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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab: What’s the difference?

When looking into addiction treatment programs, it’s important to know the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. While both programs have a lot in common, inpatient rehabilitation patients live at the treatment center. Whereas outpatient rehabilitation patients live at home. At Bradford Health, we offer both types of programs to meet the diverse needs of our patients. Here’s what you can expect from each.

Inpatient addiction rehabilitation

Patients who are admitted start by meeting with our professional staff to develop their individual treatment plan. During this stage, medical and mental health assessments are discussed, as well as substance use history, in order to create a plan that best fits the patient’s needs.

Inpatient treatment starts with a medical detox process. Medical detoxification removes substances from the body while safely minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. We monitor patients 24/7 as they stabilize and prepare to begin therapeutic programming.

Patients move on to residential rehab after completing detox. Our programs include one-on-one and group therapy sessions, 12-step study, educational workshops, one-on-one, and group therapy sessions, 12-step study, as well as wellness and recreational activities.

Our team also ensures that each patient has plans set for continuing care and participation in community support groups after treatment has been completed.

Outpatient addiction rehabilitation

When patients are deciding what to do after inpatient treatment or if they qualify for a less intensive program than inpatient, there are multiple options. These options vary greatly in terms of intensity and frequency.

At Bradford, we offer intensive outpatient programs (IOP), outpatient (OP), and partial hospitalization programming (PHP). Each of these programs come with different benefits to best fit the need of the individual.

It is important to stay engaged after leaving an inpatient treatment program, so we have designed our services to continue the treatment an individual starts in the residential setting.

Our programs offer morning and evening sessions throughout the week and can provide more flexibility with your schedule. Individuals can engage in their normal responsibilities while living at home and still participate in treatment for their drug or alcohol abuse. Some people cannot find the time to leave their homes. Telehealth is another viable option for people looking to continue their outpatient treatment from the comfort of their homes.

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