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Learn more about obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment at Sierra Tucson
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, more commonly referred to as OCD, can cause devastation in the lives of those who are afflicted by its symptoms. For people with OCD, their days are filled with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that can become so overwhelming and all-consuming that it negatively impacts their ability to function on a daily basis. Even the most mundane of tasks can be monumentally difficult for people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder because they are unable to escape from the trap of their own minds. They may feel compelled to perform ritualistic acts that they know are irrational but are incapable of ceasing. They may experience intrusive, disturbing thought patterns that they want to be rid of but cannot find relief from. The powerlessness that people with OCD feel over their minds can be debilitating and leave them feeling hopeless about their futures. But life does not have to continue to be this way. With proper treatment, the symptoms of OCD can be successfully overcome.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a real illness. It can be treated with medicine and therapy. If you have OCD, you have repeated, upsetting thoughts. You do the same thing over and over again to make the thoughts go away. You feel like you cannot control these thoughts or actions. The upsetting thoughts and images are called “obsessions.” Examples include a fear of germs, a fear of being hurt, a fear of hurting others, and disturbing religious or sexual thoughts. The actions you take over and over again to make the thoughts go away are called “compulsions.”
Examples of these repeated actions include counting, cleaning, and checking on things.
Many people with OCD know that their actions are not normal, and they may try to hide their problem from family and friends. Some people with OCD may have trouble keeping their job and friends because of their actions.
When does OCD start and how long does it last?
For many people, OCD starts when a person is a child or teenager. If they do not get help, OCD can last for a lifetime. OCD may run in families.
What can I do to help myself?
Talk to your doctor about your unwanted thoughts, fears, and repeated actions. Tell your doctor if these thoughts and repeated actions keep you from doing everyday things and living your life. You may want to show your doctor this booklet. It can help you explain how you feel. Ask your doctor for a checkup to make sure you don’t have some other illness. Ask your doctor if he or she has helped people with OCD. Special training helps doctors treat people with OCD. If your doctor doesn’t have special training, ask for the name of a doctor or counselor who does.
What can a doctor or counselor do to help me?
The doctor may give you medicine to help you get rid of your unwanted thoughts and repeated actions. Medicine can also help you feel less anxious and afraid. But it may take a few weeks for the medicine to work. Talking to a specially trained doctor or counselor helps many people with OCD. This is called “therapy.” Therapy helps you learn to stop doing the repeated actions. Therapy also teaches to you ways to lower and cope with your anxiety.
OCD can appear in many different ways. Here is one person’s story:
“I couldn’t touch any doors or countertops in public areas. I knew it didn’t make any sense, but I was terrified of getting germs that could kill me. I almost couldn’t go out in public, I was so afraid. If I thought I had touched anything, I would have to wash myself for hours. Sometimes I washed so much that my skin would get red and raw and bleed.”
“At first I was too embarrassed to get help, but a friend told me to call the doctor.I’m so glad I did. I also worked very hard with a counselor in therapy. I learned to cope with my fear of germs and to stop washing too much.”
At Sierra Tucson, the best rehab center for OCD treatment, we understand how troubling it can be to face each day when it is tainted by the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, so we have developed specialized treatment that is tailored to meet the needs of men and women who need assistance in overcoming the detrimental effects that this disorder can elicit.
Helping a loved one get treatment for OCD
Having a family member or loved one who is suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder can be extremely distressing as you watch him or her participate in behaviors that are perplexing and seem foreign to you. Your loved one may perform ritualistic behaviors that seem senseless or demonstrate irrational concerns over such things as cleanliness or symmetry. Your loved one may also be presenting with symptoms of severe distress over the presence of disturbing thoughts that he or she is incapable of getting rid of. You want to help your loved one, but you are unsure as to what, if anything, you can do. The following are some suggestions for ways that you may be able to offer support:
- Become educated on obsessive-compulsive disorder. By gaining an understanding of the illness, the easier it will be to convey a sense of empathy towards your loved one.
- Provide your loved one with an opportunity to fully express what he or she is experiencing. Just having an open forum to talk about his or her distress can offer your loved one some sense of relief in feeling less alone.
- Research the various treatment options that are available for OCD sufferers. Discuss those options with your loved one to see what seems to be the best fit to meet his or her particular needs.
- Offer to go with your loved one to any appointments that may be scheduled for evaluations or tours of treatment centers.
- Remain unconditionally supportive throughout the treatment process. The more involved you are, the greater your loved one’s chances are for success.
Why consider treatment for OCD at Sierra Tucson
Going through life plagued by the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder can be utterly devastating and demoralizing for individuals. It can hinder their abilities to perform adequately at work. It can elicit feelings of loneliness, resulting in the desire to isolate themselves. Relationships can become disturbed. Activities that were once enjoyed can suddenly seem troublesome. In some cases, people with OCD may begin to experience suicidal ideation as they feel hopeless to ever find relief from their symptoms. But while you may feel as though there is no end to your suffering, there can be. Through the implementation of appropriate treatment, people can win the fight against obsessive-compulsive disorder and regain a sense of empowerment over their lives and their futures.
How is OCD treated?
OCD is a type of anxiety disorder, the most common of all the mental disorders. Many people misunderstand these disorders and think people should be able to overcome the symptoms by sheer willpower. But, the symptoms can’t be willed or wished away. There are treatments, developed through research, that work well for these disorders.
Anxiety disorders are treated in two ways – with medication and with certain types of psychotherapy (sometimes called “talk therapy”). Sometimes only one treatment is used or both treatments are combined. If you have an anxiety disorder, talk with your doctor about what will work best for you. If you do choose psychotherapy, make sure the therapist is able to provide you with medication, if needed.
A number of drugs used for treating depression, called antidepressants, have been found to help with anxiety disorders as well. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are used, along with the newer selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other medicines include anti-anxiety drugs called benzodiazepines and beta-blockers.
Treatment with psychotherapy includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral therapy. In CBT, the goal is to change how a person thinks about, and then reacts to, a situation that makes them anxious or fearful. In behavioral therapy, the focus is on changing how a person reacts to a situation. CBT or behavioral therapy most often lasts for 12 weeks. It can be group or individual therapy. A special type of behavior therapy, called exposure and response prevention, is often used with OCD. With this approach, a person is exposed to whatever triggers the obsessive thoughts. Then, the person is taught ways to avoid doing the compulsive rituals, and how to deal with the anxiety. Some studies have shown that the benefits of CBT or behavioral therapy last longer than do those of medications for people with OCD.
Keep in mind that it can be a challenge to find the right treatment for an anxiety disorder. But, if one treatment doesn’t work, the odds are good that another one will. Your doctor and therapist will work together to help you find the best approach. New treatments are being developed through ongoing research. So, don’t give up hope. If you have recovered from an anxiety disorder and it comes back at a later date, don’t think that you’ve failed. You can be treated again. And, the skills you learned dealing with the disorder the first time can help you in coping with it again.
Measurable outcomes & documented successes
At Sierra Tucson, we are dedicated to providing evidence-based treatment that leads to measurable positive outcomes. Together with your treatment team, you will develop specific goals that will take you step-by-step toward the outcome that matters most. Sierra Tucson tracks the progress of residents to show actual improvement.
Types of OCD treatment offered at Sierra Tucson
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, our treatment center 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 rehab 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 premier care offered at our treatment center, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced medical professional. Our rehab’s 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.
Sierra Tucson, a premier OCD treatment center, 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 that may be associated with OCD, or those who are in need of medical detoxification services can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in our rehab’s residential care. Following completion of the treatment at Desert Flower, residents will then engage in the comprehensive treatment offered at our treatment center’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder is delivered through our rehab’s Mood and Anxiety Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this treatment plan are designed to produce the most favorable outcomes for all residents. The neuropsychiatric treatment provided in this plan is designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit in a naturally scenic, tranquil setting that offers around-the-clock care. Using an interdisciplinary team approach through a customized blend of conventional, complementary, and evidence-based treatments, the caring and compassionate staff strives to support each person’s unique capacity to flourish and achieve overall wellness. The all-encompassing goal of the Mood and Anxiety treatment plan is to help residents decrease the symptoms that plague them, while also helping them to gain the tools needed to resume healthy daily functioning, free from the turmoil elicited by obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The intensive nature of this treatment incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy workshops in addition to continuously providing psychodynamic therapy throughout the various aspects of the therapeutic process. Residents engaged in the Mood and Anxiety treatment plan are offered the following treatment methods, which are outlined in each person’s individualized treatment plan, as well as in our treatment center’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: Residents engaged in the Mood and Anxiety treatment plan are seen by a psychiatrist or attending physician on a weekly basis in order 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 obsessive-compulsive disorder. Registered nurses and clinical technicians at our rehab also assist in monitoring a resident’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: Upon entering the Mood and Anxiety Program, each resident is assigned a primary therapist with whom they will meet at least once each week. All individual sessions at our treatment center are conducted by Master’s level clinicians and licensed psychologists and are designed to afford residents the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: At the time that residents are admitted into the Mood and Anxiety treatment plan at our rehab, they are assigned to a small group of peers, all of whom are engaged in the same plan. This group will meet together for therapy sessions four times per week. In addition to serving as a general process group, topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
- Relapse prevention
- Healing anxiety
- Managing stress
- Learning tools for how to express anger in a healthy and productive manner
- Identifying and processing feelings of shame to move to a place of resilience
- Learning about holistic options for healthy living
- Working through grief and loss
- Learning about codependency and coping skills
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of residents, our rehab 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 at our OCD treatment center build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, this treatment option offers residents a myriad of therapeutic activities, which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A resident’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
- Enhanced equine therapy
- Art therapy
- Play therapy
- Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock wall)
- Personal training
- Chi Kung
- Movement therapy
- Opportunities for additional exercise
Additional services: In order to best care for the needs of those who are working through the presence of obsessive-compulsive disorder, our treatment center is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Psychological testing
- Biofeedback – occurs at least once per week
- Acupuncture – occurs at least once per week
- Somato-Emotional Release (SER) massage – occurs at least once per week
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) – occurs at least twice per week
- SE (Somatic Experiencing) – occurs at least twice per week
Furthermore, each day at our rehab will end on a positive note by allowing residents to gather together and reflect through a Gifts and Blessings Ceremony.
Should a resident require stabilization services while engaged in our OCD rehab’s residential treatment, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit 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 transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing care and levels of treatment for OCD
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 to treat OCD at our treatment center, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that they can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower 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 and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, residents exiting the residential treatment center, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This treatment plan includes 12-month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former residents. A representative from this plan contacts residents 48 hours after they are discharged and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and receiving 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 OCD 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 best care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with OCD, look no further than our rehab. The life you have envisioned can begin here.