Inpatient detox requires that the patient check into the facility and only leave once treatment is over. It is an in-depth, more immersive treatment approach, and therefore, tends to be short. It allows the patient to stay in a controlled environment and have medical and psychiatric supervision 24/7. This service setting is highly recommended for people with severe symptoms or that are a danger to themselves or others.
Outpatient detox is an option for moderate to mild cases. As mentioned, not everyone will experience the most intense withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, outpatient programs only demand that the patient come to the facility for sessions of treatment. The number of visits a week and their duration depend on the patient’s needs. They can range anywhere from 3 to even 6 or almost daily visits. They can also either be short or longer sessions, from 3 to even 8 hours a day.
At home detox is not an option we provide, but an option some people make. Detoxification comes with many risks, which is why doctors often do not recommend at-home detox. Though it might be tempting to stay in and also keep your routine, at-home detox requires more than just will power. It could work, but the chances of relapse are very, very high. And not detoxing properly, might lead to medical complications. Is that really a risk worth taking?