Living with chronic anxiety can be extremely overwhelming and often prevents sufferers from completing even the most mundane of daily tasks. Characterized by unrelenting feelings of worry, fear, and apprehension and a lack of control over these feelings, intense anxiety can also impact how a person performs at school, work, home, or out in public. One of the most common mental health conditions diagnosed, generalized anxiety disorder effects millions of people of all ages. With symptoms that can cause panic, obsessive compulsions, and intrusive thoughts, untreated anxiety can lead a person to develop avoidant behaviors or neurotic rituals in order to temporarily alleviate his or her anxiety.
Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette, Louisiana, a premier provider of mental health services and chemical dependency treatment, is dedicated to improving the lives of its patients by offering compassionate, individualized, comprehensive, and high-quality care. Understanding that the symptoms of anxiety can be debilitating, we strive to enhance patients’ mental, emotional, and social wellness by utilizing proven, evidenced-based treatment modalities to alleviate symptoms and arm patients with tools to be successful in recovery. With attention paid to patient care and safety, services are offered in a secure, structured, and therapeutic environment away from the stress of everyday life. So if you or a loved is seeking treatment for anxiety, another mental health condition, or chemical dependency, look no further than Vermilion, we are here to help.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Witnessing a family member or loved one struggle with anxiety can be heart wrenching. You may try to accommodate him or her by offering help, yet still feel as though your attempts are futile. You may become frustrated and not understand why or how a person could exist in a constant state of worry. And while you may feel as though there is nothing you can do to alleviate your loved one’s anxious feelings, being a source of support is one of the best things you can do. Additionally, educating oneself on generalized anxiety disorder and other forms of anxiety may offer additional insight into what your loved one is going through. Compassion and understanding is a way to show that you genuinely care and want to offer assistance. Some other ways of showing support and understanding are by keeping a few things in mind when interacting with your friend or loved one:
- Do not enable or rescue – It is normal for a person to help someone who appears to be in distress. However, constantly offering help could lead your friend or loved one to become dependent. Doing this only delays healing and prevents the sufferer from being independent.
- Avoid being judgmental – Remember that the sufferer does not have control over their anxious feelings and are not trying to cause you distress. Even though the symptoms cause turmoil and may be confusing, criticism will not help.
- Avoid suggesting that he or she “calm down” or “relax” or infer that something “isn’t a big deal” – These kinds of statements may only add to the anxiety and make the situation worse.
- Discuss treatment options, do not demand – assisting your friend or loved one in understanding that he or she can learn to live without pervasive apprehension is one of the most beneficial things you can do for him or her.
Why Consider Treatment at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems
Without proper treatment, the effects of generalized anxiety disorder can be detrimental to several areas of a person’s life. In addition to impairment in functioning in a number of settings, these individuals may experience risks to their physical health as well. Increased anxiety levels can put strain on a person’s heart and lead to high blood pressure or even heart attack. Additionally, high-stress levels may compromise a person’s immune system leaving the individual susceptible to illness. People with chronic anxiety may be nervous to seek treatment as these individuals are often aware that treatment will challenge and involve the confrontation of fears and worries. However, the silver lining is that anxiety is treatable.
Inpatient treatment has proven effectiveness in treating anxiety. Free from the everyday stressors of life, a person is able to fully immerse him or herself in the recovery process when in inpatient care. Furthermore, the ongoing support and care involved in inpatient treatment can be extremely conducive to healing and recovery as an individual confronts triggers. Another benefit is that inpatient services include access to qualified medical staff for those who require medication to manage disruptive symptoms. This allows a patient to explore medication options and determine the best treatment to meet his or her unique needs. The combination of medication and implementation of therapeutic interventions, inpatient care is great treatment option that can spring-board a person towards a better future.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
For over 30 years, Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette has prided itself in being the most comprehensive, free-standing provider of behavioral health services in the area, providing exceptional patient care in the safest environment possible. Our multidisciplinary team of specialty clinical staff, including addiction specialists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and case managers, is devoted to maintaining optimal training and development to increase competency with all of the different populations that we serve. We strive to help our patients explore and process issues and challenges and increase insight and understanding of their own mental health and chemical dependency concerns. By encouraging family involvement and enlisting community support, we aim to assist those who come to us for care in meeting their treatment goals while in the hospital and beyond.
Types of Treatment Offered at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems
Upon first arriving at Vermilion’s mental health clinic, all patients take part in a free and confidential level of care screening by one of our Assessment and Referral Specialists. After gathering all pertinent information, the A&R Specialist will review the evaluation with one of our psychiatrists, who will then recommend the level of care best suited to meet the patient’s needs.
At Vermilion, we believe in the power of using Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) as our main approach to treatment. We have found that this therapeutic model is suited for treating both acute and short-term lengths of stay due to its effectiveness in working quickly by focusing on skill-building, as well as by identifying and disputing irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions. REBT has also proven to be beneficial in providing extended care for substance abuse concerns, mental health illnesses, and services specific to our military population. By implementing this REBT approach to treatment, the therapeutic interventions that are incorporated at our inpatient mental health clinic include the following:
Detoxification: For individuals struggling with an addiction, we provide fully-monitored medical detox services. As part of the 12-step model of recovery, we implement the idea of “rational recovery,” designed to provide patients with recovery skills that can last a lifetime and prevent future struggles with addiction.
Medication management: Patients who are suffering from mental illness may receive medication in order to treat any symptoms they are experiencing. Meetings with a psychiatrist occur on a regular basis in order to monitor the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any necessary changes.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the main component of treatment at our inpatient behavioral health rehab. Various groups are held on a daily basis and may include discussions on:
- Holistic wellness
- Relapse prevention
- Mental illness education
- Anger management and conflict resolution
- Healthy relationships
- Effective communication skills
- Appropriate boundaries
- Medication education
Individual therapy: Individual counseling sessions are held on an as-needed basis and provide patients with time to meet alone with their therapist in order to discuss any they have and to reflect on goals that have been reached.
Family therapy: We believe that positive changes are initiated through the family unit as a whole, which is why we strongly encourage our patients’ family members to actively participate in the therapeutic process. Family sessions are designed to address issues that affect the entire family and begin the process of identifying solutions. We also offer parents and caregivers education on mental illness, substance abuse, and medication management so that they can effectively help their loved one.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): This form of therapy is designed to help people create a rich and meaningful life while developing the skills needed to effectively handle the pain and stress that comes with life’s experiences.
In order to provide a fully comprehensive therapeutic experience, Vermilion’s psychiatric treatment clinic also provides the following:
- Experiential therapies
- Expressive therapies
- Recreation therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Vermilion’s mental health rehab in Lafayette, LA, we believe that thorough planning is critical to ensuring a patient is discharged into the most supportive environment possible after their inpatient stay. By doing so, we are able to promote a positive continuity of care and quality of life, maximize stabilization, and minimize the need for re-hospitalization. Our social services staff works with each patient’s treatment team to develop a discharge plan based on the patient’s needs, resources, preferences, family involvement, location of residence, and community resources. With patient consent, this plan is then passed on to the designated discharge planner who initiates referrals, schedules appointments, and finalizes any other necessary arrangements.
For quality care geared towards improving your life, look no further than Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems.