In an outpatient program, you go home at the end of the session. You return to your daily life. Then, when it’s time for the next session, you return.
Inpatient treatment is just that: you stay there. You’re at the facility day and night, 24/7. So, even with remote considerations, those entering inpatient treatment are required to step away from their families, their jobs, their education, and so forth.
With outpatient treatment, however, the patient can continue to go to work, to go to school. Yes, they can and should notify their boss, teachers, and the like, but with outpatient treatment, it is possible to receive treatment while meeting your obligations.