WestBridge’s dual diagnosis residential treatment program in Manchester, New Hampshire , enables men with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder to begin or to re-establish the healing process.
When men enter our 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 Residential Treatment
Residential treatment is an incredibly helpful modality for men who experience co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.
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 a man’s strengths and challenges with respect to a variety of daily living situations. Some of these areas include:
• Interacting and connecting with others
• Coping with stress
• Diet and exercise
• Sleep and waking habits
Sample schedule (schedules vary by week and by location).
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Progressing Through Our Residential Program
More traditional assessments also take place to understand each man’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.
Probably the most important and helpful element of residential treatment is that it helps men 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.
Men 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 men 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 design individualized transition plans with each participant, which includes support from our Care Management team and gradual movement toward an independent lifestyle and residence.
The average length of stay in our residential program is three to six months, based on individual need.
Transitioning into Our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Outpatient Model
Many men who begin in residential treatment transition into our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program.
As men transition into the community and regain increasing independence, our ACT program is fully equipped to customize flexible levels of care to support their ongoing needs throughout the recovery process.
Care Managers support our Assertive Community Treatment participants in the areas of housing, finances, employment, symptom management, medical care, addictions counseling, wellness, and family life. They work closely with individuals to ensure a smooth transition while maintaining daily living. Their services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Studies have shown that ACT services are highly effective for men with co-occurring disorders who may need extra support to live independently prior to ultimately returning to their home communities.