If you're like many people who find themselves struggling with substance issues, you're nonetheless expected to hold down a job and juggle several adult responsibilities — and this can throw serious obstacles in the way of participation in inpatient rehab programs. After all, if you're taking care of a family, putting food on the table, and paying the bills, it may create extreme disruption for you as well as your loved ones to put your life on hold.
Recovery Requires Stability
Those who have to patch together living arrangments for their children while they go to inpatient rehab often return to a chaotic situation where they've got to scramble to find a place where the family can live — and children may be resentful of the turmoil they've experienced. Even if you're able to return to the same job, coworkers and management may not be supportive. If you have to find a new job, you may experience a period of financial instability until you've got a couple of paychecks under your belt.
Even if you're only responsible for taking care of yourself, you may risk losing your job as well as your home if you need to take a significant amount of time off for inpatient rehab. Those coming out of inpatient rehab often have to build their lives all over again from a place of ground zero — and this may give them no choice but to stay with family members or friends until they gain some of their former traction back. Unfortunately, these relationships aren't often conducive to a successful recovery.
Outpatient rehab lets you keep the basic structure of your life in place while you work through addiction issues. Although you may have to change certain aspects of your life, it may be easier to do so from a position of stability. As an added benefit, you'll develop an ongoing support system that will remain in place long after your treatment program has ended. This is because residential inpatient programs involve participants from all over the country, while outpatient programs involve participants from the community in which they live.
Outpatient Drug Rehab Isn't for Everyone
However, outpatient rehab isn't a one-size-fits-all answer and may not be fitting for an individual who requires intensive therapy or who needs to disassociate from current relationships in order to be able to move forward with recovery. Making an appointment with an addiction recovery specialist for an assessment is the first step in finding out which path is the one most likely to provide successful results.
For more information, contact a drug addiction recovery center in your area.