Anxiety disorders are a range of potentially debilitating conditions that can significantly impact a person’s ability to go to work, participate in healthy interpersonal relationships, and otherwise meet the responsibilities and expectations of everyday life. Marked by the presence of excessive fear and worry, the overall category of anxiety disorders encompasses the several mental health challenges: separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia), panic disorder, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Without proper care, anxiety disorders can damage a person’s physical, psychological, and social well-being, and can lead to the development of a range of co-occurring conditions. Depending upon the nature of their specific disorder, individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders may have problems with speaking, meeting new people, participating in public events, or even leaving their homes. Certain anxiety disorders also manifest physical symptoms such as increased heartbeat, headaches, muscle tension, migraines, hot flashes, insomnia, and nausea.
At Life Healing Center, we are well aware of the devastation that anxiety disorders can wreak on a person’s life. Most importantly, we have developed effective therapeutic techniques that have helped many men and women experience relief from their anxiety symptoms while also developing the skills and strategies to address the underlying issues and co-occurring disorders that either contributed to or resulted from their anxiety disorders.
When patients enter treatment at Life Healing Center, they join in active collaboration with a team of experienced and dedicated treatment professionals who are committed to providing the comprehensive care that will allow them to overcome the obstacles that an anxiety disorder has placed in their lives.
The Connection between Anxiety and Other Disorders
At Life Healing Center, we are fully equipped to provide treatment for those whose primary concern is related to anxiety. However, it is far from uncommon for sufferers to also be dealing with the effects of unresolved trauma or addiction. Trauma can include experiences such as abuse, neglect, serious accidents and illnesses, physical assault, grief/loss, verbal or online harassment, combat, and natural disasters. Individuals who experience or witness traumatic events can suffer from several serious aftereffects, including the development of anxiety disorders. For example, someone who witnesses a plane crash may develop a specific phobia related to airplanes. Also individuals who have been abused or assaulted may struggle with a range of anxiety-related issues, including fear of an event or location related to where the assault occurred.
In some cases, the connection between the trauma and the resultant anxiety disorder may be obvious, while in other cases it may take significant time in therapy before the underlying trauma becomes evident. In both such situations, treatment can provide the therapeutic services that can help these individuals overcome their turmoil.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with an anxiety disorder can be a profoundly difficult experience. In many cases, this difficulty can be compounded by the confusion about the cause of these symptoms, and a lack of information about the existence of possible solutions. The good news is that there are several steps that loved ones can take that may make a real and lasting difference in the life of a friend or family member who is struggling with an anxiety disorder:
- Educate yourself. The first step toward finding a solution is understanding the specific nature of the problem. In the case of anxiety disorders, it is important to learn all you can about the potential causes of your loved one’s problem, along with how best to respond to symptoms until your loved one can get the help he or she needs.
- Research treatment options. Realizing that a loved one may need to get help for an anxiety disorder is an important first step, but it is just one of many steps that will need to be taken. As you learn more about your loved one’s condition, make sure that you are also discovering the types and levels of treatment that may best meet his or her needs.
- Be supportive. Your loved one is in a state of distress and may not be able to respond in what appears to be a healthy or productive manner. Understand that his or her responses will not always reflect actual hopes or feelings, but instead may be the manifestation of the symptoms of the disorder he or she is struggling with.
- Be realistic. Anxiety disorders can be complex problems that resist quick or simple solutions. Do not expect that you will be able to solve your loved one’s problems merely by meaning well and acting in a supportive manner. There will be obstacles and setbacks. Make sure that you have realistic expectations regarding your loved one’s progress.
- Get help. Do not try to be the sole source of support for your loved one. Enlist other trusted friends and family members to form a support network – both for your loved one and for each other. Self-care is an essential component of caring for an individual in crisis.
- Talk to your loved one. Treatment is not a passive experience. Involve your loved one in what you are learning, express your compassion and concern, and let him or her know that solutions are available. Just like treatment is not a one-day experience, neither should this discussion be a one-time chat. Engage in an ongoing dialogue to ensure that you are aligned with your loved one’s struggles and needs, and that he or she is aware of what you are doing and how much you care.
To summarize this advice: Be compassionate, be consistent, be informed, and be realistic. Anxiety disorders present a host of challenges to sufferers and loved ones. By approaching this challenge with information, compassion, and a dedication to be a long-term positive presence, you can play an essential role in improving the quality of your loved one’s life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
As our name implies, Life Healing Center is a place where men and women in crisis can receive comprehensive treatment in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. At Life Healing Center, we place a premium on providing quality care that addresses each patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and will lead to a holistic transformation in their ability to lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives.
Our unique model is specifically designed to help adults (aged 18 and older) whose lives have been impacted by trauma, sex/love/relationship addictions, mental health issues, and substance abuse problems. Treatment at Life Healing Center is an intensely personalized experience that reflects and honors the unique individuality of each person who chooses to heal with us. Working in close collaboration with a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, experienced therapists, dedicated nurses, and expert clinical technicians and ancillary therapists, Life Healing Center patients play active positive roles in their own recovery.
From a thorough initial assessment through the development and execution of a long-term continuing care plan, Life Healing Center is focused on identifying the obstacles that have been preventing our patients from living the lives they both desire and deserve, and then providing the structure, support, and services that will allow them to overcome those obstacles.
Life Healing Center patients are assigned to one of the below Core Programs:
- Empowerment Program – for men and women who are experiencing challenges related to trauma
- Hope Program – for men and women who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction
Within these core programs, our teams of talented and dedicated treatment professionals will provide a range of services that, depending upon the specific needs of each patient, may include many of the following:
Detoxification services: The first step on the path to addiction recovery is ridding the body of the substance or substances that a person has been abusing. Depending upon the nature and severity of an individual’s addiction, he or she may not be able to stop using prior to arriving on our campus. In such cases, we are able to provide a medically supervised detox that will allow a patient to go through withdrawal in as comfortable and painless a manner as is clinically possible. Detox services are provided on case-by-case basis when determined to be necessary and appropriate. If you or your loved one will need detox services at Life Healing Center, please discuss this with your admissions advisor prior to arriving on our campus.
Medication management: Depending upon the condition or conditions that a patient is struggling to overcome, medication may provide the optimal opportunity for successful recovery. At Life Healing Center, an experienced psychiatrist assesses each patient, can recommend and prescribe therapeutic medications when necessary, and will monitor the patient’s progress throughout the residential phase of his or her treatment. As with all facets of treatment at Life Healing Center, all medication management decisions will be made in collaboration with the patient.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is one of the cornerstones of treatment at Life Healing Center. Personal one-on-one sessions between a patient and his or her primary therapist are scheduled on a regular basis and provide an excellent opportunity to evaluate the patient’s progress, establish or adjust the patient’s goals, address successes and setbacks that have occurred since the previous session, and otherwise discuss fundamental issues related to the client’s pursuit of long-term recovery.
Group therapy: Group therapy is another essential element of the Life Healing Center experience. Under the guidance and direction of a qualified professional, group sessions allow patients to learn from the experiences of others, share their insights, and develop skills and strategies that will support their ongoing recovery. The following are among the topics that are commonly addressed during group sessions at Life Healing Center.
An integral part of the care offered at Life Healing Center is the inclusion of group therapy. This treatment method allows patients to receive support and learn from others who have had similar struggles. The following topics are among those covered in the groups offered at our center:
- Education on the disease model of addiction
- Introduction to the 12-step model of recovery
- Development of effective interpersonal communication skills
- Conflict avoidance and resolution techniques
- Dealing with shame, guilt, and other self-defeating emotions
- Learning to accept oneself and trust others
- Regulating one’s emotions
- Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle
Family therapy: Family therapy promotes understanding and healing among those who are closest to the patient (and who were likely to have been most powerfully impacted by the patient’s disorder). Family therapy provides a safe and productive forum to address issues that either contributed to or were impacted by the patient’s disorder, and also promotes the development of improved communication skills and conflict avoidance/resolution strategies. Ultimately, the purpose of family therapy is to facilitate healthy positive changes in all family members, with the goal of establishing a stronger family unit and an effective ongoing support system for the patient.
Experiential therapy: Therapy at Life Healing Center is not limited to the traditional forms of talk therapy. With experiential therapies, patients participate in events and activities that encourage change, emotional growth, and personal empowerment. Experiential therapies, such as the ones listed below, offer the opportunity for patients to address personal issues while focusing on creative, energetic, and enjoyable activities:
- Group equine therapy
- Group art therapy
- Movement therapy
Ancillary therapies: In addition to the regularly scheduled therapies described above, Life Healing Center also features a menu of ancillary therapies that help us fulfill our dedication to meeting patients’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. These therapies can include:
- Individual art therapy
- Individual equine therapy
- Somatic experiencing
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Not every patient will participate in every form of therapy that is listed. At the outset of a person’s treatment at Life Healing Center, he or she will work with treatment professionals to determine which therapeutic activities will be best suited to meeting his or her unique needs.
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
At Life Healing Center, we understand that residential treatment is just one important step on the path of long-term recovery. To ensure that patients return home in the best possible position to build upon the progress that they have made on our campus, we focus on discharge planning (also referred to as aftercare and continuing care) from day one.
Each patient will work with his or her primary therapist to build a continuing care plan that identifies skills and issues that the client will need to focus on, and matches them with groups, therapists, and other resources that can offer meaningful ongoing support. In addition to the personal planning that occurs in one-on-one sessions between patients and their therapists, discharge-focused group sessions also provide essential insights into best practices for establishing, evaluating, and maintaining an effective continuing care plan after a patient has completed the residential phase of his or her recovery.
When a patient leaves Life Healing Center, we are dedicated to ensuring that he or she understands the issues that will require ongoing attention, has identified the resources that will support this continued progress, and possesses the confidence and ability to successfully pursue long-term recovery.
If you or your loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder, substance abuse problem, or related condition, Life Healing Center is prepared to provide you with the solutions you have been searching for. To learn more about how we can help you or your loved one achieve the promising future that you both desire and deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience.