Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health issues today, affecting approximately 40 million Americans. The feelings associated with anxiety disorders are much more than normal feelings of nervousness or worry and at times become so intense that they interfere with an individual’s daily life. The constant state of apprehension or fear associated with anxiety disorders can prevent an individual from engaging in social activities, performing well at work, and otherwise fully enjoying his or her life. While anxiety disorders can be quite debilitating, the good news is that they do respond well to treatment.
At Starlite Recovery Center, we recognize how difficult it can be to struggle with the distressing symptoms of an anxiety disorder, especially when you are also trying to overcome chemical dependency concerns. Starlite Recovery Center offers a number of comprehensive, individualized treatment programs for men and women who have been affected by the disease of addiction. It is our overall goal to provide treatment that promotes an abstinent lifestyle that is both productive and long-lasting. Furthermore, for those who are struggling with a co-occurring disorder such as anxiety, we will simultaneously help them overcome this problem.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching someone you care about continuously struggle with the symptoms of anxiety can be heartbreaking. If your loved one has turned to drugs and/or alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate the symptoms of anxiety that are causing such distress, you may be even more concerned about his or her overall wellbeing. While you may feel completely hopeless, there are some things that you can do to help your loved one. Please consider the following:
- Learn as much as you can about anxiety as this will help you to better understand what your loved one is going through.
- While you are taking the time to learn about anxiety, it may also be beneficial to educate yourself about addiction. This is especially true if your loved one has been abusing alcohol or another drug.
- Research treatment options for those who are struggling with anxiety and substance abuse concerns. There are many treatment centers available that can effectively care for your loved one.
- Sit down with your loved one and share your findings as you express your concerns surrounding his or her need for treatment. Convey your concerns in an empathetic manner while also making sure to listen to what you loved one has to say.
- Offer to accompany your loved one to any scheduled tours or assessments.
- Finally, be sure to be an active part in your loved one’s treatment process. Continue to be there for him or her during treatment and after he or she returns home.
Why Consider Treatment at Starlite Recovery Center
While there are many treatment options available for those who are struggling with anxiety disorder, unfortunately many individuals do not receive the treatment they so desperately need. When anxiety disorders are not properly treated the resulting effects can interfere with an individual’s ability to live a normal, productive life. Many times anxiety disorders have been known to cause physical symptoms, such as fatigue or general aches and pains, both of which can interfere with everyday life. Furthermore, anxiety disorders have been known to lead to the development of additional mental health conditions like depression or substance abuse.
Those with anxiety may also experience difficulties within their personal relationships. In many cases this may lead to social isolation and lack of participation in social activities or hobbies once enjoyed. Work performance and attendance may also begin to suffer, which can lead to loss of job and financial struggles.
For more than 60 years, Starlite’s dedicated professionals, who possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise, have provided substance abuse treatment in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Although our treatment programs typically run between 30 and 45 days, clients can extend their stays, when necessary.
The three main residential treatment programs offered at Starlite Recovery Center include:
The Neoteric Program (Young Adult Male Program) is a highly experiential program for young adult males, ages 18-28. This 45-day program consists of activities specifically tailored to meet the needs and interests of this specific population, and prepares them to re-enter the world as healthier, happier, and better-adjusted young men.
The Adult Program is for men and women over 18 years of age. This 30-day program has been specifically designed to help those struggling to overcome issues with alcohol and other drugs.
The Journey Christian Program is offered for clients who desire a faith-based approach to the recovery process as they overcome their addiction to alcohol. This non-denominational track provides addiction treatment services from a Christian point-of-view.
Upon admission, all clients at Starlite Recovery Center are assigned a primary case manager and a small group for participation in the group process. Additionally, clients meet with an interdisciplinary treatment team of physicians, counselors, and nurses who will effectively manage their individualized care. The focus on individualized, compassionate care is the core of everything we do at Starlite. Treatment at Starlite Recovery Center provides each client with education on the disease of addiction, including addiction to alcohol, helps identify barriers to success, and establishes a foundation for lifelong recovery.
At Starlite, treatment for substance abuse may include many of the following components:
Detoxification: All clients who are admitted to Starlite Recovery Center for alcohol addiction are placed in our detoxification unit for an observation period of at least 24 hours to ensure that they are physically safe and stable before engaging in the therapeutic process. Clients in detox are under constant supervision and are seen by our medical director on a daily basis.
Medication management: Once the detox process is complete, clients may meet with our medical director on an as-needed basis for any medication needs. While there is no FDA-approved medication to treat substance abuse, medication may be used to treat the symptoms of a co-occurring mental health disorder. All medication needs are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Individual therapy: All Starlite clients meet with their primary counselor at least once a week for individual counseling and personalized treatment planning. Individual sessions offer a number of benefits, including helping an individual better understand their addiction to alcohol.
Group therapy: All clients engage in a number of group sessions each week with their assigned process group. Group sessions are held for at least an hour and a half each day and focus on issues that have been identified by either the clients themselves or by their counselor. Life skills groups consist of lecture or discussion sessions that focus on topics such as identifying personal triggers, developing coping skills, using sober support systems, and preventing relapse. Educational groups are designed to provide understanding in areas that affect clients’ daily lives.
Family therapy: Starlite understands the importance of family participation in the process of recovery from an addiction to alcohol. Family sessions are held every week on Friday and Saturday. In addition to these weekly family therapy sessions, Starlite also provides a two-day intensive family program, which includes a combination of education, family process groups, and skill building.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy, such as recreational groups and activities, is provided on a daily basis in order to enhance the emotional, physical, and cognitive wellbeing of our clients. Experiential therapy helps to ensure that the whole person is being treated. Some of the specific activities our clients may participate in include:
- Life skills groups
- Specific theme groups
- Participation in a Twelve Step group
- Twelve Step, or “Big Book” Study
- Ropes course with rock wall and zip line
- Equine-assisted therapy
- Onsite certified personal trainer
- Fully equipped workout facility, outdoor pool, miniature golf, wilderness outings, and nature trails
- Onsite yoga classes and meditation space
- Therapeutic massage
Starlite Recovery Center also offers specialized tracks that allow our clients to customize their recovery experience:
- Post-bariatric track, for those who have undergone weight loss surgery
- LGBTQIA track, which meets three times a week
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Throughout their time at Starlite, all clients work closely with their case managers and alumni coordinator to create a continuing care plan and identify needed support services.
From the day clients enter treatment until long after they have competed our residential program, they remain valued members of the Starlite family. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to those who choose to heal with us.