WestBridge utilizes evidence-based practices to provide dual diagnosis residential treatment to individuals and families that experience co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Our residential programs are safe, home-like environments that provide stabilization, evaluation and support for adult men whose lives have been become unstable as a result of their mental health symptoms and substance use.
For someone who has never experienced dual diagnosis treatment programs before, the prospect of going to live somewhere with several strangers can be daunting. Mainstream stereotypes of “rehab” paint a picture of locked doors, long hallways and loud buzzing sounds when you are “let in.” These perceptions are not and never have been a reflection of the WestBridge philosophy. A core component of our philosophy is individualizing the care that we provide. We customize our treatment approach based on the stage of change and readiness for recovery that each individual experiences.
WestBridge’s dual diagnosis treatment programs in Manchester, New Hampshire and Brooksville, Florida, enable participants to begin or to re-establish the healing process. The typical length of stay in our residential programs is three to six months. However, we welcome residents to stay for longer; there is no maximum length of stay at WestBridge.
Setting the Pace for Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment
At WestBridge, residential treatment is an incredibly helpful modality for individuals who experience co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. When someone enters dual diagnosis residential treatment, the first objective is to establish a sense of safety. We provide an environment that is homelike, comfortable and wellness-oriented. Our facilities are intentionally designed to promote a sense of belonging and community. People feel safer when they know they are being supported and joined by others.
The initial phase of treatment and recovery in a residential treatment program starts with side-by-side support and close observations. On a 24-hour basis, our staff is able to identify and support an individual’s strengths and challenges with respect to a variety of daily living situations. Some of these areas include:
- Interaction and connectedness with other people
• Coping with stress
• Diet and exercise
• Sleep and waking habits
The Commons sample schedule (schedules vary by week and by program).
|7:00 am||Wake up/Meds/Breakfast/ADL||Wake up/Meds/Breakfast/ADL|
|8:30 am||Goals Group||Goals Group|
|9:45 am||Reasons to Recover Group||Vocational Group|
|10:45 am||Change Group||Anger Management|
|1:00 pm||Yoga||Relapse Prevention|
|2:00 pm||Free Time||Free Time|
|5:30 pm||Recovery Group/AA|
|6:00 pm||Community Meeting|
|7:00 pm||Recovery Group/AA|
|7:30 pm||Progress Group|
|8:30 pm||Progress Group|
|10:00 pm||Lights Out||Lights Out|
More traditional assessments also take place to understand an individual’s history, risks, family relationships, symptoms, substance use, physical health, spirituality, and other relevant factors that impact recovery. All of these observations and assessments lead to the development of a comprehensive treatment plan that is individualized based on helping a participant achieve his personally established goals.
Community-Centered Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs
Probably the most important and helpful element of residential treatment is that it helps individuals become part of a community. Our programs are located in areas that are integrated into the local community, albeit with appropriate safeguards to protect individual confidentiality.
Learning to live a life of recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders involves changing unhelpful habits and building a solid, dependable support network. When we feel a sense of belonging and acceptance by others, we are able to more easily “be ourselves.” But being in a community involves more than just acceptance; it also pushes each of us to be accountable for maintaining the greater good.
Participants in residential treatment at WestBridge are active in the running and upkeep of the residence, the selection of meal choices, identifying things needing improvement, and in holding each other accountable for behaving in ways that support recovery. Successful community living involves giving and receiving feedback to others, learning to respect and maintain healthy boundaries, taking care of the environment and understanding how our actions affect others.
As participants progress through their dual diagnosis residential treatment, they are offered increased opportunities to expand their community by becoming more active in self-help, education and vocational pursuits. These all become ways to apply the principles of successful community living that have been learned in the residential program and to reinforce healthy choices that support long-term recovery.
We support our men in becoming increasingly involved in community activities, including work and school. We also design individualized transition plans with each participant, which include support from our Care Management team and gradual movement toward an independent lifestyle and residence. As participants transition into the community and regain increasing independence, our outpatient programs are fully equipped to customize flexible levels of care to support their ongoing needs throughout the recovery process.