Residential vs. Outpatient Treatment

Advantages of Residential Treatment for Teens

Many families struggle with the idea of sending their daughter away for treatment. Parents struggle with guilt imposed on them by family members and friends. Parents can also impose a great deal of guilt on themselves. Yet for some teens, residential treatment is the best possible intervention.

As a general rule, it is a good idea to place teens in the least intensive intervention possible. Residential treatment should never be the first intervention used with teens. Whenever possible, teens should be treated at home.

But if outpatient therapy has not been successful, you should consider residential therapy. Residential treatment is also a good option if teens act in a way that puts their lives at risk. Teens' educational needs are another important consideration. Some teens' needs can best be met in a residential setting. 

In residential treatment, teens temporarily live outside the home. They receive intensive supervision and round the clock supervision by trained staff.

Because of the level of care involved, residential treatment can be costly. Don’t let that stop you from seeking treatment. Treatment may be fully or partly covered by insurance. Discovery Ranch for Girls can help you find out more at no cost or obligation to you. There are also treatment loans available at a low-interest rate. 

When deciding whether residential treatment is right for your daughter, here are some things to consider.

Disadvantages of Outpatient Treatment

  • Your daughter knows that a therapy session will last an hour or less.
  • There is no disruption of unhealthy behavior patterns.
  • If your daughter has been pressured into therapy then she is unlikely to be engaged in the process.
  • Your daughter may not trust her therapist. She may see her therapist as an extension of parental authority.

Advantages of Outpatient Treatment

  • Family members can see your daughter whenever they want.
  • Your daughter can practice the techniques she learns in therapy while at home.

Disadvantages of Residential Treatment

  • Many teens and their families find separation from the family difficult.
  • Residential therapy is more costly than outpatient therapy.
  • The residential therapeutic environment is somewhat sheltered. As a result, your daughter will need help transitioning to a healthy transition back home. 

Advantages of Residential Treatment

  • Your daughter will not be able to continue her negative behavior pattern. It is difficult for anyone to change when they feel comfortable. The home environment may play into bad behaviors.  Residential treatment will disrupt her life in the best possible way. 
  • Your daughter will be in an environment that focuses on the therapeutic process.
  • Your daughter's therapist will be able to observe her in a variety of different settings. This will allow the therapist to get better insights into the problems she faces.
  • Your daughter will rely on her therapist for things that don’t exist in an outpatient setting. This allows a strong therapeutic relationship to develop at a faster pace.
  • The therapy is more intensive, so your daughter will make more progress in less time.
  • Your daughter will experience many different therapeutic interventions. Her therapist will be better able to customize her treatment.

Each form of treatment has its own advantages and disadvantages. Whether residential treatment is right for your daughter is one of the most difficult choices a parent can make. You do not have to make the choice alone. One of the representatives can help you find all the necessary information. Please contact a representative at 855-667-9388. The call is confidential and does not represent any obligation.

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