Behavioral Health Services
Learning to confront and control pathological behaviors
There are both productive and unproductive behaviors that a person can exhibit, but certain actions can become seriously maladjusted and potentially develop into pathology. In most of these cases, the culprit is either an underlying mental disorder or addiction that is twisting and turning an individual’s conduct in problematic ways. These destructive behaviors are what most people notice, so members of one’s surrounding network or community may only confront the effects, rather than their causes.
Whether an individual’s actions are positive or negative, helpful or harmful, all behaviors are dictated by how the person thinks and feels. In fact, cognition, emotion and action all interact with one another in a triangular relationship. When one area is damaged or distorted by a mental disorder or unhealthy dependency, the other areas are negatively impacted as well. The all-encompassing goal of behavioral health and Sovereign Health treatments is to maintain this balance by attending to all of a human being’s needs – biological, psychological, social and spiritual.
What is behavioral health?
Most people are familiar with the phrase, “It is all in the mind.” Although behaviors are displayed through a person’s actions, the source of problematic behavior is almost always neurological. In the context of behavioral health, impairments and abnormalities can occur in a number of different ways. Those who would benefit from behavioral health care services and support include:
- Mental health patients: Populations dealing with psychiatric conditions or those at risk for developing disorders. People with mental health needs may struggle with the effects of domestic abuse or trauma; depression or anxiety; or a number of other possible afflictions.
- Addicted patients: Persons involved with substance addictions or those with emerging abusive behavior. These individuals require an approach that minimizes the exposure and faulty logic behind misusing alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription medications.
- Dual diagnosis patients: Specific demographics whose primary diagnoses are psychological and who are also exhibiting related behavioral issues such as substance abuse or addiction. Also known as having co-occurring disorders.
As a behavioral health treatment provider, Sovereign Health’s primary concern is addressing a person’s mental dysfunctions that fuel problems like disorder and dependency, while regular rehabilitation facilities only treat addiction. Our programs incorporate various therapeutic environments and intervention modalities while upholding a commitment to community integration.
What you need to know about a behavioral health disorder diagnosis
An individual may receive a clinical diagnosis for a behavioral health disorder that can include:
He or she may also display other troubling characteristics such as chemical dependency that may mask mental illness. Because there are many different behavioral health disorders a person may become afflicted with, there is no single set of symptoms. If you or a family member exhibits one or more serious behavioral issues, a comprehensive assessment at Sovereign Health can help determine the appropriate treatment for overcoming them.
Sovereign Health’s behavioral health program
Upon admission, patients receive a comprehensive three-part assessment of their condition by our professional staff, which is well-versed and trained in a number of different fields. The evaluations consist of:
- Biopsychosocial: completed within 24 hours of admission by our intake team, gathering information about biological, psychological and social symptoms leading into treatment.
- Medical: completed within 72 hours of admission by the nursing staff or physicians, focusing on one’s personal history and physical issues that may arise during treatment.
- Psychiatric: completed within 24 to 72 hours of admission by a psychiatrist, considering the needed medication specific to the mental disorder(s) present.
The treatment itself is dependent on the severity of the specific disorder or disorders involved, as a plan is designed around symptoms and other needs identified in these initial assessments. Severe cases of disorder that impact an individual’s daily functioning require a more serious degree of care, allowing both the clinician and patient to focus on treatment without the distraction and burden of external influences.
Sovereign always uses the most proven methods and modalities in the health care field, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition to individual and group sessions for our patients, we also schedule therapeutic activities such as exercise, yoga, equine therapy and art that add a sense of structure in rebuilding their lives. Even after a patient’s stay with us is over, our alumni services team helps program graduates stay connected with us and transition smoothly back into day-to-day life.
In order to achieve holistic wellness, it is vital that abnormal behaviors are always addressed appropriately. Our belief is that by putting the time and attention into treating our patients as individuals, rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all method, Sovereign Health can provide these recovering individuals with the best possible treatment to reach their greatest goals.