Is Treatment Right For You?

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Dealing with a mental illness or a substance use disorder can be daunting on many levels. It is often difficult to admit that there is a problem, which is the first step. Living in denial and ignoring warning signs only make the problem worse, so taking that first step is vital. Warning signs that you may have a mental disorder or an addiction include:

  • Uncontrollable mood swings
  • Sleep instability
  • More apathy than empathy
  • Empty feelings
  • Loneliness
  • Social isolation
  • Frivolous spending on drugs or alcohol
  • Losing friendships
  • Poor work performance
  • Unstable relationships
  • Poor hygiene

If loved ones notice these signs in you, or you see them in yourself, seek treatment.

Why Is Professional Treatment So Important?

Untreated addiction and mental disorders perpetuate and often worsen the problems associated with these conditions. It’s possible to stop drinking or using drugs, but cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms inevitably drive individuals back to using. People with depression can obtain a prescription for antidepressants from their doctor, but that doesn’t always treat the underlying causes for the depression. For long-term recovery and sobriety, most people need long-term, professional behavioral health treatment.

If you or someone you know is debating whether or not to enter treatment for a mental health or substance use disorder, consider the following warning signs that professional treatment is needed right away:

  • Failed multiple attempts at trying to quit the habit
  • Participating in illegal activity
  • Losing a job or place of residence due to the drug habit or mental disorder
  • Spending most of one’s income on drugs
  • Stealing in order to support the habit
  • Having been told multiple times to go to therapy
  • Having received ultimatums to seek help
  • Having passed out from drinking/using drugs on multiple occasions
  • Being in an inebriated state more often than a sober state
  • Having experienced physical withdrawal symptoms

Needing to use to curb or prevent withdrawals

What Type Of Treatment Is Right For You?

After you admit that you have a problem and recognize that you need professional help, the next step is to decide what kind of treatment is necessary. This depends on your current location, finances and how severe your current disorder is. Many individuals seek treatment in the town where they reside, while others travel far away to avoid triggers that led to the mental disorder or addiction.

Another important aspect is finances. Some treatment facilities are subsidized by state governments, but they often have long waiting lists. Others rely on private donations to fund recovery, such as the Salvation Army. Private treatment centers accept health insurance to pay for treatment. Some organizations, like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offer grants to fund treatment. Whatever the price, the cost for remaining untreated is far greater, as many treatments are life-saving.

The next decision is: What level of care is necessary for to treat the addiction or mental illness? Is detoxification required? Is inpatient treatment necessary, or is outpatient treatment more appropriate? This is usually up to the treatment assessment team upon admission to the rehab facility.

How Long Does Treatment Last?

Although the acute treatment stage may only last a short time (30 to 90 days), treatment for a mental health or substance use disorder is a lifelong journey. Long-term treatment may consist of attending group meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, attending therapy sessions, keeping a personal journal, working a daily program to prevent any form of relapse, and long-term medication regimens.

Treatment does not end once an individual has completed a rehab program, but rather many individuals view completing rehab as the true beginning of treatment. Having to deal with the stressors of life and overcome temptations can test the life skills obtained in treatment. Sovereign Health is committed to equipping patients with life skills that can stand the tests of real life long after treatment.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health of Chandler, Arizona, specializes in the treatment of women with mental illnesses or substance use disorders, or co-occurring conditions, with a special emphasis on recovery from trauma and abuse. Our compassionate clinicians and private serene setting allow women to focus on building the habits they need to achieve lasting recovery.

We accept most private health insurance plans. For more information about our comprehensive treatment programs, please call our 24/7 helpline.

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