The Difference Between Inpatient vs. Outpatient Therapy
No single treatment option works for everyone. Many preteens, teens and young adults with mental health or substance use issues may need to employ several strategies over time. While both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs are effective at helping your child stabilize and return to their personal best, there are some key distinctions that can make one option more or less appropriate based on your child’s needs.
The primary distinction between inpatient and outpatient treatment programs is that your child would live at an inpatient treatment facility whereas children in outpatient treatment programs continue living at home. However, the two options aren't mutually exclusive, and many children in need of treatment transition from one to the other.
Inpatient treatment programs include many of the options available on an outpatient basis, but all under one roof. The length of treatment can be predetermined or based on the needs and recovery speed of your child. Inpatient treatment is the most intensive level of treatment for children suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. It offers 24-hour care in a safe and secure facility, making it best for patients with severe mental health or substance use issues who require constant monitoring. This allows children to work on rebuilding life skills without exposure to negative influences that fuel the urge to continue destructive behaviors.
Outpatient treatment programs offer many of the same services as inpatient treatment programs in a more loosely structured environment. The flexibility of an outpatient treatment program provides the help your child needs locally, in your own community, allowing them the opportunity to live at home when they are not receiving treatment so they can have a more normal daily routine and continue to be with family or friends and attend school or work. Unlike inpatient treatment programs, individuals in outpatient treatment programs do not have a secure environment to isolate them from negative or triggering factors.
Our Outpatient Programs Utilize Several Different Modes of Therapy Treatments Including...
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
SMART Recovery Addiction Treatment
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The best way to figure out which type of treatment program is best for your family is to talk with one of our mental health professionals. They will consider the symptoms, treatment history and goals you outline for what you and your child want out of therapy to recommend the best next steps for your situation.
If you think one of our outpatient treatment programs may be right for your family, we invite you to contact us to learn how Potomac Programs can help.