Whether it’s a long-term stay or one that is for a few days, being at a behavioral health center offers several benefits for the body and the mind. When you’re at a North Tampa behavioral health center, you’ll meet with counselors and other professionals who can help you deal with some of the issues that you have in a healthy manner. There are also group settings with other people who are patients in the center so that you can talk to them to find out how they handle their issues as well.
Most centers offer the same basics while you stay there. You will usually have your own room. You’ll have a bed, linens, and items that are needed to take a shower. You can usually bring clothing from home, but there are limits on some of the essentials that you might be able to bring. The limits are set forth so that you are safe as well as the staff and other people who are in the center. Most rooms have a bathroom with a shower so that you feel like you’re at home. Recreation is usually provided. Some centers have animals on the property while others have arts and crafts, games to play and other activities to keep you busy during the healing process. You’ll also be served three meals a day. Some centers allow you to have snacks while others have vending machines or offer snacks to those who stay at the center.
There will usually be someone providing care throughout the day. You won’t have a chance to focus on negative aspects of life. Counselors will meet with you to talk about some of the things that have happened in your life to lead to your behavioral issues while other workers will help with things like getting you back in school, finding a house or finding a job if these things are needed. You’ll stay in the center based on the level of care that you need. There will be time to relax during the day and time to talk to family members. Most centers have days when the family can visit.