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.

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.

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.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a Breakthrough in Adult Depression Treatment

Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a Breakthrough in Adult Depression Treatment

In 2017, 17.3 million adults in the United States experienced a severe episode of depression, and over 16.1 million have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Of those 16.1 million, 38.3% are not receiving adequate treatment for this debilitating illness. However, Ketamine Infusion Therapy has become an effective treatment for adult depression.

How Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Work For Adults?

Ketamine works much faster and more efficiently than typical antidepressants. Antidepressants may take weeks, if not longer, before they start having an effect on our patients, but ketamine works within a few hours and in much smaller doses. 

Ketamine blocks the NMDA receptors. In doing so, it stimulates the AMPA receptors, which stimulates new receptors and synapses in the brain. For neurotransmission to occur, brain cells must send a neurochemical to the synapse. The synapse resides between neurons, and essentially works as a bridge that allows neurons to send signals to other neurons, which is how our body transmits messages to the brain. But there’s a second component necessary for this to work. In order for a neighboring cell to get the message and continue passing it along, the neurochemical has to bind to a receptor, which is simply a protein found in the brain cells.

By stimulating synapses and receptors, Ketamine aids in their connection and communication, which significantly reduces severe depressive or suicidal thoughts, like those that occur in patients who suffer from Major Depressive Disorders (MDD).

Outpatient Programs For Depression Treatment in Houston

Because of how effective ketamine is in treating depression symptoms in adults, they are able to dedicate time to therapeutic methods for recovering from depression and other behavioral health issues, such as anxiety. 

At Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston, we care about treating not only the symptoms but also the root cause. To achieve this, we offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). 

Our outpatient program for behavioral health offers a highly structured environment for our patients, which gives them some level of independence to continue their normal day-to-day activities, but also provides a strict schedule to tend to their recovery. This program lasts 6 weeks and consists of individual therapy sessions a month, as well as group sessions every week with each session lasting 3 hours. Depending on the individual’s case, our medical professionals may recommend more sessions in order to ensure our patients get the treatment they deserve.

Sacred Oak Medical Staff Will Customize Your Houston Adult Depression Treatment

We are dedicated to helping individuals live healthier lives. If you would like to know whether ketamine infusion therapy is an option for your depression treatment, then please get an assessment so we can help you get started on the road to recovery. 

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.