While many individuals are familiar with mood disorders like anxiety and depression, there is a different type of mood impairment that can be found within nearly 20% of those seeking care in an inpatient setting, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Known as adjustment disorder, this condition can occur in response to a dramatic tragedy or stressor. While it is absolutely normal to display depressive symptoms in light of an upsetting event or tragedy, these symptoms will often resolve over time with the appropriate self-care and attention. However, some individuals continue to experience symptoms like anxiety, depression, fatigue, and a marked impairment in functioning long after the event occurs. When this happens, it is likely that the individual is suffering the effects of adjustment disorder, and he or she might require professional care at a treatment center to defeat this troubling problem.
At times, those who are suffering from an adjustment disorder will look to numb the pain of their condition by abusing illicit substances. The effects of these attempts are fleeting, and tend to result in an individual experiencing a worsening of his or her symptoms. In turn, he or she will likely develop a substance use disorder. Regardless of what substance(s) an individual is abusing, finding a treatment center that is able to provide services that target both mental illness and substance abuse simultaneously will be necessary for an effective recovery. At The Camp, we know that in order for someone to heal, he or she must address all areas of his or her health at the same time. This means partaking in comprehensive rehabilitation treatment that reflects an individual’s mental, emotional, behavioral, and physical issues in a well-rounded manner. At The Camp, we believe that an individual is more than just the sum of his or her symptoms, and we have developed a flexible program that is able to offer personalized rehab for each individual who comes to us with his or her treatment needs. With our assistance, you or someone you love can defeat the pain of an adjustment disorder and end the pattern of chemical dependence.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a family member or a loved one struggle because of an adjustment disorder can be a highly painful experience, especially if you feel powerless to help him or her. Without personal experience with mental illness or addiction, helping a loved one obtain treatment might seem like a daunting task. However, there are a handful of things that you can do to encourage your loved one to obtain the treatment that he or she needs. Consider the following:
- Spend time learning about adjustment disorder. Doing so can help you better understand this condition and empathize with what he or she is going through.
- Take the information you have gathered about this disorder and seek out treatment centers that can help address your loved one’s condition.
- Speak with your loved one regarding your findings on rehab or treatment centers, and encourage him or her in a non-judgmental manner to obtain treatment. Prepare for him or her to be resistant, however maintain your approach and continue to encourage professional help.
- Ensure your loved one that you will be there to help and support him or her during the process of rehab if he or she accepts. You can do this by remaining in contact with him or her, as well as participating in therapy sessions.
- Practice good self-care at this time so that you can be sure that you continue to address your personal needs. Doing so will help you help your loved one.
Why Those in Santa Cruz & San Jose Should Consider Treatment at The Camp Recovery Center
Just like any other mental health problem, adjustment disorder is a progressive illness. This means that if adjustment disorder is left untreated, symptoms will only get worse over time, leading to more and more upset to the individual who is struggling with this condition. Adjustment disorder is a stress-related condition that can lead to severe impairment in functioning and a number of disturbances to one’s wellbeing. However, when paired with a substance use disorder, these disturbances will increase in both severity and in number.
At The Camp, we specialize in healing the damage that develops when adjustment disorder and chemical dependence combine. Our rehab plans are comprehensive and individualized, and our patients are able to access a number of residential treatment options that supply specific services for many mental health issues, compulsive behaviors, addictions, and unique populations. We realize that no two individuals are alike, and we believe that there is no straight line towards recovery. Therefore, we are devoted to offering a collection of services and time-tested treatment modalities that can be adjusted to meet the needs of each individual who comes to heal at The Camp.
Types of Treatment Offered at The Camp Recovery Center
Since we first opened our doors in 1984, The Camp Recovery Center has remained steadfast in its dedication to offering superior rehab for adolescents, men, and women, who are dealing with chemical dependency and adjustment disorder. We are situated on 25 serene acres amidst the towering redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and supply a treatment experience that can only be described as life-changing.
In addition to walking trails, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and a swimming pool, our center features a wide range of therapeutic interventions that are proven to help people truly recover from addiction and co-occurring adjustment disorder. Our nationally accredited residential rehab program focuses on healing each resident’s mind, body, and spirit so that treatment goals are not only achieved, but exceeded.
Our staff of highly trained professionals, which includes nurses, addiction counselors, therapists, and drug rehabilitation professionals, works closely with residents to formulate individualized rehab plans that can include the following treatment methods:
Detoxification: Individuals who come to The Camp Recovery Center with alcohol and/or other drugs in their system may require detox in order to partake in rehab for addiction and co-occurring adjustment disorder with a clear mindset. When this is the case, we utilize an offsite doctor, typically located near the San Jose and Santa Cruz, CA areas, to determine the most effective and appropriate detox protocol that will benefit each resident most.
Medication management: Residents who are dealing with adjustment disorder may benefit from the use of certain medications in order to alleviate their distressing symptoms. During the assessment phase of the admissions process, it will be preliminarily determined if medication management services will be required as part of a resident’s rehab plan. Should such services be deemed necessary, residents will be able to meet with a psychiatrist once per week so that medications can be prescribed, monitored, or altered, depending upon the resident’s unique medication needs.
Individual therapy: A great deal of progress can be made when an individual is able to process feelings, emotions, triumphs, and setbacks within the confines of a one-on-one therapeutic relationship. At The Camp Recovery Center, residents struggling with adjustment disorder and addiction are able to meet with case managers twice each week in order to receive personalized rehab treatment that can ultimately further the healing and recovery processes.
Group therapy: Therapy held in a group format is an integral part of comprehensive treatment for substance abuse, addiction, and co-occurring adjustment disorder. Each resident at The Camp will engage in process groups with case managers five days per week, along with other groups that are offered seven days per week. The various topics that may be covered during these groups can include discussions on relapse prevention, 12-Step Recovery, SMART Recovery, and self-helping thinking. The following are among the specific groups that residents can partake in while participating in rehab at our treatment center:
- Activity Group
- Experiential Group
- CBT Groups
- Detox Groups
- Focus Groups
- Music / Poetry Groups
- Age Groups
- Men’s Group
- Women’s Group
Family therapy: Recognizing the value of including those closest to our residents in the recovery process, we offer family therapy sessions twice a month. These sessions, which are led by marriage and family therapists, help residents who are struggling with adjustment disorder and addiction repair and rebuild relationships with their primary support networks, and help loved ones develop a greater understanding of how best to support their family member’s continued recovery from adjustment disorder. Family therapy takes place at our rehab center, which is convenient to the San Jose & Santa Cruz, CA areas.
Experiential therapy: Our rehab center includes various experiential therapies in order to provide a truly unique treatment experience. These therapies are offered weekly and can include the following:
- High and low ropes course
- Various games
- Time set aside to use the gym
Community meetings: Community meetings occur every morning of every day of the week. These meetings, which are led by our residents, provide a forum for discussing the day’s agenda, talking about topics related to the residents as a group, and sharing insights about treatment. This facet of rehab is extremely important, as we believe meetings of this kind foster lasting, sober relationships between residents that can be maintained long after they have left our treatment center.
In addition to participating in the treatment methods described above, residents at The Camp also work hand-in-hand with our staff to formulate thorough discharge and aftercare plans to prepare them for when they have completed rehab with us. From the time a resident is admitted to The Camp Recovery Center, case managers will collaborate with him or her to determine if our intensive outpatient program (IOP) or another type of post-treatment care option will be needed after completing our residential treatment.
We will put forth every effort to ensure that our residents can remain successful in their recovery journeys. If you or a loved one is caught in the grips of an addiction while also battling adjustment disorder or another mental illness, look no further than The Camp Recovery Center. The effort to achieve a healthy, happy, drug-free future can begin at our rehab center.