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Finding Your Ideal Fit: Workshops vs. Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment

December 4, 2020

No two people are exactly the same, and what we need at any given time changes based on circumstances and where we’re at on our journey through life. Some come to one of The Meadows’ programs for intensive treatment for a specific issue. They may be addressing substance abuse, deep-seated trauma, mental health issues, eating disorders, sex addiction, or intimacy issues. Others are already in recovery and are looking for ways to continue the work they began in an inpatient or outpatient treatment program. Still others are simply seeking personal growth or hoping to jumpstart the healing process in a specific area.

How do you know what’s right for you? Thankfully, we’re here to demystify the process.

How do you know what’s right for you? Thankfully, we’re here to demystify the process. We can help you find the ideal fit that not only helps meet your needs right where you’re at, but ultimately can help get you to right where you want to be.

Whether it’s a deep dive into a specific area of growth through a workshop, the dedicated, higher level of care to help overcome addiction or trauma in inpatient treatment, or the time-tested recovery skills that promote healthy relationships and help remove the stumbling blocks for a life characterized by joy, freedom, gratitude and acceptance in outpatient treatment, The Meadows has a place for you.

Is a Workshop Right for Me?

Maybe you’ve hit a plateau in recovery or want to proactively maximize what you’ve learned along the way with concentrated professional guidance. Perhaps you’ve decided to make some positive changes in your life and are yearning for personal growth or wanting to take the next step toward addressing unresolved trauma or grief. Maybe you need help with boundary-setting or are looking to improve your relationships.

Rio Retreat Center can help you in each of these areas with specialized intensive five-day workshops.

Workshop space at Rio Retreat Center“Our workshops have both depth and breadth, providing an unparalleled healing journey which will propel forward movement,” says Executive Director Jean Collins-Stuckert. “It is a naturally therapeutic setting with highly skilled clinicians who will walk alongside you as you deep dive into your process.”

With three categories to choose from — emotional trauma, relationships, and personal growth — it’s the perfect introduction to something emotionally therapeutic or a game-changing complement to someone’s recovery journey in a safe environment.

“At Rio Retreat Center, you can accomplish in five days what might take you a year or two in that 50-minute therapy hour every week. It’s really transformational,” Collins-Stuckert explains.

While workshops are an important investment in your emotional wellbeing, encouraging growth and increased self-awareness, they are not a substitute for inpatient treatment or intensive outpatient programs. If you are currently in active addiction or engaging in self-harm, having heavy suicidal ideation, or have recently exhibited suicidal behavior, workshops are not the appropriate first stop on the recovery journey. Our Meadows Behavioral Healthcare family of treatment programs can help. Then, following a higher level of care and continued stability, workshops can be beneficial resource moving forward.

Is Inpatient Treatment Right for Me?

Whether you struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, an eating disorder, or another addiction that has taken over your life in a way that impacts your health, relationships, employment, and day-to-day life, inpatient treatment allows someone to completely focus on getting healthy without interference from the distractions of everyday life.

Inpatient treatment is not a quick fix, but when someone is struggling with addiction and other co-occurring mental health issues or trauma, they need professional help. The length of stay in inpatient treatment may vary based on a variety of factors, but most of our inpatient programs operate on a 45-day schedule.

This structured regimen includes detox (if applicable) and a wide range of time-tested therapies in both individual and group settings that make up a proven road map for recovery. In our caring, compassionate environment, hurting individuals are able to take the necessary steps to heal and move forward to create the life they were meant to live.

Is Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?

Once inpatient treatment has been completed, transitioning back to self-sufficiency in a world full of potential triggers isn’t easy. For others, their issues may not require an inpatient level of care, but treatment is needed. These are realities the team at The Meadows Outpatient Center not only understands but is trained to address.

Focused on fostering the development of someone who has struggled with addiction on a more flexible schedule, the goal of outpatient treatment is to diagnose and address the emotional and behavioral obstacles to long-term recovery and help someone develop the life skills necessary for a joyful, productive life free from dependency issues. And since recovery is a lifelong process, not a one-time snapshot, a focus on relapse prevention is an important component, along with inviting family members, when appropriate, into the process.

Before anyone begins outpatient treatment with us, they undergo a careful screening process to make sure they’re ready for this step. A higher level of care may be a prerequisite, depending on the results of your assessment.

Finding Your Perfect Fit

You may notice that you can’t register for a workshop at Rio Retreat by filling out an automated form. Instead, we speak directly with each individual, discussing your goals and any other issues you may be dealing and answering any questions you have. This ensures the title you’re interested in will benefit you and meet your current needs. If it’s determined that you need a higher level of care, we can set up a free professional assessment that will give our admissions specialists all the information they need to make recommendations for inpatient or outpatient treatment.