The time has come; you’ve decided to get help for a drug or alcohol dependence problem. Whether you’re struggling with dependence on illicit drugs, prescription medications, or a legal substance like alcohol, deciding to take the step to get help is the hardest part. While there are still challenges you’ll need to face, you’ve taken the initiative to help yourself establish a healthy new life, and that’s the best decision you can make. However, there are a few more decisions you’ll need to make before you can get that help. The most detrimental being what type of treatment you’ll choose.
There are two main types of addiction treatment: residential and outpatient. While there are different kinds of both types of treatment, the main difference between the two is where you’ll live. In a residential treatment center, you can expect to live full time on campus while getting the support you need to establish recovery. On the other hand, with outpatient treatment, you can expect to live from home or a sober living environment while getting treatment during either day or nighttime hours.
There are different sects of each of these treatments to consider when looking for a facility for yourself or a loved one. Each treatment center, either residential or outpatient, may offer different accommodations, amenities, therapies, and approaches. So, it’s important to consider your individual needs when consulting with, visiting, and/or shopping for a treatment center.
But, if you choose outpatient treatment as your option for addiction support, there are a number of benefits you can expect.
Being close to friends and family while you’re getting help for a substance dependence issue can be a great help. Firstly, many people find it hard to leave family obligations like caring for elderly parents or grandparents as well as children for an extended period of time to go to residential treatment. Secondly, being able to live from home while getting treatment also allows you to utilize the support you’ll likely need from close friends, family, and loved ones.
Another great benefit of choosing an outpatient treatment approach is that not everyone will know that you’re getting help for an addiction. In many cases, people develop substance dependency issues not on purpose, but as a result of self-medicating emotional issues and also taking prescription medications suggested by a physician. In any case, leaving home for weeks at a time to get help for substance dependence can be embarrassing. However, since outpatient treatment doesn’t require you to leave behind everyone you know and stop working or going to school, it also allows you to keep your personal life private.
Obviously, it’s hard to just get up and leave work or school obligations. While it is illegal to fire someone for leaving work to get help for addiction through treatment, many people don’t want to live through the hassle and embarrassment of telling workplace employers about their personal issues. Additionally, leaving school can result in the loss of credits and even failing grades. So, if you have work or school obligations you don’t want to leave behind for residential treatment, outpatient treatment may be the option you want to consider.
Since residential treatment comes with a residential facility, 24/7 surveillance, and 3 meals a day, they’re often much more expensive than outpatient treatment centers. Not everyone has the money to get addiction help and pay thousands of dollars. So, if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to get the help you need, outpatient treatment may be the best choice for you.
Not having to leave for residential treatment means you will meet people at your outpatient treatment center who live in your area. It’s important to make sober friends with the same mindset so you can have ongoing support once you’ve graduated from treatment. Those who choose residential treatment may have to say goodbye to treatment friends they’ve made during their time in treatment to go back home.
Everyone is different. So, it’s necessary to weigh the pros and cons of every treatment option according to your specific needs and addiction experience. But, if you feel that outpatient treatment is still the best choice for you after weighing your options, consider Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services for your needed support. Give us a call today to learn more about our program at 925-289-1430.