Assessment and treatment of mental health concerns

In many cases emotional problems exist before drug or alcohol abuse begins and substances are used to manage painful feelings. Research shows those who struggle with emotional problems like anxiety and depression are more at risk for developing substance use disorders, are more sensitive to the effects of substance use, and are more likely to relapse than those who are emotionally and psychologically healthy.

Some people have symptoms that are more severe or unstable and they experience psychosis or suicidal behavior. These symptoms usually require intensive inpatient care at a facility designed to treat these conditions while having an ability to ensure their safety and the safety of those around him or her. For these reasons, referrals to Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center are reviewed prior to admission to determine whether we are able to provide the treatment residents require. If emotional or psychological problems are considered more severe than can be managed by the level of care provided at Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center, other recommendations will be made if possible.

The day you arrive, a therapist is scheduled to  meet with you and begin a comprehensive bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment in order to develop a treatment plan with you. A consultation  with our psychiatrist who is also a certified addictionologist can be in the arranged in subsequent weeks if there is further assessment needed for an additional fee. This covers all specific areas concerning addiction, other harmful behaviours, and co-related addictions that may also need attention for recovery and healing. This is followed by a care plan customized according to your treatment goals and involves a combination of group psychotherapy, education and skill-building sessions, recreational activities and one-to-one sessions with interdisciplinary team members. For those who require intensive trauma work we have therapists specialized in this area. Medication will be offered when deemed appropriate. We believe we must treat more than just the symptoms of addictive behaviour to have sustainable success.

The focus of treatment is to increase awareness of individual strengths and healthy coping strategies and work with these to facilitate recovery and long term wellness. We are aware however, that there are also less useful or destructive patterns of thinking, coping and behaving that contribute to addiction, anxiety and depression and it is important to learn how to change these patterns in order to recover and prevent relapse. Through this process a great deal of attention is paid to developing skills that increase an individual’s sense of self-worth, empowerment and healthy connectedness with family or friends.

In addition to psychological treatment there is a strong focus on balancing life through self-care, productivity, leisure and recreation, nutrition, exercise, spirituality and body work. Developing a healthy relationship with your body is essential to wellness. Increasing body awareness, improving relaxation skills and experiencing your body as a safe place to be are benefits of therapeutic bodywork. Staff trained in bodywork, addictions, and trauma offer safe, respectful and balanced approaches. The gentle, nurturing bodywork allows you to experience body-centered restful awareness which is important to healing and the recovery process.