Residential Treatment vs. Intensive Outpatient Treatment: What’s Right for You?

Making the decision to get clean and sober is a big commitment—even if it’s made one day at a time. To build recovery that lasts, you’ll need to change a lot about your life, maybe even where you live. People getting clean and sober have the option of entering into residential treatment, or trying intensive outpatient treatment. Is the difference between them really just where you’ll sleep at night? And which is best for you? These are some points to consider when debating rehab vs. IOP.

  1. How serious is your substance use?

If you’ve tried to quit on your own and failed, or if you have relapsed after a period of sobriety, residential treatment could be best for you. Entering a safe and secure environment with 24/7 support might be the help you need. Even if you’ve already been to residential treatment before, and think you’ve “been there, done that,” you might benefit from the security of a residential treatment community. With intensive outpatient treatment, or “IOP,” you might continue to live at home, or you might enter a sober living community during your treatment. Either way, the level of professional oversight and support is not the same as that of residential treatment. In addition, at a facility like The Mend you can move seamlessly from detox–if you need it–into rehab, while staying under one roof with the same support team.

  1. What is your environment like at home?

Could your environment be contributing to your substance use? If your roommates are heavy partiers, or your home life is unsafe or stressful, residential rehab could be a good fit. You deserve to have a peaceful, professionally staffed environment while tackling the biggest fight of your life.

  1. Are you committed to long-term recovery?

If you want recovery that lasts, you’ll probably need to develop a plan. For some people, that means residential treatment AND intensive outpatient treatment. After your rehab stay, you can move down to a slightly lower level of oversight, while remaining connected to a program of recovery.

At residential treatment programs like The Mend, professional and caring staffers provide the highest level of care throughout your stay.

When that time is coming to an end, they’ll work with you to develop an after-care plan that may include intensive outpatient treatment, and/or a sober living community—if it’s right for you and your goals.

To start your own recovery journey, contact one of our Care Coordinators today.

If you’re still not sure whether the time is right to quit drugs or alcohol, take our 10-question quiz HERE.


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