When it comes to inpatient substance abuse treatment, there are two main options to choose from. One is inpatient treatment, while the other is residential treatment. Both provide a high level of substance abuse treatment.
They are both also intended for people who struggle with severe cases of addiction, multiple relapses, or co-occurring disorders, such as another mental health issue in addition to addiction or a comorbid medical condition.
Both residential and inpatient treatment centers are available all over the country. You can find one that is right for you by accessing your state’s health department, reaching out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for referrals, or talking to your primary care provider.
While they do share many similarities, and even sound the same based on their names, inpatient and residential treatment are two different types of treatment programs. In this blog, we will take a look at the difference between inpatient and residential treatment programs and how you can go about choosing the right one.
As we discussed in the intro, while yes, they sound the same in name, they are technically different forms of treatment. People who have misused drugs may enter inpatient care due to the following:
During inpatient treatment, you will likely remain at a hospital for the duration of your treatment. While inpatient and residential treatment are often mislabeled as one and the same, that isn’t actually the case. Treatment facilities provide residential treatment, while inpatient treatment is typically done in a hospital.
There are several things that separate residential treatment from inpatient treatment. Some of those are:
All successful rehabilitation facilities will incorporate the above items into your treatment. Amenities, such as the type of room you stay in, additional elective activities, and luxury services, such as massages, are available in some residential treatment centers.
Residential addiction treatment facilities are staffed by a variety of professionals, such as:
Residential facilities can vary in terms of their level of care and the amenities they offer. Some are simple camp-style facilities with bare-bones amenities. Others, like luxury facilities, may be located in beautiful or exotic locales, such as the beach or even in the mountains. They may offer well-appointed services like full spa treatments, gourmet meals, and private suites.
The cost of residential treatment can vary based on the type of treatment facility and the services that they provide. Some of the biggest factors when it comes to residential treatment costs are:
Insurance usually covers residential and/or inpatient care for a set amount of time. If a person needs additional services or needs to spend more time than is covered by insurance, then there might also be some out-of-pocket expenses.
Per the ACA, all insurance plans must cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders at the same level they cover other medical issues. The exact coverage will vary depending on your plan, but insurance can greatly offset the cost of residential treatment. Some insurance plans may require that you first attempt outpatient treatment before they approve coverage for residential care.
If you don’t have insurance or your insurance plan doesn’t cover as much as you need, there are some other ways that you can reduce your out-of-pocket costs for treatment. Some states may provide disability insurance benefits if you reside in a qualifying treatment facility for drug or alcohol misuse.
If you meet requirements, you can use Medicare to cover qualifying expenses for treatment. Medicare specifies that it has not designated a section to cover residential or outpatient treatment for substance abuse, but it can still cover certain services.
Eventually, you’ll need to transition out of residential or inpatient addiction treatment and re-enter the outside world. An aftercare plan can ensure this transition is smooth and set you up for success in recovery.
The primary form of aftercare is often ongoing outpatient treatment, such as regular therapy sessions. A complete aftercare plan can include many other features that support a sober lifestyle, such as continued use of medications, attending peer support group meetings, and regular exercise and sleep.
Virtually all addiction treatment programs, both residential and outpatient, offer aftercare planning help.
Residential treatment is a step up from a partial hospitalization program or an intensive outpatient treatment and is often the most recommended treatment method by doctors and other specialists.
Residential treatment is usually recommended for the following type of people:
Residential treatment allows for around-the-clock support. There are few to no opportunities to relapse, so you’re more likely to stay sober during this vulnerable time.
While some forms of outpatient care can offer a similar level of treatment intensity, the 24/7 nature of residential treatment makes it the highest level of care.
At Footprints to Recovery, our number one priority is getting you the help that you need in your fight against drug and alcohol addiction. Whether that be via inpatient treatment or another one of our many treatment methods, we don’t think you should go another day suffering from addiction. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment programs.