Nearly half of all Americans experience at least one mental illness at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many people have inadequate or no treatment and never achieve a successful recovery. Others attempt to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, which worsen the symptoms of mental illness and can lead to isolation, addiction and even suicide.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental health conditions affect one’s thinking, feeling and mood. Causes are complex combinations of genetics, environment and lifestyle. Even people with the same diagnosis will respond differently to their condition, and symptoms will vary in type and severity. But recovery is possible and treatment can help.
The fact is that suicide is now a leading cause of death in the nation. Suicide, along with drug overdose and other drug- and alcohol-related deaths, have reached epidemic proportions. Each and every suicide is tragic but preventable. Better education, prevention and treatment programs are needed to address this growing problem. In the meantime, mental health experts are working hard to help individual patients and their families avoid despair and maintain their physical and mental health.
Mental illness begins early in life
According to NAMI, half of mental health conditions develop before the age of 14, and 75 percent begin by age 24. Recent research has led to a better understanding of mental illness in the young as well as evidence-based, developmentally sensitive treatment methods. Early diagnosis and treatment have been shown to improve outcomes along with strong family support and involvement. However, access to drugs and alcohol has become commonplace for children and teens, and those with underlying mental illness places them at greater risk of substance use.
Double Trouble: Mental illness and substance abuse
Mental illness can be the cause or the effect of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or taking mind-altering drugs. Over time, chemical dependency makes it difficult or impossible to stop using. Only by detoxifying from all mind-altering substances can an accurate diagnosis be made and underlying conditions identified and treated. This can be accomplished at a residential mental health treatment center specializing in dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, such as Sovereign Health.
The new age of mental health care
Accurate diagnosis and quality rehab for mental illness can help prevent tragedy and improve quality of life for patients and their families. Because awareness of mental illness has become more widespread in the U.S. today, it no longer carries the same social stigma it once did. Recent legislation has improved privacy protections for health care information and improved access to health insurance and quality mental health help.
Innovations in mental health help are improving the quality of life for many of the millions of Americans affected by mental illness today. Breakthroughs such as new medications, electromagnetic stimulation, neurofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy can improve symptoms enough to enable patients to take the steps necessary to make long-term positive changes in their lives. For example, steps like regular exercise, healthy eating, adequate sleep and avoiding drugs or alcohol may seem impossible to achieve in the throes of mental illness. But with treatment and support from others, daily lifestyle habits can be developed that lead to full recovery.
Residential mental health facilities of today are nothing like what they were in decades past. Today’s leading mental health inpatient treatment centers, such as Sovereign Health, offer compassionate and respectful care in clean facilities. State-of-the-art technology combines with holistic care to provide the best residential mental health treatment possible. Most mental health treatment programs tailor their care plans to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual patient.
Meeting the needs of patients and their families
Sovereign Health has several licensed and accredited mental health treatment centers in Southern California, including San Clemente, Los Angeles, Palm Desert and Rancho San Diego. We offer treatment programs for a large spectrum of issues including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders. Our dual diagnosis programs specialize in mental health while simultaneously ending painkiller addiction, alcoholism and other substance use disorders.
At Sovereign Health, we understand that each individual is unique. Our mental health treatment centers each have teams who provide comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of all areas of dysfunction, including underlying and co-occurring disorders. Because we believe that the patient is the most important member of the treatment team, we tailor our individualized treatment plans based on the needs and goals of each patient.
Whether a patient’s condition requires residential hospitalization or outpatient care, Sovereign Health has multidisciplinary treatment teams who can put a treatment plan in place that will make a difference. Our innovative methods of treating patients include psychotherapy, cognitive remediation, lifestyle management, neurofeedback, experiential therapy (art, music, equine and yoga) and more. Our continuing care program provides ongoing care and support after treatment.
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, understand that mental health help is available. For more information about our mental health programs or any of our other specialized services, please call our 24/7 helpline.
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