When individuals are suffering from bipolar disorder, the emotional turmoil that fills their days can make it significantly difficult to function in a healthy manner. These individuals frequently find that it is difficult to perform at work, to adhere to daily responsibilities at home, and to engage in social activities. When these people are simultaneously struggling with a substance abuse problem, the challenges that they face on a daily basis can be significantly more distressful. At Wellness Resource Center, we recognize how all-consuming and debilitating the symptoms of bipolar disorder can be, and we understand how substance abuse can cause those symptoms to worsen. For this reason, we have developed programming that specializes in treating dual diagnosis concerns so that those who come to us for care can rediscover a healthier, happier, and brighter future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is suffering from bipolar disorder, it can be extremely upsetting. You may struggle to understand what your loved one is going through and may feel confused by his or her behavior. If this individual is also battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may experience added worry regarding what will happen if he or she does not get help. While it can be difficult to know how you, as a concerned friend or family member, can help, there are some things that you can do to be of support during this time. Consider the following:
- Learn all that you can about bipolar disorder, including the various signs and symptoms that arise during manic and depressive episodes. Having this knowledge may help you to gain an understanding of what your loved one is going through on a daily basis, which can then guide you in determining how you can best help him or her.
- Research treatment centers that specialize in treating both bipolar disorder and substance abuse concerns. Also, research the benefits of receiving treatment so that you can share that information with your loved one.
- Sit down with your loved one and discuss your concerns with him or her. Share the information you have found regarding potential treatment centers, and take the time to explain how his or her life can dramatically improve by making the decision to engage in treatment.
- Offer to go with your loved one to any appointments that are scheduled and, once he or she has become engaged in a treatment program, be an active part of the therapeutic process.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
The emotional disturbances that are cornerstone to bipolar disorder frequently cause upheaval in the daily lives of those suffering from this illness. Some individuals struggle to perform at the expected level occupationally, often resulting in job loss and chronic unemployment. Some individuals struggle with being able to interact socially, potentially resulting in the loss of friendships or the demise of other significant interpersonal relationships. The emotional lows of bipolar disorder often cause sufferers to experience strong feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and can result in the deterioration of their self-esteem, as well as the onset of self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation. When these individuals are also engaging in the abuse of drugs or alcohol, the negative effects that can arise can also include deterioration of their physical health. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help reduce these negative effects and help individuals overcome their addictions, while also assisting them in learning how to successfully manage the symptoms they experience as a result of bipolar disorder.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
Wellness Resource Center is a private treatment program that is dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of individuals who are suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder. Recognizing that the compounded issues that arise as the result of dual diagnosis substance abuse concerns and mental health disorders can cause monumental disturbances in individuals’ lives, Wellness is proud to offer a comprehensive, individualized, and integrative approach to treatment that is tailored to meet our clients’ unique needs. Our goal with each client is to assist in a process of internalizing hope and motivation for recovery, while helping them develop a concrete plan for maintaining and moving beyond the gains they make while in treatment.
At Wellness Resource Center, treatment begins in Phase I, which is our day and night treatment program with community housing. Also referred to as our partial hospitalization program (PHP), clients in this program are exposed to a daylong schedule of treatment activities eight hours a day, five days per week. The goals of this level of care are vast and include the following:
- Helping clients to understand the relationship between their presenting issues and problems that have arisen in their lives
- Assisting clients in identifying specific behaviors and tendencies that have promoted or could promote relapse
- Guiding clients as they build skills that can be successfully maintained after returning to the community
- Helping clients learn how to manage challenges (emotional, family, social, etc.) that continue to interfere with healthy living
Phase I of treatment is supported by caring and compassionate staff members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This phase is designed to promote daily living activities while also implementing intensive therapeutic interventions as clients work to manage the symptoms that result from bipolar disorder. During a client’s stay at Wellness Resource Center, the following may be included into his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: When people are suffering from bipolar disorder, psychotropic medications are an imperative part of the treatment process in order to help stabilize them and to alleviate the distressing symptoms they experience. The use of any medication, however, will be determined based on each individual’s specific needs, on a case-by-case basis. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per week in order to monitor any medication that has been prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Clients meet with their primary therapists at least once each week for individual therapy sessions, with additional sessions being added on an as-needed basis. During these sessions, clients have the opportunity to meet privately with their therapists in order to discuss how their treatment is progressing and to discuss any problems or concerns that they may have.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the central component to treatment at Wellness Resource Center. Groups meet 5 days a week, with between 3 and 4 different groups being held each day. Group therapy is an exceptional way for clients to explore their commonalities and has proven to be a vital avenue for helping clients to gain insight, ultimately assisting them in making positive changes in their daily lives. The various types of groups that clients can expect to take part in during programming include:
- Age-specific groups
- Gender-specific groups
- Process groups
- Experiential groups
- Psychoeducational groups
Within these groups, a variety of different topics will be discussed, including coping skills, trauma, body image, goal-setting, and relapse prevention, amongst countless others.
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are offered to clients and their family members when deemed clinically appropriate to helping a client successfully progress in treatment. If family members are unable to be physically present for any scheduled family sessions, Wellness Resource Center will reach out via telephone contact, conference calls, and written communication in order to ensure that they are kept informed of their loved one’s progress in treatment.
Experiential therapy: At Wellness, we believe that a holistic approach to treatment is crucial when treating those suffering from addiction and co-occurring bipolar disorder. In order to do this, we are pleased to offer a number of experiential therapies that clients may engage in during their time in treatment. Clients’ time spent participating in experiential therapies will vary, however, as all treatment is tailored to meet each individual’s unique set of needs. Examples of the experiential therapies offered as part of programming at Wellness include:
- Teamwork activities
- Communication-based activities
- Adventure activities
- Social activities
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
Family Program: When individuals are battling bipolar disorder, it does not only affect them, but it affects their family members as well. Keeping this in mind, Wellness Resource Center is immensely proud to offer our Family Program at no additional costs to clients or their families. This program meets every other month and provides psychoeducation for our clients’ family members, while also giving them the opportunity to participate in process groups that aim to help them understand the importance of communication in regards to their loved one’s recovery.
After completing treatment in Phase I, clients may step-down to the programming offered in Phase II. Phase II is an extended care option that is offered through our intensive outpatient program (IOP). In this phase of programming, clients may continue living in our client housing, attend treatment part-time, and then receive intensive case management while beginning to look for employment. Following Phase II is Phase III of treatment, which may be recommended for some clients. During this phase, clients are provided with long-term supported sober living.
This thorough and seamless extended care continuum truly makes Wellness Resource Center stand out as an exceptional provider of care for substance abuse and co-occurring bipolar disorder. Clients’ lengths of stays are not limited, and services throughout the entire care continuum are provided by the same staff members. In doing so, clients can rest assured that they will receive constant, continuous care from the time of their admission until the time of their discharge, and beyond.