BK Behavioral Health Center’s Psychiatric Day Treatment services is designed to help individuals recover by improving their social skills, level of connectedness to family and the community, and overall level of functionality. We use different approaches and resources to help facilitate these changes. Below are some of the ways in which we help our participants achieve self-actualization. We are open five days a week from 9am-4pm Monday through Friday.
Pharmacotherapy and Medication Management
Pharmacotherapy and medication management are critical adjuncts to effective substance abuse treatment that should not be ignored or separated from other therapies, psychosocial supports, and behavioral contingencies. Medications target only specific and limited aspects of substance use disorders. BK Behavioral Health Center understands that Pharmacotherapy, by itself, does not change lifestyles or restore the damaged functioning that accompanies most drug dependence. However, with our multidiscipline team and different approaches are structured to help our Participants do better than other comparable programs.
BK Behavioral Health Center’s IOT/PHP programs that require attendance 3 to 5 days per week are ideal settings for clients in need of medication, initiating medication regimens, and monitoring clients’ compliance. BK Behavioral Health Center’s IOT/PHP programs shall give serious consideration to providing pharmacotherapy and medication management services when and if the Participant needs the services in other to provide the following:
- To provide relief of withdrawal symptoms for some clients
- To prevent relapse by reducing craving, by potentially precipitating an aversive reaction, or by blocking the reinforcing effects of drugs
- To reduce the medical and public health risks from use or injection of illicit drugs with medical maintenance
- To ameliorate the underlying psychopathology that may contribute to substance use disorders
- To monitor treatment of some medical conditions associated with substance use disorders
Here are some of the Groups Conducted in our Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Psychiatric Day Treatment program:
Psychoeducational groups are more didactic than process-oriented recovery groups and involve a straightforward transmission of facts. The counselors who deliver these services need to be knowledgeable about the subject matter. They also need to know where and how to obtain additional information to support their presentations and give members of the group other references and resources. These sessions, like recovery groups, stimulate discussion that helps participants relate the topic to personal experience and foster emotional and behavioral change.
Here are some of the areas covered in psychoeducational groups and the treatment stage at which they are introduced.
Typical Sequence of Topics Addressed in Psychoeducational Groups
- Understanding motivation and committing to treatment
- Counteracting ambivalence and denial
- Determining the seriousness of the drug or alcohol problem
- Conducting self-assessment, setting goals, and self-monitoring progress
- Overcoming common barriers to treatment
- Learning about biopsychosocial disease and recovery processes
- Understanding the effect of specific drugs and alcohol on the brain and body
- Placing symptoms of substance use disorders in the context of other behavioral health problems
- Learning about early and protracted withdrawal symptoms for specific drugs and alcohol
- Knowing the stages of recovery and the client’s place in the continuum of care
- Learning strategies for quitting and finding the motivation to stop
- Minimizing risks of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Identifying high-risk situations that are cues or triggers to substance use: people, places, and things
- Identifying peer pressures and compulsive sexual behavior as triggers
- Understanding cravings and urges, learning to extinguish thoughts about substance use, and coping with cravings
- Structuring personal time
- Coping with high-risk situations
- Understanding abstinence and the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Understanding the goals and practices of various 12-Step or other mutual-help groups
- Identifying and using positive support networks
Maintenance and continuing care
- Understanding the relapse process and common warning signs
- Identifying tools to prevent relapse
- Developing personal relapse plans
- Counteracting euphoria and the desire to test control
- Improving coping and stress management skills
- Learning anger management and relaxation techniques
- Enhancing self-efficacy for handling risky situations
- Responding safely to slips and avoiding escalation
- Finding recovery resources
- Structuring leisure time and finding recreational activities
- Knowing the importance of personal health: diet, exercise, hygiene, and checkups
- Taking a personal inventory
- Handling shame, guilt, depression, and anxiety
- Understanding family dynamics: enabling and sabotaging behaviors
- Rebuilding personal relationships
- Understanding sexual dysfunction and healthy sexual behavior
- Developing educational and vocational skills
- Learning daily living skills: money management, housing, and legal assistance
- Embracing spirituality and recovery and finding meaning in life
- Recognizing grief and loss and the relationship to substance use
- Learning about parenting: basic needs of children and their developmental stages and developmental tasks
- Maintaining balance in life
These groups offer clients the opportunity to practice specific behaviors in the safety of the treatment setting. Common types of skills training include
Drug or alcohol refusal training: Clients act out scenarios in which they are invited to use substances and role play their responses.
Relapse prevention techniques. Using relapse prevention materials, clients analyze one another’s personal triggers and high-risk situations for substance use and determine ways to manage or avoid them.
Assertiveness training: Clients learn the differences among assertive, aggressive, and passive behaviors and practice being assertive in different situations.
Stress management: Clients identify situations that cause stress and learn a variety of techniques to respond to stress.
Support groups (e.g., process-oriented recovery groups)
These groups include clients in the same recovery stage who are usually a middle to late phase of treatment and are working on similar problems. Members focus on immediate issues and on
- Pragmatic ways to change negative thinking, emotions, and behavior
- Learning and trying new ways of relating to others
- Tolerating or resolving conflict without resorting to violence or substance use
- Looking at how members’ actions affect others and the function of the group
Interpersonal process groups
Single-interest groups: These groups are organized at a later stage of treatment with a focus on an issue of particular significance to and sensitivity for group members. The issues include gender issues, sexual orientation, criminal offense, and histories of physical and sexual abuse.
Family or couples groups: These groups assist clients’ relatives and other significant individuals in learning about the detrimental effects of substance use on relationships and how these effects can be ameliorated or resolved.
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