- Residential/inpatient treatment is usually indicated for patients with severe medical and/or psychiatric conditions in addition to drug/alcohol problems. Inpatient treatment allows doctors to more closely monitor the medical/psychiatric condition and provide more intensive treatment.
- Residential treatment is best for patients who are homeless or do not have a safe place to stay. In addition, patients living in an environment where drug/alcohol use is highly prevalent may need to be in a residential program to escape the triggers that are common in their usual environment.
- Patients who have been unable to control drug/alcohol use during outpatient treatment may need a period in a more controlled environment to establish even initial drug/alcohol abstinence.
- In addition, some patients may need a medical/inpatient detoxification to prevent serious medical complications from withdrawal symptoms, especially in the case of alcohol and benzodiazepines. This is an issue that definitely requires consultation with a medical doctor.
Well thanks for tuning in and remember that the best way to determine if you would do better with an inpatient or outpatient program is to consult with a health care professional with expertise in addiction! I hope this info helps you to better be able to ask your health care provider the right questions that will help you to decide what course to take. As always feedback is welcome on our website (www.uclasarx.org) or via our twitter feed (uclasarx).
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