While medication, therapy, and family support are often invaluable in a person’s recovery from mental health or addiction, sometimes a more intense approach is required in the form of residential rehabilitation. These facilities can offer programs for teenagers and adults suffering alcohol or drug addiction as well as a wide range of mental health conditions. These centers will offer a wide range of treatment programs which will be tailored to suit the individual depending on their needs. Here is a brief introduction to the types of treatment which could be included in a rehabilitation program for mental health conditions, substance misuse or addiction.
What is residential rehabilitation?
There are lots of facilities which offer residential or inpatient treatment programs. This means that the patient lives at the center for a certain period of time where they receive 24/7 care. The facilities are available for people recovering from substance misuse, addiction, or mental health problems. Some rehabilitation centers will focus on a particular issue or group such as Ignite Teen Treatment which works with teenagers. In some cases a residential or inpatient treatment program is not necessary, and an outpatient arrangement would be more beneficial. This means the individual will attend appointments or therapy sessions during the day but return to their own home at night.
Types of treatment
Often multiple types of treatment are combined to provide the most effective treatment program depending on the individual’s needs.
Medication or medical detox
There are several options when it comes to mental health medication, and it may take some trial and error to find the right type and dosage for the patient. This is something which is done under medical supervision in a rehabilitation facility. People undergoing a medical detox for substance addiction should also be under medical supervision as complications can arise.
Talking therapy or counseling
Counseling gives patients the opportunity to meet with a counselor or therapist who will listen to them talk about their feelings while helping them to come to terms with their condition. This could include learning to understand their triggers and to develop healthy coping mechanisms which they can use when they return home after rehabilitation.
Some people respond well to experiential therapy which involves the use of activities or props to work through past experiences and emotions. This could be done through role-play, crafts, music, interaction with animals or art.
To ensure that the patient is supported in all aspects of their life, it’s sometimes recommended that family members also take part in therapy either with their family member or just with the counselor. This may help them to gain a deeper understanding of what their family member is going through and how they can help them in their recovery.
How rehabilitation can help
Giving a teenager or adult a calm and safe space with tailored medical care and a break from the stresses and worries of everyday life can be very much like a retreat. With focused care, structure, and supervision, they can focus on their recovery without the triggers they have at home, work or school, and learn healthier coping strategies.
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Hi Anne, it’s good to see mental health being taken seriously and getting the attention it deserves. Being an invisible problem means it’s easy to brush off (by others and not the people suffering). Getting the right help and support is a vital part of learning how to cope.
So true Debbie, it’s a shame that there is so much stigma attached. I feel particularly sorry for young people these days. xx
This is such a great article that I can relate to because I struggled with my sobriety for such a long time. I really love how inspirational you are to others like us! Thankfully I finally figured out my path and I’ll have 5 years sober in August!
Very informative! I believe mental well-being is associated with empathy more than anything. I know an online counseling platform, Calming Streams Counseling, where you’re listened to with empathy, comforted with love and guided towards positivism. Do check it out!
Thanks for sharing this information.
Rehabilitation centers are best places to get rid of addictions and restore the mental health. Very few people recognize that they have a problem when they are drinking too much or facing early stages of depression. This is the best time to seek professional help or even stay at these centers when the problem is in its initial stages.