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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 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.

Outpatient Programs For Adult Behavioral Health in Houston, TX

Outpatient Programs For Adult Behavioral Health in Houston, TX

If you read our previous blog, then you know that at Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston, we are continuously fighting the stigma that surrounds adult mental illness. Stigmas are harmful, and rather than ridiculing adults who suffer from mental illness, we should help and support them. This is why we offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adult behavioral health. Here is how they compare.

PHP - Partial Hospitalization Program for Adults Suffering From Mental Illness

Our PHP provides non-inpatient care to adults who are facing challenges in their behavioral health. It is an intense and highly structured program that is especially geared to those of our patients who are experiencing issues with their behavioral health, but may or may not also be dealing with substance abuse, addiction, and chemical dependency on top of it. Our goal with this program is to prepare our patients to get back to their normal home lives and ease this transition so they have a solid foundation as they continue on with their recovery. We achieve this by addressing and managing stressors and triggers, as well as the symptoms that follow.

This program lasts for 2 months and consists of 5 classes a week, each lasting 6 hours, but we will tailor it accordingly, depending on the patient’s personal case.

IOP - Intensive Outpatient Program for Adult Behavioral Health Challenges

The IOP is best suited to individuals who have either completed our In-Patient Behavioral Health treatment and/or our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). If they haven’t completed these programs, then their particular case must be one that allows for the greater flexibility the IOP offers. However, greater flexibility does not mean this program is extremely lenient. We still ensure it is highly structured to ensure our patient gets the help they need in their depression treatment or other mental illness treatment. 

The program lasts about 6 weeks and consists of 3 group sessions a week, each lasting 3 hours. It also consists of 2-3 individual sessions on a monthly basis.

Sacred Oak Tailors Treatments to Every Adult Looking to Improve Their Behavioral Health

Depression treatment, and mental illness treatment in general, are not one-size-fits-all solutions. Our medical professionals tailor their treatment plans to each individual’s needs and revise as necessary. If you or a loved one need to treat mental illness and are seeking an effective outpatient program, then please get an assessment so we can begin charting the path to recovery.

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. 

Chemical Dependency - How the Family is Also Affected and How to Recover Together With Our Houston Outpatient Programs

Chemical Dependency - How the Family is Also Affected and How to Recover Together With Our Houston Outpatient Programs

Chemical dependency, otherwise known as drug abuse or drug addiction, is a debilitating illness that affects at least 10% of adults in the United States. 10% may not sound like much, but to put it in perspective, that’s about 20.2 million adults who have experienced substance abuse. 75% of those adults have not received treatment and 50.5% of them also battled challenges with their behavioral health. It matters less about how many are affected, and more about the fact that people are affected in the first place.

At Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston, we actively help our patients overcome their addiction, but we also insist on the family’s role in recovery as well. Here’s how the family plays a crucial role in recovery from chemical dependency.

Drug Abuse and Drug Addiction are a Family Disease

When we say this, we mean that the patient is not the only one who has been affected by their drug addiction–their family and loved ones have also been affected.

Usually, relationships are broken due to a loss of trust, and sometimes there is a great financial burden the family is experiencing. We have also seen family members that feel like they’re at fault or weren’t good enough, and that’s why the patient turned to drug or alcohol abuse in the first place.

Sacred Oak in Houston Offers Family Sessions to Aid in Drug and Alcohol Rehab

It is because of this that the family must also recover together, especially if the patient has been experiencing extreme shame and guilt.

When someone is dealing with substance addiction or substance abuse, often times their family members are angry, hurt, and filled with resentment, and while this is completely understandable, it will not help the patient. This is why, in addition to our Intensive Outpatient Program and Supportive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency, we also offer family therapy sessions. These sessions facilitate the healing process and create an atmosphere of understanding, sympathy, and love so that everyone can start recovering and focus on supporting one another.

If you or a loved one has been battling a drug or alcohol addiction and is ready to recover, then please get an assessment so we can gain an understanding of what treatment regiment might be most helpful to you. We are fully prepared to help you and your family surpass this trying time and come out stronger and healthier than before.