Former patient finds relief through Rogers’ continuum of care05/22/20 03:03:pm
The partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs at Rogers offer a continuum of care for patients leaving inpatient or residential, which our outcomes data shows to be highly effective. In the middle of the pandemic, one former patient found herself reflecting on her mental health journey and how important stepping down to an IOP was to her success.
“I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on past experiences regarding my mental health and I wanted to share with you all; as a way to thank you but also in hopes that my story will one day help someone else,” the former patient explains.
She had struggled throughout her life with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and OCD. After her mental health began affecting her physical health as well, she reached a breaking point.
“One night, after a severe panic attack sent me to the hospital, I checked into Rogers inpatient unit in Oconomowoc. Despite the fears that I had, I decided that I needed to take advantage of this opportunity because when it comes down to it, in order for treatment to be successful you need to have a desire to get better. While I was there, they gave me every tool I needed to succeed. The staff was non-judgmental, understanding, and empathetic. But they also reiterate the fact that what you get from treatment is dependent on what you put into it.”
Following her discharge from inpatient, the next step was attending a Rogers outpatient program, which she states was both challenging and beneficial.
“It’s a great transition and helps you with real-world application of all the things you learn. I’m not going to tell you that I’m ‘cured’ and life is great all the time. I still struggle with a lot of the things I mentioned before. Some of those things will never go away, but I continue to relentlessly work on my mental health and I give Rogers a lot of credit for helping me establish the foundation, motivating me to live differently, to not live in constant fear, and to face my problems head on. As cliché as it sounds, you guys quite literally saved my life.”