Inpatient Or Outpatient Treatment?

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Choosing the right treatment type can be a make or break for recovery. Unfortunately, most people have to work within their insurance companies’ allowance. Below is a brief description of treatment types, their similarities, and their differences.

Inpatient Treatment Types

Any level of treatment which includes residential housing is technically inpatient treatment. The stereotypical 28-30 day treatment program of going away to “rehab” is residential inpatient treatment. However, in order to work with insurance companies, many treatment facilities will offer partial hospitalization with room and board, or even intensive outpatient with room and board. Each level differs slightly. Inpatient versus partial hospitalization have few differences. Whether you are looking for full residential care or not, they partial hospitalization program will include almost every part of the programming the inpatient treatment program does, including:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Alternative therapy modalities
  • Doctors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Medication administration
  • Drug screening
  • Didactic lectures and educational programming
  • Lunch and/or breakfast

Partial hospitalization will typically not include:

  • Offsite meetings
  • Offsite activities
  • Dinner
  • Evening entertainment or activities

Intensive outpatient treatment will be less hours but similar programming to both inpatient and partial hospitalization treatment. Intensive outpatient can include room and board but does not always. Often, sober living homes are affiliated with specific treatment centers and provide transportation between the two.

Outpatient Treatment Types

Intensive outpatient and outpatient can also be similar. Though intensive outpatient treatment can sometime border closer to partial hospitalization or inpatient treatment, it can also be just a step above outpatient. Outpatient is usually the lowest level of care, sometimes called aftercare or transitional care. Having graduated through the various stages of treatment as needed, outpatient is a form of accountability and maintenance where clients can check in, undergo drug screenings, and find any issues that need continued work in therapy.

LEAD Recovery Center offers residential intensive outpatient programs as well as non-residential intensive outpatient programs. Our treatment plans are ideal for those who have already completed a 30 day inpatient program but are in need of extended care and treatment. For more information, call us today at 800-380-0012.