Co-occurring Disorders are quite common. In fact, estimates from community samples have suggested that nearly 4 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from a serious mental health condition along with drug or alcohol dependency. Studies have also consistently shown that being diagnosed with either a substance abuse disorder or a psychiatric condition places an individual at a greater risk for developing problems with the other. Rates of Co-occurring Disorders are even higher among clinical samples.
More specifically, estimates suggest that between 36% and 40% of adults seeking treatment for a serious mental health condition also suffer from alcohol or other drug dependence. Victory Bay Recovery Center’s treatment approach is to provide holistic treatment based on the most current research and best practices, without labeling individuals who are seeking help.
With drug and alcohol addiction, there is not only a physical dependency, but a psychological dependency as well. After months and years of the same behaviors, patterns have developed which can be difficult to break. At Victory Bay, we offer the use of psychological techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Theory, so that clients can learn, understand, and begin to change the negative thoughts and faulty thinking patterns that were developed during the course of their addiction. Once these thoughts and cognitions begin to change, real progress can be made as behaviors change. With the help of the clinical expertise at Victory Bay, triggers can be identified, coping skills can be developed, and relapse prevention and wellness planning are then put into place.
With mental health issues such as clinical depression and bi polar disorder being very prevalent with drug and alcohol addiction, it is important to have access to psychiatric services. A psychiatrist can prescribe psychotropic medications while monitoring an individual’s progress in treatment. Victory Bay will provide the services of a consulting psychiatrist to meet with clients with such mental health issues, prescribe medications if necessary, and help clients process any side effects or changes that may be a result of the medications.
Medication Management Services
Medication Management Services are directly related to our psychiatric services. Since Victory Bay will have a consulting psychiatrist, those who are prescribed psychotropic medications will be closely monitored. In addition, each individual who is taking medications will be educated as to what they are taking, what the purpose of the medication is, and what the possible side effects are.
Most people experience some type of anxiety in their everyday lives. Like stress, anxiety can be a motivator. However, when anxiety becomes so excessive to the point where it is debilitating, that is when therapeutic interventions become necessary. It is imperative for each individual to be able to identify the triggers that cause their anxiety. With the help of the expertly trained clinicians at Victory Bay, clients will be able to identify these triggers and then coping skills for dealing with anxiety can be developed. After all, we cannot eliminate anxiety. We can, however, learn how to manage it.
Depression afflicts many people at various points in their lives. It is important to be able to distinguish between the two main types of depression: situational and clinical. Situational depression occurs after a specific event or a series of events in a person’s life. It can usually be pinpointed to an approximate time period. It is a feeling categorized by grief and extreme sadness. With therapeutic interventions, situational depression can be treated. Clinical depression is that type of depression caused by a chemical imbalance within the brain. Clinical depression usually has a genetic component as it can be passed down from generation to generation. Unlike situational depression, there may be no specific event or events that cause the depression. Clinical depression can come on suddenly and without explanation. The most effective way for clinical depression to be treated is through a combination of therapeutic interventions and psychotropic medications, such as antidepressants, to help correct chemical imbalances. These can help ensure recovery (American Psychological Association; the Encyclopedia of Psychology). The staff at Victory Bay will be able to help clients identify the particular type of depression they have and the most effective way to treat it.
Bi- Polar disorder is a mental health condition with periods of depression and periods of elevated moods. Like Clinical depression, it has a genetic component which can be passed on from generation to generation. Once this condition has been diagnosed, it is imperative that the individual combine therapeutic interventions along with any prescribed psychotropic medications. The clinical staff at Victory Bay recognize that it is important to explore and process how drugs and alcohol may exacerbate and intensify the symptoms of bi polar disorder with those clients.