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Outpatient vs. Inpatient Meth Rehab: Which Is Right For You?

By Victoria Thomas
Both inpatient and outpatient meth rehab offer valuable treatments. The right choice depends on your individual needs.

Kicking a methamphetamine addiction is judged as near-impossible by many. The reasons are two-fold: the rush from meth targets the pleasure centers of the brain making users feel really good, and meth addicts develop powerful social relationships around their substance use. However, there are many options available to help get you or a loved one on the path to successful recovery.

Whether outpatient or inpatient, “the rehab program should treat both the physical and psychological aspects of substance use disorders,” Vikram Tarugu, M.D., CEO of Detox of South Florida, tells WebMD Connect to Care. “You’re more likely to overcome addiction if you receive treatment that addresses both your physical dependence and the psychological issues contributing to your substance use.” 

Why People Choose Outpatient Meth Rehab

Outpatient rehab allows you to maintain your normal daily life and activities to a large extent, and trains you to function in your “real” life without the presence of meth.

As an outpatient, you can still work, attend school, and care for your children while receiving treatment. This treatment will likely include alleviation of physical symptoms associated with meth detox and withdrawal as well as cognitive behavioral therapy to address the role methamphetamine plays in your life.

From a practical perspective, outpatient care is less expensive than inpatient residential care in a facility. In addition to the cost of the care itself, consider that you will not be able to earn wages, and may have to pay for child-care while you are in residential care.

Though, it is important to remember that many insurance plans will cover either all or a portion of the financial expenses related to both inpatient and outpatient care.

Why People Choose Inpatient Meth Rehab

Patients choose residential rehab over outpatient care for a variety of reasons. Inpatient rehab removes you from your usual triggers and really allows you to focus on getting better. The round-the-clock care patients receive at inpatient methamphetamine treatment, for many, is well worth the added expense. 

On the other hand, sometimes people are admitted into inpatient meth rehab in an emergency situation, including as the result of an intervention. Similarly, severe physical dependency may make an initial hospital stay necessary during detox as you begin your recovery. This supervised medical step may be needed to manage the physical symptoms related to meth detox and withdrawal. 

Inpatient care may be best when health care professionals determine that you are endangering yourself or others through your use of meth, especially if you are experiencing seizures, blackouts, or dangerous behaviors including driving under the influence.

Depending upon your needs, you may then be able to continue your recovery on an outpatient basis, following a medical detox stay in a facility.

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