Whether a person realizes it or not, a mental health and addiction treatment center may have a huge impact on his or her health and overall well-being. These facilities do more than just mask the problem. They delve deep and look at the problem from all aspects and then treat it from all aspects.
Mental Health Treatment
Mental health treatment consists of one or more different treatments. For instance, a patient may have to undergo psychotherapy. In some cases, more than one type of psychotherapy may be recommended. The main type of therapy prescribed is talk therapy, which is when a professional speaks to the patient. He or she talks to the patient about behaviors, thoughts and feelings. This is in an effort to improve the person’s sense of self-worth and overall well-being as well as to get to the source of the problem. For certain mental illnesses like anxiety and phobias, the patient may go through exposure therapy. Group and family therapies allow the person to be around others to try to correct the problem. The group therapy consists of the patient being around others who have the same mental health problem. On the other hand, family therapy is when people who are close to the patient come in and talk about the patient’s problems in order to resolve issues and for the patient to have additional support.
The patient may be given alternative remedies to try to treat the mental health disorder. These are remedies like yoga, exercise, art and music that cause the patient to focus on something besides his or her problem. The yoga acts as something to keep the patient focused on in addition to being a way to manage stress in a natural way. Meditation does the same since it causes a person to learn to focus and rechannel anger or anxiety.
These methods may not be successful for all patients. In some cases, a patient may need drug therapy. A professional who specializes in mental health will be able to prescribe the correct drug or combination of drugs to treat the problem and the underlying problem(s). The medical professional will take into account current medications the patient is on, allergies and anything else that may affect which medication should be prescribed. The medical professional will be able to change a current drug regimen if it isn’t working correctly or enough.
Mental health treatment may be for people with the following conditions:
- Anxiety of any kind including generalized anxiety disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Borderline personality disorder, just to name a few
Addiction recovery is beneficial for anyone who has been abusing alcohol, prescription drugs or recreational drugs. Generally, these people are the ones who are unable to quit on their own and whose addiction is impacting their health, job, social life or relationships.
The treatment begins with getting the patient to cooperate and begin the detoxification process. Because detoxing from certain drugs like alcohol and benzodiazepines can be deadly, the healthcare staff will monitor the patient carefully during this time. Certain medications may be prescribed to get the patient to detox more comfortably whether these drugs are given to relax the patient or to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal. Even if the drug doesn’t typically lead to death during this process, medications may be given to ease the withdrawal symptoms such as the nausea, vomiting and other unpleasant side effects. Some drug addictions don’t require a medication to combat the withdrawal symptoms. In fact, for substances like marijuana and cocaine, the withdrawal isn’t as serious and can be done without the use of a drug or even a detoxification process.
The next step of the process is to talk to the patient and get him or her to share about the addiction. This includes the medical profession discovering when the drug or alcohol abuse started. It will help to identify what triggered the addiction. Ultimately, this can assist the person is moving forward in life by learning to cope without drugs or alcohol.
The process may include the patient learning strategies to learn to cope and focus on other hobbies or interests. Throughout this portion of the treatment process, the patient will learn what triggers the drug abuse and ways to avoid these situations. Ultimately, this portion of the treatment is to redirect a person’s thinking patterns and make changes to their behaviors that will ultimately bring them closer to living a sober lifestyle.
The patient may be put in a long-term program that includes group therapy to remain sober. Sometimes with drugs like heroin, a maintenance program may be implemented to prevent a person from relapsing.
An addiction program can help with the following:
- Gambling addiction
- Drug addiction including heroin, cocaine and meth
- Sex addiction
- Various other addictions
Dual-diagnosis treatment is for those who have a drug or alcohol addiction in addition to a mental health disorder. These people may abuse a substance to relieve the symptoms of a mental health illness or the mental health illness may have developed from the drug abuse. Dual-diagnosis treats both problems as interrelated in order to better combat the issues.