For recovering addicts, they know better than anyone how hard it was to get clean. So now you’re someone who is in the position of the addict and you’ve decided to get out to better yourself and for your child’s best interest as well. After all, you’re a single parent and your child needs you in every which way.
It’s not an easy process and you’re realizing this the hard way. So you’re weighing in the inpatient options with the outpatient options and are still having a hard time coming to a decision. Well let’s explore the options and see if we can’t make the decision an easier decision for you.
What is inpatient treatment?
Inpatient treatment is much like outpatient treatment except you go to a facility to get help for your addiction. Most inpatient treatment centers last 28-30 days but there are certain facilities that can go up to 90 days for those with more severe cases. Inpatient facilities have the benefit of being away from environments that are ridden with temptation. The downside is you’re also away from your child or children as well. Inpatient treatment is also available for children as well, so if you’re looking for your child, this is an option.
Do I need inpatient treatment?
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Only you can determine that but let’s explore inpatient treatment vs. outpatient treatment. There are benefits to both options but you just need to weigh a couple of the pros and cons of both options.
Now with outpatient treatment, you usually go to a center, counseling sessions, group sessions, and any session your therapist thinks will help. The benefit of this is you get to stay in your home and you don’t have to worry about your child as much. In order to keep in these programs, they require you to stay sober and give you advice and tips on how to do that. However, if you’re easily tempted and you have a problem resisting the urge, this might not be the best option.
With inpatient treatment, you go to a facility and stay at a resident type place for the recommending duration. This is all voluntary and you’re still granted the same sessions as you would be in an outpatient treatment plan. The pros of this is you’re away from temptation and urges, and you have on site access to therapists. However, you are away from your family and friends and this might be a hard option to do if you have nobody you can count on to watch your child.
The Bottom Line
You have to weigh your pros and cons and decide what option is best for you and what your health insurance is willing to cover. Illinois is has a number of treatment centers for both inpatient and outpatient individuals so you’ll have no problem finding one. Just decide how good you are at resisting, your funding situation, how bad your or even your child’s addiction is, and if you have anyone to watch your child if you decide that an inpatient option is the best for you.
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