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Inpatient Versus Outpatient

To find the right cocaine rehab, first pay attention to personal needs. Need complete immersion to tackle drug cravings or addictions to multiple drugs? An inpatient program free from distractions is a good option. Need a way to meet current responsibilities while still managing drug cravings? An outpatient program with daily or weekend sessions gives people new skills while still allowing them time at home or work.

Sometimes, insurance coverage is a factor when choosing between the options. Patients who received outpatient treatment and then relapsed qualify for inpatient treatment because they need more intensive therapies. Someone addicted to cocaine for a short time with limited symptoms qualifies for an outpatient program. Anyone considering treatment should seek medical counsel to receive a diagnosis and determine the best way to handle detoxification.

While cocaine addiction is not new to the United States, new factors affect how people use the drug. Use actually fell between 2006 and 2010 as cocaine supply was limited and prices on the street skyrocketed. Today, cocaine use often goes along with opiate use – a trend spiking the number of cocaine overdose deaths, especially those including prescription pain relievers and heroin.[1]

Inpatient Treatment

The Canyon in Malibu, CaliforniaOne of the first ways to decide if inpatient treatment is right is to think about how strong drug cravings are and how much of day-to-day life involves drug use. Residential treatment centers offer round-the-clock care during cocaine detoxification and then follow up with intensive counseling and support. Patients with severe addictions, for example, a person with multiple symptoms affecting all aspects of his life, need longer-term treatments in a residential facility to learn and practice the skills necessary to live sober.[2]

It’s also common for people with severe addictions to have co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression or an anxiety disorder. Mental disorders often lead people to a cocaine addiction or make the addiction worse. It’s important to treat both the addiction and mental disorder at the same time. This gives patients the chance to fight cocaine cravings while getting treatment for depression symptoms or other conditions. Otherwise, learning to live sober is more difficult than necessary.[3]

Total immersion rehab also offers 24-hour support from members of the therapeutic and medical team as well as peers going through the same thing. A residential facility separates patients from the negative influence of drug-using friends and a lifestyle devoted to drugs.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient facilities give patients the ability to return home each day after spending time in individual and group therapy sessions.

The amount of time a patient spends in outpatient therapy varies, but usually begins with intense daily sessions for a few weeks that later shift to weekly or less regular sessions.2

In addition to outpatient sessions, patients also sign up for additional support with a 12-step program, alternative therapyor personal therapy sessions. Some outpatient programs allow time for a work and school schedule, while other programs are too rigorous for a daily schedule. All programs require patients to remain drug and alcohol free throughout treatment.

Which One is Right?

The decision between inpatient and outpatient treatment should be made based on symptoms. People who have relapsed or have trouble functioning need inpatient treatment, while those with less severe addictions benefit from outpatient therapies.

Personal responsibilities often keep someone from residential treatment. A person who might lose his job if he takes time off or someone with dependent family members who need regular care benefit from the flexibility of outpatient care.

For someone with a severe addiction, however, the time spent in dedicated treatment is crucial. Without adequate therapy, it’s likely a person’s addiction will get worse, making it impossible to keep a job or care for children over the long term.

Treatment at The Canyon

The Canyon, in Malibu, California, offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment for cocaine addiction. Our admissions coordinators offer advice about the best options for your loved one and answer questions about health insurance coverage. In addition to treatment options, The Canyon also offers residential sober living services.

If you or your loved one requires treatment, we can help. Contact us today.


[1] National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2017). Opioids are driving increase in cocaine overdose deaths. Retrieved Feb. 13, 2017 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2017/02/opioids-are-driving-increase-in-cocaine-overdose-deaths.

[2] NIDA. (2016). Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction. Retrieved Feb. 13, 2017 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction.

[3] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Disorder. (2016). Co-occurring Disorders. Retrieved Feb. 13, 2017 from https://www.samhsa.gov/disorders/co-occurring.

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