Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and activity levels. The symptoms associated with bipolar disorder are severe in nature, and are much more than the general ups and downs of everyday life. Damaged relationships, poor job performance, and suicide are all among the ill effects associated with this disorder. However, while bipolar is a lifelong disorder, with proper treatment it can be managed, allowing an individual to live a full and productive life.
At Starlite Recovery Center, we recognize how difficult it can be to try and cope with the extreme mood swings associated with bipolar disorder, as well as the presence of a substance use disorder. However, you do not have to face these daily struggles on your own. Starlite Recovery Center offers a number of comprehensive, individualized treatment programs for men and women who have been affected by addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders such as bipolar. It is our goal to provide treatment that promotes a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone you love is struggling with bipolar disorder, your love and support can be very important to the treatment and recovery process. This may be especially true if your loved one is also facing a substance use disorder.
Right now the best thing you can do for your loved one is to convince him or her to enter a treatment program that will address both the bipolar disorder and substance abuse concerns. Take the time to research treatment options that will meet your loved one’s needs and together you can decide on a program that will effectively help you loved one get his or her life back on track. Throughout the treatment process, let your loved one know that you are there for support, encouragement, or simply someone to talk to. Once your loved one returns home, continue to be an active part of his or her recovery process, and help to ensure sure that the aftercare plan is followed.
Why Consider Treatment at Starlite Recovery Center
Untreated bipolar disorder can lead to a number of devastating effects. Those with unmanaged bipolar disorder are more likely to develop increasingly problematic symptoms. Furthermore, it is common for those who suffer from bipolar disorder to abuse alcohol and other drugs. Job performance, social interactions, and the ability to make good decisions can become impaired, which can created a number of addition obstacles to proper daily functioning. Treatment that can alleviate or prevent the development of the previously mentioned adverse consequences is available, and can make it possible for someone who is struggling with these challenges to lead a happy, healthy life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Starlite Recovery Center
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.