Mental Health Specific Treatment
In January of 2022, we added Mental Health Specific Treatment Incorporating Substance Use Prevention.
To meet growing demand, WestBridge expanded our programming to include men’s mental health-specific treatment. From 2001-2021, WestBridge explicitly focused on integrated dual disorders treatment for men and their families experiencing co-occurring mental illness and substance use. We now use our expertise in treating serious mental illness to serve men and their families with or without co-occurring substance use.
Elements of Treatment
Treatment is individualized based on each participant’s needs. Education on substance use prevention is factored into the programing, along with our existing multiple simultaneous evidence based practices and an intensive family program.
Who We Treat
Men seeking treatment at WestBridge can present with both symptoms of mental illness with or without substance use, can enter our care via Residential Treatment or Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). Average length of stay in both programs varies based on individual needs.
Common Diagnoses in Our Program
Men treated at WestBridge include those diagnosed with thought and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD alone, or combined with substance use, including Opioid Use Disorder, Cannabis Use Disorder, or Polysubstance Use Disorder. In addition, men who have experienced multiple hospitalizations and treatment episodes, employment disruption, family distress, and legal involvement can be considered for admission.
WestBridge provides a battery of assessments, along with psychopharmacology evaluation(s), medication monitoring, psychiatry appointments, care management, vocational counseling, and a host of group and individual therapeutic and milieu activities, as well as community based experiences.
Why Prevent Substance when there is Mental Illness?
Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa. Substance use can also lead to changes in some of the same brain areas disrupted in mental disorders, including thought and mood disorders, posing challenges for recovery.
Protective factors usually associated with lower rates of substance use do not exist in severe mental illness. Many programs that treat serious mental illness do not address substance use, or work to prevent it, and WestBridge is utilizing our expertise to pioneer in this area.
Our Approach to Prevention
We conduct through evaluations to identify risk and protective factors. Risk factors, which we seek to decrease, may include emotional pain and past use. Protective factors, which we seek to amplify, include discussion of risks and consequences, and activities that promote emotional regulation such as wellness activities, sleep hygiene, and mindfulness. We also build independent living skills, peer pressure management and refusal skills. We look at the future optimistically with participants, treating mental illness, emotional pain, and connecting participants with meaningful social, occupational, educational and volunteer experiences. We also provide intensive family education.
WestBridge’s independently verified treatment outcomes for men with co-occurring disorders are published in an international journal.