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.
At Sierra Tucson, 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 programming 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 or Family Member Get Treatment
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 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.
Types of Treatment Offered at Sierra Tucson
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, Sierra Tucson 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, Sierra Tucson 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 care offered at Sierra Tucson, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced. Sierra Tucson’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 includes Desert Flower Hospital, a 15-bed psychiatric hospital, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Patients 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 Sierra Tucson’s residential care. Following completion of the programming at Desert Flower, patients will then engage in the comprehensive treatment offered at Sierra Tucson’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder is delivered through Sierra Tucson’s Mood and Anxiety Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this program are designed to produce the most favorable outcomes for all patients. The neuropsychiatric treatment provided in this program 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 Program is to help patients 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 program incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy workshops in addition to continuously providing psychodynamic therapy throughout the various aspects of the therapeutic process. Patients engaged in the Mood and Anxiety Program are offered the following treatment methods, which are outlined in each person’s individualized treatment plan, as well as in Sierra Tucson’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: Patients engaged in the Mood and Anxiety Program 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 also assist in monitoring a patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: Upon entering the Mood and Anxiety Program, each patient is assigned a primary therapist with whom they will meet at least once each week. All individual sessions are conducted by Master’s level clinicians and licensed psychologists and are designed to afford patients 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 patients are admitted into the Mood and Anxiety Program, they are assigned to a small group of peers, all of whom are engaged in the same program. 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 patients, Sierra Tucson includes the Four Day Family program for family members and other close identified loved ones of patients. This program typically occurs during a patient’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 patient’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities Program: In order to help patients build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, this program offers patients a myriad of therapeutic activities, which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A patient’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 fully care for the needs of those who are working through the presence of obsessive-compulsive disorder, Sierra Tucson 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 response massage (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 will end on a positive note by allowing patients to gather together and reflect through a Gifts and Blessings Ceremony.
Should a patient require stabilization services while engaged in Sierra Tucson’s residential programming, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Hospital before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each patient’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
Sierra Tucson’s method for providing all-encompassing care for every patient who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a patient engages in services to treat OCD at Sierra Tucson, 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 Hospital meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential programming at Sierra Tucson 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, patients exiting the residential programming, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This program includes 12-month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former patients. A representative from this program contacts patients 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 patients can take part in the Alumni Services affiliated with Sierra Tucson. 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 improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with OCD, look no further than Sierra Tucson. The life you have envisioned can begin here.