Whether you have been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or a substance abuse disorder, there is a treatment approach for you. You can find a vast array of nonchemical treatment modalities to alleviate symptoms, prevent relapse and improve your cognition and self-awareness. These treatment modalities are evidenced-base and have been clinically proven to be effective.
This therapy approach uses drill and practice, compensatory and adaptive strategies to help improve cognitive function. Alcohol and drugs can deplete higher functioning areas in the brain, causing a lapse in memory, judgment, learning, and other high-functioning skills. This therapy approach is designed to improve neurocognitive abilities such as attention, working memory, planning, and executive functioning, which leads to improved social functioning. Simple tasks such as composing a grocery list, reading a recipe book, balancing bank statements, and driving a car require high-level functioning with heightened awareness and attention to detail. Cognitive remediation can allow an individual to gain these skills back.
Neurofeedback is another approach to treating addiction or mental illness. It works by retraining the brain to react differently to stimuli brought on by the environment. It is similar to rewiring your home entertainment center in order to receive clearer and faster signals.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an evidence-based technique that uses magnetic fields via electrodes attached to the scalp to stimulate and regenerate nerve cells. If a heavy night of drinking can kill nerve cells, imagine what years of alcohol and drug abuse can do to your brain. TMS works to stimulate nerve cells, helping to alleviate signs of depression.
Ever wondered why different people react differently to the same medications? Depression is most commonly treated with a class of pharmacological agents known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. However, each person reacts differently to this class of medication, causing a relief of depressive symptoms in some people and worsening symptoms of depression in others. This is partly due to the genetic makeup of each person resulting in a different metabolism or breakdown of the drug in the body. Pharmacogenetic testing discovers which class of drugs works best in specific individuals based on their DNA and metabolism. This testing is a new and innovative approach to telling whether one class of drugs is more efficacious than another class of drugs for the treatment of specific mental health disorders on an individualized basis.
This type of therapy encourages patients to dig deep into their subconscious and uncover issues resulting in their addiction or mental health disorders. Past issues can often be buried deep, resulting in a drastic change in behavior and personality of which the individual may be unaware. Experiential therapy involves role-playing, guided imagery, and the use of props to dig deep and uncover these issues and characteristics within the subconscious of an individual.
Rock to Recovery
This treatment modality is based on music therapy. Music is a form of self-expression, and studies have shown that it can create a mental space that aids in healing from mental health disorders and substance abuse. Music therapy allows patients to get in touch with their artistic side and express themselves. Whether singing, playing an instrument, or dancing to music, this therapy approach has shown to be beneficial when helping to cure a mental disorder or an addiction.