Differences Between Residential and Outpatient Drug Treatment Facilities

Differences Between Residential and Outpatient Drug Treatment FacilitiesAll drug rehabilitation can be categorized as either residential or outpatient. There are pros and cons to both types of treatment. Before a patient decides on a program, they must determine what type of treatment suits their addiction type and their personality.

Differences Between Outpatient and Residential Drug Treatment

  • Location. Outpatient drug treatment facilities tend to be found in a metropolis, making them easily accessible for patients to travel to and from each day. Residential facilities are often found in more isolated areas where patients can enjoy a quiet, restful environment while they recover. Activities at a residential facility often take advantage of the location and patients are given the opportunity to enjoy physical activity and spend time outdoors.
  • Commitment. Both outpatient and residential drug treatment programs can vary in length, but on average most programs last between 30 and 60 days. Residential programs require a greater time commitment because patients have to take time away from work and their loved ones, but provide patients with a strongly supportive environment for the duration of their stay. Outpatient programs require less of a time commitment because patients are able to return home in the evenings, and can often maintain their jobs and family responsibilities while receiving treatment.  In an outpatient program, patients rely on both the treatment center, family and friends to provide them with support and encouragement.
  • Cost. Outpatient programs are generally less expensive than residential programs because patients do not have to pay for living quarters or meals while receiving treatment. These days, many insurance companies are covering outpatient treatment programs. Cost is usually a critically important factor in any individual’s treatment plan, but bear in mind that many residential facilities will offer payment plans to help make their treatment affordable for patients.
  • Extracurricular activities. Residential drug treatment programs require patients to live at the facility full-time, so there are more opportunities to incorporate extracurricular activities like swimming, hiking, yoga and meditation. Outpatient facilities generally do not have the time to commit to these types of activities.

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