Residential treatment is the single best option for cases of mental health where extensive care is necessary to achieve a healthy state of mind. While drug rehabilitation is a common aspect of residential treatment, it’s just one aspect of many tackled in a quality care facility.
Here at Vantage Point, we offer residential treatment packages that are entirely tailored to each and every patient’s individual needs and circumstances, tackling a host of issues ranging from:
- Substance abuse
- Bipolar disease
- And others
If years in the industry have taught us anything, it is that every case requires our full attention, and that, often, the problem doesn’t lie in a single issue, but a host of related mental conditions. Vantage Point focuses on specialized care and therapy designed to tackle any combination of mental health problems.
Residential treatment is often misunderstood, or surrounded in uncertainty. At times, it’s called the “last resort” for a host of issues – at other times, residential treatment is seen as the first stepping stone to getting better. Understanding what residential treatment entails is important for both the patient and their loved ones.
What is Residential Treatment?
Residential treatment is not strictly inpatient care, and neither is it outpatient treatment. The factors that lead to residential treatment are different from case to case, but the best way to define a residential treatment plan is by its characteristic of taking place in a comfortable, home-like environment.
The point of residential treatment is to provide a relaxing environment where a patient can be surrounded by professional help 24/7 while living with a tailored treatment plan designed to build a patient up for life outside the facility.
Before moving forward with residential treatment as the preferred option for you or your loved one, it’s important to have an understanding of the broader spectrum of mental health treatment.
Understanding the Nature of Treatment
Getting past the hurdles that a mental disorder builds is difficult alone, and for some, near impossible without help. When support systems fail and symptoms worsen, treatment is necessary to first alleviate the dangers of a condition, identify environmental and behavioral factors that contribute to it, and create and plan out a lifestyle that does its best to eliminate the effects of a mental condition, including long-term medication if necessary.
The goal of treatment is never to keep a patient trapped in a cycle of rehabilitation but to propel them towards a path of recovery that they can manage mostly on their own.
Once the realization or diagnosis of a mental health strikes, most people opt to get treatment – but the kind of treatment depends on many factors, including the perceived severity of their symptoms and the potential stigma surrounding mental health. It’s important for both patients and their family to be honest about any and all symptoms when speaking to psychiatric professionals, so the best treatment plan can be devised appropriately.
The Different Types of Treatment Plans
In the broadest of strokes, there are three types of treatment for mental and behavioral problems. Outpatient care is the most common type of treatment and is usually seen as counseling, therapy with a professional, or in some cases attending regular group meetings to tackle things like addiction and be open and honest about the consequences a condition has on life.
However, in some cases, outpatient care is not enough. Sometimes, all it does is allow a patient to vent out temporarily before returning to a life built on a behavioral framework that emboldens and worsens their condition. A big part of successfully tackling mental health issues like severe depression and substance abuse is knowing when outpatient care is not enough, and when it’s time to voluntarily enter residential treatment.
What a Residential Treatment Plan Offers You
To patients, a residential treatment plan presents them with a stronger chance of recovery, in general. Statistics show that the highest percentage of recovery in addiction, for example, comes through completing a recovery program. While outpatient care facilities and support groups offer programs of their own, circumstances can always arise to hinder a patient’s progress, or lead to a failure to complete the program and potential relapse.
In short, outpatient care plans and programs require more motivation and a stronger support system in the form of family and friends to encourage, and in part heavily support a patient’s active recovery, by ensuring they take all the steps to better themselves and combat their issues.
This isn’t always possible. Residential treatment is then meant to be an alternative, or even a primary form of care, for when a patient’s circumstances dictates that they:
- Are unable to continue recovery on an outpatient basis.
- Don’t have the support necessary to complete a recovery program.
- Are stuck in a cycle of partial rehabilitation and relapses.
Residential treatment plans offer various important benefits to outpatient care aside from removing a patient from their typical environment and placing them in the capable hands of medical and psychiatric professionals. Residential treatment plans also offer medicallysupported detox and withdrawal aid in cases of severe addiction, and medically-supported maintenance care for mental conditions.
Furthermore, a residential treatment plan gives facilities and professionals the option to better observe a patient and gain a better understanding of their state of mind, sometimes even diagnosing an additional underlying problem, or allowing them to create a more suitable, tailored approach to recovery with much better chances.
To the support system, a residential treatment plan offers a break from supporting a patient’s efforts to recover, giving loved ones and friends the chance to recharge and also learn more about a patient’s condition through their residential caretakers.
We here at Vantage Point know that recovery only starts at a treatment facility and that it’s up to the patient and the strength of their support to ensure a path to long-term, lasting recovery. That’s why we see to it that the family and close friends gain the information and help they need to better help their loved one, through family counseling and other similar programs.
The Difference between Rehab and Residential Treatment
While they can mean the same thing, the terminology surrounding recovery for addiction and mental health conditions is different. Rehabilitation from addiction often includes residential treatment but refers to the short-term process of taking someone suffering addiction to a point where they are unable to help themselves, to the point where they have been reliably sober, and have the emotional stability and self-esteem needed to remain in sobriety.
Detoxification is yet another term and refers to the immediate physical care of an addict and the removal of drugs from a patient’s system, either after hospitalization or to tackle the effects of withdrawal on voluntary rehabilitation.
Residential treatment, on the other hand, isn’t just helpful in cases of addiction. While addiction often goes hand in hand with other mental health conditions – six out of ten cases involve underlying mental health problems –not all sufferers of depression or bipolar disease also tackle addiction.
For them, rehabilitation refers to a different program designed mostly around behavioral therapy, helping patients change their lifestyle and educating loved ones on reinforcement techniques and methods to build a patient’s self-esteem and get them to the point where they can cope with symptoms of depression, anxiety and other issues with little or no medication.
Behavioral Therapy for Mental Health
Behavioral therapy is important in all forms of treatment, including addiction, but for mental health problems it is best described as a catch-all term for the type of therapy used by mental health professionals to teach and train patients to cope with their condition, through behavioral analysis, social learning, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
At Vantage Point Recovery, every case is unique and receives its own tailored approach. Some examples of behavioral therapy applied in the case of phobias or anxiety include aversion therapy, desensitization, and flooding to lessen the impact of behavioral triggers, and positive reinforcement to encourage the process of recovery.
At what Point is Residential Treatment Recommended?
Residential treatment involves an more hands-on approach towards tackling addiction and other problems with daily activities built around getting better, understanding the triggers and factors behind a patient’s mental health, and building a better life.
But when is it necessary? The truth is that there are no general guidelines for when residential treatment is needed – every facility provides its own assessment of when outpatient care is no longer enough, but a good indicator is the patient’s own state of mind. If outpatient care doesn’t prevent regular relapses or episodes of anxiety, depression and other conditions – then therapy and medication alone isn’t enough – a residential treatment plan can help a patient better understand their condition and learn to live within parameters that make them most comfortable in regards to their condition.
Not all residential treatment plans begin as a result of a voluntary decision. Often, residential treatment is offered as a step-down from inpatient care following hospitalization. If a family feels that their loved one is suffering from an acute episode too intense to be handled through outpatient care, but not enough to warrant hospitalization, then residential treatment or rehab again presents itself as the best option.
Finally, outpatient professionals may be in the best position to tell a patient and their family when the best time is to switch to a different, more involved and intense form of treatment in the form of residential treatment. If an outpatient professional feels that a patient’s support system is collapsing – if their symptoms worsen, and friends and family are emotional drained and too fatigued to properly handle a patient’s needs – then residential treatment is the best option to further recovery and, more importantly, prevent a relapse or a psychotic break.
Again, the golden rule here applies: there is no cookie-cutter answer. Every case is different, and it’s always recommended to approach us here at Vantage Point Recovery to discuss a patient’s issues and the severity of their condition, in order to formulate the best treatment plan.
The Vantage Point Way to Better Health
It’s clear to anyone that the eventual goal to long-term treatment of a mental or behavioral condition is to get better – continuously better. We at Vantage Point know that recovery is a life-long road with countless milestones and quite a few hurdles – and we design our treatments to not only help with the acute issues facing our patients but also with an eye towards the future, building a brighter path going forward.
Our residential treatment plans are built from the ground up for every individual case, with a unique number of options depending on a patient’s situation and problems. We don’t just identify a single issue, and treat it – mental health is an relationship between factors, behavioral and physical, and getting better means tackling all of the problems contributing to a negative state of mind.
Here at Vantage Point, our 24/7 care facilities come equipped with the means and minds to help any patient willing to cooperate with us and follow up every step of the way, from the first stride through the door, to the last day in rehab. And with our help, friends and families can learn how to create a support system that continues to build on the progress achieved during treatment.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our treatment options and facility perks, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our contact page. We’re here to help, and light the path to a better you.