When struggling with severe mental illness, substance use and/or an eating disorder, sometimes therapy or attending a program on a daily or weekly basis isn’t enough. In these cases, more support is provided through residential treatment.
- Clients eat and sleep at the facility
- Professional care is available 24/7
- Therapy sessions are provided in a structured schedule
As a general rule, residential treatment involves staying at a facility dedicated to treating mental health, substance use or eating disorders. Guests have around-the-clock care or a supervisor available. There is also participation in regular treatment sessions, such as counseling, group therapies and more.
Who Can Benefit from Residential Treatment?
Sometimes, residential treatment is a good option after an inpatient hospital stay. Perhaps there was a crisis in which they were contemplating harming themselves or others. Once stabilized at a hospital, residential treatment may be the next step in a healing journey.
Other times, residential treatment is a first-line therapy. Perhaps an unstable home life or the pressures of their job and commitments are closing in on them and they cannot get the help they need by remaining in their home. When this is the case, residential treatment may be an option.
It’s important to contact individual treatment facilities to determine the medical conditions in which they specialize. There are often medical facilities across the United States that focus on treating different conditions specifically, such as an eating disorder or other health condition.
People in residential treatment may have a variety of medical conditions. Examples of these may include:
- Mood disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Personality disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance use disorder
Residential treatment facilities offer care for these and other medical conditions.