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Making the decision to seek out treatment for substance use is something worth celebrating. Yet, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of treatment options that exist. It is important to understand the different types of treatment programs that are available and to understand your unique recovery needs and goals before deciding on a treatment facility. 

Inpatient Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment

When it comes to treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs), there are two common categories of treatment: inpatient and outpatient programs. Simply put, inpatient treatment offers live-in care with support available around the clock. Outpatient treatment requires you to live at home while you receive treatment regularly throughout the week. 

Inpatient Treatment Programs

Inpatient treatment is often the first type of treatment program suggested by medical professionals if you are experiencing severe symptoms of SUD. Inpatient addiction rehab is highly structured and intensive. They typically require you to go through detoxification before beginning a program, although some inpatient programs offer detox as a part of their program. Inpatient treatment offers 24/7 support for you.

During an inpatient program, you will experience a variety of different therapy modalities including group therapy, individual therapy, and potentially psychiatric care. These programs are designed for you if you are a high-risk individual with severe dependence on alcohol and other drugs. Inpatient programs are also ideal for you if you do not have a stable living environment.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

While inpatient programs may offer the best opportunity for securing long-term recovery, you might be unable to commit to a residential program due to personal responsibilities such as family or work obligations. Compared to inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment is often more suitable if you have a job or if you have access to extensive social support. Outpatient rehab is also a great transitional option if you have recently completed an inpatient program but need to continue long-term treatment engagement. 

Although many outpatient programs have similar components, a quality outpatient program should be individualized and tailored to fit your unique needs. When you receive treatment from an outpatient facility, you will typically live at home or in a sober living home. Outpatient programs give you treatment flexibility while still allowing you to go about your daily life outside of the treatment setting.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment Programs

Outpatient treatment programs can be highly beneficial. They combine many different treatment modalities, along with individualized treatment plans. 

Some benefits of outpatient treatment programs include:

  • Group, family, and individualized therapy
  • Psychiatric care and medically-assisted treatment
  • The ability to continue living at home 
  • Freedom to continue daily routines and schedules
  • Flexible treatment hours that can be adjusted to fit your needs and schedule
  • Opportunity to increase accountability and independence
  • Holistic remedies, including mindfulness, meditation, exercise, and more
  • Life skills training
  • The ability to actively practice relapse prevention outside of the treatment setting

Types of Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs

Two major types of outpatient addiction treatment include partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). PHPs can be beneficial to you if you require a higher level of care to establish sobriety and recovery. IOP bridges the gap between traditional outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment. 

Partial Hospitalization Programs

PHPs are designed to give you a strong structure and support in the early stages of sobriety. You participate in intensive therapy sessions as well as other programs and treatment interventions throughout the week. PHPs are used in lieu of inpatient care and are often followed by IOPs. A quality PHP will give you the proper tools and support structure you need to start building confidence in your recovery as you continue on the path of long-term sobriety.

At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our PHP consists of six-hour group sessions five days a week, as well as at least one hour of individual therapy, and psychiatric care. It also consists of behavioral therapies, life skills training, holistic treatment, relapse prevention, family-integrated therapy, and more.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are less intense than PHPs but are more intensive than traditional outpatient treatment. IOPs are an important part of the continuum of care for alcohol and drug use disorders. IOPs consist of the same type of therapy modalities as PHPs, but there is much less time spent in treatment throughout the week. When you are in an IOP, you will have more time to integrate treatment into life outside of treatment while still keeping your sobriety and recovery at the highest priority.

At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our IOP consists of three-hour group sessions three times a week, plus one hour of individual therapy, recovery coaching, and psychiatric care, if needed. It is often regarded as an affordable, yet effective, treatment option if you need to stay engaged with long-term treatment to ensure long-lasting sobriety.

If you are struggling with substance use disorders, outpatient addiction treatment might be the perfect choice for you. While the structure and therapy modalities are similar to those of inpatient programs, outpatient programs allow for greater schedule flexibility as you continue to live at home. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our outpatient treatment program is designed with the best intention for the client in mind. Each care plan is individualized to fit the needs and goals of each client as well as their family. Our PHPs and IOPs are highly structured and provide the high level of accountability and support needed for our clients to develop the confidence they need to achieve long-term sobriety and overall wellness. Both program tracks consist of talk therapy, individualized therapy, family work, and psychiatric care. Call us today at (214) 717-5884 to learn more about our treatment programs.