The Benefits of Residential Treatment
In cases of acute mental distress or emotional dysregulation, the benefits of a mental health residential treatment program almost always outweigh the benefits of outpatient services. Here’s why that’s often the case and how PCH can help.
Outpatient Versus Residential Treatment Programs
Before you can understand the underlying benefits of a residential treatment program, you have to differentiate between residential and outpatient treatment programs.
A residential program provides 24-hour supervision and care, and holistic treatment often requires anywhere from weeks to months and even as long as a year. The optimal outcome is that residents remain at the treatment center until they’ve completed treatment on an individualized timeline and feel ready to begin the next stage of recovery by leaving.
An outpatient treatment plan is generally more fluid—both in terms of intensity and duration—than a residential program because individuals have the flexibility to mold treatment around their day-to-day lives. While both programs may provide similar tools, strategies, and outlooks regarding recovery, residential programs are notably more immersive and impactful.
The Benefits of Residential Treatment Programs
Between outpatient and residential, each treatment path comes with inherent benefits and drawbacks, so one isn’t necessarily better than the other. However, different levels of trauma and addiction require a heightened level of care that only residential treatment offers. Understanding the benefits of a residential treatment plan can help you decide if you or someone you care about may need additional help from a full-time community dedicated to your holistic well-being.
The Opportunity to Relearn
One of the most important factors to a successful mental health residential treatment plan is reshaping bad habits, old tendencies, and counterproductive thought patterns into a balanced daily routine. For many individuals, having a dedicated community supporting them as they hit the reset button on life can make the difference between perseverance and indolence. The positive effects often carry long beyond clinical treatment.
When treating severe cases of OCD, bipolar disorder, and even borderline states, a combination of underlying trauma and destructive relationships are often at the root of the imbalance. As a result, remaining in the same environment during treatment encourages individuals to fall back into old habits, hold onto toxic relationships, and potentially give up on treatment.
An Environment of Support
A residential treatment program offers the opportunity to try new things, express complex feelings, and work through trauma in a safe environment. Residents are just relearning and reforming old tendencies alone—they have a community of individuals struggling with the same issues. They can always turn to the support community, where everyone is immersed and invested in the same environment, sharing insights into individual and collective recovery.
A Holistic Approach
Because sustaining mental well-being revolves around reshaping self-destructive tendencies into productive habits and thought patterns, a holistic approach to treatment should touch all facets of human experience. That includes all mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, contextual, and lifestyle choices. However, breaking old patterns and forming new ones takes anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month or more, and the only way to sustain habits is through repetition.
At PCH, we take a holistic approach to recovery and building habits that includes:
- Physical fitness
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
- Group therapy
- Art therapy
- Mindfulness meditation
Often, individuals may be hesitant to experiment with new creative or emotional outlets on their own, but with a group of like-minded people, it’s easier to try new things and build shared habits together.
The Effects of Milieu Therapy
Milieu therapy has become a way to form therapeutic communities around shared trauma, issues, or struggles in order to cultivate a healthier, more balanced worldview. A shared residential environment provides a calmer, less stressful environment where individuals are free from the daily stresses that may be hindering their recovery. Along with sharing their experiences, residents build bonds and friendships, allowing them to test and work out what they’re learning with each other in a safe place.
Time to Reflect
While residential treatment programs focus on healing the individual through community, that doesn’t mean you won’t have time to process and reflect on your own. You still have dedicated alone time to spend with yourself and recharge from time to time. For many individuals, having quiet time alone can provide the space to heal, but that’s not always possible with outpatient programs where there isn’t always that guarantee. Residential programs, on the other hand, offer the space and time away to reflect and get to know oneself better.
Uncover the Next Steps to Recovery With the Team at PCH
If you think a residential treatment program may provide the support you’ve been missing until now, reach out to the caring team at PCH Treatment Center when you’re ready to take the next step.