A Quick Overview of Trauma Program Levels

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If you’ve struggled to recover from terrible events in your life, trauma treatment might be for you. While not everyone’s life difficulties will warrant the same intensity of treatment, if you experience anxiety in daily living or recurring and intrusive thoughts about a past event, it’s time to get connected to help.

Deciding to pursue trauma treatment is a brave step. The thought of processing trauma can be daunting, but rest assured that once you start services, you’ll have the compassion and support of healthcare professionals on your side.

A decision you don’t have to make alone

When you think you might need trauma-focused services, you don’t need to worry about choosing the right level of trauma treatment on your own. A licensed, professional expert will conduct a clinical assessment to determine the most appropriate trauma program level for your needs, if it’s determined that trauma-focused help is necessary. Generally, these level of care assessments occur onsite with standardized criteria for different trauma treatment levels.

However, if you’re interested in learning about trauma program levels to gain some insight on what to expect, you came to the right place. Here are the levels of trauma treatment available to help you take control of your life and move into the future without fear.

Inpatient programs

In healthcare settings, inpatient means that services are provided 24/7 in a residential facility. These services provide lodging, meals, social opportunities, education and therapy all in the same location for patient safety and continuity of treatment.

Generally inpatient programs are at a higher level of intensity. Individuals may need inpatient treatment for severe mental health concerns or substance use recovery. While inpatient programs are more vigorous, they are also generally short-term, whereas outpatient programs continue for an extended period of time. Additionally, due to the continuous care, inpatient programs are more expensive.

In inpatient treatment you can expect to process events, identify triggers to negative emotions, learn how the body and mind respond to trauma, build coping strategies and so much more. While many areas will be covered, the information will be condensed to fit in a shorter span of time.

Partial hospitalization programs

A partial hospitalization program is a form of outpatient services, meaning that the patients leave the facility overnight and return the next day. Generally, these programs run on a work day schedule, but exact hours and programming will differ by location.

Partial hospitalization programs are helpful for reducing the need for hospitalization or as a transition between hospital care and outpatient services. Generally these services are more intense than other outpatient trauma treatment levels. Programming includes, therapy or counseling, educational components, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and life skills development.

Outpatient programs

While outpatient services are less time commitment than inpatient or partial hospitalization services, they still provide rigorous programming. Think of it this way, because inpatient services are short-term they tend to focus more on mitigating symptoms. Outpatient programming aims to foster skills that make long-term mental wellness sustainable.

Outpatient programming is founded on therapy, but it also includes lessons on job skills like interviewing, resume writing and work etiquette, and life skills like handling finances, organization and time management. Your outpatient programming may also focus on healthy lifestyle habits like exercise, eating, mindfulness practices and positive socialization.

Outpatient programs work towards healing from past trauma while building up a lifestyle that makes recovery easier to maintain for the rest of your life.

Teletherapy

While this programming doesn’t occur onsite, any type of video conferencing for trauma treatment is a form of outpatient services. Often, people have a skewed perception of teletherapy and how it differs from in-person treatment. The main difference is the mode of communication. Other than that, the content of sessions remains the same.

Teletherapy can be a great tool in trauma recovery. If the idea of processing your trauma induces a sense of stress or anxiety, having sessions in the comfort of your own home can be a low-pressure option for getting the help you need.

Treatment at High Focus Centers

If you have experienced a terrifying event in your life, trauma treatment can instill hope and provide healing. High Focus Centers offers treatment specifically catered to individuals with a history of trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The different levels are designed to address diverse patient needs and both include individual and group therapy as well as assistance with medication management.
At High Focus Centers you can get the help you need to process your past and move towards a bright future. Take advantage of the Trauma Enhanced Intensive Outpatient Program and call 800-877-3628 today to get connected.