I recently completed an intensive inpatient OCD treatment program. It was a huge step for me, and one I was initially very nervous about taking. But I’m glad that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and made the decision to do it.
The program involved medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure response prevention (ERP). With the support of the staff, I was able to let go a bit and truly focus on what needed to be done in order to get better. It wasn’t easy most days, but it was worth the effort because I could see real improvements throughout my stay.
I’m now finding that some of those hard-earned lessons are making their way into my everyday life, which is really exciting! The biggest takeaway from my experience is understanding that although relapse is always a possibility no matter where you’re at with your recovery process, it’s important not to forget all the progress I’ve made. Continuing to practice the skills I picked up while in treatment can help prevent going backward and help set me up for success in the long run.