Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that is defined as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is severe enough to interfere with functioning or development. ADHD is considered one of the most common disorders that affecting adolescents, often continuing into adulthood. Symptoms of ADHD can include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, challenges controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. These symptoms can make it hard for children to succeed in school, for adults to be productive at work, and cause problems with personal relationships. While ADHD can cause a lot of disruption and struggles in your life, with effective treatment you can get your symptoms under control. The friendly staff at Highland Ridge Hospital has helped many individuals learn to successfully live with ADHD and we are here to help you help you as well.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Living with someone or being close to someone who has ADHD can be very frustrating, especially if they are not getting treatment. You may feel as if they never listen to you, causing you to feel annoyed and unheard, which can lead to fights. Additionally, the inability for them to control their symptoms may make them unreliable, causing added stress. All of these factors make you aware that your loved one needs to get help so that they can get the symptoms of their disorder under control. However, knowing how to get them help can be challenging. Here are a few tips that can help you to talk to your loved about getting treatment:
Educate yourself: Take the time to educate yourself about ADHD; how it manifests, the symptoms, and the effects it has so that you will know what to expect. Also, by educating yourself you will be knowledgeable when the time comes for you to talk to your loved one about the matter.
Empathize: Understand the impact that ADHD has on an individual who is diagnosed with it and try to put yourself in their shoes. Realize that while it may be frustrating to have a loved one with this disorder, living day-to-day with the symptoms can be very difficult. When you talk to them make sure that you actually listen and don’t minimize their feelings or experiences.
Offer support: If your loved one agrees that they need treatment, be there to support them through the whole process. Offer to make appointments for them and go with them to those appointments. While they are in treatment, take the time to check in to see how they are doing.
Seek support: In addition to helping your loved one, it is also important to remember that you have needs as well. Look into support groups in your area that can help offer you support and allow you to process your own emotions.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for ADHD?
Living with untreated or unmanaged ADHD will eventually get to a point where it will cause negative consequences in most, if not all, areas of your life. The symptoms of this disorder can lead to a number of health problems such as overeating, substance abuse, anxiety, chronic stress, and low self-esteem. The inability to focus and effectively complete tasks can lead to school and work difficulties, which could end in dropping out or being fired. Additionally, ADHD can cause significant problems in your relationships with family and friends. Eventually the stress and anxiety can cause you to feel disappointed, hopeless, frustrated – like your life is out of control. However, with proper treatment, life can be managed.
An inpatient program that has experience treating men, women, and children with a variety of mental and behavioral disorders has shown to be one of the most effective interventions for those with ADHD. If you are having a hard time coping on a daily basis due to the symptoms of your ADHD, your doctor may suggest enrolling in a program like the one offered at Highland Ridge. Through a schedule of daily groups and therapy sessions you will learn how to control your ADHD and live a more productive life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Highland Ridge Hospital, it is our philosophy that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which is why we are determined to treat each aspect of an individual instead of focusing on their symptoms. We strive to be a safe haven of treatment helping all adolescents, adults, and seniors who come to us struggling with a mental health or substance abuse disorder. The dedicated staff at Highland Ridge is determined to provide personal and professional care to each patient making sure they feel respected, cared for, and valued.
Types of Treatment Offered at Highland Ridge
When a client arrives to Highland Ridge, they will be met with an intake counselor who will complete a comprehensive assessment about the individual’s current mental health condition. The assessment will be able to determine the severity of the individual’s ADHD, the presence of any medical problems, and if they have a co-occurring disorder. The results of the assessment will be compiled to create individualized treatment plans for each of our patients. Our multidisciplinary team works together to prescribe and provide treatment that is specifically tailored to each person. We try our best to match patients with the types of treatment modalities and therapists that are most appropriate for their current treatment needs.
The most common treatment for ADHD is a combination of medication and behavioral therapies. Stimulant medications such as Adderall or Ritalin may be used as part of your treatment plan to help manage the symptoms of your ADHD, which will allow you to focus more on the behavioral therapy aspect of treatment.
Individual therapy is held at least one time per week, but is held more frequently depending on the patient’s specific needs. This is time for the client to speak alone with their therapist about specific issues they are having concerning their ADHD and any additional co-occurring disorders. Individual sessions can be helpful because sometimes children don’t feel comfortable opening up about certain topics in a group setting.
Group therapy is the main type of therapy at Highland Ridge. Groups are held on a daily basis and cover a wide range of topics from anger management to development of better coping skills. Group is also a good time for individuals to practice newly learned social skills and appropriate interactions.
Within 72 hours of being admitted to Highland Ridge, we will schedule a meeting with the patient and their family so that the family members can be integrated into the treatment process. Family sessions will also take the time to address the patient’s ADHD and how it has impacted the family as a whole.
In addition to a traditional therapeutic methods we offer a number of experiential programs to help the patients fully heal. Some of these program may include:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Leisure time
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Gym & exercise time
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
When you have come to the end of your inpatient treatment program, you will work with your therapist to help you decide what is most appropriate for your next phase of treatment. Referrals will be provided to help you to be successful with your continued care. We will set you up with a psychiatrist if needed, and provide you information about partial hospitalization programs (PHP) or intensive outpatient programs (IOP). Both of these programs are good for individuals who are ready to start slowly integrating back into their community and no longer need the structured environment of an inpatient program. Other patients may be at the point in their recovery where they are ready to return home and so they will be provided with community resources they can turn to for support.
Serving the Greater Salt Lake City Area
Our treatment center is in Salt Lake City and serves residents from all over Central and Northern Utah. Call one of our admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Highland Ridge can help you regain a happy, healthy life.