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Inpatient vs Outpatient: Which Treatment is Right for Me?

When you are looking into drug and alcohol rehab, you will find that there are typically two types of treatment available: residential (inpatient) and outpatient. If you are looking to compare the two programs to find out which one is best for you, it is easiest if you first learn about each type of program.

Residential (Inpatient) Rehab

These programs require you to stay at the facility for 24 hours a day for approximately 30 days, although that can vary based on need and insurance. There are all sorts of residential programs out there, from gender-specific where there are separate programs for men and women to 12-step based programs and more.

Withdrawal is typically the first thing you will experience as you stop taking drugs and alcohol. This process can be a very physical one, and is usually managed in an inpatient setting. This way, professionals can monitor your vital signs and get you on the path to feeling better. Just withdrawal (detox) is not enough of a treatment method. There is more work to be done, and that is completed while in residential treatment.

Here are some things you should look for in a residential rehab:

  • Intimate setting
  • Experienced therapists and professionals
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Aftercare program

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab is designed for the adult who has responsibilities outside of treatment they cannot attend to from treatment, and they are not so far advanced in their disease that this type of treatment will still be helpful. It is important to make sure you are not avoiding the type of treatment you need to best treat you, but that you are making the choice with the help of intake professionals who are there to help you.

With an outpatient program, you will attend several nights or days a week, but still sleep at home. You can balance your work and home life with a few adjustments.

If a detox period is needed, you may want to consider inpatient rehab, then moving on to an outpatient program once your residential program is complete.

Here are some things to look for in an outpatient rehab:

  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Accommodating schedules
  • Experienced therapists and professionals
  • Aftercare programs

Addiction is a disease that is progressive, and also requires the right treatment, as well as continued treatment, in order to stop this progression and achieve recovery. Take our quiz to help you make the decision about which treatment is right for you.

Which treatment is right for me?


  • Do you have work and/or familial responsibilities that you need to take care of and cannot leave for a month or more? (Yes – Outpatient)
  • Do you need to get away from your surroundings and influences in order to have a chance at recovery? (Yes – Inpatient)
  • Do you use drugs and/or alcohol every day or many days out of the week? (Yes – Inpatient)
  • Do you experience strong cravings for drugs and alcohol when you are not using them? (Yes – Inpatient)
  • Are you an occasional binger or problem drinker? (Yes – Outpatient)
  • Have you attended outpatient rehab in the past and relapsed? (Yes – Inpatient)

There are many other questions and scenarios that an intake specialist can go through with you. Contact one of our team at KLEAN for a confidential evaluation today and find out what treatment is right for you.



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