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Not everyone needs formal addiction treatment. In fact, for those with less severe problems, many often resolve them without any professional medical help. They may rely on structured peer support or other options.
However, some form of treatment is likely needed for a person with fully developed addiction. Treatment comes in many forms and your treatment plan will be determined by your assessment and in consultation with your health care provider. If treatment is needed, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is inpatient or outpatient.
Outpatient treatment programs allow someone suffering from the disease of addiction to learn to manage his or her disease while still functioning in day-to-day life in the community. This may not be a high-enough level of care for some sufferers, as they are not isolated from the day-to-day situations in which reoccurrence of symptoms may be more likely. Outpatient treatment may include individual and group therapy, with the intensive group portion lasting six to eight weeks, depending on the program. Many outpatient programs offer some type of family therapy or mental health counseling as well.
These are residential programs in which a sufferer stays at a facility for a minimum of 28 days, while some programs last 90 days or longer. Some sufferers need medical detox services to deal with withdrawal symptoms safely at the beginning of their treatment. Some inpatient programs have the staff to handle a safe, medical detox on site, while other programs ask that the sufferer complete a medical detox prior to admittance. Some providers offer programs that combine a residential stay with an intensive outpatient program.
Inpatient or Outpatient?
This is a decision that should be discussed between you and your health care provider, addiction specialist, or with one of our recovery coaches. The answer usually depends on the person’s needs and circumstances plus the quality of the programs that are available. An outpatient program may be appropriate as a first step for someone who seems to be at a low risk of relapsing, symptoms are mild, who don’t have serious psychological disorders and live in relatively stable environments.
SOURCE: David Sheff, Clean