Inpatient Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment: Does it Matter?

Inpatient Outpatient Shoes Standing on Floor at Crossroad.AIABlog8
Call Today: (888) 325-1995

No two people are exactly the same—and neither are any two struggles with addiction. That’s one of our guiding principles here at Above It All. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment because we understand that what works for you may not work for the next client. Everything is individualized, and everything is tailored to fit specific needs.

This is true even on a big-picture scale—such as the question of inpatient versus outpatient care. Some clients stay with us to receive inpatient treatment while others continue to live in their homes and go to school and work as usual. Which approach is better? Neither; it all depends on the specific needs of the client.

Certainly, there are many clients who do better in a inpatient setting. These are the clients who need more medical attention and supervision. That’s one of the main advantages of inpatient care: There’s around-the-clock medical care and guidance available for those who need it.

This intensive approach may not be what everyone needs, though. For other clients, the best thing we can do for them is to point them in the right direction, but also give them plenty of independence to work toward their recovery goals. That’s what outpatient care allows for.

Moreover, there are some cases where clients may do better beginning in inpatient care but then stepping down to an outpatient level as they work on their life skills and relapse prevention—an additional level of flexibility that Above It All provides.

The bottom line: There’s no one way to pursue addiction recovery, and the necessary starting point is to see which approach to treatment is best for you. Begin the process today by speaking with one of our addiction care specialists for an evaluation.


  1. NCBI, Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs: Assessing the Evidence. June 2015, Accessed April 3, 2016.
  2. NCBI, Inpatient vs Outpatient Treatment for Substance Dependence Revisited. Accessed April 11, 2016.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Accessed April 17, 2016.
  4. Addiction Center, Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab. Accessed April 19, 2016.
Contact us today to begin your recovery journey.
(888) 325-1995

Join the Conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Men grasping hands to help a climber.
Ready for Help? Call Us Today. Our treatment specialists can guide you through a free, quick and confidential assessment (888) 325-1995