With all of the different methods available for alcohol rehab, why is inpatient a better choice than outpatient rehab? First, let's discuss the difference between the two. Inpatient alcohol addiction treatment means that the person undergoing treatment lives in the physical place or facility that is doing the treatment for the duration of their program. There may be follow-up after discharge which occurs after the inpatient program is complete, but the inpatient portion of the program will occur where the person is sleeping and spending their days. Inpatient programs vary in duration, therapies and methods of treatment used. Detoxification and withdrawal management typically take place in inpatient settings. Outpatient means that the person undergoing treatment visits a facility for their treatment but then is able to leave that location to return home, or return to work. Their treatment takes place at regularly scheduled times and utilizes different therapies and counseling.