Whenever mental illness is a factor in an individual’s life, it has the potential to cause significant disturbances within all facets of his or her daily functioning. Bipolar disorder is one type of mental illness that is known to reap many negative repercussions in the lives of those afflicted by it. Characterized by extreme fluctuations in mood that render sufferers incapable of functioning appropriately, the symptoms of bipolar disorder can cause individuals to experience upheaval socially, occupationally, and in their day-to-day existence. At Bayside Marin, we recognize how difficult it can be to face each day plagued by the symptoms of bipolar disorder and we understand how much more profound the concerns become when the presence of bipolar disorder is coupled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. For this reason, we have created specialized, effective programming that is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are suffering from this form of dual diagnosis. With treatment that is offered in a private, intimate setting overlooking Mount Tamalpais and the beautiful San Francisco Bay, clients who come to Bayside Marin can be assured that they will receive an unparalleled level of care.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who is suffering from bipolar disorder can leave a person filled with countless questions as to what he or she can do in order to best be of support to the person that he or she cares for. The ups and downs that your loved one experiences can be confusing and at times even scary, but there are some steps that you can take in order to be of assistance to your loved one.
- Learn about bipolar disorder. Gaining an understanding of this illness can help put what your loved one experiences on a daily basis into perspective and assist you in developing a sense of empathy towards him or her.
- Research treatment options that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals who are struggling with the symptoms of bipolar disorder and co-occurring addiction concerns. Present your findings to your loved one and offer to go with him or her to any appointments or tours of facilities that may be scheduled.
- Once treatment has started, make an effort to be an active part of your loved one’s therapeutic process. Research has shown that the more involved an individual’s family members and loved ones are, the more successful treatment outcomes are likely to be.
- Ask your loved one’s treatment provider questions regarding what you can do for your loved one when he or she is at home in order to help them remain successful in the recovery process.
- Help your loved one adhere to any recommendations that are provided by his or her treatment provider.
- Remain a constant source of encouragement and support for your loved one at all times.
Why Consider Treatment at Bayside Marin
When the symptoms of bipolar disorder are allowed to persist alongside the presence of an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, the effects that it can have on an individual can be monumental. People with bipolar disorder often engage in high-risk behaviors while in the throes of mania, leaving them susceptible to experiencing a great deal of negative effects, including physical injury or interaction with law enforcement. The all-consuming mood fluctuations of bipolar disorder may leave individuals incapable of adhering to daily responsibilities and fulfilling obligations both at work and at home, potentially leading to job loss and the onset of much family strife. Additionally, it is not uncommon for individuals who have bipolar disorder to engage in self-harming behaviors and experience chronic suicidal ideation. Social withdrawal and isolation is also known to occur as these individuals frequently feel misunderstood and as though they have nowhere to go where they can feel as though they belong. Furthermore, when these issues are compounded by the abuse of drugs or alcohol, individuals become vulnerable to experiencing a number of detrimental consequences to their physical health. Fortunately, by engaging in treatment that is specifically catered to meeting the needs of these individuals, such detriments can be successfully prevented or combated head-on.
Types of Treatment Offered at Bayside Marin
As a widely respected rehabilitation center and a leader in the field of addiction treatment, Bayside Marin is dedicated to providing premiere treatment services for men and women, aged 18 and older, who are struggling with mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, chemical dependency concerns, or dual diagnosis. Our world-class treatment team includes individuals who are among the most highly skilled recovery professionals in the Bay Area. Bayside Marin’s reputation for excellence stems from the exceptional and comprehensive care that our clients receive. We partner with each client to develop a treatment plan that addresses the issues that are underlying to his or her addiction or mental health concern and then incorporate a blend of traditional and holistic therapies that best suit each client’s specific and unique needs.
When individuals arrive at Bayside Marin battling symptoms of bipolar disorder, our compassionate staff creates highly individualized treatment that includes therapeutic interventions that are not only effective, but that are backed by research as being optimal options for care when treating addiction and co-occurring disorders, such as bipolar disorder. With treatment goals that are based on the belief that successful recovery encompasses improvement in self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, positive family interaction, vocational productivity, the establishment and attainment of realistic life goals, and healthy lifestyle adjustments, the staff at Bayside Marin incorporates numerous therapeutic and treatment interventions into the holistic care offered in our residential program. The various types of treatment interventions that are provided to clients throughout the residential continuum of care may include the following:
Detoxification: Clients who come to Bayside Marin struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, in addition to the presence of symptoms of bipolar disorder, will meet with a board-certified medical doctor or nurse practitioner who will conduct a full history and physical in order to determine the most appropriate course of treatment necessary. If drugs or alcohol are currently present in a client’s system, he or she will likely undergo the process of detoxification prior to engaging in the residential programming. Clients are monitored by nurses every 30 minutes initially and then at least once every hour around the clock going forward.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are scheduled for clients twice per week, but additional sessions can be added at any time as needed or when requested. These sessions are designed to be a time for clients to process their journey through treatment and address any concerns that they may be struggling with.
Couples and family therapy: Both couples therapy sessions and family therapy sessions are available to clients on an as-needed basis. Each client’s primary therapist will be responsible for conducting these sessions when they are implemented into a client’s treatment plan.
Family program: Recognizing the importance of family involvement in an individual’s recovery process, Bayside Marin is pleased to offer our family program, which is a two-day workshop that meets twice every month. This program is psychoeducational in format and is meant to provide intensive instruction for family members on what their role in their loved one’s recovery should be while also teaching them how they can best be of support to their loved one and still take care of themselves. The family program also allows individuals to develop their own support network by providing them with an opportunity to bond with other family members who are in similar situations.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a key component to the care supplied by the staff at Bayside Marin, and clients will participate in at least three group sessions each day. The topics covered in these groups may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Treatment planning
- Alcohol and drug education
- Dietary counseling
- Family education
- Discharge planning
- Continuing care planning
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic approach to treatment and recovery, Bayside Marin offers a number of experiential therapies that are designed to help clients achieve overall wellness. Clients can participate in either yoga or Qi Gong daily, while other experiential therapies are typically offered once per week. These additional experiential options include:
- Art therapy
- Massage therapy
- Therapeutic gardening
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Bayside Marin, we place a large emphasis on thorough discharge planning. We know that recovery can be a lifelong journey and so we are dedicated to doing all that we can to empower our clients so that they feel confident about the path they are embarking upon once they complete treatment in our residential program. We have continuing care coordinators who meet with clients during the first few days of their stay in our program and then periodically throughout the duration of their time spent at Bayside Marin. Clients complete detailed discharge packets so that our continuing care coordinators know how to best work with them in order to provide comprehensive referrals and make sure that appropriate follow-up appointments are set prior to a client’s discharge.
Keeping in mind the importance of thorough aftercare planning in regards to properly managing bipolar disorder, Bayside Marin makes sure to involve clients’ family members, referral sources, and treatment teams in the creation of these continuing care plans. We are pleased to offer 12 months of continuing care and monitoring at no cost to our clients once they have completed treatment. Clients will work with their own recovery coach right after graduating from programming in order to ensure a seamless transition back into their everyday lives. All of the services offered as part of this continuing care program are based solely on the individual needs of each client.
Additionally, Bayside Marin is proud to offer our Recovery and Renewal service, which was developed for clients who have already completed treatment at Bayside Marin but wish to come back and check in. These clients are afforded the opportunity to spend a day or two in the program’s milieu in order to help reinvigorate their recovery process.
At Bayside Marin, we feel that once clients have become a part of our family, they remain a part of our family for life. If you or a loved one is in need of services to help overcome and manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder, look no further than Bayside Marin. We will do everything in our power to help you develop the skills necessary to remain confident in your ongoing ability to manage your symptoms long-term so that true and lasting healing can be successfully achieved.