Making the decision to seek residential treatment is a brave step. There are a lot of unknowns that can cause anxiety. Mental health disorders can stem from a complex of biological and social factors, and for this reason, they require multidisciplinary treatment efforts. Depending on the severity of the mental health disorder, treatment can occur in an outpatient or residential program. In the case of a co-occurring diagnosis, a dual diagnosis center will be best equipped to offer treatment for all disorders. A well built, serene, and aesthetically pleasing therapeutic setting encourages long-term healing. You deserve a residential treatment setting where every employee is invested in your success. The goal is to find an environment where you feel comfortable, encouraged and safe. The best facilities utilize cutting-edge care, recovery plans tailored to the individual, a comfortable healing environment, and a program that addresses both substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions. You deserve a compassionate, fine-tuned approach to treat the whole person.
It’s often confusing, and hard to know what the “real problem” is when looking for treatment. Mental health issues often lie beneath the surface of an addiction issue. Mental health treatment centers don’t always acknowledge this connection. While these two problems are often intertwined, many treatment programs can’t or don’t address both problems at the same time.
At a good residential facility, integrated treatment leads to lasting healing, which can only occur when all of the problems a person faces are treated at the same time. The best facilities utilize science-based dual diagnosis approaches, which allows for clients to receive truly integrated care. The best facilities address addiction and mental health issues simultaneously. This uncovers underlying issues such as trauma and deep-rooted emotional pain. These serious mental health concerns contribute to substance abuse issues. They lead to relapse if not addressed. Addressing both issues helps you build a foundation for sustainable, long-term recovery.
If a dual diagnosis treatment center is not an option, a standard drug rehab center can work in conjunction with a local mental health clinic or outpatient clinician to ensure that all necessary components of treatment are provided. It is critical to understand that treatment of a mental health disorder without simultaneous treatment of the substance abuse is never recommended. In fact, a medical detox to rid the body of all intoxicants is usually ideal before mental health treatment can commence. After the detox, abstinence maintenance treatment can begin for the substance abuse, and primary care treatment can start for the mental health disorder.
There are many specific options to choose from at a comprehensive residential treatment center. An important trend in treatment is to tailor treatment to drug-specific care guided by experienced professionals. The research shows the importance one-on-one time between patients and therapists. This allows for safe discussion and individual attention. Furthermore, there is great value in the interaction and support that comes from peers. Group sessions may utilize traditional group therapy, structured experiential group work, metaphor therapy and adventure-based counseling. Most quality residential treatment centers ask patients to participate in at least multiple hours of group work and a minimum of 2 hours of individual therapy per week. Thankfully, treatment guidelines like this are adjusted on an individual basis and are reassessed throughout the residential treatment process.
Your recovery may benefit from equine-assisted therapy, or you can opt for quiet time spent reflecting on the beach or some other place in nature. Any and all of these practices address basic recovery issues and move you toward deeper insight and healing. They help you learn and internalize healing concepts of limits, boundaries, self-care, acceptance, letting go and accountability. During a residential treatment stay you can only benefit by trying any and all therapy methods, which can translate into practices that support your personal recovery journey after treatment.