Residential Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment - Which is Right for Me?



Those who suffer from chronic mental illness are all too familiar with the fact that regular treatment and maintenance of one’s mental stability is a necessary part of life. Even still, there will be times when your mental health suffers a setback and you experience a period of significant instability. These bouts of extreme emotion or irrational thinking could benefit from an increased level of care such as residential treatment as opposed to continuing to attempt to stabilize in your traditional outpatient setting. Let’s look at some compelling reasons why you may want to consider a course of residential treatment for your mental health disorder during times of imbalance.


First, a stay at a residential treatment facility removes you from the aggravations and stresses of your daily life. For those struggling with mental illness, even the smallest of irritations encountered at work or at home could send you spiraling into paranoia, depression, or paralyzing anxiety. By separating yourself from these triggers, you are better able to focus on getting back to stability in your mental health. Should you choose to enroll in residential treatment at Evolutions, stabilizing your mental health will truly be your only responsibility, as all your other needs will be taken care of by our attentive and compassionate staff. Clearly this is a far better alternative than attempting to recover while engaging in your normal daily routine and responsibilities.


Not only does residential treatment separate you from life’s daily triggers, but it places you in direct daily contact with your counselor as well as a therapeutic community. Having such unrestricted access to professional help during this difficult time will undoubtedly aid your ability to recover from this period of instability in a quick and lasting manner. Our clients are often surprised at how helpful the therapeutic community is to their recovery process, as often crucial insights into one’s irrational thought patterns come from those who have experienced similar patterns themselves. This constant proximity to those who are interested in helping you recover your mental health and wellness could make the difference between a strong foundation in mental stability or a weak, halfhearted return to minimal functionality.


Residential treatment is obviously a more extreme course of therapy than that of a traditional outpatient setting. However, this increased level of care is often beneficial to those suffering from a difficult period in their mental health, allowing them to focus entirely on recovering from this unstable state of mind. At Evolutions Treatment Center, we have established and refined treatment programs for a variety of mental illnesses in pursuit of our mission to help anyone suffering from mental illness live their best lives. If you are on the fence as to whether a course of inpatient residential treatment would benefit you, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and let us help you determine the best way to get back to your ideal life!


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