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The brain is one of the most important parts of your body. It’s responsible for your personality and controls how you think, feel and act. Consequently, mental health is important for you to maintain a healthy emotional state and contribute positively to the world. However, mental health is consistently affected by internal and external factors, leading to debilitating patterns of behavior. Receiving inpatient treatment from a trusted treatment center is key to effective recovery. Behavioral Health Centers in Florida offers effective inpatient mental health and addiction treatment for residents in Atlanta, GA.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health refers to the state of your mind and how it affects your thoughts, emotions, mood and actions. Your state of mind not only affects the way you think and feel about yourself but also impacts how you communicate and behave around other people. Additionally, mental health determines how you view the world, determining what you learn from your environment and how you cope with any changes around you.
Biological factors such as hormonal changes due to medication or physical conditions affect your mental health. Life experiences can also negatively or positively affect your state of mind.
Moreover, your mental health can change from one minute to the next. For example, you may feel weighed down and snap at your loved ones before an important work meeting but feel light and make everyone a delicious meal when the meeting goes well. Conversely, you may be happy after having brunch with friends but immediately become upset when you witness an accident on the way home.
What Is Mental Illness?
Mental illness, or psychiatric disorders, is a condition that has a lasting negative impact on your thoughts, feelings and actions. A mental illness can affect your daily life, distorting how you view yourself and interact with the world.
In the United States, about 20% of adults experience a mental illness yearly, and 5% live with a serious one. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, some of the most common psychiatric disorders in American society include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Major depressive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
According to a 2021 study, over 44% of adults in Georgia struggle with depression and anxiety. Over 104,000 adolescents between the age of 12 and 17 also struggle with depression.
Mental illness is highly stigmatized in American society, making it difficult for people to seek help. However, mental health professionals can diagnose and treat different mental health conditions.
Connection Between Mental Illness and Drug Addiction
Substance use disorder (SUD) is a mental illness that affects your ability to limit the use of controlled substances. As with other psychiatric disorders, SUD can be caused by various genetic, biological and environmental factors. Drug addiction refers to the most extreme type of substance use disorder.
Around 8.5% of Americans live with a diagnosed substance use disorder, half of whom experience co-occurring disorders or mental illnesses resulting from or contributing to their SUD.
Individuals can receive a dual diagnosis treatment that identifies their SUD and mental illness. In such situations, the conditions will be jointly treated using a range of behavioral health therapies to help the person achieve a healthy future.
Inpatient Treatment at Behavioral Health Centers
Behavioral Health Centers in Florida provides treatment for patients with co-occurring disorders. Staying at our residential treatment site ensures you follow the holistic path charted by our multidisciplinary team so you can fully address your substance abuse and mental health problems. The environment in which inpatient treatment occurs allows you to fully focus on the recovery process away from life demands and stressors. It also lets you collaborate with other patients and benefit from the community support of people on a similar journey.
These are some of the treatment methods offered by the professionals at our treatment center.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
As previously discussed, your state of mind affects how you behave. Thus, how your brain processes and produces information can contribute to your problems with drug addiction.
We use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to find the root cause of your drug dependency. The process can involve facing events in your life that you normally avoid by using drugs. Our expert professionals will help you adjust how you think and react to life stressors and trigger events to improve your attitude and behavior toward drugs.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is another form of talk therapy where clients work with professionals to find better ways to regulate their emotional responses to their environment other than drugs. We have successfully used DBT to produce long-term recovery from addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
DBT can be conducted through individual therapy or group therapy sessions. The treatment can also involve families and other loved ones, since they can contribute to and be affected by drug addiction.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, or EMDR, can be included in your treatment plan to help you process traumatic events that contribute to your problems with substance abuse.
When undergoing EMDR at our residential treatment center, you’ll focus on a traumatic experience as a therapist applies stimuli to make your eyes move side to side. Clients report clarity of thought and new ways of viewing their traumatic experiences at the end of EMDR sessions.
EMDR therapy can treat co-occurring disorders such as PTSD, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder.
Inpatient Mental Health and Addiction Treatment for Residents of Atlanta
Behavioral Health Centers offers inpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for residents of Atlanta, Georgia. Our treatment center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, provides a secure environment conducive to long-term recovery.
You can easily receive a consultation from one of our professionals before proceeding with treatment by calling (855) 299-4472. Our compassionate admissions counselors can also give you a tour of the treatment center when you visit our facilities at 208 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34984.