Outpatient Rehab v/s Inpatient Rehab

Soul Sanctuary was created to heal the souls of individuals at the depth of despair over their addiction to drugs and alcohol. We are a small residential rehab facility located in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA right on the ocean.

Outpatient Rehab Programs

An outpatient rehab program offers a less restrictive schedule and structure than an inpatient program. Patients can live at home with their families and continue working or attending school while undergoing treatment. At Soul Sanctuary, we recommend outpatient programs for those who have completed our inpatient rehab program and are transitioning on to the next phase of treatment. Outpatient rehab can also be a standalone option for patients with a milder form of addiction who can continue to live at home.  Although we would caution people that this method of addiction treatment has a lower success rate than an immersive, inpatient recovery program. 

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Patients who choose outpatient rehab are often required to attend at least ten hours a week and have reliable transportation. Treatment can last from three to six months, depending on the need for treatment and the severity of the addiction. During treatment, patients are typically provided with medical care supervised by our staff of doctors and clinicians. They will also participate in individual counseling sessions as well as group therapy.

Outpatient Rehab programs allow flexibility and can be adjusted so that they adhere to the patient’s availability. The less restrictive nature of an outpatient program makes it necessary for the individuals who choose it can withstand outside influences that present a temptation. 

Inpatient Rehab Programs

While outpatient rehab is successful for continuing care, it is not the best option when the patient struggles with severe symptoms of addiction. Inpatient rehab offers a secure and structured environment for patients, with emotional support provided by staff and other patients.

Inpatient rehabs will often last one to three months, the length of time a patient remains in residential treatment depends upon the severity of their condition. The goal of inpatient rehab is to separate the patient from the drugs or alcohol they are addicted. Doing so prevents relapse and the patient can focus completely on their treatment. 

Types of Outpatient Rehab Programs

There are several types of outpatient programs available that can benefit a patient battling substance abuse. Choosing the right program for a specific patient depends on the type of substance being used and the stage of the patient’s recovery.

The types of treatment that are used in an outpatient program include:

A day program provides the most structure and the highest level of care in an outpatient rehab program. A patient in a day program is required to spend five to seven days a week at the rehab center for a predetermined amount of time (usually several hours). While at the facility, they will participate in group therapy, one-on-one counseling sessions, physical and mental activities, addiction education, and health checks. Although patients will return home after each session, a day program is still a considerable time commitment.

An IOP begins with an assessment of the patient, and then a treatment plan is developed that meets the specific needs of that individual. The patient and therapist will set up attainable goals that will be used to measure their treatment progress during treatment. As more of these goals are reached, the patient’s time commitment at the rehab center will lessen. An IOP is a better option for those who have an active schedule outside of treatment, as the treatment plan can be scheduled around a patient’s availability. 

Continuing care programs are available after a patient has completed treatment. Groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous help addicts to remain committed to recovery after leaving rehab. These groups will typically meet weekly and can be gender-specific or focus on a specific type of recovery. 

While all of these programs are effective options in treating addiction, they still require an immense time commitment. It’s also important that the patient has a strong support system at home; even if the addiction is considered mild, without a support system it will be harder to overcome their substance abuse. 

An inpatient program provides a constant stream of support from staff and other inpatient clients that will encourage recovery. The patients can also develop healthy relationship habits during their stay in an inpatient rehab.

Types of Inpatient Rehab Programs

Inpatient rehab centers supply many services throughout the treatment process. These include medication-assisted treatment, therapy, and organized activities. By using these services, patients will have a well-rounded foundation to build a healthier and more productive life. 

The following is a more in-depth look at our services and programs:

Medication provides patients a less painful detox and can help addicts remain sober while they are progressing through treatment. Withdrawal symptoms are painful and will often cause a lot of stress on the body and mind. By using medication, patients will not be tempted to relapse to avoid the symptoms caused by detoxification.

While some may argue that medication risks introducing another form of addiction, this is untrue due to the fact that the medication used is made specifically to treat addiction and intake is monitored 24/7 by doctors and clinicians at the facility.

Addiction is all-encompassing, effecting the mental and physical aspects of a person. At an inpatient rehab a patient will have frequent access to counselors, who will have the opportunity to go more in-depth with the patient. They will also look into the underlying causes of their behavior and cause of their addiction.

Different types of therapy used include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Therapy

Inpatient rehab provides activities outside of traditional treatment that will help keep patients engaged and focused on their recovery goals. These include holistic therapy, physical fitness, and recreational opportunities such as swimming, hiking, and gardening.

Core Services of Both

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a useful tool that is employed in most treatment programs. Usually led by a licensed therapist, group therapies provide a community for people who need to feel safe and supported while sharing their stories. There are several positive aspects of group therapy, such as:

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is an excellent resource for patients who want to address specific issues that they are uncomfortable sharing in group therapy. One-on-one therapy in an outpatient program setting is not generally used to treat the underlying problems that could have led to the patient's addiction, or any possible co-occurring disorders. The therapist will look at the immediate issues developed by the patient's addiction and the progress they are making through the program.

An individual session will include the counselor asking questions about the most recent group discussion. They will also go over the patient's activities between this current session and the last one. The therapist will also want to determine the patient's emotional state and their progress with their treatment. They will decide if their plan needs to be adjusted and apply new coping strategies for the patient to try. A patient and therapist will discuss and process through reactions the patient might have to specific topics that they encountered during the group sessions or outside of the facility.

Pharmacotherapy & Medication Management

Treatment facilities will often implement pharmacotherapy and medication management for outpatient and inpatient care. Medication helps target and manage the effect substance abuse has on the brain and a patient's behavior. By utilizing this form of treatment, doctors can enhance the chances of a successful recovery and prevent relapse.

The type of medication a patient receives depends on a multitude of factors, including the type of substance they were using and if they have any mental or physical illnesses that contributed to the addiction. A patients medication might be adjusted depending on the symptoms they have and whether they are showing signs of improvement. Once the patient has completed the detox, they will be slowly weaned off the medication.

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

There are several benefits to choosing an outpatient treatment program. It provides optimal treatment for substance use disorders while at the same time, allows patients to remain at home with their families. For several days per week, patients can have the ability to engage in substance abuse treatment with others who share similar experiences. It is an ideal option for those who need flexibility and allows them to honor their commitments outside of treatment.

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Why Inpatient Rehab is Better

Inpatient treatment gives patients 24 hr supervision, with direct access to medical staff such as clinicians and counselors so they are never alone. Their health and progress in the program is monitored closely. Patients become part of a community with other residents in the facility who are going through similar experiences.

While staying at a facility patients are able to focus solely on recovery and not be distracted be the temptations that they will find in the outside world. 

At Soul Sanctuary, we provide inpatient treatment for people looking to recover from addiction and who can stay at our Laguna Beach rehab for a full thirty days. We implement evidence-based practices that have proven to be effective and help our clients maintain long-term sobriety. Your needs will be met with our addiction therapy services and medication-assisted treatments.

Call Soul Sanctuary now, and learn how our drug rehab program can help you to overcome your addiction.

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