Statistically, residential treatment is the most effective method of care for those suffering from substance abuse or severe cases of mental illness. The particular type of treatment that works best for you will depend on the type of mental illness or substance abuse problem that you have, the severity of the problem and various other factors. It is very common for a patient to spend time in a residential treatment facility first and then move on to continue their care in an outpatient treatment facility.
Most of the time, residential treatment is most effective when mental illness related symptoms are not easily controlled with medication, when treatment from an individual healthcare provider or treatment professional is not effective or when there are multiple conditions being treated at the same time (dual diagnosis). For mild substance abuse or mental illness related conditions, outpatient treatment is typically an effective option for care. Severe mental illness such as schizophrenia and similar disorders as well as serious cases of substance abuse such as heroin addiction or similar conditions are best treated in a residential treatment setting.
Each residential treatment facility is different but the core practices that these facilities will impose are typically very similar. Each facility will focus on helping the resident to health emotionally and physically from their mental illness or substance abuse problem. A residential treatment facility may include substance abuse counselors, psychiatrists and psychotherapists, pharmacists and primary care physicians, nurses and social workers. These professionals work together to provide around-the-clock care in a safe and secure environment.
Treating Co-occurring Conditions
Residential treatment is the primary method of treatment for people who suffer from co-occurring conditions. Research shows that treating multiple conditions, such as mental illness and substance abuse or two distinct cases of mental illness such as anxiety and depression, is most effective when performed by a multidisciplinary team in a residential treatment setting. An estimated 45% of those who suffer from mental illness suffer from more than one disorder. Many suffer from substance abuse related problems as a result of trying to self medicate.
While treating co-occurring disorders can be rather difficult and complex, there is help! Residential treatment can effectively diagnose and treat multiple disorders under the same setting. It is very common for a patient to be aware of their mental illness or of an addiction but to not realize that one fuels the other or that there are actually multiple problems at hand. During a mental health assessment, a treatment professional will often realize that the patient not only suffers from mental illness but also from other co-occurring disorders. Upon this assessment, the determination may be made to admit the patient to a residential treatment program
When Other Treatment is Ineffective
When other methods of treatment, such as medication, therapy and counseling don’t seem to be working, it may be time to step up the care to something more intense like residential treatment. While nobody really wants to spend time in hospitalization, sometimes residential treatment is the most effective means of care and can fast track the recovery process effectively helping you to heal and get back in control of your life much faster than with outpatient care.