An individual’s journey to recovery can vary. Treatment for mental health disorders is usually long-term and can even be a lifelong process. Individuals who enter treatment, depending on the severity and duration of their disease, may stay in treatment for 30-90 days before they come back into the real world to work on their recovery journey. After treatment, it is common for individuals to feel stressed and lonely and even to have thoughts of relapse. Therapists strongly recommend connecting with the community and participating in support groups, but these things require initiative.
Returning clients who have relapsed
Honesty and taking action after the relapse can help prevent further damage and potentially save your life. Getting back on track and joining a short-term program can be the initial step to being honest about your disorder. Rigorous honesty is paramount in all aspects of recovery. Admitting to yourself and another human being (preferably someone in recovery) that relapse has occurred can be lifesaving. The sooner you acknowledge the relapse, the easier the withdrawal period will be, and the sooner you can enjoy recovery again. We understand that lapses may occur after treatment and this can be frustrating, however enrolling in a short term summer program can help you determine whether you require more treatment down the road or if this short term program was enough to get you back on track in your recovery.
Entering treatment for an eating disorder or mental health disorder for the first time can be overwhelming. Treatment comes with expenses, stress, and many unknowns. Will you get the help you need? What if you don’t like the program? How much can you afford? What if you cannot leave your job or family? These are all commonly asked questions that we ask ourselves when we are considering enrolling into a treatment program. A short-term summer program can allow new clients to get their feet wet without making a long-term commitment. This program can enable individuals to temporarily step away from work or their families and return to their life after two-weeks. A two-week program can also teach clients which therapies work best for them, which types of therapists they connect with and also gives them an idea of the long-term financial costs that are required for a more intensive long-term therapy program.
Providing short-term, intensive and highly focused care can be empowering for the individual client and his/her family and can leave them with options to and tools to pursue further treatment in partial hospitalization or an outpatient setting at another time.