Everything You Need to Know About Mental Health Rehab

Have you ever been curious about inpatient mental health care but lacked the courage to inquire about it? You may have pondered it for yourself, or you may have done it for a friend. Or you may be curious about what to do in the event of a crisis related to mental health. Whatever the reason, we are here to answer some of your questions.

What is Inpatient Mental Health Rehab and Why is it Necessary?

Inpatient treatment involves spending time overnight at a facility that specializes in mental health treatment.

All necessary medical care is offered under one roof at inpatient rehabilitation facilities. It is possible that they have medical professionals on staff and mental health professionals and support employees of various kinds.

Suppose you or a loved one are struggling with significant issues related to mental health and require a high level of care for safety, compliance with therapy, and supervision. In that case, inpatient treatment is typically the most effective course of action.

In the same way that medical treatment is a continuum designed to move you through it, mental health care is not a classification system that distributes care depending on your type of person.

And when your mental health symptoms become too severe for you to manage appropriately, inpatient care is just the type of treatment required.

What Types of Mental Health Rehabs Are There?

Voluntary care

When a person realizes that their mental health is negatively impacting their ability to function in important aspects of their life, enrolling in a treatment program may be the most prudent choice. Patients who seek help at these treatment centers are allowed to address issues related to their mental health in an atmosphere that is free from the stresses of day-to-day living and is characterized by safety, security, and support.

The framework of voluntary programs is comparable to that of mandatory programs, despite the fact that voluntary programs are less rigid. Options like counseling and encouraging healthy behaviors are encouraged.

Patients are free to leave a facility on their own if it is a voluntary facility. It is strongly discouraged, especially when the patient is in the middle of a treatment plan; yet, there is no way to prevent residents from checking out against the advice of the medical staff. 

Involuntary care

The general public’s conception of involuntary care is more closely matched with that of mental health rehabilitation. People do not attend these facilities of their own volition; rather, they are compelled to go there by courts or law enforcement officials.

The doors to these kinds of institutions are typically secured so that patients are unable to leave. There may also be extra safeguards in place to ensure the safety of the residents, such as surveillance cameras installed in each room. These limitations are especially important in the event that it was determined that they posed a threat to either themselves or others. 

What To Expect From Mental Health Rehab

​​Although treatment services and specific methodologies vary from one inpatient mental health program to the next, there are a few aspects that seem to be consistent across the board, regardless of whether the program is voluntary or involuntary. The things you can generally expect include: 


​​Structure is of critical significance in all types of treatment programs, but it is more prevalent in inpatient settings for the delivery of mental health care. To facilitate results, residents are held to a strict schedule during the day in mental health rehab. The framework will remain relatively the same even if the programming and scheduling will shift slightly from day to day. This strategy may appear to be limiting, but its primary goal is to offer those who are going through therapy a firm basis on which to build.

Support and encouragement for healthy habits

It is very uncommon for people to neglect their healthy routines when they are in the midst of battling issues related to their mental health. The diet gets poorer, exercise routines are abandoned, sleeping becomes more erratic, and taking care of oneself is no longer a priority. The process of getting one’s life back on track is frequently the primary focus of therapy programs.

The majority of programs, both voluntary and mandatory, place a significant amount of focus on the restoration of healthy behaviors. Each resident will get at least eight hours of sleep each night, and they will be encouraged to eat a diet that is both clean and healthful and is rich in minerals.

Some programs also include an emphasis on physical activity, such as exercise or physical therapy, so that residents can reap the endorphin benefits associated with physical activity.

Individualized roadmaps for treatment

​​When someone first checks into a treatment program, they may participate in a preliminary individual session. During this phase of the evaluation, a trained psychologist or psychiatrist will work to gain a deeper understanding of the condition or conditions at hand, as well as previous life experiences that may influence a diagnosis, prior attempts at treatments, medical history, medications being used, and anything else that may influence the course of patient care. Following the gathering of this information, a treatment roadmap is developed.

Individual and group therapy

Sessions of group therapy may serve either the patient’s therapeutic or educational needs or both. Their intention is to assist you in understanding your symptoms and teaching you how to deal with them effectively. Additionally, they will assist you and the people in the group in experiencing feeling noticed and understood. Accepting both yourself and your illness as they are might help you take the first steps toward recovery.

You can better understand the circumstances that led to your mental health crisis and hospitalization with the assistance of individual therapy provided by an inpatient facility. Through these sessions, you may learn what occurred and how you might recover from it. They will also assist you in putting together a successful discharge plan with the rest of your clinical team and identify goals for ongoing therapy in the community.

What are the Benefits of an Inpatient Mental Health Rehab?

Inpatient mental rehabilitation gives you the chance to receive treatment that is both efficient and tailored to your specific requirements. There are plenty of other benefits, too. 

A focus on getting better

You will be able to put your day-to-day obligations on hold so that you may concentrate on your mental health if you choose to become an inpatient. This includes relationships on a more personal level. If you prioritize taking care of yourself, you may make significant strides in improving your health, which will in turn allow you to better meet the requirements of others around you.

The removal of triggers

The term “trigger” refers to behaviors, environments, or other stimuli that can make it more challenging for you to manage a mental health condition. It could be a certain person or a particular circumstance.

You will have a better chance of having a successful recovery if you remove yourself from stressful situations and situations that could be considered triggers. Developing ways to properly cope with such triggers is also a necessary part of this process.

Daily, individualized treatment

You engage in daily therapy sessions with the members of your treatment team in order to lay the groundwork for your eventual recovery. There is no squandering of time here.

This makes it possible to engage in a wider variety of therapeutic approaches, such as individual, group, and family therapy. There is also the possibility of incorporating holistic and alternative therapy.


Detox is beneficial for patients who have been managing their mental health condition with the use of addictive substances such as drugs or alcohol. Under medical supervision, you are able to withdraw from the substance safely, thereby reducing the likelihood that you will relapse.

Emotional safety

Individuals who are coping with severe issues related to their mental health should feel emotionally protected. Your support group is available to you around the clock so that they can assist you in dealing with unreasonable concerns and thoughts that are spinning in your head. They can also help you cope with the needs of self-inquiry, giving you the opportunity to examine the causes of your symptoms in a risk-free environment.

Who Should Consider Mental Health Rehab?

People who find themselves in any of the following circumstances may benefit greatly from inpatient care:

  • You are at risk of suicide
  • You present a risk to other people
  • You are showing aggression and out of control behavior
  • Your medications are no longer working effectively to help keep you safe
  • You are experiencing delusions or hallucinations
  • You are neglecting your basic needs

If you or someone you care about is experiencing these risk factors, instant help is available. Learn more about Peaks Recovery’s Inpatient Mental Health Program today.

Medical Disclaimer: Peaks Recovery Centers uses fact-based content about recovery treatment, addiction medicine, and behavioral health conditions to improve the quality of life for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction or mental health disorders. This information is not intended to replace professional medical guidance, diagnosis, care, or treatment. This information should not be used as a substitute for advice from a qualified healthcare provider and/or your physician.