Treatment for substance abuse disorder has two options: inpatient and outpatient. The same is true for co-occurring disorders.
This option allows you to temporarily stay in the treatment facility under 24/7 supervision. The length of stay varies but is generally between one and three months. The focus is solely on recovery without any external stresses during this time and where you are monitored day and night.
These options are more flexible. In outpatient programs, one will undergo treatment for a few hours, several days a week, for a set amount of time. Although an outpatient program isn’t ideal for people requiring fully committed 24/7 medical and emotional support, it’s perfect for those with a schedule and employment who seek external support groups to treat underlying causes of addiction and mental health issues. It is also ideal for those who have graduated from treatment programs and need continuity of care as they transition back to regular work, school, social or family life.