Sacred Oak in Houston is Committed to Fighting the Adult Behavioral Health Stigma

Sacred Oak in Houston is Committed to Fighting the Adult Behavioral Health Stigma

Adult behavioral health, or more commonly referred to as mental health, is thankfully being spoken about more often now. However, this wasn’t always the case and is, in fact, very recent. Still, though, there is a harmful stigma that surrounds the topic of depression, anxiety, and even bipolar disorder. We aim to change this.

How Present is Adult Mental Illness?

Although mental health is gaining some attention these days when it comes to teenagers, not enough attention is being put toward mental health within adults. This could very well be due to the fact that the stigma is so strong that adults feel forced to stay quiet. Teenagers are getting more support these days, so they feel safe enough to open up about their depression and anxiety, especially if it means it can help someone else.

Approximately 1 out of every 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental illness in any given year. 1 in 25 American adults experience a mental illness that is so serious it severely interferes with their daily lifestyle. 20.2 million adults in the U.S. experienced a substance use disorder, and 50.5% of the 20.2 million U.S. adults that experience a substance abuse disorder–or an alcohol/drug addiction–had a mental illness at the same time. Unfortunately, only 41% of American adults with mental illness received any help at all.

The Harmful Consequences of the Stigma Surrounding Adult Mental Health

We have seen many effects that result from the harmful view on adult mental illness. Among them are your family and/or friends not understanding you, bullying or harassment, and your personal belief that you will not succeed or improve your mental health. All of this hurts your self-esteem as an adult, often leading to self-judgment and hate. Unfortunately, being stuck in this dark cloud for long enough may result in a chemical dependency, such as alcohol addiction or drug addiction.

Sacred Oak Medical Center is Fighting the Discrimination With Our Outpatient Programs

At Sacred Oak Medical Center, we are fully dedicating ourselves to helping support adults who suffer mental illness through our behavioral health outpatient programs. We offer an Intensive Outpatient Program as well as a Supportive Outpatient Program, each with different cases in mind. We strive to encourage you and remind you that your illness does not define you, and we will work with you to help you walk your path to recovery. Please schedule an assessment for more information.

Comparing Intensive Outpatient Therapy and Supportive Outpatient Therapy for Chemical Dependency

Comparing Intensive Outpatient Therapy and Supportive Outpatient Therapy for Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependency, also known as substance dependence or addiction, is one of the most common reasons why adults seek treatment at a specialized facility like ours. Although drug abuse may be confused with drug addiction, and alcohol abuse may be mistaken for alcohol addiction, there is a clear difference between the two.

At Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston, our chemical dependency hospital offers two outpatient programs designed to help adults overcome their chemical dependency and challenges–an Intensive Outpatient Program as well as a Supportive Outpatient Program. Which one our medical professionals recommend depends on the severity of the patient's experience.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

This program helps adults overcome their drug or alcohol addiction by allowing for more freedom without being as restrictive as an inpatient program and without sacrificing responsibility. 

In order for us to recommend this program to someone, the patient must be at a stage in their recovery where they are stable enough to not need round-the-clock care. This way, they have the freedom to come and go from the medical center in order to get the continued support they need. 

The intensive program lasts for about six weeks, in which the patient will be required to attend 3 adult-group sessions a week, each lasting 3 hours, along with 2 or 3 individual therapy sessions a month. We offer both daytime and evening hours in order to provide flexibility and to help the patient as needed.

The Supportive Outpatient Program (SOP) for Chemical Dependency

On the less intensive side, we offer what we refer to as our supportive program. This is best suited for adults who have successfully completed the IOP and wish to have continued, structured support throughout their recovery to keep them accountable and positive.

This program has no set time limit, as patients participate in it as needed. We do, however, recommend 3 hours worth of group sessions every week, but if the patient feels they need more then we will accommodate them.

Sacred Oak is Proud to Help Adults Work Through a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

It’s hardly a secret that chemical dependency affects a substantial portion of the population, but it's important to know that help is out there and you can start by getting an assessment. We are dedicated to helping individuals repair the body, mend the mind, and heal the spirit.

Houston Intensive Outpatient Program for Adult Mental Illness

Houston Intensive Outpatient Program for Adult Mental Illness

Adult mental health, although not as taboo as it used to be, is still stigmatized by some. Why, if 1 in 5 adults in the United States will experience mental illness in any given year? Why, if 1 in 25 American adults will experience a mental illness that is so severe it will interfere with their daily lives? Why, if it is entirely possible for adults suffering from poor behavioral health to develop drug addictions as the direct result of substance abuse as a coping mechanism? The truth is, mental illness has only recently been talked about more often, and because of this we are learning something new about behavioral health every day. One surefire way to help adults heal from their challenges with behavioral health is inpatient treatment at a rehab clinic, but our outpatient program is also an effective option for adults.

Our Houston Intensive Outpatient Program for Behavioral Health

Our adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for depression treatment or other mental illness is highly recommended for individuals who meet the following criteria:

Our outpatient program, while not as intense as our inpatient programs, is highly structured and still offers a level of intensity that helps make certain that the patient has a continuous support system throughout their rehabilitation and recovery from mental illness.

This state-of-the-art program allows for our adult patients to work one on one with our highly qualified medical professionals, so they can learn about the symptoms of their behavioral health concerns, as well as healthy ways to cope with and overcome the weight of their depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other mental illness. We have carefully developed this program so that we can give patients a stable foundation for their continued recovery and address the underlying causes.

How Our Outpatient Program for Behavioral Health Works

This program lasts for about 6 weeks and consists of 3 group sessions a week, all of which last three hours so patients can get the most out of them. It also consists of 2 or 3 individual therapy sessions a month so individuals can get more individualized help.

Saked Oak Medical Center in Houston Tailors Our Treatments to Each Individual Seeking Mental Health Improvement

Depression treatment, and mental illness treatment in general, will never be a one-size-fits-all solution. Our medical professionals will tailor treatment plans to the individual so they can get the most out of our program and lead a healthy, happy life. If you or a loved one may be in need of an intensive outpatient program for behavioral health, please get an assessment so we can develop a plan.

Understanding the Difference Between Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Addiction

Understanding the Difference Between Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Addiction

Adult alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are often used interchangeably in conversation, but in the medical field, there is a clear difference and a clear line between the two. 

Alcohol Abuse

When an individual abuses of alcohol, they are not yet addicted, but they can become addicted and dependent.

Alcohol abuse occurs when the individual drinks excessively to a point where their physical health and relationships suffer. It may also be present if they find themselves in legal trouble relating to their drinking habits, such as a DWI. 

Someone who abuses alcohol may continue to drink despite all of these problems and, unfortunately, on the outside, their abuse may not seem like abuse at all–in fact, it may even appear casual at times. Alcohol abuse often manifests as the direct result of an individual drinking alcohol in order to alleviate stress. 

Even though this sounds a lot like addiction, alcohol abusers can understand their consequences and change their behavior far more easily.

Alcohol Addiction – Also Known as Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol addiction as a chemical dependency is an illness that affects adults in the same way that abuse does, but more severely in the sense that even though both abuse and addiction are harmful behaviors, abuse still involves a degree of choice. When it comes to addiction, it’s chronic and choice is nonexistent. In addition to the aforementioned consequences of alcohol abuse, addiction causes problems with all facets of one’s life. Signs of alcohol addiction include, but are not limited to:

  • Intense cravings for alcohol
  • Inability to stop consuming alcohol
  • Continued, excess consumption of alcohol despite the negative consequences

As with any chemical dependency, it is really difficult for individuals to stop drinking on their own, which is why many end up being checked into rehab hospitals like ours and participate in both inpatient and outpatient programs for chemical dependency. 

Their inability to stop drinking may be due to a few reasons. For one, since choice is nonexistent, try as they might, it is easy to fall back on their chronic habits. Second, individuals suffering from an alcohol addiction build a high tolerance for alcohol, so they need to drink more to get the same alleviating effects. Third, alcohol addiction, much like drug addiction, almost always causes withdrawal symptoms when the individual stops drinking, so they drink again to get rid of the symptoms, which may include:

  • Cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Shakiness
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Nausea or vomiting

Sacred Oak in Houston Helps Adults Recover From Alcohol Addiction 

At Sacred Oak Medical Center, our medical professionals offer two kinds of outpatient therapy programs. One is intensive for more severe cases, and the second, though less intensive than its counterpart, is a structured program that focuses on support. Through our various group and individual sessions, our adult patients will learn how to overcome their battle with addiction and live a healthier life. To determine which program is best for you or a loved one, please schedule an assessment so we can help Repair the Body, Mend the Mind, and Heal the Spirit.

What to Do When Depression and Anxiety Occur Together in Houston Adults

What to Do When Depression and Anxiety Occur Together in Houston Adults

Everyone experiences periods of feeling down or anxious based on certain stressors of life, such as moving, losing a loved one, having a hard time at school, or losing your job. These are normal reactions. However, for 16 million American adults, their down days are persistent and exist when everything else in life seems to be going well. This is because they suffer from severe depression.

For 42 million American adults, it’s not just naturally stressful situations that make them anxious, and that’s because they have anxiety disorder. Often, when an individual has depression, anxiety also accompanies their mental illness and vise-versa.

What are Severe Depression and Anxiety Like, Together?

Although the two illnesses are different, there is overlap in their symptoms, and sometimes this only worsens symptoms. Each case is different, but when these mental illnesses come together, they undoubtedly cause debilitating behavioral health challenges.

Adult Depressive Disorder

Depressive Disorder is what we refer to as severe depression or clinical depression. Common symptoms are as follows:

  • Feeling sad, tired, and low-energy
  • Losing interest in enjoyable activities
  • A change in appetite
  • Trouble concentrating and sleeping
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness
  • Suicide thoughts/attempts 

Adult Anxiety Disorder

A little stress and anxiety is normal, and can even be good for us. Stress can trigger our fight or flight response in times of danger and it may also benefit those who wish to succeed in their Houston-based, deadline-driven job. For individuals who have Anxiety Disorder, their behaviors are different:

  • Stress and anxiety can be severe in situations that others may not feel as stressed in
  • Stress and anxiety may be persistent to a point where individuals don't get a break from it
  • Reactions to stress may seem more like overreactions
  • Extreme avoidance of stressful situations

Houston Adults Can Improve Upon Their Mental Illness and Behavioral Health

Ketamine Infusion Therapy 

Research has demonstrated that low, controlled doses of Ketamine reduce the imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitters. This imbalance contributes to both anxiety and depressive disorder. Ketamine also works faster and more efficiently than typical depression and anxiety medications, often within a few hours.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Behavioral Health

Our Houston Outpatient Program for adult behavioral health is ideal for individuals that have undergone our Partial Hospitalization Program and reached a point in their depression treatment and anxiety treatment where they no longer need round-the-clock care. It allows patients to work with our qualified medical professionals to understand the symptoms of their behavioral health, as well as healthy ways to overcome them. When in conjunction with our Ketamine Infusion Program, recovery is that much closer.

If you would like to know more about how to recover from anxiety and depression, please get an assessment. Our medical professionals will happily develop a customized treatment plan so you can live a happier, healthier life.