When individuals suffer from mental health and substance use disorders, their symptoms affect everyone around them, particularly family members who love them and desperately want to help them find relief. Thus, Family Education and Support (FES) is a key component of the integrated dual diagnosis rehab treatment at WestBridge.
People diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse disorders have two diseases occurring at the same time in their brains. Either disorder may cause hallucinations, delusions, anxiety, or chronic depression. Individuals with dual diagnoses often have trouble facing the everyday circumstances of their lives. They may make unsound choices. Their symptoms and behaviors often leave family members feeling afraid, frustrated and isolated as they attempt to cope. The evidence-based family services provided by WestBridge bring new hope to families who are seeking solutions for themselves and their loved one. Family education and support is a fundamental part of both residential and outpatient treatment programs.
Education And Therapy Provide Basis For Family Support
Once an initial screening process has been completed and the decision is made to enter integrated dual diagnosis treatment, individual participants and their families begin working with a team of professionals who will remain with the participants throughout the recovery process. This sense of continuity in a single home-like environment gives an instantaneous spirit of caring and respect. This sets the stage for a journey that will lead everyone involved to a confident outlook and will equip them with tools to create a healthy, supportive life in the community.
Our family involvement program provides education and skill building that empowers program participants and their families to deal with co-occurring disorders in an optimal manner. Families receive a comprehensive WestBridge FES workbook to help them learn detailed information about the illnesses that are affecting their loved one. In the initial stage, participants and families learn about what creates stress in their lives. The stress-vulnerability model used at WestBridge helps them connect stress and other factors to the susceptibility of the symptoms of their mental illness.
The next phase of FES involves the topic of substance use disorders. Participants are able to see how substance use progresses to an addictive stage and how different drugs affect the body, mind and emotions. They then learn coping strategies that do not involve drugs or alcohol. Family education and support involves weekly meetings, cognitive behavioral therapy, and ongoing goal-setting. By equipping participants and families with knowledge and by providing the support of a consistent team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors and other professionals, WestBridge’s integrated dual diagnosis treatment reduces tension in the family, provides encouragement and focuses on the future. Family members learn to move from a place of crisis response to one of loving and objective support.
Community-Based Treatment Assists Participants And Families
Because of the nature of dual brain diseases, family members often find themselves in a position of providing crisis intervention, support with daily activities, transportation and other aspects of daily living. Our Care Management teams help relieve families of these duties by providing Assertive Community Treatment. Care Managers provide services to participants within the community in a variety of areas, including:
- Physical health
- Medical care and medication support
- Vocational counseling and career development
- Housing maintenance and stability
- Financial management
- Substance use and mental health counseling
- Self-help group identification and accompaniment
- Symptom management
- Recreation and leisure activities
- Coordination of services with other providers