My daughter was in the hospital for three weeks for treatment of OCD and anxiety. I was allowed to visit daily in the evening and she was allowed to call me twice a day. I needed permission to take her off hospital grounds when I visited and I did this during her second and third weeks. I was too afraid if I took her offsite during the first week that I would not be able to get her back. Sometimes we would go to a local McDonald's or for a walk on the beach or the local park. She was permitted home on weekends to practice the new CBT skills she had learned and she would then go back on Monday. The hospital also offered a support worker to her integrate back into school upon discharge, but I didn't take them up on the offer--I was able to do that myself.
This was an exceedingly difficult time for her, for me and for our entire family.
She did not want to seek treatment in the hospital. She was terrified. But she also knew that the way she was living was unsustainable (unable to attend school or leave the house being so consumed by illness). By posing the question, What's the alternative? and lots of discussion I was able to persuade her that this was going to be a good thing.
The first weekend she came home she was furious with me and I could barely get her back on Monday. She was miserable. The second weekend was much better. By then, even though it was very hard for her, she was beginning to see the benefits of treatment. For the first time in a long time, there were limits on her OCD and she could function much better.
Like you, I was terrified. I looked at it like this: if my daughter had diabetes, or chronic eczema, or Chrohn's Disease and none of the standard treatments were working, and our GP advised me that she needed to be hospitalised, I wouldn't have blinked. In our case, there was no alternative and I simply could not let her continue to suffer in such pain.
She is in recovery now. Attending university, lots of friends, part-time job, etc. I'm not sure she would be where she is today without the treatment that she received in hospital. Life gets better.
Post any time. Ask anything you want. I will continue to be here to help you through it x