Sovereign Health is a leading behavioral health care provider, treating addiction, mental disorders and co-occurring conditions, and offering several locations throughout the United States. Located at a relaxing, confidential setting in Chandler, Arizona, our women’s center offers treatment for co-occurring addiction and mental health issues with a specialized track for those who have experienced trauma and abuse.
About Sovereign Health of Arizona
Licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), our women’s treatment center offers various treatment and therapy models, always staying mindful of the fact that each person is a unique individual with specific circumstances that need to be individually addressed. Our program begins with an assessment and psychiatric evaluation, which help us evaluate symptoms of and diagnose all mental disorders and substance use disorders. From there, our team of highly experienced clinicians will form a treatment program personally tailored to the patient.
What Is Mental Health Treatment?
Mental health treatment encompasses a 360-degree approach and includes multiple levels of care and treatment plans. Pharmacological agents such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics are the mainstay classes of medications to treat mental illnesses. In addition, psychotherapy is also highly recommended in conjunction with pharmaceutical treatments.
Types Of Mental Health Treatment
Besides pharmacological therapy, psychological therapy is extremely important in treating mental health disorders. Below are types of psychological therapies commonly used in clinical practice:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectal behavior therapy (DBT)
- Exposure therapy
- Cognitive remediation
- Group therapy
- Art therapy
- Equine therapy
- Play therapy
Treatment And Symptoms Duration
Social and emotional support is also helpful when treating a mental disorder. Close friends, family and loved ones can often bring a sense of safety and wellness to the individual to increase mood and morale.
Mental illnesses usually require lengthy treatment and may even require lifetime treatment. This is most likely due to having to re-train and re-wire the brain to think and respond differently to stimuli. In addition, pharmacotherapy takes at least three to four weeks to act due to the neurotransmitter chemical processes in the brain. Depending on the specific disorder, symptoms are usually chronic. Therefore, it may take some time to find the best therapeutic regimen for the patient. For example, antidepressants such as SSRIs can take up to four to six weeks to be effective. This delay in efficacy is one of the most common reasons for non-compliance.
Many individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness want to be treated and cured immediately, but most likely recovery will require a long, steady treatment approach. It is not uncommon for multiple changes in the medication regimen to occur, as many different medications affect individuals differently by altering their brain chemistry.
Additionally, many patients will often have a psychiatrist and a psychologist on their treatment team, as each one of these individuals can bring different skill sets to the aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder.