Suicidal ideations, also known as suicidal thoughts, are feelings about how to kill oneself. These suicidal ideations range from a complete plan to fleeting thoughts and do not include actually ending one’s life. Many people have struggled under the weight of suicidal ideations at some point in their lifetimes, though most do not carry these ideas through. Just because you think these thoughts does not make you a weak or flawed person – you’re simply looking for a solution to end the emotional pain that you’re experiencing. Suicidal thoughts are common; however, they are also considered to be a medical emergency.
Many people who feel suicidal thoughts do reach out to others about these feelings, so it’s very important that you pay close attention to people who discuss suicidal ideations. People who experience suicidal thoughts may feel hopeless and helpless, preoccupied with death, dying, or violence. Those who are struggling with these thoughts may withdraw from loved ones and friends, preferring to spend time alone. Individuals who consider suicide may even go as far as to get their affairs in order, penning a will, or giving away prized possessions.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal ideations, it is the sign of something far more dangerous. Suicidal thoughts are a medical emergency and should be treated just as seriously as a heart attack or stroke. The caring staff at Cascade Behavioral Health has helped many men and women recover from suicidal thoughts and feelings and go on to live happy, healthy, and normal lives.
Why Seniors Should Seek Inpatient Care for Suicidal Ideations at Cascade Behavioral Health
Suicidal thoughts can completely consume and overwhelm an individual who is experiencing them. They may feel suicide is the only way to end unbearable emotional pain or cope with the stresses in life. They may have become addicted to substances and do not see any way to get clean. They may have run out of hope, feelings of worth, and may be struggling with the pain of undiagnosed or undertreated mental illnesses. They may come to believe that life is no longer worth living.
At Cascade Behavioral Health, we understand the reasons that someone may feel as though suicide is an option, and we want to help you to be able to see a bright future ahead of you. Our warm and empathetic staff genuinely cares for each person who comes to us and treats each person with the dignity and respect they deserve during this trying time. We’ve created the ideal environment for those who need to heal, creating homelike, welcoming spaces so that you are able to face your troubles away from the stresses of everyday life. At Cascade Behavioral Health, our program is based upon one thing: you.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Cascade Behavioral Health approaches care from a holistic standpoint. We firmly believe that you are greater than the sum of your symptoms and therefore, we will work hard to make sure that all your needs are met – mind, body, and spirit. At Cascade, we know that the impact of suicidal thoughts doesn’t simply affect your emotional wellbeing; it affects every aspect of what makes you unique. We work hard to meet the unique needs of each person who comes to us, so we work hard to include your physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and cultural needs into your plan of care for your stay with us. We treat all of our patients as individuals who have their own responsibilities, rights, and choices, and we believe that this personal crisis can be a source of growth for you and those whom you love.
Treatment Approaches for Suicidal Ideations at Cascade Behavioral Health
When you come to us for care, we will spend a great deal of time performing assessments and getting to know you as a person. Our medical assessment will allow us to determine if you are physically dependent upon drugs or alcohol and are in need of medical detox, as well as any underlying medical conditions you may be struggling with. Our psychological assessment will allow us to diagnose and begin to treat any co-occurring mental illnesses and allow us to get to the roots of your suicidal thoughts. The results of these assessments will allow us to work alongside you to develop a plan of care that best meets your needs.
If it has been determined that you are physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, the first step in your treatment will be our medical detoxification clinic. We understand the fears associated with rehab and detox and make certain to explain each procedure before it occurs so that there are no surprises for you. During detox, we’ll safely and effectively remove any drugs or alcohol from your system and begin the management of any medical conditions you are facing. When you are medically stabilized, you’ll then move onto the next phase in recovery.
Medications may be used at the beginning of treatment during detox or as a means to manage any anxiety symptoms, and are gradually tapered off as you become more and more capable of coping with overwhelming emotions. Other people will find they need longer-term medication management in order to manage co-occurring disorders. The usage of medication in your treatment plan will be based upon the recommendations of your treatment team.
Individual therapy is an important component to treatment of suicidal thoughts as it allows you to finally be able to discuss your innermost thoughts and fears in a nonjudgmental environment. Spending one-on-one time with a therapist will allow you to talk about your feelings, work on problem-solving strategies, and learn relapse prevention techniques.
Group therapy is a big part of the inpatient program at Cascade as we find that being able to connect with others experiencing similar challenges can allow individuals to feel less alone in their plight. We offer process-based groups that allow you the chance to process your emotions about suicide and co-occurring disorders in a group setting. We also proudly offer psychoeducational groups to present information related to your struggles in a setting involving your peers.
At Cascade, we believe that your recovery journey is not only a time of healing for you, but for your loved ones as well. We provide family therapy sessions to allow you to talk openly about your suicidal thoughts, the treatment you’re receiving, and plans for follow-up care. We also allow family members the chance to discuss their feelings about your suicidal thoughts and the ways mental illness has impacted their lives.
As we are a holistic treatment center, Cascade is proud to offer a number of treatments aimed to heal the whole you – mind, body, and soul. These experiential treatments may include the following:
- Art therapy
- Spiritual guidance
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
As your discharge approaches, you will work alongside your treatment team to allow you to create an aftercare plan that meets all of your treatment goals. Many of our patients feel comfortable stepping down from our inpatient treatment program into our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which allows for a similar level of structure. Our IOP allows you to continue to focus upon your recovery while reintegrating back into your daily life and meets during the day or in the evenings. If you’re planning to discharge to home, we’ll work with local therapists to locate a traditional outpatient therapy program that best fits your continuing care needs.
Serving the Greater Seattle Area
Our location in Tukwila allows for us to serve residents from all over the SeaTac region – including Renton, Burien, and Des Moines. Call us today to begin the process of recovering from a chemical dependency.