Is Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?
Addiction treatment is a highly individualized process. Everyone is unique, and rehabilitation needs to reflect each patient’s distinctive needs.
While settings vary, there are several evidence-based approaches that have been proven effective in treating addiction. These include various forms of therapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group, individual, and family therapy, contingency management, 12-step facilitation therapy, and more. Addiction treatment will typically involve a combination of these methods.
Individuals, however, may respond better to differing settings. For example, inpatient or residential treatment may be preferred for individuals with:
- Severe co-occurring disorders.
- Unstable living situations.
- Strong dependence on substances that will lead to severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Inpatient treatment enables staff to monitor patients 24/7, administering care when needed or responding to potential emergencies. A structured routine is often beneficial for people in recovery, and the sober environment surrounded by supportive peers and mentors.
On the other hand, outpatient services may be preferred by people with:
- Career or academic obligations they must maintain.
- Stable, safe, and supportive living environments.
- A low risk of experiencing severe withdrawal situations or strong cravings.
- Residential treatment program. With residential treatment, patients stay for weeks or months at a time, receiving treatment in Greenhouse’s Rehab Center, located in Grand Prairie, Texas.
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP), also known as “day treatment.” In PHP, patients live at home but visit the facility 3-7 days a week for treatment. Treatment each day lasts 6-8 hours.
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP). Much like PHP, in IOP, patients live at home but visit daily for 3 hours at a time.
- Standard outpatient program. This low-intensity option allows for more flexibility, while still receiving weekly therapy.
Often, patients may graduate or step down from a more intensive form of treatment to a less intensive option.
Greenhouse’s continuum of care also includes a sober-living facility, in which patients can continue with their therapy and treatment in a sober environment surrounded by supportive peers for an extended period of time.
In other cases, just joining a peer-support program like Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and attending weekly meetings may be a sufficient form of aftercare.
Recovery is a lifelong process, which is why former patients at Greenhouse are welcome to use the alumni app, which allows them to track their progress and remain in contact with their peers in recovery, and patients may attend sober events and weekly peer-support meetings in the Arlington, Texas area.
Greenhouse is an American Addiction Centers’ (AAC) facility, which means the 90-day promise, allows patients that relapse after receiving 90 consecutive days at Greenhouse to re-enter treatment for an additional 30 days at an AAC facility.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, it’s not too late to get help. Please reach out to an admissions navigator at to learn more about treatment options and the care provided.