For many, experiencing some sort of change in life can be exciting. However, there are individuals who, once the life change or changes have occurred, are unable to adjust to their new circumstances and go on to develop adjustment disorder. Adjustment disorder is a clinical diagnosis for someone who is not able to adapt to life changes without experiencing emotional upheaval and a change in their functioning as a result. Examples of life changes that may trigger adjustment disorder symptoms can include getting married, having a baby, losing a loved one, or job loss. However, by seeking professional assistance, an individual can learn to manage the symptoms of this illness and develop the skills needed to handle stress in the future.
At Blue Ridge Mountain Recover Center, we understand what it means to suffer from adjustment disorder and we have designed our programming to address and treat the sensitive nature of this condition. We offer top notch treatment options that have positively transformed the lives of countless individuals, and we believe we can help you or a loved one learn to manage the symptoms of this illness more effectively.
Why Should You Consider Residential Treatment at Blue Ridge
While the symptoms of adjustment disorder may dissipate after a while, some individuals experience the pangs of this condition for longer and require care in order to resume their healthy lives. Failing to receive treatment and allowing this disorder to remain present can signify a series of unfortunate circumstances that can exacerbate adjustment disorder symptoms and trigger additional mental health disorders to manifest. Additionally, some people with adjustment disorder may turn to the abuse of substances as a means of coping with their pain and stress. When this occurs, it is likely that a person will develop an addiction that can add to his or her already mounting concerns. Ideations of suicide are also probable if a person does not learn how to adapt to life changes, and health problems may become an issue if effective treatment is not received when adjustment disorder symptoms become present. It is important to know, however, that treatment can mitigate these consequences and help a person live a more productive and happy life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
The multidimensional residential treatment programs at Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center provide individualized treatment designed to meet each client’s needs. Additionally, we emphasize treating the whole person instead of just focusing on eliminating the presenting symptoms. There is so much more to you than the symptoms of adjustment disorder.
The staff at Blue Ridge will get to know you personally in order to create the best treatment plan possible. They will focus on your current strengths empowering you to take an active approach to your recovery. We will do everything in our power to help you, and we know that ultimately you hold the key to your success.
Types of Therapy we Use to Treat Adjustment Disorder
Blue Ridge residential treatment programs offer a number of effective treatment models for the management of adjustment disorder. Through years of experience with treating individuals with this disorder we have found that the best treatment is a combination of medication management, traditional therapy, and experiential techniques.
Medication is used to help individuals who are diagnosed with adjustment disorder more adequately manage their symptoms. The types of medication will depend on the symptoms of adjustment disorder and the severity of them. The dosage prescribed may be altered as you lean new coping skills that will aid in symptom management. Medication management will be provided by your treatment team. You will work with them to determine which medications work best for you.
Individual therapy gives you the opportunity to work closely with a trained therapist to sort through concerns you have with your current condition. This a more intimate setting in which you will learn to cope with your symptoms, identify stressors, and discover how to deal with any other co-occurring mental illnesses.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly used at Blue Ridge to help you identify your destructive thinking patterns and the resulting negative behavior. By changing your thoughts to more constructive thoughts you can begin to change your behavior as well.
Reality-based therapy (RT) focuses upon your most current problems instead of looking back at past issues. Through this therapy you will learn problem-solving skills that will be practiced through different exercises such as role playing. These techniques will help you to deal with struggles related to your adjustment disorder.
Group therapy is a major component to the residential treatment programs here at Blue Ridge. We want you to connect with other individuals facing similar struggles so that you can learn from each other’s experiences. While you gain additional support you can work together to learn more effective coping strategies and how to prevent relapse. We offer both process and psycho-educational groups that focus on a variety of topics depending on the session.
Finally another important portion of our treatment program is family therapy. Family sessions will be used to help identify and work through existing family dynamics that may have exacerbated your disorder. We also hold a 2-day intensive family workshop where your family members will learn about adjustment disorder and how they can contribute to your recovery process.
We also provide additional non-traditional methods to assist with your recovery. These include:
- Art programming
- Guided meditation
- Nutritional counseling
- Recreational programming
- Role playing
- Spiritual therapy
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
Before you are discharged from our residential treatment program you will work with your treatment team to establish an effective aftercare plan. Together you will determine which type of program will be best for your current needs.
Whether you will be transferring to an intensive outpatient program, such as Partial Hospital Program (PHP) or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), or traditional outpatient therapy, we will help set everything up to make the transition as smooth as possible. All of these programs provide less structure than residential programs, but still offer a variety of therapeutic services to help you continue to recover from adjustment disorder.
If you are returning home, we will help to connect you with a local outpatient provider and set up an appointment time to ensure there are no lapses in your recovery. We want to make sure that you are getting the continued support you need to be successful in your recovery.