Behavioral Health - Symptoms, Help & Treatment
Mental Health Symptoms & Treatment Options
Many mental health issues may call for therapy in addition to medication. If you or someone you care about show any of the following symptoms, seek help from the Fort HealthCare Behavioral Health Center.
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anger, worthlessness, guilt or fear that don’t pass with time
- Unexplained fears
- Excessive worrying, including about physical appearance
- Inability to focus or relax
- Excessive alcohol or drug use
Help and Treatment Options
- Assessment A trained behavioral health therapist conducts an assessment to identify the individual’s needs and determine the nature of the issue, symptoms and accompanying life problems.
- Intervention Denial plays a large role in mental health and addiction-related problems. Many times, an affected person is unaware of the way his or her problem affects the lives of those around them. With the assistance of qualified staff specially trained in the intervention process, patients find the best methods to cope with their problems.
- Treatment Along with education about the problem, many treatment options are available for Behavioral Health Center patients including individualized counseling, couple and family counseling, intensive outpatient counseling and support groups. Our trained mental health staff provide therapy for children, adolescents, adults, family and friends.
- Education It is essential that patients gain an understanding of the nature and effects of mental health disorders and addiction problems. Therapists who are knowledgeable in a variety of topics are available to help educate patients and their families.
- One-on-One Counseling
In individual counseling, you meet alone with a counselor. This allows you to focus on your own goals and problems. One-on-one counseling may be better for you if you need special help or don’t like talking in groups.
- Group Counseling
In group counseling, you meet in a small group with a counselor. The others in the group are also substance abusers who want to get help. You can give each other support and help each other learn to cope with problems. Hearing other life stories and sharing yours helps you know that you’re not alone.
- 12-Step Programs
Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are free support groups that guide you through a 12-step recovery process. Many people choose a sponsor to help them along the way. AA and other 12-step programs are found in nearly all communities and on the Internet.
- Treatment Centers
A treatment center is a facility where you get medical care and counseling during withdrawal and the early stages of recovery. Some are live-in and some are day (outpatient) programs. Most live-in programs last at least 30 days. Day programs may last longer.
- Halfway Houses
A halfway house is a drug-free place to live while you’re recovering. Everyone in the halfway house is going through the same things you are. You take part in support groups and other activities each day. You may also go to work.
- Other Treatments
Acupuncture, hypnosis, and biofeedback are sometimes used along with other treatment options. You might want to talk with your health care provider about these.
Individual assessments are required to participate in one of these groups. You must become an active patient to participate in these groups. For dates, times and fees, call (920) 563-9542, 1-800-903-1173 or e-mail BehavioralHealth@forthc.com
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