In many cases, substance abuse and mental disorders go hand-in-hand. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently estimated that somewhere around 17.5 million American men and women over the age of 18 were diagnosed with a serious mental health problem within the past year. Of these men and women, nearly 4 million simultaneously struggled with a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. Over the course of the past six years, it was found that the amount of adults who sought treatment for dual diagnosis disorders climbed from 12 percent to 16 percent. In many instances, the symptoms of one disorder will exacerbate the symptoms of the other.
For example – an individual suffering from overwhelming anxiety may turn to alcohol in order to relieve his incessant nervousness. He may come to rely on alcohol to alleviate his symptoms, thus eventually developing a chemical dependence. The opposite is also frequently true. An individual who drinks alcohol excessively may eventually do some serious damage to his neuropathways and their healthy function, unwittingly causing himself to become clinically depressed. Because of the prevalence of dual diagnosis disorders, many inpatient treatment centers (including ours) treat both addiction and mental health.
Mental Health as a Primary Diagnosis
While dual diagnosis disorders are extremely prevalent, we at Next Chapter understand that not everyone who is struggling with a mental disorder will be concurrently afflicted with a substance abuse issue. Many individuals who suffer from untreated mental disorders will turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medication – but this does not necessarily mean that they will become chemically dependent, or require intensive addiction treatment. In some cases, substance abuse will dissipate on its own once the underlying mental disorder has been adequately and thoroughly treated. For this reason, we treat mental health as a primary diagnosis.
Psychiatric rehabilitation, just like addiction treatment, promotes long-term recovery, community integration, and a notable improvement in overall quality of life. The services that we provide in regards to psychiatric rehabilitation are collaborative, comprehensive, and highly individualized. Our experienced and dedicated team of professionals works hard to ensure that every individual patient is receiving the type of care he needs – if one of our patients is not an addict or alcoholic, he will not be treated as such. We will focus exclusively on his mental health disorder, and any related issues he may be experiencing.
Conditions We Treat
We treat a wide range of mental health disorders, ranging from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. All of our patients will undergo a thorough initial evaluation, followed by several weeks of consistent one-on-one and group sessions, overseen by licensed and trained psychiatrists and therapists. We will not diagnose a patient with any mental health condition until we have spent ample time evaluating him in a controlled and stable setting. Once we are able to diagnose a condition, we will take the steps necessary to ensure comprehensive and effective treatment. Family involvement is a major piece of our treatment program, and we will keep parents and other loved ones updated on progress. We will also develop a detailed aftercare plan for our mental health patients, seeing as ongoing psychiatric care is imperative to long-term recovery.
The Mission of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
At Next Chapter, it is our mission to provide those suffering from untreated mental illness with the most appropriate and individualized care available. We work to impart upon our patients the best practices of psychosocial functioning, illness management, and all-inclusive personal recovery. There are seven strategic principles that have become an integrated part of mental health recovery, and by which we consistently abide.
The principles are:
- Enabling a normal and productive life.
- Making changes geared towards improved access to pharmacological and psycho-social services.
- Individual-centered treatment and recovery.
- Active involvement of support systems.
- Coordination of efficient services.
- Goal-specific (not time-specific) treatment approach.
- Strength-based treatment.
At Next Chapter, we understand that each individual patient requires attentive and highly personalized care, seeing as primary disorders and issues will inevitably vary on a subjective basis. Not every man who drinks excessively will require long-term treatment for alcoholism – in some cases, alcohol is used as a means to treat an undiagnosed mental health issue. If we find this to be the case, we will prioritize treatment of the mental health issue. Regardless of what specific form of recovery you require, we will strive to meet all of your personal needs – paving the way for a fulfilled life of joy, personal achievement, and optimal mental health.