The main difference between outpatient and inpatient care is the location our doctors provide patient therapy. In inpatient programs, patients live at our facility for the duration of their recovery. In outpatient programs, they live at their own residence and meet with our doctors on a regularly scheduled ongoing basis. Typically outpatient plans require patients to check in every day, except holidays and weekends. However, the actual schedule is best left to the patient’s doctor because they offer personalized treatment.
Outpatient programs are usually more flexible and allow patients to go about their daily lives such as attending school and going to work. However, we still set the same high expectations for patients in both programs – full recovery.
Who takes part in outpatient programs?
If we feel like we can treat a patient from afar, we may recommend he or she take part in an outpatient plan. We may also move clients from the inpatient to outpatient program if we believe they’ve made significant progress and can continue to do so away from our facility.
Do outpatient programs have risks?
Those in outpatient programs have access to all of the temptations that caused them to seek treatment in the first place. However, we would never place a patient into an outpatient program if we felt he or she would harm themselves or others, or relapse. We reduce risk by placing patients into the right programs and developing unique plans just for them.