There are a few reasons why someone might choose an at-home treatment program for a drug or alcohol addiction. They may not be able to leave behind family or work obligations for the 60 to 90 days that a traditional rehab programs lasts.
Or they might be choosing an at-home option because it's more affordable. But does an at home recovery program offer the same benefits and effective treatment that comes with an inpatient program? The following is a closer look at how at-home treatment compares to a stay in rehab.
Managing the symptoms of detox.
Going through the detox stage is the first and often one of the most challenging stages of a recovery program. Dealing with withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, tremors, fever, or even hallucinations that could last for days or weeks at home frankly sounds dangerous.
Unless you're under supervised medical care, it can be harmful, ineffective, or even deadly. This is probably something that should best be done in a rehab facility equipped to handle such things. Detox specialists and a trained medical staff will be able to monitor and treat withdrawal symptoms so a detox can be completed safely.
Addressing the causes of your addiction.
With at-home treatment, you can choose to educate yourself on the nature of addiction and trace your own addiction from start to finish. You can only go so far on your own though when it comes to understanding the unique nature of your own addiction.
Without talking to a therapist or addiction specialist, you won't know how to challenge your own long held beliefs and personal issues. Being around others who are going through the recovery process is also very helpful at this stage. At home, you're also more likely to get distracted by old triggers that will stand in the way of your recovery.
Getting the right kind of support from others.
If you're going through recovery at home, you will definitely need the right kind of support from friends, family members, and anyone else who will be in your life on a daily basis. Without support, recovery is not possible.
One of the great things about getting into a rehab program is being immersed in a supportive environment where the focus is on healing and recovery. Everyone there plays a role in the recovery process, from the staff members, to the therapists and doctors, to the other patients.
You get support from your therapist at an individual level and also build relationships with the others there who are going through the same experience as you are. This kind of experience simply can't be replicated at home.
Finding a variety of methods to support your recovery.
An at-home treatment program is also limited when it comes to providing various effective methods for treatment. Staying at a rehab facility means you can participate in a variety of activities that are valuable to your recovery and can be tailored to your unique needs.
Individual psychotherapy, group therapy, social activities, physical activities, arts and crafts, and educational discussions are just some of the helpful activities that you can participate in during a rehab program. There is also continued support available for after you leave the program.
These come in the form of aftercare programs and groups, as well as outpatient treatment. With an at-home program, you may feel you have limited resources. Or you may complete the program, and then be left asking yourself: what's next?