10 Benefits of Going to Outpatient After Inpatient

Inpatient residential rehab is a great place to start your recovery process.  Many addicts and alcoholics who suffer from severe addiction need the stability and structure of a residential program.  While inpatient treatment is highly beneficial, it is typically recommended for a person to attend an aftercare program, as well.  Here are the reasons:
  1. Duration of care.  The length of time you spend in treatment is directly correlated with a person’s ability to maintain long-term sobriety.  Inpatient is great, but your odds of staying clean and sober are significantly increased if you attend aftercare.  
  2. Provides structure.  Residential treatment is an extremely structured environment.  Many treatment centers are lockdown facilities where your whole day is planned.  This is a great thing for a person new to recovery because it teaches you how to live.  Once you’re done with treatment and you enter the outside world, it can be hard to adjust.  Outpatient treatment helps with this.  
  3. Flexibility.  Inpatient residential is a big commitment.  While it can be the most beneficial thing you do with your life, it requires that you leave your family and commitments to get well.  Many people can’t afford to do this for an extended period of time, so outpatient becomes a great resource.  Treatment centers usually offer day and night classes, so you have flexibility to work around home and work life.
  4. Relapse prevention.  Many inpatient programs will highly recommend attending at least one meeting per day and finding a mentor or sponsor in early recovery.  While this is great advice that should be followed, a person directly out of inpatient is highly vulnerable.  With the relapse rate between 40-60%, you need more extensive attention to prevent relapse.
  5. Life skills.  The primary focus of inpatient programs are to treat the physical aspects of addiction.  Most people who attend residential treatment first suffer from severe addiction and cannot physically stop on their own.  Much of their time in inpatient is spent focused on that.  Outpatient can offer more extensive coping mechanisms and life skills to handle impending problems appropriately without the use of drugs and alcohol.
  6. Less expensive.  Addiction treatment can be expensive if you don’t have good insurance.  Attending outpatient care will be significantly less expensive because you’re not paying for room and board.
  7. It helps with social skills.  Many people who have addiction problems may also lack friends because of their disease.  Outpatient can help develop social skills by providing group therapy and camaraderie with others in your position.
  8. Learn about triggers.  Triggers are people, places, or things that can trigger a relapse.  It can be virtually impossible to avoid all triggers, so outpatient teaches how to recognize and proceed when you are presented with them.
  9. Transitional living.  Outpatient care can help you determine where the best place to go is.  Some do not have the option of returning home, therefore outpatient counselors can help you find transitional or sober living arrangements.
  10. Continual care.  Simply the presence of continual care is what is important for a person new to recovery.  It helps ease the transition back into society and can provide great defense against relapse.
Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit.
For information, call us today: 888-743-0490