Here’s What You Need to Know About Rehab Choices

Friday, August 26, 2016 | 7:36 pm

jim&familyStruggling with an addiction is always an incredibly tough thing to do, and when looking into rehab possibilities it is important to make the right choice.

You will need to decide whether inpatient or outpatient rehab is the best option for you or your loved one in need of help. An inpatient program requires that the patient checks in to the facility and remains there throughout the therapy process. An outpatient program lets the patient stay at home under the condition that they attend regular visits to the clinic.

Inpatient rehab allows the patient to focus only on getting better, without the distraction or temptation of the items or substances they abuse. It is however not very social and can sometimes be a quite lonely experience, far away from family.

Outpatient rehab on the other hand, allows for a social life and the possibility of maintaining a job during the therapy process. It is also cheaper and easier on the patient. However, being in an open environment makes the temptations more available and the patient is more prone to relapse. On the other hand, it may provide access to a strong support network that empowers the patient.

What it boils down to is a balancing act, where the main thing to consider is the severity of the addiction and how serious of a treatment is needed and the personality and personal circumstances of the patient.

At Impact House in Pasadena, they believe that addiction as a multidimensional disease that requires medical, psychological, and behavioral treatment and a strong support network. They offer both in and outpatient treatments, regular therapy sessions and a clinical model based around the 12-step program. They believe that with the right combination of interventions, therapies, and social support, anyone with addiction can abstain from drug and alcohol use for the rest of his or her life.

Impact House has two locations in Pasadena. Inpatient: 1680 North Fair Oaks Avenue (626-798-0884); Outpatient: 1450 North Lake Ave, 2nd floor (626-564-4240). If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction, contact them today. Also check out their website at



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