The severe changes in mood associated with bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with an individual’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis. One minute you may be consumed with feelings of sadness and the next filled with excitement. You may be confused and scared as you are unsure why you are continuing to experience such drastic changes in mood. The staff at Blue Ridge can offer the much needed support and peace of mind you are looking for.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that involves extreme changes in mood ranging from severe depression to mania. Individuals suffering with this disorder experience intense emotions that are beyond the normal ups and downs of everyday life. Not only do these individuals have mood disruptions, they experience unusual changes in energy levels, activity levels, and have difficulty carrying out even simple tasks. During a depression period the individual may feel completely hopeless, but during a manic phase that same individual may feel they are on top of the world.
Bipolar I disorder is defined by episodes of mania that cause an abnormally elevated persistent mood and activity level followed by intense depressive episodes. Bipolar II disorder is characterized by a pattern of depressive episodes that shift back and forth with hypomanic episodes. Finally, cyclothymia is a related disorder defined by chronic fluctuations in mood that involve both hypomanic and depression symptoms. Although similar to bipolar disorder the symptoms of cyclothymia are never severe enough to meet the criteria for full-blown manic or depressive episodes.
If you or a loved one is suffering from bipolar disorder, the treatment team at Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center can help. We understand that a constant change in your mood can leave you feeling like your life is a chaotic mess. We can help put some stability back in your life. If you are struggling with bipolar disorder don’t continue to struggle alone. Pick up the phone and call us today.
Why Should You Consider Residential Treatment at Blue Ridge
Without effective treatment the symptoms associated with bipolar disorder will only cause greater suffering. Individuals with bipolar disorder may watch their life may begin to unravel leaving them unsure of where to turn next. If you have bipolar disorder you may realize that you have begun to have problems in your social relationships and that you are slowly shutting yourself off from the world. You may find yourself experiencing cognitive impairments and have fleeting thoughts of suicide. With proper support and treatment these symptoms can be properly managed.
At Blue Ridge we offer residential treatment programs that are effective at helping you learn to cope with their bipolar disorder and live a fulfilling life. A recovery center like ours is designed to eliminate outside stressors to allow you the time to heal and get your symptoms under control.
Our recovery center is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a beautiful environment where you can feel safe as you begin your healing process. Our holistic treatment approach ensures that you will get the most comprehensive treatment available. Our empathetic and fully trained treatment team is ready to help you reclaim your 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 bipolar 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, we know that ultimately you hold the key to your success.
Types of Therapy we Use to Treat Bipolar Disorder
Blue Ridge residential treatment programs offer a number of effective treatment models for the management of bipolar 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 bipolar disorder more adequately manage their symptoms. The types of medication will depend on the type of bipolar disorder and the severity of your symptoms. While medication is usually needed on a long-term basis, the dosage may be altered as you learn 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 bipolar 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 your bipolar disorder and how they can contribute to your recovery process.
We also provide additional non-traditional methods to assist with your recovery. These include:
- Recreational programming
- Guided meditation
- Spiritual therapy
- Art programming
- Nutritional counseling
- Role playing
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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 bipolar 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 getting the continued support you need to be successful in your recovery.