When a person is suffering from an anxiety disorder, the distress felt can be crippling and negatively impact that individual’s ability to function in a healthy and productive manner on a day-to-day basis. Couple that distress with a chemical dependency problem and the adversity that that person will likely face can be astronomical. Sufferers of anxiety and substance use disorders often experience a great deal of inner turmoil because of their inability to cope with stress due to the lack of healthy coping skills and the abuse of substances. In many cases, anxiety disorder symptoms can become worse when a person is experiencing heightened levels of worry when trying to figure out how to conceal his or her drug use or when trying to acquire more of his or her drug of choice. Furthermore, the abuse of a given substance can also lead to addiction if that individual finds that he or she is unable to cope without being under the influence.
At Bayside Marin, we understand the anguish that occurs when an individual is suffering from an anxiety disorder and battling a substance abuse problem at the same time. For this reason, and in order to help these people achieve the lives they desire, we are proud to offer the effective treatment that is needed to help individuals with anxiety disorders and chemical dependency concerns truly heal and recover in a lasting way. Let our staff of compassionate and knowledgeable professionals assist you or someone you care about in coming to realize an existence that is not dictated by anxiety symptoms and the voracious cycle of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Bearing witness to someone grappling with untreated anxiety disorder symptoms can be heart-wrenching. Additionally, if that same person is struggling with a substance abuse problem, the worry that is often felt by close friends and loved ones can be overwhelming. However, as a concerned friend or family member, there are some things that you can do to help the person you care about in managing the symptoms of an anxiety disorder and combating an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Consider doing the following:
- Learn all that you can about clinical anxiety. There are many different types of anxiety disorders in existence and, by learning about this type of mental illness, you can narrow down the type of anxiety condition your loved one is suffering from. Doing this will also give you an insight into what your loved one is going through.
- Educate yourself on the correlation between clinical anxiety and addiction. It is quite common for sufferers of untreated mental illness to turn to substances as a means of coping with their symptoms. By gaining a better understanding of the relationship between mental health conditions and addiction, you will have an even greater sense of the turmoil afflicting the person you care about.
- Research treatment options that care for the specific needs of individuals battling mental illness and substance abuse concerns. These types of the treatment centers are available and are well-equipped to effectively care for individuals with these types of treatment needs.
- Share your findings with your loved one and convey the need for treatment in a supportive and empathic manner. Those suffering from dual diagnosis conditions often need ample support from those who care for them most. Therefore, but sharing your concerns with your loved one with regards to the need for treatment, you are showing your support in a beneficial manner.
- Offer to accompany your loved one to any scheduled tours or assessments. Doing this is another great way to show your support and demonstrate that you care about your loved one’s needs.
Lastly, one of the best things you can do for your loved one once he or she is engaged in treatment is to try to be part of your loved one’s care. Additionally, if you are able to do so, it is a good idea to consult with your loved one’s treatment providers and ask if there are things that you can do to help your loved one be successful while in and after treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Bayside Marin
Allowing the symptoms of an anxiety disorder to remain untreated can put a person at risk for experiencing numerous consequences that carry the potential to affect several areas of that individual’s life. Should an individual resort to abusing drugs and/or alcohol as a means of coping with said symptoms, the risk for addiction and dependence is great. When a person is experiencing symptoms synonymous with an anxiety disorder and abuses substances, any existing symptoms could become worse. Self-harm, ideations of suicide, and even attempts at suicide could occur in a person’s future if treatment is not sought. Furthermore, a person suffering from anxiety and substance abuse will likely experience the demise of meaningful relationships with others, have poor work performance or lose his or her job, engage in risky behaviors due to decreased inhibitions when under the influence, and potentially have increased interaction with law enforcement because of said behaviors. With regards to the overall health of a person with anxiety and chemical dependency concerns, several dangerous health risks could emerge that could be life-threatening. Luckily, there are treatment options that can help sufferers of such conditions avoid these detriments all together.
Types of Treatment Offered at Bayside Marin
With an unparalleled dedication to providing high-class care to men and women, aged 18 and older, Bayside Marin has solidified its status as a leading provider of addiction and dual diagnosis treatment. Understanding that those batting chemical dependency are often suffering from mental health concerns, such as anxiety, at the same time, the various treatment modalities and techniques that we utilize within our innovative programming treat the whole person, not just an addiction or the symptoms of a mental health disorder. We believe that truly effective care must be holistic and incorporate a wide range of approaches in order to successfully treat all of the concerns that plague our clients most.
Individualized treatment planning that is catered to meet the unique needs of each client is cornerstone to the care supplied by our staff of compassionate, knowledgeable, and experienced professionals. Treatment planning at Bayside Marin is a collaborative effort that includes feedback from both our staff and the clients entrusted into our care so that the men and women who come to Bayside Marin will experience the most positive treatment outcomes. Our mission to make the therapeutic process, as well as the outcomes of treatment, positive is fulfilled by improving each of our client’s self-esteem, relationships with others, productivity, and ability to live a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, we are steadfast in helping our clients set attainable goals while in treatment and for the future so as to instill the belief that a history of addiction and mental illness do not have to be barriers for achieving personal ambitions. When clients partake in our state-of-the-art residential program, the following therapeutic approaches can be woven into their personalized treatment plans:
Medical detoxification: A long-standing addiction to certain drugs and/or alcohol will likely lead to physical dependence. When clients come to Bayside Marin for treatment, yet require assistance in overcoming withdrawal after developing a dependence upon substances, medical detoxification services will be implemented into their treatment plans and take place prior to engaging in our residential programming. Medical staff are on hand 24/7 to monitor the health of each client receiving detox and, when necessary, will utilize certain medications in order to make this process as comfortable and painless as possible.
Medication management: When an individual is battling a mental health condition, such as anxiety, the use of certain medications may be incorporated into his or her treatment plan while at Bayside Marin. The recommendation for medication management services will be based on the needs of each client and meetings with a psychiatrist will occur each week to monitor how clients respond to any medications prescribed. Our caring nurses are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist in monitoring each client’s progress while taking medication(s).
Individual therapy: One-to-one sessions with a mental health professional can be a time for clients to process their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and triumphs while at Bayside Marin. These sessions take place twice per week or more if it is deemed necessary for a client’s progress.
Couples and family therapy: Available on an as-needed basis, Bayside Marin offers couples and family therapy sessions. These sessions are conducted by each client’s primary therapist and can be a time to improve communication and foster a greater sense of support between clients and their loved ones.
Group therapy: A core component to the care offered at Bayside Marin is group counseling. Each client will partake in group therapy sessions at least three times per day, of which feature the following topics:
- Continuing care planning
- Treatment planning
- Substance abuse education
- Dietary counseling
- Family education
- Discharge planning
Experiential therapy: True holistic treatment involves the inclusion of experiential therapies. Bayside Marin’s care includes these therapies as a way to help clients realize the connection between their minds, bodies, and spirits. Offered once per week, the following experiential therapies are featured at Bayside Marin:
- Therapeutic gardening
- Art therapy
- Massage therapy
Family program: Bayside Marin is proud to offer a program for the family members and loved ones of the clients we treat. This program, which features psychoeducational opportunities, occurs two times per month and assists those closest to our clients in understanding their roles during the recovery process. This specialized program also helps family members and loved ones in establishing their own networks of support and provides a forum to relate and bond with others who have endured similar struggles.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Bayside Marin, we are dedicated to making sure that our clients remain successful in their recovery process long after receiving treatment at our center. To us, this dedication lies in the thorough discharge planning we do and the continuing care options that we offer to our clients and their loved ones.
During the first few days of treatment, our continuing care coordinators meet with clients to begin the process of preparing for discharge. These staff members will also periodically meet with clients during treatment to check in on their progress in order to determine what each client’s needs will be upon leaving Bayside Marin. Detailed discharge packets are created with the input from our clients, and our continuing care coordinators will put forth their best efforts to ensure that the most appropriate referrals are made. Additionally, if any follow-up appointments are needed, these same staff members will schedule them so as to make the discharge process as streamlined and as simple as possible.
Bayside Marin also offers each client and their loved ones 12 months of free continuing care once a client completes his or her treatment. A recovery coach is assigned to each client upon graduating from our residential care and will work with clients and family members to ensure that they are receiving ample support and the resources needed to continue the positive progress made while at Bayside Marin. Any and all services recommended are based on the needs of clients and their loved ones, and each person involved in this after care program is encouraged to adhere to treatment recommendations and update the recovery coach on new concerns so as to prevent relapse and other hindrances in the recovery process.
Yet another facet of continuing care offered by Bayside Marin is the Recovery and Renewal service. This service is for alumni to return to Bayside Marin to rejuvenate the skills needed to help them remain successful in their recovery journeys. Former clients can spend a few days in the program’s milieu and, once again, leave Bayside Marin with the confidence required to remain steadfast on the road towards a healthier lifestyle.
At Bayside Marin, we want to afford our clients with the best opportunities for achieving the recovered lives they deserve. If you or a loved one is suffering from an anxiety disorder, or other mental health condition, at the same time as an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, your search for a world-class treatment provider is over. As a center that offers superior and effective care, we can help you or your loved one come to realize a healed existence that can lead to a bright and happy future that is not restricted by the presence of unmanaged mental health symptoms and chemical dependency concerns. We are here to help.