In this post I want to try to answer some of the common questions that pop up in regard to someone anticipating a visit to a residential treatment facility. Please take the time to read the first two posts in the blog as well, which provide additional insight into what it’s like to have a stay at one of these facilities.
Your Questions and Concerns:
How Long is My Stay? How Will I Pay?
The length of your stay at a residential treatment center depends on many variables. First and foremost will depend upon whether or not you have insurance that will cover it or not. Some insurance companies will only cover you for a month, or perhaps 90 days total. Some will continue to cover you depending on the feedback from your counselors and therapists. Some, unfortunately, will fight foot and tooth to not have to help you out, even thought you’ve been paying their fee for years. If you don’t have insurance, then that means you’ll have to foot the bill yourself. This is called “Private Pay” and means it’s coming out of your pocket directly.
Other variables unrelated to payment have to do with whether or not you were court-ordered and how your behavior and progress goes while you are in treatment. The sooner you are “healed” so to say, the sooner you’ll discharge and go home. However, these therapists and counselors are experienced and know when someone is faking it as well. That will only extend your stay. The best thing to do, for yourself and in the interest of shortening your stay, is to take your treatment very seriously.
Will I See My Family?
The short answer is Yes. If you are an adult and are not court-ordered, then you can leave at any time you want, but this might mean breaking your treatment contract. But if you are in a situation where you can’t leave, you will still have opportunities to see your family during family therapy sessions, furloughs where you can go home for a day or a few days or even a week, and other events such as holidays when family is welcomed to come celebrate. There are opportunities, but these can be restricted if they are determined to not be appropriate for your treatment at the time or if you can’t be trusted to not break the rules.
What About My Education?
If you are a college student, you will have to pause your education for now. If you are in middle school or high school, then if your length of stay will be more than 60 days (I believe, this may not be accurate but it is a close figure), then must be provided with education as to not disrupt your schooling progress. Some treatment centers have teachers coming in, teaching and leaving homework assignments, and some have full blown schools with principals and a faculty. If your stay will be long enough to cause a disruption, then education will be provided!
Are All of the Centers Wilderness Style?
No, but I prefer these types myself. They provide a simplification of lifestyle so that you can really deal with your treatment and issues, versus being distracted with all kinds of other nonsense. There are kinds that are not wilderness-based and the entire campus is air-conditioned and indoors, of course featuring outdoor sections as well. Much of this depends upon the age of the clients and whether or not they are free to come and go as they please.
How do the Ages and Genders Mix?
For adults, gender usually isn’t an issue. But for teenagers, many treatment centers will separate the two completely. Some allow for a mixed milieu but I wouldn’t recommend it for that age group. It will provide a huge area for entertainment and a way to move the attention and energy of the patient away from treatment, which is ultimately a waste of time.
If you have other questions that we’ve not addressed, please email them in and we’ll add them to this list with an answer. Thanks!