Adults in Houston anxiety outpatient therapy

Anxiety Disorder in Adults And Treatments At Our Houston Mental Health Facility

Just about everyone experiences some form and some level of anxiety or situational sadness. These are normal reactions to certain circumstances, but 42 million American adults suffer from a mental illness known as Anxiety Disorder.

Anxiety Disorder

A little stress and anxiety is normal, and can even be good for us in certain cases, such as in times of danger or in a deadline-driven job because it triggers the fight-or-flight response, encouraging productivity and quick thinking. However, those who suffer from one of the many types of Anxiety Disorder (such as panic attacks, OCD, PTSD) experience symptoms that can manifest as cognitive, behavioral, and physical such as:

  • Cognitive: lack of concentration, racing thoughts, persistent thoughts
  • Behavioral: Irritability, restlessness, hypervigilance
  • Physical: Fatigue, nausea
  • Other: Feeling of impending doom, insomnia, heart palpitations

Anxiety Disorder creates debilitating behavioral health challenges, especially if the individual begins suffering from depression because of it, but there are some things adults can do to improve their mental health and manage their anxiety in a healthy way to ensure they don’t turn to alcohol and potentially develop a chemical dependency.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Research has demonstrated that low, controlled doses of Ketamine reduce the imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitters, which contributes to anxiety disorder and depression. Ketamine also works much faster than typical anxiety medications and anti-depressants, often within a few hours. 

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Behavioral Health

Our behavioral health outpatient program for adults is ideal for individuals that have reached a point in their anxiety recovery where they no longer need round-the-clock care and have gotten a better handle on their anxiety. This outpatient program for anxiety allows patients to work with our qualified medical professionals to learn about their symptoms, as well as healthy ways to overcome their behavioral health challenges. It lasts for an average length of 6 weeks and consists of 3 group sessions a week, all of which last 3 hours, as well as 2-3 individual sessions a month.

Improve Your Behavioral Health At Our Adult Mental Health Hospital In Houston

It’s easy to feel trapped in your anxiety, but it’s important to remember that you are not your Anxiety Disorder. If you feel like you are suffering from anxiety, please get an assessment so we can confirm this and begin developing a custom treatment plan that will help you recover and live a mentally healthier life.

Adult holding loved one's hands to support them during their recovery from alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction

How To Tell If Your Loved One Is A Social Drinker Or If They Suffer From Alcohol Abuse

In our previous blog comparing alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction, we stated that there is a clear difference between the two terms. Alcohol abuse occurs when the individual drinks excessively to a point where their physical health and their relationships suffer, but an abuser chooses to continue this behavior. Alcohol addiction, on the other hand, no longer has the factor of choice. It is an illness that individuals, try as they might, cannot seem to get past unless they seek therapy for chemical dependency. If you and your loved one go out for some dinner and drinks and they seem to drink a lot, does that make them addicts? Here is the difference between someone who enjoys alcohol in an acceptable, social context and someone who is addicted to it or abusing it, as well as what outpatient programs can help.

Signs That A Loved One Is A Safe Drinker, Even In A Social Setting

  • Eating while drinking to slow the absorption of the alcohol and its depressive effects.
  • Not turning to alcohol when thirsty. Alcohol isn’t hydrating, so turning to fresh juice or water, instead, is advised.
  • Not drinking alcohol when stressed or tired. Although drinking alcohol can reduce tension and help people loosen up, it should never be consumed with the intention of releasing stress. There are several other healthy ways to reduce stress, such as yoga, writing/reading, meditating, and more.
  • Knowing when to stop. Not drinking for the sole purpose of getting drunk is a good indicator that the individual is a safe and responsible drinker.
  • Not drinking and driving.
  • Avoiding mixing medications with alcohol.

Signs Of Problematic Drinking Resulting From Chemical Dependency, Alcohol Abuse, and Alcohol Addiction

  • Frequent, uncontrolled drinking episodes.
  • Drinking for the purpose of getting drunk.
  • Driving while drunk instead of calling a friend, family member, or taking a taxi.
  • Getting injured while drinking.
  • Using alcohol as a crutch. As mentioned before, alcohol in moderation can certainly ease any social interactions and tension, but relying on alcohol to have a good time is the result of chemical dependency.
  • Drinking too quickly. This often relates to the desire of drinking just to get drunk.
  • Having health and relationship problems and continuing to drink.

What To Do If You Think A Loved One May Suffer From Chemical Dependency

If after learning the difference between social drinking and problematic drinking you think that you or a loved one may be suffering from alcohol abuse or addiction, then please get an assessment at our Houston chemical dependency rehab center. If we determine that underlying substance abuse is present, we will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that consists of our adult outpatient programs for chemical dependency. We offer an intensive outpatient program for chemical dependency as well as a supportive outpatient program for alcohol abuse to meet the needs of the patient at different stages in their recovery.

How Brain-Stimulating Activities Aid in Managing and Recovering From Behavioral Health Challenges

How Brain-Stimulating Activities Aid in Managing and Recovering From Behavioral Health Challenges

It is a well-known fact that living with mental illness, such as depression or bipolar disorder, is highly debilitating. Often, Houston adults who suffer from bad mental health may be reluctant to get treatment because it seems like they will never be free of their illness. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, this may be a difficult battle, but with the help of our medical professionals, our outpatient behavioral health programs for adults, and even some brain-stimulating activities, adults can recover and live a mentally healthier life. Here is the role certain activities play in mental health. 

Activity May Remove Our Negative Mindset and Shift it to a Positive One

There are many stressors and triggers out there that may cause your mental wellbeing to take a turn for the worse. However, if you regularly engage in positive activity, this may help decrease the negative effects you experience. Below are various types of activities that treat mental illness and encourage good mental health.


Although exercise does improve self-image and confidence (both physically and mentally), we primarily recommend it as part of your treatment plan because regular exercise is known to activate and increases the endorphins, which then serves as a natural mood booster. It also increases blood flow to the brain, which strengthens the neurons.

Spending Time Outside

Nature and the outdoors encourages relaxation and reduces stress. According to Brad Bowins, M.D. at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), smooth contours, vibrant colors, and quiet sounds seem to help the brain calm down.

Create Art

Unfortunately, many adults think they have lost their creative ability or that they simply don’t have time for it anymore. However, you don’t have to be good at art or create a masterpiece that takes 3 months for it to be considered as art, or as beneficial to your mental health. The action of creation is what really counts here. Numerous studies have shown that painting and drawing help adults get through challenging phases of life. Studies also show that art can help people cope with their depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other behavioral health challenges because they can better resonate with their emotions and positively stimulate their brain.

Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston Offers Outpatient Behavioral Health Programs That May Be Combined With Mentally Engaging Activities

Our Intensive Outpatient Program for behavioral health is a highly structured program that gives our patients a certain level of control and freedom in order to balance their regular day-to-day life with consistent efforts to address their mental health. If you are ready to take the next step in healing from mental illness, please get an assessment so we can develop a custom treatment plan that incorporates outpatient therapy with any of the aforementioned activities. We are dedicated to helping you live a happier, mentally healthier life.

Digital graphic of adult silhouette losing pieces of itself due to mental illness

Signs a Loved One is Suffering From Mental Illness and Houston Outpatient Programs That We Recommend

It’s no secret that mental illness can be debilitating, and the more society learns about behavioral health, the more each individual opens their eyes to better look out for their loved ones. When it comes to behavioral health challenges, we understand wanting to spot the signs that a loved one is suffering from poor mental health early on so that treatment can begin sooner rather than later. 

Although every mental illness is different, and therefore has different signs and symptoms, here are a few general signs that indicate your loved one is suffering from some kind of mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, as well as what outpatient recovery programs we offer.

Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness

  • Heightened worry or fear
  • Feeling sad or down frequently
  • Trouble concentrating and focusing on tasks
  • Frequent irritability or grouchiness
  • Decreased engagement with friends, family, and social encounters
  • Changes in energy and sleeping patterns
  • Difficulty or inability to perceive and understand their own feelings
  • Sudden chemical dependency, substance abuse, alcohol addiction, and/or drug addiction
  • Becoming sick and under-the-weather often with no clear underlying cause

Although there is a stigma surrounding adult behavioral health, our behavioral health hospital staff is committed to fighting it and helping adults recover from mental illness so they can live a happier, more fulfilling life. We do so by offering an intensive outpatient program for depression (and other mental illnesses) catered to adults who are ready to move onto the next step in healing from behavioral health challenges.

Intensive Outpatient Program for Behavioral Health

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a well-structured program that gives our patients plenty of opportunities to work with us in their recovery from mental illness, while also allowing them some flexibility so they can transition to their normal day-to-day life when the time is right. This program consists of three 3-hour long group therapy sessions every week for 6 weeks, as well as a few individual therapy sessions.

Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston Tailors Treatments to Adults Hoping to Recover From Mental Illness and Challenges With Behavioral Health

Adult depression treatment, bipolar treatment, and all mental illness treatments in general need to be customized to the individual. First, we recommend your loved one get an assessment, which we will utilize to develop a behavioral health treatment plan that meets their needs. This plan may include activities that promote better mental health and our therapy sessions. Let us chart their path to recovery for a happier, more fulfilling life.

How Alcohol Addiction Manifests and Some Programs to Heal Houston Adults From Chemical Dependency

How Alcohol Addiction Manifests and Some Programs to Heal Houston Adults From Chemical Dependency

Alcohol Addiction is defined as an illness in which an individual regularly and uncontrollably drinks an excessive amount of alcohol. The affected individual will continue to consume it even if their lives have been negatively affected by their habits. This usually occurs due to the individual being dependent upon it, whether emotionally or physically–and it’s not rare to see adults experience both types of chemical dependencies. Here is how alcohol addictions may manifest and what programs our alcohol addiction rehab center in Houston offers. 

How Adult Alcohol Addiction May Manifest

Damaged Relationships

Substance abuse and alcohol addiction may result in, and manifest as, damaged relationships due to a change in behavior and personality. When addicted, the brain reconfigures how it understands pleasure, causing it to associate pleasure with alcohol consumption. This further fuels the addiction. 

Legal Problems

Alcohol addiction leads to many legal problems, such as getting cited with DWI’s, and in more severe cases, even domestic abuse if alcohol encourages that behavior.

Houston Outpatient Programs to Heal From Alcohol Addiction Resulting From Chemical Dependency

In order to heal from chemical dependency and live a healthier life, our patients must first understand the root cause of their alcohol abuse. Here is some information on the programs we offer.

Class for DWI Repeat Offenders

DWI’s are a serious charge in Texas, so we offer an intervention program that caters to repeat offenders and focuses on understanding the underlying cause. 

Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency

Although this program is less restricting than our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), this outpatient program is still well structured. It combines group therapy sessions with individual therapy sessions over the course of 6 weeks.

Supportive Outpatient Program for Alcohol Addiction

As the least restrictive outpatient program we offer, this is ideal for out adult patients who have completed the Intensive program and wish to have more support as they go back to their normal life. This program is primarily comprised of weekly group sessions. 

Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston Aims to Help Adults Recover From Their Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependency and alcohol addiction are debilitating and severely disrupt the lives of the patient and their loved ones. Just like other mental illnesses, this is nobody’s fault. If you or a loved one suffer from alcohol addiction and wish to recover, please get an assessment so we can develop a custom treatment plan.