Inpatient vs outpatient rehab


Finding a recovery program to help with addiction can be confusing. Learn how to choose between an inpatient or outpatient program based on your needs. Of course, everyone’s experience is different because every person is different. But here are the most common practices for both inpatient and outpatient rehabs.


Inpatient Alcohol and Drug Rehab


Inpatient recovery programs, also sometimes called residential treatment, require you to check yourself into a controlled environment to overcome your addiction and generally follow a rigorous medication and counseling schedule. Patients that commit to inpatient rehab will have 24-hour a day medical and emotional support. Inpatient programs vary in length but are typically less than 31 days. Some of the services you may receive while staying in an inpatient rehab are withdrawal management (detox), medication-assisted treatment, group therapy, individual therapy, and 12-step or other recovery groups.


Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Rehab


Outpatient recovery programs like Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) provide clinical diagnostic and treatment services on a level of intensity like an inpatient or residential program, but on a less than 24-hour basis. They provide clients with access to a safe, structured treatment environment without disruption of their daily lives. Typically, clients commit to staying in PHP between 3 and 5 weeks and then transfer to an outpatient program for around 90 days. Even though 90 days is the standard length of treatment, the duration can be adjusted based on the client’s needs, support system, and mental health status. One on one and group therapy sessions while in drug and alcohol rehab range between 1 to 2 hours each, and anywhere from 6 to 30 hours a week.


Inpatient vs Outpatient Rehab Success Rates


Success rates vary widely in clinical studies. And keep in mind that statistics show the longer a person stays in treatment, the better the outcome, regardless of what you are addicted to. And treatment effectiveness depends on so much more than abstinence.

  • Nearly 1 in 12 Americans have an addiction to both drugs and alcohol.
  • Of the 73% of addicts who completed inpatient treatment, 21% remained sober after 5 years.
  • Of the 43% of addicts who completed outpatient treatment, 18% remained sober after 5 years.

We know these numbers can be alarming and may have you questioning whether inpatient or outpatient drug rehab even does any good. But roughly 80% of patients report benefitting from improved quality of life and health after completing drug and alcohol rehab.


Statistics also show that up to 90% of alcoholics relapse during their first 4 years after they get sober. If a relapse is a part of your recovery journey and you have already completed a treatment program DON’T GIVE UP! It may seem like you are starting over from the beginning again, but this time around you will be starting with a greater understanding of yourself and your disease. And choosing to get help again from inpatient or outpatient rehab may be an option you should consider for your long-term recovery success.


Inpatient vs outpatient rehab success rates



Outpatient vs Inpatient Rehab


You deserve the best quality care, designed specifically to suit your lifestyle needs. Something else you need to take into consideration when making your choice of inpatient or outpatient rehabs is what you can manage financially. Outpatient care typically costs less than inpatient rehab. But we suggest that you speak with a professional to have them help you determine if you are ready for the OP level of care. At Oregon Trail Recovery our admissions staff are ready to help you figure out your individual rehab needs and will assist you in finding the best resources for your success. Our long-standing relationships with community partners gives us a wide support network of choices for our clients.


Rehab Alternatives


Although some type of inpatient or outpatient rehab is usually recommended first to assist people with their transition back into everyday life by teaching people about the disease of addiction and creating structure and new habits, there is also the option of moving into a sober living community. Sober living homes are generally group residences for people recovering from addiction that provide a lower level of structure and accountability that a person may need before choosing to live on their own again to feel safe. Usually, people have completed some type of rehab or treatment before moving into a sober living facility but sometimes people are still enrolled in outpatient rehab while living there.


Recovery Programs


Additionally, we cannot stress the importance enough of getting involved with 12-step programs and recovery communities. For many years there were only one or two types of recovery community options for an addict. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) established in 1935 and was the first of its kind and then was followed by Narcotics Anonymous (NA) in 1953. Combined they have gained over 2 million members across the globe since their humble beginnings and that number alone is a testament to the benefits of being involved in their programs. If you have tried AA or NA and it did not seem like the right fit for you, here are some more options you may want to give a try:

  • Celebrate Recovery (CR)
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
  • Heroin Anonymous (HA)
  • Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
  • Refuge Recovery (RR)
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)
  • Self Management And Recovery Training (SMART)
  • Wellbriety (WB)


These are just a few of the many options available these days and do not forget that these programs and their members understand that addicts are individuals and every individual’s recovery needs are different according to their lifestyle. There are often options for meetings designated specifically to women only, men only, gay, lesbian, transgender, and secular.


Your Next Step…


It is time to make a call! Now that you hopefully have a little better understanding of your specific recovery wants and needs, and of inpatient and outpatient rehabs it is time to get help. If you believe your first stop should be in detox please give Pacific Crest Trail Detox a call at (844) 692-7528 and speak with one of our caring admissions staff who can help you begin the process. PCTD offers high-quality, affordable, and compassionate support for individuals looking to end their substance use and overcome the struggles of physical and psychological withdrawal.


If you are seeking PHP, IOP, OP or sober living resources after finishing a residential treatment or detox program please give Oregon Trail Recovery, LLC a call at (855) 770-0577 and our admissions staff will help you find the next best place for your specific recovery needs. If you are still unsure about what your next step is just give us a call and we will help you figure it out. That is what our staff is here for. Our trained clinical staff has committed themselves to the growth and wellness of our clients. Let us help you!