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Choosing Inpatient or Outpatient Alcohol Drug Rehab

What’s the difference between inpatient and outpatient alcohol drug rehab? One obvious difference is that during inpatient rehab, the patient stays at a rehab center; during outpatient rehab, the patient does not. When choosing on a drug rehab, counselors more often recommend inpatient treatment. Why? Well, one main reason is that it is difficult to control the addict and triggers and temptations to use while in an outpatient rehab protocol. Most addicts cannot control their urges to use while undergoing detox at the same time as living within the environment in which he or she became addicted in. This makes outpatient rehab too difficult for most people. In order to have the best chance at recovery, every aspect of the user’s environment must be changed. This is impossible through outpatient rehab.

When an addict checks in to our California drug rehab center, he or she has many advantages not available to those choosing an outpatient treatment program.

Around the clock support:

Detox is never easy, and can even be life-threatening. In a 24-hour facility there is staff on duty around the clock to make sure that you have the support you need and are safe during this process.


One of the most difficult adjustments addicts have to make is learning to live a life without drugs or alcohol. Starting sobriety in a neutral environment, away from drug-buddies and drug providers enables one to build up the strength required to go back to their “real life” without succumbing to the temptations of drugs.

Time to Focus on You:

When undergoing this life change, it is important to focus on your own needs, rather the demands of job and family. Checking into an inpatient rehab ensures that all of your focus and energy are spent on yourself, not  others.


Often people who abuse drugs and alcohol do not live their lives on consistent schedules. Finding, using and recovering from using drugs and alcohol takes up all of an addict’s time and energy. Getting into a normal schedule is important. During your stay in rehab, you’ll wake up, eat and sleep at the same time every day – slowly easing into a normal daily schedule that sober people take for granted.

After detoxing, users may be free of the addictive substance, but it takes a lot of therapy and practice in order to free the mind. Every aspect of life must be changed in order to continue sobriety, and a stay in an inpatient drug addiction rehab treatment center is the best chance of a successful start to a happy, healthy life free of drugs and alcohol.

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