People still have a negative idea of what a mental health treatment center looks like and an even more negative picture of what goes on there. We have several things to blame for this negative picture. Many of our preconceptions mental health residential centers have their basis in the outdated fears surrounding mental health issues. Less than a century ago, the world didn’t understand how the human mind works and that lack of knowledge led to fear. People who faced problems with mental health were thought to be possessed by demons, having a weak emotional composition or dangerous to others. They were locked away in dark buildings where they underwent all manner of inhumane “treatments”, were subject to being chained to their beds. left to sit in tanks of water for hours on end, given electrical shocks to their brains and even operated on to remove brain sections.
Fortunately, science has made great advancements in understanding how the brain works and what can go wrong, and with these advancements the perception of mental health treatment has benefitted as well. With something as complicated as the human brain, there are so many places where diversions can occur, creating behaviors, feelings, and thoughts that veer from what is considered healthy. When you add in all the chemicals present in the human body, it becomes clear that most people alive today could be considered “abnormal” because something works differently. This knowledge has helped the world change its view of mental health and those who need to seek help.
Today, because of this increased understanding of the workings of the brain and laws that have made the inhumane treatment of mental health patients a thing of the past, mental health treatment facilities are places that often give the impression of a mixture between home and hospital. Patients are treated with respect, kindness, and the thought that healing can make a difference. Having mental health problems no longer makes a person considered unable to be a productive part of society.
When you or your loved one contacts us, we conduct an evaluation that helps us understand what you are dealing with. Once this is determined, a treatment plan is designed that involves a combination of things that can include group counseling, individual and family counseling and medication. Some individuals can get better with outpatient services and others need a time being admitted into a mental health residential treatment center. For many, the treatment place changes over time, going from residential to outpatient.
Why Treatment is Important
When the brain does not work as it should, it can cause a lot of issues in an individual’s life. Some differences cause only minor inconveniences and others can make it completely impossible for an individual to function in the world. Still other disorders start out appearing minor but are subject to what is called the kindling effect. This means that each episode of the disorder is worse than the one before. Over time, what started out as minor becomes a major problem. The same thing can happen in different periods of life, depending on what events you or your loved one is going through. For example, you may find dealing with a mental health issue can be done effectively then life throws in a stressor like a divorce or illness and the original mental health issue becomes too much to handle alone. Unfortunately, waiting until that time to seek treatment can leave your life in a shambles. In some cases, it can even be the difference between living and dying. The sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of gaining control of the illness.
Many individuals, not understanding that the things they are thinking or feeling are actually an illness that can be treated will attempt to alleviate the symptoms on their own. This is most often done with alcohol or drugs. The problem with this kind of self-treatment is that it only covers the symptoms for a short time. Once the alcohol or drugs are out of your system, the feelings not only come back but may also be accompanied by disappointment in yourself for relying on the substance. You then take more drugs or drink more alcohol to make that feeling go away. Eventually, you end up with two problems, the original mental health disorder, and a substance addiction. This is what is called a dual-diagnosis and needs a different approach to treatment.
Mental health treatment facilities are often set up to accommodate dual-diagnosis. At your initial evaluation, we will take the time to thoroughly examine you for any physical and mental health issues. This evaluation will also include a test for substances in your system. If it is found you have a dual-diagnosis, we make sure both aspects get treated at the same time. By treating only half the problem, you are at high risk of returning to the same activities when you finish the inpatient mental health treatment.
A Bright Future
There is no shame in having a mental health disorder, and it takes strength, not weakness, to reach out for help. We want to help you live the most positive life possible and strive to give you the treatment that will give you that opportunity. Science has not yet reached the point where they can cure a mental health disorder. Luckily, it has advanced to the point where treatment is available to control those disorders to the point where they become a small part of you, not the main factor in your life. Contact us today as the first step to a brighter future.