If you’re struggling with adjustment disorder, you’re trying to handle a number of major life stresses or events that have exhausted your ability to cope. Maybe you’ve just moved to a new state and are facing overwhelming obstacles. Perhaps you’re getting a divorce and are struggling with the legal battles, custody hearings, and learning to live life as a single person again. Maybe you’re grieving the loss of a beloved child, parent, or friend and cannot see how you are going to go on without them. You may know that the distress you feel is out of proportion to the event but are unable to simply move past it, no matter how much you’ve tried. The distress you feel about the event or series of events is causing significant impairment in many areas of your life. The stress and distress you’re in makes you feel as though the walls are closing in around you.
There is a way to escape the overwhelming burden of adjustment disorder. The compassionate staff at Cedar Crest Hospital have successfully helped thousands of children, teens, adults, and older adults for over twenty-five years. We understand the unique challenges of trying to cope with adjustment disorder and are ready to put our decades of experience into your care. At Cedar Crest, any time, day or night, we’re here for you.
Helping a Family Member or Loved One Seek Treatment
If your loved one has been coping with adjustment disorder for the past few months, you know that he or she needs real help and care. While adjustment disorder only persists six or fewer months, it can lead to overwhelming emotional pain for all involved. You may be frustrated with your loved one, unable to understand why they simply can’t move past the stress of the event. You may have tried to help your loved one before, only to have them shut down and tune you out. Here are some tips for gently guiding your loved one into treatment for adjustment disorder:
Learn about adjustment disorder and its treatments: No two people will experience adjustment disorder in the same way. It’s important for you to have a full understanding of what your loved one is going through and how best to help them into treatment. Learn what you can about the disorder, its effects, and effective treatment approaches.
Understand and empathize: It’s very important for you to take the time to recognize and acknowledge that not everyone copes with major life events in the same way. While the event precipitating adjustment disorder may seem inconsequential to you, it’s causing your loved one marked distress. This is the time for empathy, not judgment.
Research treatment centers: Choose a treatment center that has a reputation for excellence and make an appointment with the intake staff. At your meeting, you can discuss the ways in which their facility will treat the disorder and arrange for a tour. A tour with you and your loved one can help alleviate some of the anxiety he or she has about entering into an inpatient treatment center.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Adjustment Disorder
When you’re living with adjustment disorder, it impacts all aspects of your life. You may have trouble concentrating at work or school and find that your performance has dropped significantly. You may be tired of explaining your feelings to well-meaning friends and loved ones, which may lead you to isolate yourself and withdraw from others. Your emotional state may be deteriorating as the days pass, and you may be developing a co-occurring disorder like depression or anxiety, which further complicates your adjustment disorder. The constant stress may have driven you to use drugs or alcohol, and you may be facing addiction. Life may not always be easy, but it certainly does not have to be this hard.
An inpatient program to treat adjustment disorder is a scientifically-validated, empirically-supported treatment plan that can help you develop coping skills and learn new ways of handling stress. By taking yourself out of the stresses of daily life and routines you’ll be able to focus all of your energy on what matters most – getting better. An inpatient program will offer treatments and therapies such as medication management, individual, group, and family therapy, and the support of caring, compassionate staff to guide your recovery journey.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Cedar Crest Hospital, we’ve successfully helped thousands of children, teens, adults, older adults, active duty military members, and their families who are struggling with mental health disorders such as adjustment disorder. Through a variety of treatment approaches, we’ll help you confront the challenges in your life, learn the coping skills needed to recover, and discuss ways in which you can prevent any co-occurring disorder. Our beautiful campus, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is the ideal place for clients to take a break from daily life and focus upon their recovery. We’re available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our decades of experience can be a valuable asset during your recovery.
Treatment Options for Adjustment Disorder at Cedar Crest Hospital
The primary focus for your treatment will be symptom relief and helping you to achieve your maximum level of functioning. When you first come to us for help with your adjustment disorder, we’ll gather information from a number of interviews and examinations that will allow us to form a complete picture of the unique challenges you’re facing. The psychiatric evaluation will assess symptom severity and presence of any co-occurring mental health disorders. Your medical examination will allow us to determine if there are any medical diagnoses that may be leading to some of your symptoms. We’ll combine the results of these evaluations and sit down with you to create an individualized plan of care that meets all of your needs – mind, body, and soul. As adjustment disorder is a self-limiting disorder lasting six months or less, most people will only need to set short-term goals for their treatment.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to help stabilize symptoms and allow you to fully engage in the treatment process. As adjustment disorder does not last past six months, long-term medication with antidepressants or anti-anxiety agents may not be necessary. However, for those who have co-occurring disorders, long-term medication therapy may be used.
Individual therapy is offered once or twice per week – more if necessary. During these therapy sessions, you and your therapist will work toward identifying the trigger for the adjustment disorder and discuss more adaptive ways of coping with stress and life events. You’ll set short-term goals for your recovery and begin to identify the patterns of thinking that are negatively impacting your life.
Group therapy can be immensely supportive for people struggling with adjustment disorder. While this is a short-term disorder, the symptoms you experience can be tremendously challenging, and working with a group of people struggling with similar disorders can be a great way to work on social skills, connect with others, learn, grow, and heal.
Family therapy can help you and your loved ones begin to mend any rifts in your relationships and explore any family dynamics which may have contributed to your adjustment disorder. We’ll teach your family ways in which they can support you as you continue to recover from adjustment disorder and allow your loved ones the chance to express their emotions regarding your disorder. We’ll provide referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and community resources to your loved ones as needed.
In our decades of experiencing helping children, teens, adults, and older adults cope with life’s challenges, we’ve learned that combining traditional therapeutic techniques with experiential methods can truly help heal the whole person. These methods may include:
- Recreational therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Swimming pool
- Numerous walking trails
- Ropes course
- Weekly A.A. and N.A. meetings on campus
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
Nestled into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on a sprawling campus, Cedar Crest Hospital is proud to offer a number of treatment options designed to help children, teens, adults, and older adults who are struggling with adjustment disorder. Our treatment and care doesn’t stop upon discharge – we are always available 24/7 to offer a guiding hand. When you no longer require the structure of our inpatient program, you and your loved ones will sit down with a social worker to discuss your continuing care options. Our social worker will provide you with information about local support services, help you cope with the transition out of inpatient treatment, and help create continued treatment goals with you to ensure continuity of care and treatment.
Some people opt to step down into a structured outpatient program such as an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP), both of which allow for recovery and treatment during the day while slowly integrating back into regular life in the evenings. Others may feel they’ve made enough progress during their stay and are ready for discharge with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy clinic. At Cedar Crest Hospital, we’ll strive to help each client who comes to us for help long after they leave our doors.