Annandale Wellness center provides quality evidence-based holistic care for people suffering from mental health disorders and addiction in Pasadena, California. Contact our team of compassionate treatment professionals to learn more about the services we offer and start your healing journey today.
Psychiatric Treatment in Pasadena
In treating addiction, co-occurring disorders are the rule, not the exception. 37.9% of all people with substance use disorders also have mental illnesses, and many don’t receive appropriate care for their mental health needs. As such, psychiatric care is a critical component of our treatment model for holistic health and recovery. By connecting our dual-diagnosis clients with experienced psychiatric providers, we ensure that the whole person is treated, existing conditions are managed, and unknown disorders are properly diagnosed.
Treating mental illness and substance use concurrently requires specialized treatment providers and facilities. People with co-occurring disorders often have more severe medical, emotional, and social problems than those with addiction alone. As a result, we’ve ensured that our staff consists of a diverse team of psychiatrists, internists, substance use counselors, and therapists to be able to meet complex needs with experienced expert care. This allows us to treat the full spectrum of mental health in a supportive and collaborative healing environment.
How Psychiatric Treatment Helps
Combining psychiatric treatment with substance use interventions is essential to ensure the best chances of recovery. Psychiatric treatment helps to fill the gaps left by addiction counseling alone, addressing underlying symptoms and disorders that affect our mental health and wellbeing.
Some of the commonly occurring disorders that coincide with substance use are:
- Generalized anxiety disorders
- Major depressive disorders
- Attention-deficit disorders
- Borderline personality disorders
- Psychotic illness
Left untreated, people with co-occurring disorders have significantly higher relapse rates after treatment. But with the help of a trained psychiatrist, many people can see full remission with appropriate care or substantial improvement in functioning.
Psychiatry is the medical science of treating mental health disorders. Using a variety of well-researched empirical methods, a psychiatrist can identify, diagnose, treat, and monitor mental illness. Unlike psychologists, a psychiatrist is a medical doctor and can prescribe medications when they think they would be beneficial.
Working with a psychiatrist in a residential treatment setting means that your care team can collaborate to find what works best for you. Often, the very medications used to treat psychiatric illness are the same drugs of abuse that people are seeking treatment for. Having a psychiatrist working collaboratively with your addiction treatment team means they can assess each individual’s needs and determine whether these medications are essential or if alternative treatments can be provided in their place.
But psychiatry doesn’t mean medications alone. Psychiatrists provide expert-level assessments and diagnostics for a wide scope of mental health disorders and can indicate what treatment would work best. For some disorders, such as Borderline Personality (BPD), people often benefit most from behavioral modification therapy, rather than by taking psychotropic drugs. Our psychiatric team can work with you to ensure that the right treatment is applied in every scenario.
Addiction and Mental Health
Addiction and mental health problems are inextricably intertwined, though it’s often difficult to determine which came first. Most experts agree that mental illness can both drive addiction, and addiction can exacerbate mental illness. As a result, people often use substances as a form of self-medication for other disorders, including those they may not even be aware of.
Drugs of abuse often closely mimic the effects of psychiatric medicines. As such, people with disorders like Attention Deficit may find immense relief of their symptoms by illicit drugs like methamphetamine. Without appropriate dosing and medical management, however, this can quickly spiral out of control. Psychiatric care can alleviate the same symptoms that drugs were being used for in a safe, controlled manner, leading to a more productive and healthier lifestyle free from addiction.
In contrast, the relationship between addiction and mental illness often works the other way around. Clinical depression or anxiety is often a result of substance use and a common side effect of post-acute withdrawal syndrome. Left untreated, this can lead a recovering addict to lose hope for the future and can be a driving force in return to substance use. With appropriate psychiatric intervention, these symptoms can be alleviated while those in recovery get back on their feet and begin to create a better life for themselves, clean and sober.
The Recovery Model of Psychiatric Treatment
As part of our evidence-based holistic health model, we follow the recovery model of psychiatric treatment. Recovery is different for everyone – many people never reach permanent remission from mental health disorders, but they can regain a sense of control and resilience in managing their illness. Others may find immense relief from having to deal with their anxiety or depression on a monthly basis, rather than every day. Recovery – at its heart – is patient-driven. Success depends on your specific goals and needs, and we can work with you every step of the way.
The recovery model is often compared to the older so-called medical model of psychiatry, which treated mental illness as similar to a physical disease that needed to achieve total remission. The last few decades have seen a revolution in psychiatric care, recognizing that remission is not the sole goal of mental health treatment.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlines four key aspects of a recovery model:
- Health – Making healthy choices, overcoming or managing your mental illness, and increasing emotional and physical wellbeing
- Home – Finding stable, safe, and secure housing
- Purpose – Building independence and meaning, and regaining the ability to thrive
- Community – Building social networks and friendships that can foster hope and support
These four essential components of recovery can help people with co-occurring disorders flourish, regardless of whether they attain full remission of their mental illness.
Psychiatric Treatment at Annandale Behavioral Health in Pasadena, California
Psychiatric treatment for mental health disorders can relieve many of the symptoms that stand in the way of living a healthy and productive life in sobriety. With residential psychiatric treatment at Annandale Behavioral Health, your treatment team has the best chance to accurately diagnose and treat mental health disorders that occur alongside addiction. A stay at our facility means our team of psychiatric professionals has time to accurately observe, assess, and treat your ailments, leaving you or your loved one in a better position to thrive.
We believe that together, we can discover solutions that have a meaningful impact on the rest of your life. When you or a loved one are ready to start your path to recovery, contact our team to learn more about how we create whole-body wellness and holistic health at Annandale Behavioral Health in Pasadena, California.