Encompassing both psychotic and mood disorder symptoms, schizoaffective disorder is a serious mental illness that affects less than 1% of people. This condition causes a person to experience delusions and hallucinations, similar to what people with schizophrenia face, and extreme mood disturbances, symptoms comparable to what people with a bipolar disorder endure. Those with schizoaffective disorder can experience a great deal of difficulty in functioning if not receiving treatment for the disorder. The effects of schizoaffective disorder can also lead to the development of other mental illnesses, an increased risk of abusing drugs or alcohol, self-injury, or even death. And while the symptoms can be debilitating, there are effective treatment options available that can greatly improve the lives of those afflicted by schizoaffective disorder.
The leading provider of mental health and chemical dependency treatment in the Acadiana region, Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette, Louisiana offers compassionate, individualized, comprehensive, and high-kquality care for those suffering from schizoaffective disorder, in addition to co-occurring disorders and substance use problems. Specialized programming, designed to meet the needs of our patients, in conjunction with a clear and present focus on patient care and safety, Vermilion is a cut above the rest when it comes providing treatment to those who need it. Our experienced and caring staff diligently work to promote each patient’s mental, emotional, and social wellness throughout the therapeutic process by implementing proven, evidenced-based techniques. Our secure and structured environment is extremely conducive to healing and recovery as each patient is afforded ongoing support throughout his or her stay at Vermilion. When it comes to successful and effective treatment for mental health conditions and chemical dependency issues, your search is over. Vermilion’s treatment rehab is where positive change begins.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The signs and symptoms of schizoaffective disorder may be alarming or confusing to those around the sufferer. Because of the severity of the symptoms, you may not know what to do or how to help the person when the individual is hallucinating or experiencing extreme mood swings. Identifying the warning signs of the disorder is key to helping your friend or loved one receive an appropriate diagnosis and, eventually, treatment to help alleviate the incapacitating symptoms and restore normal functioning. Some warning signs to look out for include:
- Extreme emotional highs and lows
- Disengagement from social situations
- Decreased participation in previously enjoyed activities
- Isolation from family members or friends
- Lack of facial expression
- Mutism or disorganized speech
- Catatonia or disorganized movements
If you recognize these signs and symptoms in your friend or loved one, it is time to consider treatment options. In doing so, he or she is one step closer to regaining control over his or her life.
Why Consider Treatment at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems
Because the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder resemble symptoms of other disorders, it is important that the sufferer receives an accurate diagnosis in order to receive appropriate treatment. It is imperative that this happens because the right treatment produces the most favorable results. Quality of life, for someone living with schizoaffective disorder, often diminishes as symptoms get worse. Going without treatment only makes the prognosis grimmer and allows for a number of other adverse effects to occur.
Inpatient treatment is a great option for treating schizoaffective disorder. With the benefit of being away from the everyday stressors of life, an individual can fully focus his or her attention on the therapeutic process. Furthermore, the individual is able to gain a greater understanding of his or her condition and realize the best ways to manage symptoms. Often times, medication is recommended to help alleviate symptoms. Under the supervision of qualified medical staff, those suffering from schizoaffective disorder are able to explore medication options that will best suit their needs. Lastly, therapeutic techniques implemented in inpatient care are proven to lead a person closer to recovery. With inpatient care, a person with schizoaffective disorder has the best chance of achieving the quality of life he or she deserves.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
For over 30 years, Vermilion’s treatment clinic has prided itself in being the most comprehensive provider of behavioral health services by delivering exceptional patient care in the safest environment possible. Our multidisciplinary team of skilled clinical staff, including addiction specialists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and case managers, is dedicated to maintaining optimal training to increase proficiency 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 at Vermilion and beyond.
Types of Treatment Offered at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems
Upon first arriving at Vermilion in Lafayette, all patients take part in a free, confidential level of care screening by one of our Assessment and Referral Specialists. After gathering all important information, the A&R Specialist will review the evaluation with one of our psychiatrists. It is then that the psychiatrist will recommend the level of care best suited to meet the patient’s needs.
At Vermilion’s treatment rehab, 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 clinic include the following:
Detoxification: For those adolescents and adults who come to us struggling with chemical dependency, we provide a medically supervised detox rehab. 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 reduce relapse.
Medication management: Patients who are suffering from schizoaffective disorder will often receive medication in order to treat their severe symptoms. 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 treatment clinic. Various groups are held on a daily basis and may include discussions on:
- Relapse prevention
- Medication education
- Mental illness education
- Anger management
- Conflict resolution
- Healthy relationships
- Developing effective communication skills
- Developing appropriate boundaries
- Holistic wellness
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 concerns 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 patients 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 also provides the following:
- Expressive therapies
- Recreation therapy
- Experiential therapies
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Vermilion Behavioral Health, we believe that thorough planning is critical to ensuring that 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.
Our patients are our number one priority and we put every effort into ensuring successful program completion. Let treatment at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems be the start of a brighter future.