mental health challenges. However, leaving behind school, work, and other obligations isn’t always an option for participants who have families and other major commitments. Outpatient substance programs, on the other hand, provide participants with the freedom to continue working, earning an income, and providing for loved ones during the recovery process. This allows them to access the treatment they need at a reduced personal cost.
  • Delayed v. Immediate Application: Inpatient substance treatment provides participants with an opportunity to take a deep dive into their understanding of themselves, their addictions, their triggers, etc., and it allows them to learn about a variety of strategies for achieving sobriety, better mental health, and greater control overall. Outpatient treatment facilitates this same self-reflection, but also allows participants to immediately begin relying on their personal support system and applying strategies learned in treatment, which can increase the chances that they will continue to do so after graduating from their program.
  • Covered vs. Out-of-Pocket Costs: Due to the immense cost of inpatient substance treatment, insurance companies do not often provide full coverage for participants. However, outpatient care is covered under most health insurance policies, making care more accessible for those who need it.

Inpatient treatment is an effective and important step for individuals who are working to stop using substances and may need ongoing support in this process. After they have successfully overcome symptoms of withdrawal and are ready to transition in to long-term recovery, an outpatient treatment program may be the appropriate next step.

Intensive Outpatient Substance Use Program in Butte County

At Therapeutic Solutions, we provide a variety of programs for people in need of behavioral health care in Chico and throughout Northern California. Through our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), we provide outpatient care for people who have been hospitalized and will be transitioning into aftercare.

Our dual diagnosis Substance Use Program supports long-term recovery through skill-building, compassionate therapy, and developing network of support that can sustain itself long after treatment has ended. Additionally, we provide psychiatric services like suboxone to help our patients struggling with substance use safely transition to recovery.

Participants in all of our programs also enjoy a few additional supportive services, including:

  • transportation
  • Ability to continue living at home
  • More personalized care and attention than other programs
  • Consistent interaction with highly trained staff and regular psychiatric consultations (if applicable)

If you or someone you love may benefit from outpatient substance treatment in Chico, please call Therapeutic Solutions at (530) 899-3150 and request your program assessment.