This can be a tricky question, as you everyone’s individual experiences with addiction will vary. However, there are a few guidelines that may be useful when informing your decision and weighing your options.
Outpatient addiction therapy does allow far more flexibility. If your family, school or work obligations do not allow you to leave for a month at a time, you may want to consider outpatient therapy, as this method will allow you to return home at the end of the day. This approach can also be more cost effective.
That said, inpatient therapy does provide many benefits that outpatient therapy does not. Some which overwhelming tip the scales in favor of inpatient or long term stay programs. This is especially true if you have been in rehab previously or if your form of addiction involves a physical dependency. In extreme detox situations, such as with severe alcoholism, withdrawal isn’t simply uncomfortable, it is outright dangerous and without 24-hour medical attention during this process it can be deadly and the risk of relapsing during the detox process can be exceptionally high.
If you live in a negative home environment or you are working out a dual diagnosis or comorbid conditions, you may also benefit greatly from a stay at an inpatient facility.