Schizophrenia is a serious mental health illness that distorts the way in which a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, relates to others, and perceives reality. This disorder is considered to the most chronic and disabling of the major mental illnesses. Schizophrenia is a psychosis, which means that an individual suffering with this disorder is unable to tell what is real from what is imagined. At times they may even completely lose touch with reality; the world turns into a place of muddled thoughts, images, and sounds. To other individuals, the behavior of a man or woman with schizophrenia may be strange and sometimes shocking.
At Cascade, we have experience working with individuals who feel hopeless about the future and no longer believe that there is anything that can be done to make their life better. We have helped many get the symptoms of their schizophrenia under control and once again find happiness in their lives. Pick up the phone today and let the wonderful staff at Cascade help you.
Why Seniors Should Seek Treatment For Schizophrenia at Cascade Behavioral Health
Schizophrenia is a lifelong disorder that, while not treatable, is able to be managed with proper medication and therapy. However, if this disorder is left untreated it will get worse over time and an individual may no longer be able to function normally on a daily basis. They may be unable to hold down a job, leaving them in financial trouble, or they may find themselves struggling to keep up with school. Additionally, schizophrenics may become socially isolated because they have trouble maintaining personal relationships and connecting to other individuals. Schizophrenia can leave a person frightened and alone.
The broad range of treatment options offered at Cascade Behavioral Health allows them to provide customized treatment programs for each patient’s needs. The intimate care setting creates the opportunity for personal attention from the staff, allowing them to get to know each patient and their family. We focus on patient-centered care and believe that it is important for patients to learn more about their own emotional health in order to become more active in their recovery.
Here at Cascade Behavioral Health, our staff of leading healthcare experts are genuinely compassionate about each person who comes to us for help. Every one of our staff members will listen to your concerns and are committed to treating you as the unique individual that you are. The innovative programs we have created are designed to comfort, educate, and empower our patients and their caregivers. We take a holistic approach to every aspect of care, which also includes the environment, which is why you will find home-like welcoming spaces designed to support the healing process.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Cascade Behavioral Health, we firmly believe in caring for the whole person, not just the symptoms of a condition. When you are struggling with a mental illness it affects you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Our model of care encompasses a holistic approach to treatment. We believe that each patient has rights, responsibilities, and choices when it comes to their health care. Additionally, each patient has unique physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and cultural needs. This approach to treatment empowers our patients so that they are able to be involved in their own mental health care.
Treatment for Schizophrenia at Cascade Behavioral Health
The treatment programs here at Cascade Behavioral Health are designed to optimize mental health care without causing too much disruption in our patients’ lives. All of the programs we offer include treatment to stabilize a patient’s condition, individual sessions, group, and family therapy. Before any treatment procedures can begin, comprehensive assessments need to be conducted to determine your personal treatment needs. This assessment will determine if there are any drugs or alcohol in your system and if you are presenting with any co-occurring disorders.
If it has been established that you are chemically dependent on alcohol or any type of substance, then you will begin the treatment process in our detoxification unit. All patients are closely monitored throughout the entire withdrawal process by a medical physician and a team of nurses, in order to ensure their safety. This process is done to gradually remove all drugs from your body so that you are able to fully participate in the therapeutic process.
Treatment for schizophrenia is most effective when combining medication management and therapeutic techniques. You will likely be placed on various medications, such as an antipsychotic medication, in order to manage your presenting symptoms. All medication decisions and management will be determined by your treatment team. In addition to any medication that may be used, we also use a number of other therapeutic techniques.
The purpose of our individual sessions is to allow patients personal time with a counselor so that they are able to delve deeper into any concerns or issues at a level that may not be reached in a group setting. Individual therapy is also good for patients who don’t always feel comfortable discussing certain topics in front of other group members. Sessions can also be spent working on developing effective coping strategies for living with schizophrenia.
We hold daily group therapy at Cascade so that each person is able to get to know other men and women facing similar struggles, so that they can expand their social support network and help one another. Our groups cover a wide range of topics, focusing on things such as skills building, stress management, and cognitive restructuring.
Every individual we treat is part of a family unit, which is why family involvement is strongly encouraged throughout the treatment process. The support of a loved one is vital during recovery from schizophrenia. The patient and their family members will meet with a counselor once a week to discuss any family issues revolving around the patient’s disorder. Family members are encouraged to come to Cascade Behavioral Health on Wednesdays without the patient to gain a better understanding through education about schizophrenia. The primary goal of family therapy is to get everyone on the same page.
We know that patients have a variety of different needs and this is why we offer a wide variety of other therapy approaches to accompany traditional therapy. Depending on your specific treatment needs, you may be participate in some of the following programs:
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Exercise programs
- Spiritual therapy
- A.A. and N.A. meetings
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
After you have completed the inpatient treatment program at Cascade Behavioral Health, you will be ready to transition to your next phase of treatment. Before you are discharged, you will meet with a counselor who will help you design your aftercare plan so that you are able to move seamlessly from one phase of the recovery process to the next. You may begin an outpatient program that is flexible enough to allow you to meet your work and school obligations, while maintaining necessary treatment. The outpatient program uses techniques such as group therapy, family therapy, and informational lectures. Patients learn such skills as stress management, relapse prevention, and life skills. Both morning and evening group times are available. Patients may reenter their community in an outpatient program that will continue to work with them for up to two years. In order to establish a relationship of trust, individuals will work with the same caring staff from the beginning. Others may be at the point where they are ready to discharge home. If you are ready to discharge to home with traditional outpatient therapy, we will provide you with necessary referrals and available community resources.