Coping with Life After Residential Mental Health Treatment
Choosing to enter a residential treatment program for mental health issues or drug and alcohol abuse is a major decision and, for many, a step in the right direction for a better life. However, once the program is completed, it can leave you wondering what’s next. Leaving a residential treatment program can be scary and can bring about a whole host of questions and concerns. This is especially true if you have become reliant on the staff and other patients for support; in many instances these individuals have become family to you.
Treatment Program: Lauren Hardy M.A., writes on the behalf of The Refuge which is committed to providing the highest level of trauma, addiction, and mood disorder treatment.
MA, L. (2014, April 17). Coping with Life After Residential Mental Health Treatment, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, July 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/mentalhealthtreatmentcircle/2014/04/coping-with-life-after-residential-mental-health-treatment
Author: Lauren Hardy, MA
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I found my own groups to connect with and then finally changed therapists and that has made a huge difference. I would suggest prior to going that you do extensive research on exactly where you are going and discuss what kind of follow up you will need. When I look back, it was actually more traumatizing than if I had had better treatment at home. But there are some excellent programs out there.but have a plan in place for your return. It wasn't until afterwards I really learned how to process...as I spent most of the time scared. So make sure you are really prepared and understand what is expected and the follow up. Just my opinion.
You are completely correct. My problem is I can't even get the help that will give me a shot at being well and healthy. It's clear to my treatment team what I need but they don't know how to make it happen. Medicare is stupid to not cover residential treatment because in the long run it costs them more money. I'm not getting the help i need now and so I'm still not working and still on medicare, disability, and the like. Whereas if I got the proper treatment and support I could eventually move off that stuff and pay taxes and have my own insurance. In this country though you only seem to be able to get real therapeutic treatment if you are mega-rich. Some residential treatment centers claim to offer financial help or scholarships, but you generally have to pay for a certain length of stay on your own first. Living on under $900 a month it's completely impossible for me to do so. It frustrates me to see people who need and want the help have absolutely no way to access it. It's there, it exists, but it might as well be on the moon for all the good it does me.
Group homes are covered under medicare or medicaid, but I've worked in them and they provide custodial care, not treatment. I don't want to be baby-sat. I want the treatment I need to get past the issues cause by childhood sexual abuse so that I can go and live a life. When did treatment become not treatment but just baby-sitting unless you are lucky enough to have money?
I am with you on this subject. It is extremely difficult to want and need the treatment, know the type or kind of treatment that best fits with your individual situation, and NOT have a way to get it!
I honestly believe if I were able to open up my own treatment center, the focus would be on empowering the people to NOT feel like sick patients, putting them to work or a purpose of some kind, nutrition, exercise, compassion, and MOST Importantly, having an AFTERCARE coach/buddy/mentor to "BE THE BRIDGE" between mental health departure and entering back into the real world. This is where MOST mental health (and substance abuse people) populations fall between the cracks! There is not proper 1-2 year after care for anyone! It is a new business awaiting to be put into place. As it does not exist, except for the Rich and Famous who can hire out @ 5000 a month or more for a personal life/spiritual/health coach.
I wish you the best,