Mental Health Specific Treatment
To meet growing demand, WestBridge expanded our programming to include 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 in residential and community-based outpatient programs. We now use our expertise in treating serious mental illness to serve individuals and their families with or without co-occurring substance use across men’s gender-specific and all gender programming.
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
Individuals seeking treatment at WestBridge can present with symptoms of mental illness with or without substance use. Many individuals treated in our Residential Treatment Program and Community Integration Program have experienced multiple hospitalizations and treatment episodes, employment disruption, family distress, and legal involvement. Individuals can enter directly into any of our levels of care. Lengths of stay in all 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 Abuse
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.
Some protective factors usually associated with lower rates of substance use are significantly limited among people experiencing serious mental illness.
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 and social experiences. We also provide family education.
WestBridge’s independently verified treatment outcomes for men with co-occurring disorders are published in an international journal.
Insurance and Financing
WestBridge is a non-profit organization. All programs are self-pay. Some programs and services may be contracted in-network with insurance companies or reimbursement eligible through out-of-network benefits, which may offset costs. Contact Admissions for details.