While many individuals are familiar with mood disorders such as anxiety or depression, there is another type of mood impairment that, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), can be found in as many as 20% of individuals seeking care in the outpatient setting. Known as adjustment disorder, this common condition occurs in response to a significant trauma or stressor in an individual’s life. While it is certainly typical to exhibit depressive symptoms in light of a distressing event or tragedy, these symptoms will typically resolve in time with proper attention and self-care. However, some individuals continue experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, depression, and a marked impairment in functioning long after the activating event. When this occurs, it is likely that the person is experiencing the effects of adjustment disorder, and he or she may require professional treatment to overcome this troubling condition.
At times, individuals who are suffering from an adjustment disorder will seek to numb the pain of their condition by abusing illicit substances. The effects of these attempts are fleeting, and often result in an individual experiencing a worsening of his or her adjustment disorder symptoms, and, in turn, he or she will likely develop an additional malady, a substance use disorder. Regardless of what substance(s) a person is abusing, finding a treatment center that is equipped to provide services which target both mental illness and substance abuse at the same time will be critical for a successful recovery. At our adjustment disorder treatment center, we know that in order for a person to heal, he or she must address all facets of his or her health simultaneously. This means engaging in comprehensive programming that reflects a person’s mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral issues in a well-rounded manner. At Keystone, we believe that a person is more than merely the sum of his or her symptoms, and we have crafted a flexible program that is designed to provide personalized treatment for each person who entrusts us with his or her care. With our help, you or a loved one can overcome the pain of an adjustment disorder and break free from the cycle of chemical dependence.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a family member or loved one suffer at the hands of an adjustment disorder is a painful experience, especially if you feel powerless to help him or her. Without personal experience with mental illness or addiction, helping a loved one get treatment may seem like a daunting task. But there are a few simple things you can do to encourage your loved one to seek the treatment that he or she needs. The very first step to take is to gain a better understanding of adjustment disorder because this knowledge will allow you to gain clearer insight into your family member or loved one’s experience, and will inspire a greater sense of empathy for what he or she going through.
Next, use what you have learned about adjustment disorder to identify some treatment centers that offer the types of supports that reflect your loved one’s unique challenges and interests. At this point, you will be ready to present what you have found to your loved one, keeping in mind that he or she may be resistant to the idea of entering treatment at first. Keep in mind that, regardless of how this person’s disorder or chemical dependence has affected you in the past, the focus of these conversations must be on finding treatment for your loved one in a caring, compassionate manner. Once he or she knows that your primary concern is his or her health and happiness, he or she may be more willing to accept the help and support that you are offering. Throughout this process, you will be focusing energy on your loved one’s needs, but that does not mean letting your own wellbeing fall by the wayside. Take time to practice self-care that will rejuvenate you for the journey ahead.
Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center
Just like any other mental health condition, adjustment disorder is a progressive illness. This means that, if left untreated, its symptoms will only worsen over time, causing more and more distress to the affected individual. Adjustment disorder is a stress-related condition that causes a significant impairment in functioning, and a myriad of disturbances to one’s wellbeing. However, when coupled with a substance use disorder, these disturbances will increase in number and severity.
At Keystone Treatment Center, we specialize in healing the damage that results when adjustment disorder and chemical dependency combine. Our treatment plans are at once comprehensive and individualized, and our patients have access to a variety of residential treatment tracks that offer specific services for a variety of mental health concerns, addictions, compulsive behaviors, and unique populations. We recognize that no two individuals are alike, and therefore we believe that there is no single path to recovery. Therefore, we are committed to offering a collection of services and time-tested treatment modalities that can be tailored to the needs of each person who comes to heal at Keystone.
Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center
Located in South Dakota, Keystone Treatment Center is a nationally recognized substance abuse, compulsive gambling, and mental health treatment center that offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for both adolescents and adults. Our center is located on 13 acres of semi-rural land, providing a peaceful retreat for healing. The residential treatment programs offered at our center are separated by gender, allowing each of our patients a uniquely tailored treatment experience. Part of this experience also includes specialized tracks for adult and adolescent patients. Men and women can partake in our Gambling, Christian, Young Adult, Chronic Pain, Native American, Methamphetamine Corrections, or Opioids tracks. Adolescent patients can benefit from our Christian or Native American tracks. Depending on each patient’s needs, one or a combination of the aforementioned tracks can be incorporated into his or her customized treatment plan.
Perhaps the most important facet of our programming is our staff. We use a multidisciplinary approach, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, addiction specialists, nurses, therapists, counselors, dieticians, technicians, pastors, and cultural advisors to surround patients with a caring, attentive staff. Depending on individual needs, we provide our patients with the following types of treatment:
Medically monitored detoxification: If an individual comes to our center with drugs or alcohol in his or her body, we provide medically monitored detoxification services within our inpatient programming so that he or she can then fully participate in treatment. Our detoxification services include 24/7 nursing care with physicians available to monitor the progress of patients.
Medication management: Those struggling with an adjustment disorder may need certain medications to alleviate their symptoms. Medical doctors and staff psychiatrists work together to determine the best medication regimen for each individual patient, and nursing staff assist with medical monitoring and medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy provides a safe place for patients to process through the triumphs and trials that the healing and recovery process can entail. All patients are provided with individual therapy at least twice per week with a primary counselor. In addition, patients also have the option of meeting with a psychiatrist, primary nurse, psychologist, or clergy member as needed.
Family therapy: While each patient’s decision to begin treatment is a strong step towards recovery and freedom from his or her afflictions, a patient’s family can be one of his or her best resources. Keystone recognizes the unique role that family plays in a patient’s process of healing, and so we provide a licensed family therapist who conducts therapy sessions with the patient and family members as needed. In addition, we provide a weekly Family Program every Sunday before visiting hours. The Family Program is free of charge and includes one hour of psychoeducational programming prior to meeting with patients. We also offer day-long programming on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a central component of our treatment. Groups are led by licensed or certified counselors and are held three times per day for adults and three to five times per day for adolescents. Group topics for adults may include:
- Young Adult Topic Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy group
- Community Group
- Spirituality Groups
- Relaxation Groups
- Topics Group
- Skills Training Groups
- Gambling Group
- Men’s Topic Group
- Women’s Topic Group
- 12-Step Group Meetings
Group topics for adolescents may include:
- Topics Group
- Relaxation Group
- Exercise Group
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Skills Training Groups
- Experiential Growth Groups
- Spirituality Group
- Recovery Skills Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
- Community Group
Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have a number of daily experiential therapy opportunities to choose from, including:
- Ropes course
- Cultural activities
- Arts and crafts
- Pastoral care
- Recreational therapy
- Social training
Study Time: Adolescent patients are provided the opportunity to meet with a full-time, licensed teacher who will coordinate services with the patients’ home schools in order to ensure the continuity of credits received while in treatment. This service is designed to assist patients so that they do not fall behind in their academic work while participating in treatment.
In addition to the above treatment methods, we work closely with patients to create thorough discharge and aftercare plans. Each patient’s individual counselor and primary nurse work with a social worker to evaluate discharge needs. In addition, we offer weekly discharge planning groups throughout a patient’s stay with us.
Here at Keystone, we care about recovery. We aim to restore our patients to healthier, happier, more productive lives free from dependence on addictive chemicals, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. If you or someone you love is struggling with an adjustment disorder and an addiction, let us be the first step towards a recovered life.