acquiesce - June 10th, 2021

Inpatient vs Outpatient Rehab

Are you concerned about the substance abuse or addictive behaviour of yourself or a loved one? Choosing the right kind of help for your addiction is crucial for getting on the road to an effective recovery. In this guide, we’ll be looking at the different treatment options including inpatient vs outpatient rehab and which is best for you.

At Acquiesce, we understand that each individual and their addiction is unique which is why we have different rehabilitation options available to suit your circumstances.


Regardless of whether you choose inpatient or outpatient rehab, detoxification is the first step to recovery for many substance addictions. Removing the substance from the body is an important starting point and our Detox programme facilitates the safe removal and manages the withdrawal symptoms. 

At Acquiesce, we arrange a residential detox because going ‘cold turkey’ without the right kind of help can be incredibly dangerous for those who have become reliant on a substance to function and could result in withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, which can be fatal when handled incorrectly. 

Whilst some people swear by the cold turkey method, it is recommended by the NHS that you seek professional support from a treatment centre when quitting a substance you are addicted to. This is due to the way in which your body can become physically dependent on drugs and alcohol and cutting off the supply too quickly could also result in more extreme withdrawal symptoms including seizures and even life threatening syndromes such as Delirium Tremens. 

Not only are these risks incredibly dangerous, such intense side effects can cause you stress and discomfort, making you more likely to start using the substance again in order to ease the symptoms. This is called a relapse. 

At Acquiesce, we can arrange a detoxification placement for you which supervises the quitting process and the withdrawal that follows in a safe environment, helping you to manage the symptoms and avoid a relapse. 


We understand that alcohol, drugs and gambling are frequently used as a method of coping with negative feelings, experiences and mental health issues. The Residential programme targets the root issue of your addiction by offering a combination package that includes the 12 Steps and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based approaches. 

This type of treatment offers a recovery focused code of behaviour to live by whilst teaching new skills and offering resources that help to treat the addiction in day to day life on a practical level after you have left rehab.

Our social and leisure activities also allow you to have fun during your rehabilitation stay and can help you to make supportive connections with others in recovery.

Our Facilities 

At Acquiesce, we provide private, residential rehabilitation at our treatment centre located in Bolton. Our private and luxurious accommodation offers an urban recovery model that helps you to integrate into the community during your recovery.

We do this because many individuals have found that the favourable conditions of rehabs such as manor houses in the countryside help with the initial detox but fail to prepare them for the reality of everyday life once they leave the rehab facility, leading to relapse. We aim to make the transition as smooth as possible, mitigating the risk of a relapse and increasing your chances of a drug-free life moving forward.

Our Accommodation:

  • Luxurious, spacious single occupancy rooms with double beds. Some rooms offer en suites or there are bathrooms shared by a maximum of one other person
  • Maintained garden area
  • Spacious living area and kitchen with all modern amenities, pots, pans and crockery. All you need to do is purchase the food and cook it
  • Housekeeping service
  • WiFi access

Treatment Facilities

Our combination package includes the 12 Steps and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based approaches, which we believe compliment each other excellently. As part of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, we focus on two aspects: Spiritual and Social. 

This involves taking part in exercises and workshops such as yoga, meditation, healing therapies and social and leisure activities including walks, swimming, cinema, bowling etc. Our Core Programme uses a structured psychosocial treatment timetable during the weekdays and a less formal structure at weekends. Transport to and from the treatment facility and accommodation is provided at no extra cost. 


If you have personal commitments such as school runs and family responsibilities that mean you cannot dedicate all of your time to the Residential programme, or if you are concerned about being unable to leave the facility as you please throughout the programme, you might want to consider our Dayhab programme. 

This programme is flexible to accommodate you, including your commitments such as childcare, business etc… We plan the treatment around your individual circumstances to ensure there is less pressure on top of your recovery.

This programme is non-residential and offers local treatment, allowing you to build your way to recovery in your local area. This can be very beneficial to support long term results as learning how to cope with different circumstances in surroundings that are familiar to you and ones that you will continue to live in means you continue to follow the advice and code of behaviour after you have completed the programme. can continue.

Whilst a rehab in the middle of the countryside can feel like a nice break, once you return home and the reality of everyday life is restored, you may find yourself struggling and relapse as a result. 

During the dayhab programme, you will have weekly one-to-one sessions with your Recovery Practitioner, an introduction to 12 Steps and many more approaches. This programme is offered in 4, 8 or 12 weeks and depends on your circumstances. A full assessment and aftercare package is included, making sure you have the right resources to continue your recovery after the programme. 

Whilst the standard Dayhab treatment is between 09:30 and 16:00, from 5 to 7 days a week, you can discuss and agree upon your commitment with a Recovery Practitioner before the treatment starts. Once you have completed the treatment programme, you will have a personal and comprehensive relapse prevention plan and on-going support as part of the aftercare that is provided as standard.

Which Programme is Best for Me?

When discussing your addiction with a recovery practitioner during the consultation here at Acquiesce, they work with you to determine whether you have a severe or less severe addiction, limited or adequate social support, a stable or unstable living situation and other health conditions. 

With this information, they will help you come to a conclusion on whether inpatient or outpatient (Dayhab) is most suitable for you and your circumstances. Usually, for more severe addictions or for those with less social support and unstable living situations, inpatient, or residential rehab will be more appropriate as this is a more focused and in depth recovery programme.

Get the Right Kind of Support

To start your recovery journey, get in touch for a free, confidential consultation with one of our helpful team members at Acquiesce or find more help and advice here.

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