Characterized by a pattern of unstable relationships, emotions, and image of one’s self, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder that results in significant distress and impairment in an individual’s ability to function properly in various settings. Occurring most often in early adulthood but with signs emerging early in a person’s life, BPD causes an individual to make frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment by engaging in impulsive and risky behaviors, all while experiencing stress-related paranoid thoughts, which have the potential to result in a variety of mental and behavioral problems. At Sierra Tucson, the best rehab center for BPD treatment, we understand how discouraging and difficult it can be to live with borderline personality disorder, which is why we are proud to offer exemplary treatment that is geared towards holistically healing those afflicted with this condition. As a leading treatment provider, we put forth every effort to improve the lives of every man and woman who comes to our treatment center for premier care.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, the self-destructive thoughts and behaviors displayed by your loved one may not only cause you to worry, but at times may frighten you. In addition to helping your loved one get the professional help he or she needs, knowing more specific ways in which you can support him or her can immensely increase the overall well-being of your loved one. In addition to helping your loved one find mental health treatment that will best suit his or her individualized needs, there are a number of things you can do to provide him or her with a stable relationship and increase his or her self-esteem. Some suggestions include:
- Be unconditionally supportive and accepting of your loved one. Assure that you are there for him or her and that he or she can always come to you with any concerns that may arise. Additionally, since those with BPD often have fear of abandonment, make sure he or she understands that you will not abandon him or her. Most importantly be sure you follow through on what you say you are going to do.
- Establish and follow a predictable routine on a daily basis in order to help eliminate some of the fear of abandonment, anxiety, and lack of trust that your loved one may feel. A daily routine will help provide your loved one with a sense of security and stability.
- Try to be as positive as you can and avoid negativity. Keeping a positive attitude, even in during difficult times, as this can help your loved one find something positive to focus on.
- Take the time to engage in meaningful and enjoyable activities with your loved one that you both will enjoy. Additionally, encourage you loved one to participate in other activities that he or she enjoys as this can help increase his or her sense of self-worth.
Why Consider Treatment at Our Rehab Center
As serious as the ramifications are for untreated borderline personality disorder, the unfortunate reality is that many people do not seek out the professional care that they need in order to manage the symptoms of BPD. The result of lack of treatment is significant interference and distress in a person’s life. Individuals with BPD tend to have a sense of impending separation or rejection, which can result in extreme sensitivity to the environment around them, inappropriate anger, and intense fear of being alone. These fears can lead to dangerous impulsive acts, including self-injury or suicidal behaviors. Because their views of other individuals tend to change so rapidly, they often have a difficult time establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships, increasing feelings of loneliness and isolation. Furthermore, those with BPD tend to experience dramatic shifts in their self-image, often changing their goals, values, and other ambitions and potentially resulting in multiple job changes and shifts in friendships.
Types of Treatment Offered at Our Rehab Center
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, our rehab is pleased to offer state of the art treatment for a wide range of behavioral health concerns. Through the integration of evidence-based practices and integrative therapies, our treatment center prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating addictions and other behavioral health problems. Holistic and individualized treatment is cornerstone to the best care offered at our rehab, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced. At Sierra Tucson, a premier BPD treatment center, our primary goal is to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will benefit from our services and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
Our rehab includes Desert Flower, a 15-bed behavioral health inpatient unit, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Residents who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns, such as those associated with borderline personality disorder or those in need of medical detoxification can receive these services at Desert Flower prior to engaging in our treatment center’s residential care.
The behavioral health residential treatment supplied by our rehab is designed to elicit the most favorable treatment outcomes for all residents. With five distinct treatment options offered within the residential treatment center, residents can expect to receive the beneficial services they need in order to truly heal. For those who are trying to overcome the debilitating symptoms of anxiety, our treatment center’s Mood and Anxiety Program allows our residents to heal the mind, body, and spirit through integrative and comprehensive treatment. This intensive treatment incorporates both cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectic behavior therapy workshops and continues to provide psychodynamic therapy through their primary process group and individual therapies.
Once an initial assessment has determined that a resident’s needs will be best met through this treatment, he or she can learn healthy ways of coping with the symptoms of borderline personality disorder and begin to prepare themselves for reintegration into their communities. Additional treatment methods offered at our rehab that may be including in a resident’s treatment plan include:
Medication management: Residents engaged in the Mood and Anxiety Program are seen by a psychiatrist or attending physician at our treatment center on a weekly basis to determine the need for medication, monitor medication, and adjust any medication prescribed in order to ensure optimal alleviation of mental health symptoms, including those associated with borderline personality disorder. Registered nurses and clinical technicians also assist in monitoring a resident’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: Upon entering the Mood and Anxiety treatment plan, each resident is assigned a primary therapist at our BPD rehab whom they will meet with at least once a week. All individual sessions are conducted by master’s level clinicians and licensed psychologists.
Group therapy: In addition to being assigned a primary therapist, each residents is also assigned a small group of peers at our treatment center with whom they will meet four times per week with a primary therapist. In addition to the peer group, other groups are supplied by this treatment plan and may include topics such as:
- Anger management
- Dialectical skills group
- Coping skills
- Working through grief and loss
- Relapse prevention
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of residents, our treatment center includes the Four Day Family treatment plan for family members and other close identified loved ones of residents. This type of treatment typically occurs during a resident’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psychoeducational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a resident’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities: In order to help residents build a stronger sense of self and confidence, our rehab offers a Therapeutic Recreational Activities Program. This treatment plan includes the following therapeutic activities, which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis to stress the importance of getting physical activity:
- Equine therapy
- Art therapy
- Chi Kung
- Personal training
- Movement therapy
- Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock climbing wall)
Additional services: In order to best care for the needs of those in the Mood and Anxiety treatment plan, our BPD rehab center offers a number of additional services that have proven effectiveness in helping people manage the symptoms of their anxiety or mood disorder. The following services are those offered within this innovative treatment:
- Somatic Experiencing (SE)
- Psychological testing
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – twice per week
- Somato-emotional massage (SE massage) – once per week
Should a resident require stabilization services while engaged in our rehab’s residential treatment, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each resident’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this a seamless transition so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Sierra Tucson’s method for providing the best all-encompassing care for every resident who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a resident engages in services at our treatment center, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that residents can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential treatment at our rehab meet with the same continued care staff and regional outreach specialists and partake in lectures as well as one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once a resident is discharged.
Furthermore, residents exiting the residential treatment, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This treatment plan includes 12-month-long case management services that are designed to provide ongoing and substantial support to former residents. A representative from this plan contacts residents 48 hours after discharge and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and obtaining the additional services they need in order to remain successful in the process of healing and recovery.
Lastly, former residents can take part in the Alumni Relations affiliated with our treatment center. These services include groups offered through outpatient centers, which are located across the United States.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has helped many individuals live happier, healthier lives, look no further than our BPD rehab.