The Benefits of Residential Treatment for Depression

If traditional depression treatment services like outpatient therapy or medication aren’t providing your patient with much-needed relief from symptoms, they may be a candidate for residential treatment.

A residential treatment program for depression can offer a personalized healing experience that reflects one’s unique needs and goals for recovery. By choosing to enter residential care, patients benefit from intensive supports that can stabilize your mood, and learn the coping skills you need to manage mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Many treatment centers offer specialized treatment tracks for depression and other mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety), ensuring that you’ll have access to the treatment modalities that are best suited the specific concerns on the patient.

Sometimes, stressors in the home environment can escalate symptoms of depression, and it can be difficult to focus on getting well when busy with all the roles and responsibilities of daily life. But through residential care, patients gain a respite from these stressors, and can, in turn, focus all efforts on your recovery.

What to Expect from Residential Care

With 24/7 supervision and a wide range of treatment modalities to choose from, professional, comprehensive treatment programs can help patients uncover underlying factors that may be contributing to their condition. Since residential treatment programs vary, it is important to choose one that offers a blend of time-tested therapeutic interventions and experiential supports, such as:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medication management services (as needed)
  • Recreational therapy (e.g., art or music therapy)
  • Opportunities for physical fitness (e.g., yoga or gym time)
  • Psychiatric services
  • Case management
  • Discharge and referral planning

Life After Residential Care

As discussed, time away from home can be an excellent benefit of residential treatment. Patients have time to focus on recovery, and, without distraction, fully engage in all the supports that are available.

But what happens after time in treatment comes to a close?

It is crucial that residential treatment centers you refer your patients to include aftercare planning. As behavioral healthcare providers, we know residential treatment is just a drop in the bucket on the road to recovery, and a continuing care plan should start to be put in place as soon as it is appropriate during residential care. As Treatment Placement Specialists®, we believe this is a critical component to offering treatment guidance and work with referents and patients to the best of our ability to ensure aftercare planning is carried out.