The basis of WestBridge’s treatment approach is doing what works to help individuals and families to achieve recovery from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse. Research shows that, when certain evidence-based clinical practices are applied, individuals can and do recover from dual disorders. WestBridge utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches that have been extensively researched and demonstrated to work for dually diagnosed individuals:
Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
By offering a personalized treatment plan that addresses both mental health and substance use together in one setting, our clinicians provide the support to manage symptoms of both disorders simultaneously.
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Family Education & Support
Through relationship-building, education, collaboration, problem-solving, and an atmosphere of hope, our Family Education & Support program helps reduce tension and stress, encourages support within families. Through the process of FES, families build a partnership of respect, trust, and empowerment among everyone involved in the treatment process. Participation from family can make all the difference in a loved one’s ability to progress in his recovery.
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Assertive Community Treatment
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) helps individuals develop skills to live actively and productively in their community without being consumed by their mental illness or addiction. Customized for each participant, these services address individuals’ needs related to symptom management, housing, finances, employment, medical care, substance use, family life, and other activities of daily living. Our team is available 24 hours a day, and works with participants in their own communities. Services may be provided for as long as each individual wants and needs.
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Stages of Change
Our team understands that, throughout the treatment and recovery process, individuals experience and adapt to change in different stages. At WestBridge, we often say, “we meet each participant where he’s at,” which means that we customize our treatment approach to each individual based on the stage of change he is currently experiencing. In doing so, we work with participants to achieve their recovery goals, one step at a time.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
For all human beings, our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are fundamentally connected. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps identify and modify dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors that underlie symptoms caused by psychological distress. CBT focuses on learning how to change our thoughts, and therefore behaviors, from negative and self-defeating to positive and self-affirming.
Using medication in a systematic and effective way as part of the overall treatment for severe mental illness can yield extremely positive results for many individuals. WestBridge monitors and records each participant’s results throughout the treatment process, involving individuals, their families, and their clinical team in decision making during each stage. Our medical team makes every effort to prevent unnecessary or non-essential medication, and to eliminate all possibility of adverse drug-to-drug reactions.
Motivational interviewing is a goal-oriented, participant-focused process that supports individuals in engaging in the treatment process, decreasing ambivalence, and changing their behavior with increased personal drive. This counseling style helps participants develop coping skills, insight, and behavior that supports and enhance recovery and their sense of personal importance.
At WestBridge we believe in rewarding behaviors that help move an individual towards recovery. Contingency Management uses rewards developed with the individual and family to support positive behaviors and promote self-control.
Participants and families are educated on and encouraged to engage in 12-step self-help programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Self-help groups complement and extend the effects of treatment, and provide individuals with support from a community of peers.
WestBridge’s employment specialists help participants with mental illness find and keep employment within the community. All choices and decisions about work are based on each individual’s preferences, experiences, and strengths. Employment support continues for as long as is clinically appropriate, and often includes assistance outside the work place.
Mindfulness is, generally speaking, characterized as the intentional act of focusing one’s attention on being present with the emotions, thoughts, and physical feelings that one experiences from moment to moment. Practicing mindfulness has been demonstrated to help reduce anxiety and stress, improve self-control, assist in coping with urges to use substances, and prevent relapse. Understanding one’s own emotions can decrease self-blame, increase positivity, reduce the numbers of medications needed, and accelerate recovery.
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Quitting smoking improves one’s health in multiple ways. Studies have shown that, over a short period of time after quitting, individuals can lower their blood pressure, improve their circulation and lung function, and reduce their risk of stroke and heart disease. WestBridge assists participants with effective quitting strategies and provides support and health tips in a group setting, enabling each individual to achieve all possible health benefits as they transition away from smoking.
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The human body needs sleep to restore itself and to prepare for the next day. Sleep disturbances can contribute to treatment resistance, psychiatric symptoms, cravings and drug relapse, ineffectiveness in daily functioning, weight gain, diabetes, obesity, low immune system functioning, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Chronic sleep challenges can also lead to a shortened life. By assessing sleep patterns and history, daily diet and exercise, caffeine intake, drug and alcohol use, and other related factors, WestBridge helps participants to overcome obstacles to sleep and significantly improve their lifestyles. We also have trained Sleep Coaches on staff, who work with participants during evening hours to assist with the implementation and maintenance of healthy sleep habits and routines.
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