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Originally Posted On: https://www.wishope.org/2020/03/12/7-reasons-why-inpatient-might-be-right-for-you/
It can be difficult to stop and say, “I need help.” It can feel extra tough to do so if others rely heavily on you for basic needs and support. Still, the reality of suffering from mental illness and trauma doesn’t simply go away with time. Emotional labor needs to be carried out to ensure triggers are recognized, and healthy coping mechanisms are set in place.
When mental illness and PTSD go untreated, the symptoms only get worse. It’s easy to make an excuse and say, “I can’t lose my job.” It can be even more challenging to say, “but what about my kids?” But the goal here is to recognize that you can’t fully function and take care of anything outside of yourself without taking care of you first.
HERE IS A LIST OF REASONS WHY INPATIENT/RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS MIGHT BE THE NEXT STEP FOR YOU.
- You Matter: The thought of entering an inpatient program might feel scary or even selfish, but it’s just like the safety instructions on an airplane. You have to put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others because if you can’t breathe, you won’t be able to help anyone else. Choosing an inpatient program falls under the same principles, and it means you matter and are ready to put your healing before anyone and anything else. You can’t take care of your kids, your family, or your clients unless you can take care of yourself. Above all else, you deserve to get the help you need to live the life you envision for yourself without mental illness and addiction calling the shots.
- Removes Outside Distractions: Sometimes to fully heal, we need to remove all external distractions. It may feel challenging to do, but think about getting a massage. If you get a massage on the side of the road in a major city, you might benefit from some of the physical manipulations. Still, you wouldn’t be able to immerse yourself in the relaxation component. Therefore, you’d be getting a massage without all the benefits of a massage. Inpatient aims to cultivate an environment where nothing can distract you from getting healthy. You don’t have to worry about cooking dinner for the family, you don’t have to worry about getting your kids to school, and you don’t have to worry about work. All you need to focus on is you.
- Immersion is Key to Healing: Just like the concept of removing outside distractions, being immersed in a residential program means you can stay focused on your healing. You don’t have to stop the therapy session and start again next week. You can stay connected to your new path and ensure you are getting the time and space to process your experiences and your healing. Processing is key. Inpatient allows for monitored processing, so you are safe and supported throughout the entire journey.
- Reset Your Mind in a Safe Space: When we are working through trauma, we need a safe space with trained professionals to make real progress. With that said, out-patient therapy might not be enough. When you come to a residential treatment program, you are immersed in an environment with people who understand triggers, trauma, and addiction. Residential programs can help you gently reset your mind without the possibility of continually getting triggered and stressed from conflicts and responsibilities in the “real world.”
- Trained Professionals: We may have a good therapist and some great supports in our family and friend circle, but nothing compares to 24/7 support from licensed medical professionals who understand your struggles and want to help you succeed. Inpatient and residential programs offer this type of support and so much more. No matter where you’re at emotionally, someone is there to support.
- Community Support: Not only will you have caring professionals by your side, but you will also be a part of a community of others just like you who want to empower themselves and release their past. Hearing and sharing with others who know what you’ve been through and who are working through the same emotional blocks can be just the thing to help get you back on your feet. You’ll create life-long friendships and good support groups because of inpatient and residential programs.
- Nothing Else is Working: Maybe you’ve tried the self-help books, therapy sessions, or even an out-patient program, but nothing is working. If this is the case, the next step could be an inpatient or residential program. Full-time treatment can offer a lot of opportunities other programs can’t. It might be time to pause life for just a bit and solely focus on you. If nothing else is working, it’s time to try something new.
Whether you’ve been to a treatment program or not, residential recovery may be the best option for you. There are always a million reasons not to do something, but when it comes to health, we have to start putting ourselves first to ensure we live a life of health and happiness. We can’t heal if we don’t actively put in the effort.
Finding the right facility can take time, but if you’re ready to take control of your health and your happiness, WisHope Recovery might be the right fit for you. Located in the natural beauty of Wisconsin, WisHope offers a personalized path to recovery. Even in the darkest depths of our addiction, hope is available for those willing to work hard. Come to WisHope and find a community of like-minded people ready to support you on your journey. For more information, give us a call at 1-844-947-4673.