Inpatient Treatment vs. Intensive Outpatient Treatment

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If you’ve been struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you might be considering getting professional help for your problem. If you are, this is great news! It’s important to know you have options. Addiction is a life-threatening disease that causes health problems, difficulties at work, legal issues, and destruction of the family unit. Admitting you have a problem and seeking help is the first step to finding healing from this all-consuming illness.

If you’re beating yourself up about your current situation, we ask that you give yourself a break. There is a lot of shame and guilt associated with being addicted, but there shouldn’t be. You are not a bad person, you are not a weak person, you are not a morally bankrupt person – you are sick person who has a complex brain disease known as the disease of addiction.
There is hope. Let’s discuss your treatment options.

Inpatient Versus Intensive Outpatient Treatment

There are a few types of treatment options available to you if you decide to get help for your addiction at a rehabilitation facility. The most common options are inpatient treatment and Intensive Outpatient Program, also known as IOP. Both approaches offer the same level of high quality care where you will be exposed to proven therapeutic models that are effective in treating an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

The only difference between inpatient and outpatient is that inpatient provides round-the-clock care in the safety and comfort of a treatment facility. You live at the facility for thirty to ninety days, depending on the program you choose. With the Intensive Outpatient Program, you attend treatment several days a week for several hours a day. IOP usually lasts up to three months and often takes place in the evening hours.

Alpine Centers also offers Partial Hospitalization (PHP), also known as our Day Treatment Program. This treatment is still outpatient, but it is even more intensive than a standard outpatient program with more hours during the day and a daily schedule during the week. For more information regarding PHP, please call (801) 268-1715.

How To Know Which Program Is Best For You

Deciding whether to stay at an inpatient treatment facility or going for IOP is an important decision; one that should not be taken lightly. Choosing the right program should be based on your individual circumstances and your current life situation. For example, you might be a single parent who has family responsibilities that would not allow you to check into an inpatient facility. In this case, outpatient might be better for you.

Get Help For Your Addiction Today

No matter which program you choose, if you have a problem with addiction, you need help. The problem isn’t going to magically go away on its own. In fact, things are just going to get worse. At Alpine Centers, we’ll treat every client as an individual. Each person who walks through our door requires a different level of care and treatment. Talk to an addiction specialist today and find out which treatment option is right for you. We’re here for you at (801) 268-1715.

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