Defining the Options for Different Types of Treatment

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When a person dealing with mental health disorders or addiction decides to seek professional help, they are sometimes overwhelmed with the treatment options available to them. If they don’t know the lingo, trying to decipher the myriad options can be overwhelming. Some only need bare minimum weekly appointments that allow them to keep their regular work and home life routine. Other options require that a person spend several hours a week attending treatment sessions. Some programs necessitate that a person enters into a residential or hospital setting for weeks or even months. 

Before decisions can be made, it’s essential to understand the different types of available treatments. Consulting with a therapist or physician for input helps to guide a person’s choice. Calling the treatment provider or program will help answer any questions you have. Contact your insurance provider to see what it covers so you can factor in finances. Once you have all the facts, making the decision for treatment that is right for you becomes more manageable. Below is a breakdown of the basic types of treatment available for managing mental health, as well as abuse of alcohol or drugs.

Therapy Sessions

A very common and effective tool in dealing with mental health and addiction issues is engaging in regular appointments with a licensed mental health counselor. The number of appointments needed can range from just once a month to a few visits per week. How often therapy appointments are required depends on the client’s goals, availability, place in recovery, and commitment levels. Many people pare down their number of appointments as they progress with their therapy goals. Ultimately, they may only meet with their therapist when a particular issue comes up and requires consultation or added support.

Outpatient Care

Outpatient treatment allows the individual to stay in their home while attending appointments or programs that require more time than typical therapeutic sessions. Some outpatient treatment includes several regular therapy sessions throughout the week. This option affords the client the ability to keep working or attending school, if necessary, without disrupting their home lives. The cost is often lower than inpatient programs, as well. 

A more time-consuming option is Intensive Outpatient (IOP), which requires a more significant time commitment. Typically, IOP schedules require attending several hours a day each weekday. Some of the daily agenda items may include individual therapy, group therapy, family counseling, psychiatric evaluations, medical treatment, and vocational training. These programs are often preferable to lighter programs, but they do require a substantial degree of commitment. 

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial Hospitalization (PHP) is also a time-intensive program, similar to IOP. These programs usually take place in a hospital or other medical setting but do not require checking into a facility. People who deal with addiction to drugs and alcohol often benefit from a PHP program or otherwise need some level of medical monitoring. PHP programs are typically more costly than IOP and often work in conjunction with the client’s physician in order to coordinate any needed medical care. 

Residential Programs

Residential programs are commonly used when an individual is dealing with mental health diagnoses. People in recovery from addiction often utilize this type of program once they have completed detoxification. Residential programs require their patients to live in their facility, typically making it as home-like as possible. Many programs have just a handful of beds available, which provides personalized attention and the ability to really get to know the other residents. Therapy appointments, including individual, group, and family, are a strong focus. Basic medical care may be provided, too. Such programs are typically indicated in dual-diagnosis clients or those suffering severe alcoholism or drug addiction.

Inpatient Treatment

Similar to residential treatment, inpatient treatment requires a person to live in the facility. The main difference is that an inpatient program is typically housed in a clinical or medical setting. In contrast, residential programs utilize a more home-like environment. Inpatient programs can be an ideal place for people new to sobriety who are still in withdrawal and also have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis. 

Detoxifiation

A person who suffers from addiction to drugs or alcohol is often required to enter a detoxification program before any further treatment can begin. Some places offer only detox, while others provide a detox program that can then be followed up with subsequent options like PHP, IOP, or residential care in the same facility. Detoxification necessitates medical supervision to help the patient deal with withdrawal symptoms and receive medical monitoring. Ridding the body of toxins related to the substances a person has abused allows them to be mentally prepared to begin the next steps of recovery.

When it comes to seeking treatment for mental health and addiction, there are lots of options. If you are new to finding help, it can be confusing to determine the definitions of programs like Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization Program, Residential, Inpatient, and Detox. We can help you understand the choices available and decide what option is right for you. We offer a variety of types of therapies and treatment modalities that allow you to receive help customized for your situation and goals. In addition to typical choices offered by some facilities, you can also take advantage of our yoga, meditation, and breathwork activities. We offer day and evening appointments at our beautiful location by the water in Huntington Beach, California. Silver Lining understands that no program is one-size-fits-all. Call us today at (866) 448-4563 to find out how we can help you get the help you deserve and turn your life around!