At Creative Care, we specialize not just in delivering detox and rehabilitation services, but also in treating psychological disorders. This is in part due to the fact that many people who come to us have a dual diagnosis. This means that they are living with an addiction, as well as having a significant mental health problem. It is not always clear, in these cases, whether the illness led to the addiction, or whether the addiction caused the illness. Regardless, we have the facilities and knowledge to assist people who are going through psychological difficulties, whether or not they also struggle with substance abuse.
Many people feel completely alone and isolated when it comes to achieving psychological stability. This is unfortunate, since facilities like Creative Care are there to help people recover on a psychological basis. Indeed, facilities all over the world like our own actually treat millions of patients each and every year. We know from the National Institute on Mental Health that at least 26% of people in this country currently have some sort of mental health disorder. Unfortunately, however, there is still a stigma placed on mental illnesses, which means that many of those who do have a problem never seek help. Indeed, they even keep the fact that they are having difficulties secret for as long as possible. Some of the reasons for this include:
- Worrying that they will be ostracized by their communities.
- Misconceptions on what treatment will entail, and what sort of drugs and medication will be used.
- A fear of losing employment because of their mental health.
- Concerns about being labeled in a certain way, which may stand in their way of developing a productive life in the future.
- Fear of others seeing them as weak.
We believe that mental health is as important as physical health. If there is something going on that you require help with, we will be there to support you. There are no stigmas or labels attached to this, but simple and genuine help to ensure you can achieve the best overall health.
Do You Really Need Help?
Mental illnesses are common and indiscriminate of socio-economic background, gender or ethnicity. There is no discrimination when it comes to mental health. Indeed, there still exists a great degree of stigmatization. However, be believe that an illness of the brain is the same as an illness of any other part of the body. There is no stigmatization of people who suffer from cancer, heart problems or any other physical illness. We believe that there should no longer be a separation between physical health and mental health, as they are both part of the full body package. We are progressive in this compared to the rest of society, who still have a distorted view of mental illnesses. It is as if they still believe that someone who has a psychological difficulty is somehow to blame for this, or that they should just be stronger and deal with it.
Indeed, there is a strong fear of judgment by family, friends, coworkers and so on. This prevents them from looking for help when they need it. Unfortunately, once someone is experiencing a psychological crisis, it is often no longer possible to return to a normal state of mind without actually having help from professionals. Luckily, treatment options are out there if you suffer from a mental illness, so you do not have to go through these things by your own.
In terms of medication, drugs are constantly being developed to help people who have mental illnesses, although it is not a given that you have to take medication. However, these drugs have made it possible to help treat those people who have psychological disorders that would previously condemn them to a life in the asylum. Naturally, inpatient mental health wards still exist for the moments of sever crisis, but this is no longer a life sentence. Instead, it is a step towards your full recovery, so long as you are given the correct treatment.
Regaining psychological stability is about understanding that you aren’t “abnormal”. There is nothing “wrong” with you. Your mental illness does not define how you are, just as a broken leg would not define who you are. You are not a bad person, weak or undesirable. You know better than anyone else when you need help, and we are then here to provide this for you.
Recovery centers are fantastic choices for those who require help to regain mental stability. A mental health crisis can often result in having to turn to a hospital, but moving from there to an in- or outpatient recovery center is a fantastic way to complete the entire process. The circumstances that you are personally experiencing will determine whether inpatient treatment is better for you, or whether you are sufficiently stable to deal with outpatient treatment.
Very often, inpatient treatment is the preferred option, particularly when they first start. This is because it allows them to be surrounded permanently by people who are compassionate and trained to provide assistance and comfort when it is needed. The entire atmosphere at a center like Creative Care is about support. We want to make sure that you understand that you are not fighting this battle on your own. Naturally, for some people, checking into an inpatient facility is not possible, for instance due to family or work commitments. This is when an outpatient treatment option may be the better option, which we can also offer. However, we understand that you have commitments and we will, as much as possible, facilitate these commitments even if you choose the inpatient option.
It is important to understand that if you are suffering from a severe mental illness, an outpatient option may not be possible. This option is more suitable if you are already on the road to recovery, or you are managing your condition and your day to day life.
Psychological Disorders and Drug Abuse
At Creative Care, we also have a particularly strong focus on those who have a psychological disorder and also struggle with substance abuse. This is because the two very often goes hand in hand. When someone has a personality disorder, their pattern of thought, their behaviors and their actions are often uncontrolled. This means that their entire life is significantly disturbed and they are often incapable of stopping themselves from engaging in risky behavior.
Personality disorders such as schizotypal personality, narcissistic personality, borderline personality, obsessive compulsive personality and paranoid personality disorders develop due to different reasons. These include childhood trauma, biological factors, genetics and more. Often, it is a combination of these factors that contribute to the development of a full personality disorder. Some of the common symptoms associated with these issues, as highlighted in the DSM-V include:
- Substance abuse, including alcohol
- Poor impulse control
- Angry outburst
- Difficulties in developing and sustaining social relationships, leading to isolation
- Needing instant gratification
- Paranoid and suspicious thoughts
- Frequent mood swings
- Pathological lying
Treating Psychological Disorders and Addiction Together
When someone has a dual diagnosis, it is incredibly important to get the right type of treatment. This treatment has to look at both the psychological problem and the substance abuse. At Creative Care, we employ therapists that have specialized in these issues, and we also have stringent policies and procedures in place to ensure someone with a dual diagnosis can be treated appropriately. We do not believe in a one size fits all package, however. Instead, we look at the individual patient, the issues they are dealing with and their personal circumstances, and determine a treatment package from there. This will be a holistic package that includes alternative treatments such as meditation and acupuncture.
We are better equipped to deal with these types of problems than a hospital psychiatric ward. This is because these wards only address the psychological issue and not the addiction. As a result, once someone is once again of their mental health, they will need to seek further treatment to deal with their substance abuse. In many cases, they do not receive the right level of support to actually do this, meaning they relapse into their chosen substance and the cycle starts again. By contrast, we developed a treatment plan that is fully integrated, looking at both the psychological issue and the addiction and how these two are linked together. In order to do this, we offer counseling and therapy both on a one-to-one basis and in a group setting. If required, we can also offer family therapy to help the patient rebuild a support network.
During individual counseling, you will have the opportunity to speak to psychiatrists and to addiction treatment counselors. The goal is to find the issues that have caused you to become addicted to a substance, some of which are likely to be your psychological issues. You will be given the tools you need in order to better deal with any issues and triggers you come across in your life so that you no longer feel the need to turn to a substance.
In a group session, you will be speaking to other people who have similar issues to you. This could be a group of people with the same psychological disorder, the same addiction problem or the same dual diagnosis. These meetings involve everybody sharing their stories in a controlled and supportive environment. These sessions are incredibly important to show you that you are not alone, and that others understand what you have been through and are still going through.
Family therapy can be advised if you intent to return to live with your family after your treatment. In many cases, addicts and people with significant mental health issues become isolated from their social circles because of their behavior, and because those in these circles do not know how to support them. Family therapy is designed to rebuild those bonds. It is not about placing blame, but rather about how to move forward and how to avoid destructive behavior on both sides.
Substance Abuse and Alcohol Disorders
Finally, it is important to know that there is now a drive to classifying substance abuse and alcohol disorders as a mental health issue on its own. There is a belief by the Society of Clinical Psychology that it requires a certain psychology to become addicted to a substance. It is important to differentiate this from having a dependence on a substance, however. Dependence is developed through frequent use, which can happen, for instance, when someone is prescribed opioid pain killers.
Addiction, however, involves things such as becoming involved in dangerous situations (like driving) and it impacting on the rest of a person’s life, even when the person knows that they should not be participating in this type of behavior. Whether or not substance abuse and alcohol becomes a recognized mental health disorder remains to be seen. However, at Creative Care, we believe it is important to not label people, as this is what is holding the social stigma on psychological disorders in place. We are here to offer treatment, regardless of the reasons for the psychological disorder. Please contact the Creative Care team today to get started on the road to recovery.