Our clients visit us at the lowest point in their lives, when their issues threaten to take away their health, happiness and security. We take each and every case seriously, and we strive to provide the kind of care and attention that can help even the most distressed person find the inner strength and resolve needed in order to build a happier and healthier life. These are just a few of the services provided in our facilities.
People with an addiction may feel as though their substance use and abuse are the source of all of their misery in life. People like this may also be urged by family members and well-intentioned medical professionals to deal with their addiction, in the hopes that all of their troubles in life will disappear when sobriety takes hold. Unfortunately, many people have mental illnesses lurking beneath their addictions, and these issues can make sobriety difficult to attain and/or maintain. For example, the Mayo Clinic reports that about half of all people who have bipolar disorder also have an alcoholism issue. People like this may feel that drinking helps them to keep their illness under control, but drinking can also:
- Lower inhibitions, making mania symptoms worse
- Deepen depressed feelings
- Increase the risk of suicide
- Interrupt sleep
Our treatment facilities provide therapies that can assist with both addiction and mental illness, at the very same time. Therapies are designed to help clients understand how their multiple issues can strengthen and support one another, and how they can both be controlled. Some of our clients know that they have a mental illness issue, as they’ve received care for that condition in the past. But those who don’t may benefit from our comprehensive screening process. At the beginning of the treatment program, we provide all of our clients with testing, designed to uncover any mental illness that might stand in the way of a recovery. With this testing, even people who didn’t know they had a mental illness could get the help they need.
Drug Addiction Treatment
Adolescents aren’t the only age group that tends to dabble in the use and abuse of addictive drugs. Adults can also develop complex and damaging relationships with all sorts of addictive drugs. Some adults begin to use and abuse prescription medications that were designed to help them with one specific problem. Other adults move into the use and abuse of illicit drugs they buy from dealers on the street. Both sets of people need help, and our treatment facilities stand at the ready to provide that assistance.
Our programs can provide an in-depth detoxification program, allowing people to stop abusing substances without enduring painful or life-threatening complications. When that process is complete, we can provide in-depth therapies that can help people to understand their addictive tendencies and learn how to keep their urges under control. Our facilities operate under the 12-step model, and we encourage our clients to incorporate the steps into each and every day, but we also utilize scientific treatment principles in order to help our clients heal on a physical level.
Addictive drugs are certainly dangerous, but another terribly dangerous substance is lurking in almost every home in America: alcohol. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, nearly 4 percent of all deaths worldwide can be attributed to alcohol, including deaths caused by:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
Stopping the abuse alone can be difficult, as alcohol is readily available almost everywhere, and it’s socially acceptable to drink while doing almost everything. People who are working to recover may find it difficult or impossible, as the drug is quite hard to avoid. Our programs can provide the respite that people need in order to see their problems clearly and make a commitment to lasting change. Our programs also provide extensive aftercare support, so people who complete them and feel a relapse coming on when they’re at home once more have a resource to tap into in order to help them to heal.
Not all addictions are chemical in nature. In fact, many people develop addictions to specific behaviors, including gambling, surfing the Internet and consuming pornography. These behaviors may seem like benign hobbies, but they can have a real impact on a person’s mental health, if they’re done compulsively. For example, in a study in the journal CyberPsychology and Behavior, researchers found significant depression in people who used the Internet pathologically. People like this may find it hard to stop their behaviors, even though they may desperately want to do so, and their health and happiness may suffer as a result. Our treatment programs can help.
In a comprehensive addiction treatment program, we help clients understand the chemical changes that can lie beneath an addiction like this, and we help clients to form new habits and new behaviors that don’t support an unhealthy relationship with any kind of behavior. We utilize the 12 steps of recovery in these programs as well, encouraging our clients to think of their behaviors as true addictions, and we also help to pinpoint and treat the mental health issues that can be lurking beneath an unhealthy attachment to a specific act or behavior.
Living with an addicted person can be incredibly difficult, but some families may not know what words to say in order to convince the person they love that help is needed. These families may also believe, incorrectly, that a confrontational intervention is best, as they may have watched television shows and movies that relied on a confrontation in order to elicit change. While a study in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse suggests that people given a confrontational-type intervention are more likely to enter treatment programs than people given other types of interventions, there are people who can respond negatively to this kind of conversation. People like this may yell, scream or even react with violence, and they can damage their relationships with their families yet further with this behavior. If they handle the talk alone, they may even get hurt.
Our facilities can provide intervention assistance to families, so addicted people can be approached in the proper way, and families aren’t torn apart in the process. Our network of trained professionals can utilize a variety of different intervention techniques to reach people in need, and they can educate families on the importance of loving, calm conversation in the process. Sometimes, a confrontational intervention really is best, and an interventionist can stay involved to make sure that the talk doesn’t end badly. But sometimes, a more educational, supportive, conversational approach can bring about more intensive changes, whether or not the addicted person gets care, and our interventionists can help families to craft these conversations as well.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Some of our clients can succeed in inpatient programs. Here, they step away from the day-to-day concerns of home and they take the time to really deal with their thoughts, habits and behaviors. Some of our clients find that leaving home is just too difficult, however, as they have too many demands on their time and too many responsibilities that they just can’t find help for. Some of our clients also have deep and nourishing ties with their families, and leaving those ties behind could be detrimental to their long-term success. Clients like this might benefit from our intensive outpatient treatment programs, as they provide very sophisticated and comprehensive care, while allowing people to continue to live at home.
Our intensive outpatient treatment programs require an almost-daily level of treatment for clients. They may be asked to participate in individual therapy, group therapy, support group meetings and more in these sessions, and they may also have extensive homework sessions to complete. The work is hard, and it can be time-consuming, but it’s designed to surround the client with the culture of healing, so real changes can take place and real healing can begin. Our therapists are adept at motivating our clients to participate, and those who do may achieve remarkable results, all while living at home.
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If you’d like to know more about the care provided in our treatment facilities, or you believe you may know of someone who needs our help, please call. We have admissions counselors available to take questions or referrals around the clock.