Residential Treatment

Separate yourself from the stress and triggers of your everyday routine in a safe and supportive environment with San Diego’s most comprehensive residential treatment program at the Mental Health Center of San Diego. 

Levels of Care

What is Residential Treatment?

The residential setting at the Mental Health Center of San Diego allows for a thorough form of treatment that provides clients with the support and relief they need. A residential treatment center (RTC) is a facility with a staff of certified healthcare professionals that provides 24-hour care in a community environment.

Clients have access to regular therapeutic sessions that specifically aim to address thinking patterns or challenging automatic thoughts that lead to drug use. 

What to Expect From Residential Treatment

As part of their daily routine, patients in residential care are expected to adhere to a weekly plan of wake-up and bedtime and group meetings, tasks, and mealtimes.

There are numerous techniques for psychotherapy. They include DBT, CBTeye movement desensitization and processing (EMDR), yoga, healthy eating habits instruction, positive coping strategies, relapse prevention techniques, and other general life skills. Individually, patients receive various therapy options tailored to their personal needs at a treatment center. Therapy sessions last five to six hours on average each day, depending on the treatment facility.

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Forms of Residential Treatment in San Diego

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), successful treatment methods should be individualized to the individual’s needs and preferences. Residential treatment programs are available in a range of sizes and configurations.

Short-term Residential Treatment

Residential treatment programs for a limited time offer strict but temporary treatments. These programs often last a few weeks to a few months.

Long-term Residential Treatment

Long-term recovery programs are less intensive than short-term rehabilitation programs, requiring more extended stays in residential treatment facilities. Comprehensive interventions are provided in these settings, which may involve using medicines and therapy and support services such as job training, tutoring, and speech therapy.

Therapeutic Communities

Therapeutic communities are a sort of long-term residential treatment in which residents live for six months to a year or more. These programs are designed to help clients develop positive attitudes, self-concepts, and behaviors that will allow them to accept responsibility for themselves and live productive lives. They frequently use re-socialization as the primary mode of intervention.

Benefits of Residential Treatment

The following are the Upsides of a Residential Treatment:

Benefits of Residential Treatment
1. The Possibility of Relearning

Re-shaping poor habits, outdated tendencies, and unhelpful thought patterns into a healthy daily routine are one of the most important aspects of a mental health residential treatment plan. Having a supportive group behind you when you push the reset button on life might mean the difference between tenacity and inactivity for many people.

Benefits of Residential Treatment
2. Supportive Environment

Severe cases of OCD, bipolar illness, and borderline or dysregulated states are frequently caused by underlying trauma and dysfunctional relationships. As a result, staying in the same environment throughout therapy encourages people to revert to old habits or maintain toxic connections, making a recovery more difficult. We can allow someone to focus on their development with less interruption and distraction by removing them from unfavorable familial or social interactions.

Benefits of Residential Treatment
3. A Holistic Approach

Because maintaining mental health requires changing self-destructive inclinations into constructive habits and thought patterns, a comprehensive therapy strategy should address all aspects of human experience. All mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, contextual, and lifestyle choices are treated with the holistic approach.