Addiction rehab options – in-patient or out-patient

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Addiction treatment for YOU

Choosing between in-patient or out-patient addiction rehab facilities can be a difficult decision for some, as each can have its benefits.

Deciding to put drug and alcohol use behind you can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, but know you never have to be alone and that there is always someone to support you. Making the decision to get sober is and will always be the hardest part, but staying committed to you decision is imperative for continued success.  To help you with deciding whether in-patient addiction treatment or out-patient addiction treatment is the best option, we have broken down the pros and cons of each.


In-patient addiction treatment in the GTA is an intensive program for individuals while staying at a facility. During this time, patients are able to receive continuous care and high-quality treatment from qualified professionals including medical doctors and nurses, psychotherapists and addiction counsellors. 

Some of the many benefits to in-patient addiction treatment include:

  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Holistic therapy
  • Outdoor therapy
  • In-patient rehab is essentially a full-time job until program completion. Most programs run from approximately one month to three months.


On the out-patient side of in-patient vs out-patient, you do not live in our facility during treatment. Instead, you’re able to live in your own home and attend scheduled meetings or individual counselling sessions. Depending on your precise circumstances, you may continue with your regular schedule, such as work or school.

Since out-patient rehab offers far more access to drugs or alcohol; blood, urine and breathalyzer tests are quite common. You may also be required to meet privately with a doctor to receive medications for mental health or to help manage your withdrawal symptoms. Out-patient programs also provide a wide selection of resources for the individual, which may require additional decision making. As a result, the person must have strong determination and always be striving for optimum results.

In-patient vs Out-patient – Which Approach Is Better For You?

Both in-patient and out-patient approaches offer benefits and drawbacks.

Choosing an in-patient addiction treatment is the best option for many people as it allows them to step away from their regular responsibilities of daily life to reflect and refocus on their health and overall wellness. This program is beneficial for individuals to have access to group meetings and daily counselling sessions to focus on recovery and have the added benefit of having an invaluable support team available to them 24/7.  It also limits their external stressors and access to drugs and alcohol. 

On the downside, in-patient programs cost more directly and indirectly. The program itself comes with a higher price tag and because of the “live-in” style, the individual is unable to work throughout the program.

A benefit of out-patient programs is the lower cost paired with the potential to keep working. You also see your support network on a regular basis, which is highly beneficial and required for ease throughout the program.

The drawbacks of out-patient programs are very serious. You cannot leave your stressors behind. Avoiding drugs and alcohol is difficult. Both of those factors increase the odds that you may relapse.

You are also farther away from medical care if your withdrawal symptoms become life-threatening.

Making the Choice

When making the choice, you should give strong preference to the recommendation of your doctor or a mental health expert. They are in the best position to understand your needs and circumstances. Beyond that, you must consider your own personal and financial circumstances.

Drugs and alcohol do not need to control your life. You can take back control with help from a rehab program like those at The Farm! Contact us today at 1 877-353-2777 to find out more information on our program options