Mental health treatment is often complex and may be delivered in several settings. The most intensive treatment options include inpatient treatment or residential programs where you live at the campus where you’re being treated. Outpatient mental health programs offer a more flexible approach that’s less disruptive for many patients. If you’re dealing with a mental health crisis, having the option to live at home while getting treatment can be very helpful.

When you participate in an intensive outpatient program in Florida, you might spend 5-6 hours per day in treatment, but you can spend the rest of your time at home. The freedom and flexibility of an outpatient program may allow you to continue working and getting support from friends and family while receiving the care you need. Plus, outpatient programs often have evening and weekend availability.

Nearly one in five U.S. adults experiences a mental illness, highlighting the need for more care options. At Restore, the program we offer is designed to meet you wherever you are on your mental and emotional wellness journey. When you enroll in one of our outpatient programs, we help you develop a treatment plan, manage any side effects and start living a happier life.

Inpatient or Outpatient: Making the Choice

While rehabilitation is more commonly associated with substance abuse disorders, it can also be helpful for those with mental health conditions. Many of the same issues can plague those with addiction and mental illness, including an inability to find and keep work, take care of themselves and maintain healthy relationships with friends and family. Long-term care isn’t just for the elderly; it’s also effective when helping those with a mental illness achieve stability with minimal side effects.

Our treatment is available as an inpatient or outpatient mental health program. During inpatient rehabilitation, patients live on our campus, eat meals cooked on-site and have limited contact with everyday stressors. Taking a break from your commitments and getting the benefit of a structured environment with plenty of built-in support can help patients see more rapid results during treatment. While there’s no specific timeframe for completion, most people are ready for discharge after about a month.

Most mental health is provided outpatient. Outpatient care is a less rigid and formal ongoing care for many patients that starts after they complete a residential program. For those who don’t need the round-the-clock monitoring of a residential program, outpatient typically offers many of the same benefits but with more freedom. You can live and work wherever you like and make arrangements to meet with a therapist or psychiatrist at times that fit your schedule.

What Is Outpatient Mental Health Treatment?

At Restore, our program offers outpatient mental health programs at different intensity levels. Both partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs are available.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs may be offered as an alternative to a residential treatment program. Patients spend most of the day in active treatment when participating in a PHP, but they don’t live at the treatment facility. Typically, treatment starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. on weekdays. Weekend and evening options may be available.

During PHP, patients may struggle to balance work and the 25-30 hours a week spent in therapy. However, they’re expected to focus almost solely on their recovery path.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Patients with mild mental health issues or those who’ve completed a residential program or PHP may be ready to switch to an intensive outpatient program. During intensive outpatient treatments, patients often attend therapy and treatment sessions three days a week for a total of 15 hours.

Intensive outpatient programs let you gradually get back to normal life while still getting the support needed to manage your mental illness.

Sober Living and Aftercare

A sober living program might be a destination for those who aren’t ready for all normal life stressors. Sober living houses aren’t just for those with substance use disorders. These homes are designed to help those who’ve completed a residential program gradually become accustomed to normal life.

At home, bad habits and disrupted routines could lead to a relapse. Having some extra time before moving back can be helpful. By letting patients rejoin their friends and family slowly, the sober living component of our program helps them regain their independence, but not at the expense of their recovery.

What Makes Outpatient Treatment Effective?

The most important component when comparing programs for addiction and mental illness treatment is the length of time you can remain in treatment. Longer treatment is closely correlated with longer periods of stability and less risk of immediate relapse. Our program is designed to last as long as you need it. In addition to our outpatient programs, we offer aftercare that gives you the tools you need to handle reintegration into your normal life.

Starting an Intensive Outpatient Program in Florida

Cost is one of the biggest barriers for many people seeking mental health care. However, due to changes in the law with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are required to offer similar levels of medical and mental health care. With these changes, most insurance companies offer more extensive coverage for mental health services than ever before.

Most private insurance plans cover rehabilitation. State Medicaid programs also offer mental health rehabilitation, partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs. In most cases, your out-of-pocket costs are minimal, though you may have co-pays when privately insured.

There may be alternative options for mental health for those without insurance, such as support groups and group therapy sessions offered for free. Those with co-occurring substance abuse disorders and mental illness might benefit from programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

Seeking Help From Restore

Even with access to quality mental health care, seeking treatment can be challenging. While society has become more accepting of a more holistic approach to wellness, some stigma still applies to mental illness. It’s tough to admit to friends and family that you might need more help than they can give. Our program isn’t a substitute for a solid support network. Instead, it offers you a way to build an entirely new network with people who have a better understanding of the challenges you face. There’s no need to go it alone when you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar or other mental disorders.

If you or a loved one is facing a mental health crisis or needs someone to talk to, we can help. Restore offers both inpatient and outpatient opportunities for treatment, so you can stabilize with assistance from caring and empathetic mental health professionals. Get in touch with us today to schedule an assessment and start developing a treatment plan tailored to you. Call us at (877) 594-3566.