Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that causes complete disruption in an individual’s life. Those with this disorder may hear or see things that aren’t really there or believe that others are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, and plotting to kill them. Individuals with schizophrenia tend to have a hard time holding down a job or caring for themselves, causing them to rely on others for help. While schizophrenia is an incurable disorder, proper treatment can relieve a large number of the symptoms. This allows for many men and women with schizophrenia to lead rewarding and meaningful lives in their community.
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we have helped many adolescents, adults, and older adults learn to cope with the symptoms of schizophrenia. By working as a team, we can help you decide the best treatment options that will allow you to be most successful in your recovery. We will give you the tools needed to effectively cope with your disorder as you learn to enjoy life once again.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When your loved one is struggling with the overwhelming and sometimes terrifying symptoms of schizophrenia, you may find yourself at a loss for how to help them. Without proper treatment those with schizophrenia are unable to get their symptoms under control and lead productive lives. Here are some tips for approaching your loved one and guiding him or her into the treatment he or she needs:
Educate yourself: Take the time to learn everything you can about schizophrenia; it will not only help you be able to talk about the disorder, but also help you gain a better understanding of what your loved one is going through. Learn about the symptoms associated with this disorder, possible treatment options, and what you can do to be supportive.
Truly listen: Having schizophrenia can be extremely stressful and frightening because an individual may not know why they are experiencing certain symptoms like hallucinations or delusions. When you decide to approach your loved one about getting treatment, make sure that you actually listen to what they are saying and make it known that you do deeply care about them. This will make them feel heard and more supported during this difficult time.
Be supportive: Entering a treatment program can make many individuals feel nervous because they are unsure what to expect. Let your loved one know that you are going to be there for them no matter what. Offer to make appointments for them and go with them to those appointments. Help them to pick out a treatment program that they feel comfortable with and reassure them that you will be around throughout the entire process.
Why Consider Treatment at Highland Ridge?
Schizophrenia involves a wide range of problems with thinking, behavior, and emotions. While the symptoms vary among individuals, they are severe enough to cause impaired functioning. When left untreated, this disorder can lead to severe emotional problems, behavioral problems, negative health consequences, and even financial or legal issues.
Inpatient care that consists of medication management and a wide array of therapeutic modalities has been shown to be extremely effective for people who have schizophrenia. An inpatient program allows you to get away from daily life stress and work on stabilization of your disorder in a calming atmosphere. Through an inpatient program, you’ll be able to learn the skills you need to be successful in your recovery from schizophrenia as you engage in a variety of different therapeutic techniques.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Highland Ridge Hospital, our multidisciplinary team of medical and mental healthcare professionals are dedicated to helping each child, adolescent, adult, or senior who comes to us in need of care. Your treatment team will meet on a regular basis to make sure that you are meeting and exceeding treatment goals and adjusting your treatment plan as needed.
We believe that you’re a whole person who needs individualized care and attention to most successfully learn to live with your schizophrenia. We work hard to make certain you receive only the most up-to-date and empirically validated treatments. At Highland Ridge Hospital, our commitment is to you.
Types of Treatment Offered at Highland Ridge Hospital
When you come to Highland Ridge you will undergo a series of examinations that will allow us to gain better insight into your current condition. A medical examination will be done to determine if you are struggling with any medical conditions and if you may have been attempting to self-medicate with alcohol or other drugs. Our psychiatric evaluations will allow us to determine which symptoms of schizophrenia are causing you trouble and the presence of any co-occurring mental health disorders that may be complicating your recovery. We’ll use the results of these evaluations to work with you to create a plan of care that meets all of your needs.
Medication is the underlying treatment method used for those who are suffering from schizophrenia. You will most likely be prescribed an antipsychotic medication, which helps reduce some of the symptoms of this disease. All medication decisions will be made by you and your doctor. Medication will be monitored on a daily basis and will be altered if needed.
Individual therapy is time reserved with a counselor to work on coping with the symptoms of your disorder and explore your related feelings. You will learn healthier coping skills, more adaptive social skills, and learn how important it is to stick to a medication routine.
Group therapy can be an excellent tool for people who are learning how to live with their schizophrenia as those with this disorder can become socially isolated. Group will allow you to connect with other people who are experiencing similar challenges, so that you can grow, learn, and heal from each other. Highland Ridge Hospital proudly offers both process-based and psychoeducational groups to our patients that will allow you to learn more about your illness and process your feelings.
Family therapy is a vital part of recovery for those living with schizophrenia as they tend to rely on family for additional help and support. Family therapy is a time where each family member can express how they feel about having a loved one with schizophrenia and work through any problems that may have developed. By learning more about your disorder, loved ones can take a more active role in the recovery process and support you. We’ll connect your loved ones with community resources to allow for their continued healing.
Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to offer a variety of experiential methods to complement the traditional therapies you’ll receive. These methods 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 come to Highland Ridge, we will make sure we place you in a treatment program that not only addresses all your needs, but is also the least restrictive level of care for your challenges. We treat individuals across the lifespan from childhood through older adulthood. Our intensive outpatient programs – our partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP), will allow you to work on your recovery while remaining in your community. Our inpatient program treats people of all ages who require help in a more structured environment and addresses a number of different mental health or behavioral health problems.
As your schizophrenia becomes stabilized and your time with us comes to an end, you will work closely with your therapist to create a plan of care for your continued recovery. Some people choose to step down into our IOP or PHP and slowly reintegrate back into their community. Others feel they have made enough progress during their stay with us that they’re able to return home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and community resources.
Serving all of Central and Northern Utah
Our treatment center is in Salt Lake City (Midvale) 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.