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The Ridge Can Help WIth Mental Health

Addiction is a complex disorder and its treatment requires the attention and expertise of a diverse team, made up of physicians, nurses, and counselors. Each staff member brings knowledge and experience in various aspects of recovery, and together, can help clients achieve lasting recovery. At The Ridge, psychiatrists are part of our expert treatment team, allowing us to work with clients with more complicated diagnoses like co-occurring disorders. Though we are not a co-occurring disorder facility (substance use disorder must be primary) we can help with minor mental health using our team of psychiatrists and therapists. Our psychiatrist and treatment team will determine the appropriate treatment of any mental health at The Ridge, or make a referral to a different facility or level of care if necessary.

Nutrition is an addiction recovery tool, as patients suffering from drug and alcohol abuse typically do not maintain balanced diets. With our recovery diet plan, we focus on providing balanced meals that will give the patient energy, and make him or her feel and look better – two critical aspects that collaboratively work to psychologically and physiologically aid the patient in overcoming addiction, and future cravings.

Mental Health Help At The Ridge

Mental instability can contribute to addiction and cause ongoing problems during recovery if not treated. Psychiatric services combine counseling, medication, and medical evaluations to reduce mental health symptoms that coincide with addiction. With psychiatric care, the individual addresses changing emotions and psychological states that would interfere with their ability to stay sober.

Mental Health Issues We Usually Can Work With

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Most bi-polar

Mental Health Which May Be Beyond Our Level Of Care

  • Suicidal or homicidal
  • Schizophrenia
  • Extreme bi-polar
  • Extreme personality disorders
  • Psychosis

The Importance of Psychiatric Services as Part of Recovery

When an individual is in recovery for drug addiction or alcoholism, it is important to provide access to psychiatric services for several reasons. Psychiatrists, or physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, aid during detox, the first step in recovery. The medical expertise of these professionals helps keep the patient safe as they withdraw from dangerous substances, and prescribing medication as necessary to help with the process.

Psychiatrists also help with the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders. Mental health disorders like PTSD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression commonly occur along with addiction and behavioral conditions. These diseases tend to contribute to and exasperate each other, and without specialized treatment, the individual finds themselves in a continuous cycle of relapse and worsening symptoms.

Statistics of Mental Health and Addiction

According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):

  • An estimated 43.6 million (18.1%) Americans ages 18 and up experienced some form of mental illness
  • In the past year, 20.2 million adults (8.4%) had a substance use disorder
  • Of those with a substance use disorder, 7.9 million people had both a mental disorder and substance use disorder, also known as co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Having a psychiatrist on staff at a rehab center is vital because they can diagnose co-occurring disorders and effectively treat both conditions so that the client can experience full healing. Treatment for a mental health condition usually involves behavioral therapy and medication, as well as psychiatric consultation.

The Ridge's Team of Experts

The Ridge understands the importance of comprehensive care for our clients, and we have assembled an expert team of psychiatrists, addictionologists, doctors, nurses, and licensed counselors.

From the first moment a client enters our facility, our staff works as a team to get to know the client, establish a treatment plan, and carry out that person’s individualized care. It all begins with an assessment, during which time we look at the client’s history, treatment goals, and any complicating factors to determine what level of care would be appropriate for the individual. It is often during this time that a dual diagnosis would be made if present, and this would also be taken into consideration when designing the treatment plan. Based on the assessment, the client is then enrolled in residential treatment, and connected with services and therapies as needed. Throughout the person’s treatment, they are evaluated and treated by physicians, psychiatrists, licensed counselors as needed for a complete continuum of care.

Benefits of Treatment at The Ridge

The Ridge is a Joint Commission Accredited facility, meaning we provide the highest level of care and safety in the industry, and are recognized to treat licensed professional such as doctors, nurses, dentists, pilots, lawyers, and other business professionals.  We adhere to the medical model of treating addiction as outlined by the Center or Substance Abuse Treatment, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. Our highly credentialed staff includes physicians, nurses, licensed chemical dependency counselor, and therapists who tailor treatment to each person’s needs.

We align with the philosophy that addiction is a disease that must be treated medically and not the result of poor choices or moral shortcomings. Our physician-directed programs combine 12-Step recovery and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. We teach new coping skills and provide tools to change thinking and behavior. Our goal is to provide complete healing of the mind, body, and spirit, and we help clients overcome co-occurring disorders such as PTSD and depression when present along with the addiction.

The Ridge offers specialized psychiatric care that allows us to address a client’s mental health along with addiction disorder. Our balanced approach to recovery provides psychiatric care throughout the rehab process.