While numerous individuals are familiar with mood disorders including depression or anxiety, there is another form of mood impairment that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) states can be found within nearly 20% of individuals who are looking to obtain care in an outpatient setting. Known clinically as adjustment disorder, this common mental health condition occurs in response to a serious trauma or stressor within one’s life. While it is typical to display depressive symptoms as a response to a sad event or tragedy, these symptoms will often clear themselves in due time with the appropriate attention and good self-care. However, some individuals will continue to suffer from symptoms of adjustment disorder including anxiety, depression, fatigue, and a marked impairment in functioning long after the triggering event. When this happens, it is likely that the individual is suffering the effects of adjustment disorder, and he or she might need professional care to defeat this troubling condition.
At times, individuals who are grappling with adjustment disorder will look to block the pain of their condition by abusing dangerous substances. The effects of attempts such as these are fleeting, and tend to result in an individual suffering from a worsening of his or her symptoms. In turn, he or she will likely develop a substance use disorder, which is an additional stressor and health concern. Regardless of the substance or substances that an individual abuses, obtaining help at a treatment center that is capable of supplying services which address mental illness and substance abuse simultaneously will be imperative for a successful recovery. At Life Healing Center, we know that in order for an individual to heal, he or she must address all areas of his or her health at the same time. This means partaking in comprehensive care that reflects one’s mental, emotional, behavioral, and physical issues with an all-encompassing approach. We, at Life Healing Center, believe that an individual is more than his or her symptoms, and we have developed a flexible program that is able to offer personalized treatment for each individual who trusts us with his or her care. With our assistance, you or someone you care for can defeat the strife of an adjustment disorder and break free from the pattern of chemical dependence.
The Connection between Adjustment Disorder and Trauma
Throughout one’s life, a person will be met with a variety of stressors and tragic events. In light of a significant hurt or loss, a period of grief is to be expected. And while there is no precise timetable for recovery, usually a person will resume the activities of daily living, and in time, start to feel like him or herself again.
But for some, trauma, either acute or episodic in nature, can illicit an emotional response that does not seem to go away on its own. And while there is no singular cause of an adjustment disorder, trauma can play a major role in the onset of symptoms of this condition. Serious trauma can impact all aspects of a person’s life, and can severely limit his or her ability to function at home, at school, or in relationships. In this way, the link between trauma and adjustment disorder is evident, and cannot be overlooked in the treatment setting.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching someone you love struggle because of an adjustment disorder is a very challenging experience, especially if you are feeling powerless in regards to helping him or her. Without personal experience involving mental illness or substance abuse, helping someone you love get treatment might seem overwhelming. However, there are a handful of things you can do to encourage your loved one to obtain the treatment that he or she needs, including the following:
- Take all of the information that you have gathered and begin researching treatment centers that will supply the kinds of treatment that your loved one needs at this time.
- Speak with your loved one in a non-judgmental, approachable manner about your concerns, as well as the information that you have put together. Prepare for some resistance from him or her when it comes to the idea of treatment.
- Do everything you can to obtain information regarding adjustment disorder. Having knowledge such as this can help you gain insight into what your loved one is experiencing, as well as help you develop a deeper sense of empathy, as opposed to frustration and anger.
- Ensure that, during the time that your loved one is obtaining treatment, you are practicing good self-care. Doing so will allow you to properly support your loved one without succumbing to the stresses that this process can produce.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
With an unwavering dedication to providing clinical excellence within every facet of treatment, Life Healing Center supplies care that is effective in treating trauma-related concerns, mental health conditions, addictions to drugs and/or alcohol, and co-occurring intimacy disorders. Men and women, aged 18 and older, who wish to improve their lives and learn the skills needed to function without the physical and emotional turmoil that is known to arise when such concerns are present can partake in our innovative programming to achieve the healing they need. Our team of experienced professionals, which is comprised of a board certified adult psychiatrist, therapists, nurses, clinical technicians, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and ancillary therapists, is committed to providing culturally-sensitive, effective, and compassionate treatment so that clients can leave our center with improved overall wellness.
When you begin treatment at Life Healing Center, which is located not far from Albuquerque in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you will embark on a truly life-changing experience that is tailored to meet your specific and unique needs. Our thorough assessments will gather pertinent information, identify the most pressing concerns that are plaguing you, and reveal underlying contributors that have led to your seeking treatment at our pioneering center. This information will be used to devise an individualized treatment plan, which will then be put into action after you have been assigned to one of our three Core Programs. Our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Program are all designed to care for specific treatment needs and can include the following effective therapeutic interventions and approaches:
Detoxification services: If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol in addition to suffering from the symptoms of adjustment disorder, detox may be necessary before you engage in our residential rehab programming. These services involve ridding the body of the toxic substances that have contributed to an addiction so that you are then able to embark on the path to recovery with a clear mind. A team of professionals supervises these services so as to minimize any risks involved, and every effort will be put forth to make you as comfortable as possible. These services are recommended on a case-by-case basis and the need for this service will be discussed prior to formulating a finalized treatment plan.
Medication management: When a person is battling a mental health condition, such as adjustment disorder, that causes severe symptoms that cannot be treated via therapies alone, certain medications may be recommended as part of a client’s treatment plan. Our highly trained psychiatrist will evaluate you to determine if you are in need of medication. If it is determined that this will be beneficial in alleviating your symptoms, the psychiatrist can then prescribe the appropriate medication, and will then monitor its effectiveness. Medications prescribed, as well as dosages given, can be altered depending on your response to them, and decisions to make changes to medications can be discussed when meetings occur with our psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: In order to give you the one-on-one time you need to process your past and current experiences while at our center, you will have the opportunity to partake in individual therapy sessions with a therapist. These sessions can be a time to establish individual goals, process victories and setbacks, and work on skills building within the sanctity of a one-on-one therapeutic relationship.
Family therapy: Available on an as-needed basis, family therapy sessions are designed to heal relationships with those closest to you. Your assigned primary therapist will be responsible for conducting these sessions. The overarching goals for this treatment method are to instill healthy communication skills, resolve conflict, and foster a strong network of support that can serve you and your loved ones well for a lifetime.
Group therapy: An integral part of the care offered at Life Healing Center is the inclusion of group therapy within our rehab programming for the treatment of adjustment disorder. This treatment method will allow you to receive support and learn from others who have had similar struggles. The various types of groups that are available can include the following:
- Mood disorders
- Substance use
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
- Elemental Integration
- Creative Recovery
The following topics are among those that may be covered in these various groups:
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Conflict resolution
- Living in balance
- Healthy lifestyles
- Emotion regulation
- Relapse prevention
- Preparing for discharge
Experiential therapy: Designed to increase our client’s awareness of the mind, body, and spirit connection, Life Healing Center offers various experiential therapies. With the ability to foster true healing, the following are among the experiential therapies our rehab programs feature:
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
- Group art therapy
Ancillary therapies: Led by contracted ancillary therapists, our residential programming options feature the following, which are proven effective in helping to further clients along in the healing process at Life Healing Center:
- Massage therapy
- Shamanic drumming
- Individual art therapy
- Somatic experiencing
- Individual equine therapy
The multidisciplinary staff members who comprise our treatment teams are one of the key factors that make Life Healing Center such a special place to recover from the symptoms of adjustment disorder. These exemplary staff members include Master’s level therapists, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Additionally, we employ a number of professionals who hold specialty certifications in various therapeutic practices that offer a multitude of unique treatment interventions. These professionals include the following:
- Breathwork practitioners
- EMDR practitioners
- Reiki practitioners
- Equine therapists
- Art therapists
- Recreational therapists
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
- Native American Shamans
The combination of treatment methods and interventions that can be incorporated into your treatment plan is determined prior to starting your rehab experience at Life Healing Center. However, if certain therapeutic interventions are deemed appropriate during the course of treatment, revisions can be made to your plan so as to provide you with the most effective care and positive treatment experience possible.
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
From the moment you begin treatment at Life Healing Center, the discharge planning process starts. During the course of treatment, we will continually assess your ongoing needs so as to recommend the most appropriate support for when you leave our center. Establishing an aftercare plan is a collaborative effort that occurs between you and your primary therapist. We also offer discharge planning groups during treatment in order to effectively prepare you for discharge. It is our goal to make sure that you leave our treatment center with the confidence and skills needed to prevent the recurrence of problematic symptoms and behaviors, as well as the confidence to continue the progress made while in our care.
If you feel that you or your loved one may be battling adjustment disorder, another mental health condition, an addiction to substances, trauma-related distress, and/or a co-occurring intimacy disorder, and could benefit from our innovative and specialized programming options, give us a call today for more information or to begin the process of admissions. At Life Healing Center, we want to help put you or a loved one back on the path towards a happy, healthy, and productive life.