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The 3 Types of Psychological and Behavioral Health Care

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The 3 Types of Psychological and Behavioral Health Care

Are you drinking more than ever? Maybe you want to quit but can’t… or you are experiencing unhealthy withdrawals. Perhaps you are thinking negatively and don’t have the hope to go on. Many people struggle with addiction and mental health issues, so you are not alone. There are three types of psychological and behavioral health care to consider when choosing a program to suit your needs: inpatient (or residential), partial hospitalization programs (PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Each treatment plan has its own schedule and benefits.

If you are seeking mental health care for yourself or a loved one, you are not alone. Please understand that, according to the National Institutes of Health, in 2020, 9.1 million American adults received mental health treatment for a serious mental illness. Keep reading to learn more about each type so you can start living a happier and healthier life.

What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

An intensive outpatient program allows you to continue living at home while receiving specialized treatment specific to your needs. You get one-on-one time with a therapist and/or psychiatrist to help guide you through your recovery.

IOP means you undergo therapy programs for several hours a day, multiple days per week, for many weeks. Likewise, a regular outpatient program will still have you attend therapy several times a month, but not on such a constant basis as IOP.

Your time commitment will vary depending on your diagnosis and the amount of time you think is necessary for recovery. Either way, you get to stay at your own house and continue with your daily commitments, such as work or school, while going through this type of mental health care.

What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

In a partial hospitalization program, you must spend part of your time in a treatment facility. However, it is a less intensive form of complete inpatient treatment. Also, you’ll be required to go to multiple therapy sessions a week but can live in your own home. Thus, it is a blend of both inpatient and outpatient, in a sense.

PHP would benefit recovering addicts who require more therapy than a traditional rehab program. You’ll get one-on-one sessions with a therapist in a safe environment where you can detox properly with the help of medical professionals.

What Is Inpatient Treatment?

While commonly provided in a healthcare setting, inpatient care is the best option for those who need structured, around-the-clock care. Patients stay at a mental health facility with 24/7 supervision and support from doctors, nurses, therapists, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals. Many people undergo detox during inpatient treatment and learn the skills necessary to live a prosperous life. Depending on your diagnosis, you may stay in residential treatment for days or months. Whether you are suicidal or dealing with substance abuse, staying at a mental health hospital removes you from the triggers of everyday life that affect your recovery from mental illness or addiction.

Some inpatient programs include:

  • 12-step programs
  • Medication management
  • Individual, group, and family therapy

What Happens in These Programs?

In each of these three psychological and behavioral health care options, you’ll undergo counseling sessions to help find the root of your addiction or mental health struggle. Therapy will also help you discover coping mechanisms to stay away from drugs or keep you from having suicidal thoughts. You may receive medication or go through a detox program to help cleanse your body of drugs. Some programs offer an alternative therapy to keep you on the right track, even after treatment. Ask about music programs, equine therapy, art workshops, holistic options, and more. There is help available for everyone, so if you feel you require support with mental health or addiction, many recovery options are available.

Picking the Right Psychological and Behavioral Health Care

Choosing a mental health program to best serve your needs can be complex and confusing. You may think you won’t qualify or can’t afford it, but these programs are available for everyone. Many facilities accept insurance to help curb the costs, and you can often get a free assessment before creating a personalized treatment plan.

Even though you should consider the time commitment, affordability, and lifestyle when choosing the proper healthcare, your diagnosis will help determine if you go do inpatient, outpatient, or partial hospitalization. It depends on where you are in the recovery process, whether you can leave work for outpatient treatment, and if you care for other family members. Inpatient treatment is necessary for people going through intense substance abuse or those with recurring suicidal thoughts. Suppose you are having difficulty with everyday life, struggling with addiction, or suffering from severe bouts of depression. In that case, you may benefit from inpatient treatment before going to outpatient in the coming months.

Start Recovering Today at Palms Behavioral Health

We offer all three types of psychological and behavioral health care. From substance abuse or alcohol addiction to mental health issues, there are treatment plans that will help you recover. You are capable of leading a happy and healthy life starting now. Contact us for a free assessment, and you will receive an individualized treatment plan that focuses on your particular needs.

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