What Is the Difference Between Residential & Outpatient Rehab?

Recovery from drug addiction involves many factors that have to be taken into consideration. There should not be any cookie-cutter treatment approaches for clients, but rather a holistic approach that treats the whole patient by addressing their addiction and other problems. 

Initially, anyone enrolling into a rehab program will be examined and assessed physically and psychologically, and all aspects must be regarded as a vital part of the treatment program. People suffering with severe addictions, co-occurring mental disorders, and multiple relapses should be given an residential status to sufficiently address all their issues. Those with drug abuse problems who have mild addiction and can navigate responsibilities at home, work and school, can do well as out-clients.

Outpatient treatment programs1 require that the person in recovery visit the rehab facility a few times a week for treatment. The patient will receive some type of counseling that focuses on addiction recovery and sobriety. Treatments can include individual and group therapy, family counseling, relapse prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, and aftercare.

Residential treatment programs1 require that the patient stay at the rehab center, sequestered from outside influences and distractions. The patient will receive 24/7 care in a structured, safe and nurturing environment. Treatments can include:

  • Medically supervised detox
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Medication assistance
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family Counseling
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Aftercare program

How Long Does Rehab Take?

Drug rehab treatment programs are approximately 30 to 90 days, depending on necessary time clients need. You will want to speak with your health insurance provider to find out what you are covered for and for how long. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), there is no predetermined length of treatment, but research shows treatment programs that are less than 90 days2 are not as effective as a 90 day stay.

Recovery from addiction to sobriety is a process that needs time to develop, and the patient will thrive well in a structured environment that is designed to meet those ends in the proper amount of time. The person not only has to adjust to life without drugs affecting his mind and body, but he also has to breakdown destructive thought and behavior patterns and replace them with positive, healthy ones. 

People who drop out of rehab before establishing a new set of behavior patterns, run the risk of relapsing. That is why treatment programs should include motivational techniques to keep the person engaged in the recovery process.

30 Day Rehab

Individuals who struggle with trying to quit a substance abuse problem can do well in a 30-day drug rehab treatment program. Being treated at a rehab facility will provide the structure and environment they need to get off of drugs and begin to focus on sobriety. 

Once the 30-day program is completed, the patient can continue treatment as an outpatient, or attend an aftercare program to help them remain drug-free. Some of the treatments that may be given in a 30-day rehab program include:

  • Medically supervised detox
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Relapse prevention
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family counseling

A 30-day rehab treatment program will give you the structure you need to get clean and begin adapting to a sober life again. You will also be given a chance to socialize with other peers who are going through a similar experience, during group counseling sessions. clients can share stories with one another and offer support to each other, which can lead to forming new friendships.

60 Day Rehab

A 60-day Residential rehab treatment program is more intensive than a 30-day program. The patient will reside at the rehab facility for two months and receive many of the Residential treatment programs. A 60-day stay gives the patient more time to adjust to sober living and developing relapse prevention techniques before going out on his own again.

The patient can also spend more time in therapy to uncover negative thought and behavior patterns that could trigger a relapse. Having the support of the rehab facility staff and other people in recovery helps to reinforce positive thoughts and behaviors that lead to sobriety.

90 Day Long Term Rehab

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), a 90-day2 long term rehab treatment program is the most effective for treating drug addiction. The Institute has outlined evidence-based research principles used in 90-day programs that include:

  1. Addiction is a complex, but treatable, disease that affects brain function and behavior. 
  2. Treatment does not have to be voluntary to be successful.
  3. A holistic approach to treatment is most effective and should include treatment for co-occurring mental disorders, physical illness, social and familial problems etc. 
  4. Clients should be tested for infectious diseases that include Hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis.
  5. Providing ample time for treatment is critical to success.
  6. A medically supervised detox is the initial stage of treatment.
  7. Counseling and behavioral therapies are accepted treatments for addiction.
  8. Medications are a significant part of treatment, particularly when integrated with behavioral therapies.
  9. Treatment plans should be modified as the patient progresses.

Sober Friendly Attractions near New York

Your stay at Garden Heights Recovery Center gives you the opportunity to visit exciting attractions in nearby New York during your free time. Some of the options available to you include:

  • Central Park is a tranquil oasis in Manhattan that offers beautiful lakes and gardens, a zoo, restaurant, sculptures, a castle, and more. 
  • Take in a Broadway or off-Broadway show at New York City’s Theatre District.
  • The Museum of Natural History has 45 permanent exhibition halls filled with natural wonders, plus there are over 80 museums nearby.
  • Take a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, or visit Ellis Island to look-up your family’s historic arrival to the U.S.

Breaking free from alcohol or drug abuse is possible with Residential drug rehab at Garden Heights Recovery. Call today and learn more at 201-275-1163.