For someone who has never experienced residential treatment 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 do not match reality.
At WestBridge, residential treatment is an incredibly helpful modality for adult men who experience co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. When a participant enters 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 observe and assess a man’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
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.
Being Part of a Community
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 participants progress in 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 lifelong recovery.
treatment of men with co-occurring mental illness
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