Mental Health Guide

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to be used as a substitute for guidance similar to a qualified physician or a professional therapist. This material should only be used for educational reasons. If you have any further questions, you should speak with your doctor. We will do our best to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information, but we cannot guarantee it.

Mental Health Treatment Center

At Omega Recovery, we offer our clients the latest in mental health treatment through our community integrated treatment program. Traditional mental health centers put the struggling individual in an artificial treatment bubble where it’s relatively easy to get well, but inevitably when that client leaves treatment, they are unprepared to deal with the stress of everyday life. In this “community integration” model the clients get to experience life; shopping in the supermarket, going on a barbeque, going to a doctor’s appointment, going on a job interview, all with staff supervision and clinical support that can help process any and all the feelings and emotions that can so often arise in early recovery.

We do a thorough assessment to get to the underlying causes of the psychological distress. If a sense of emptiness is the culprit, then beginning to work with a thoughtful clinician to find meaning and purpose in one’s life is the solution. We use Viktor Frankl’s “Logotherapy” to help drifting and lost Omega Recovery clients find their purpose and passion in their lives. Once a person is aligned with a sense of purpose, very often their lives become more manageable.

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression tend to offer short-term relief when it feels like the world is closing in on you. If they take over, however, and you can’t function (or even get out of bed), it’s important to get help. You may realize that depression and anxiety run your life. You may know you need to get to the heart of the matter – you’re just not sure where to start. Let Omega Recovery help; our well-trained and caring team of clinicians can help you work through the pain, develop the tools and make the lifestyle changes that you need to live a healthier, happier life.

Trauma

The moment we experience trauma, our world is shattered. Our sense of safety and security disappears, leaving us feeling vulnerable, helpless, and paranoid. It does not matter if physical harm has taken place or not – any situation that leaves us scared or emotionally overwhelmed can be traumatic. It’s not what happened, it’s how it’s interpreted. The higher the anxiety, the higher the chances of traumatization–and the higher the likelihood of addictive self-medicating. At Omega Recovery, we use a variety of trauma-informed treatment modalities to help the struggling trauma client not just survive–but thrive!

Lack of Purpose or Meaning in One’s Life

For many, addiction is about escaping pain–physical or emotional. Yet for others, their addiction is all about filling a sense of emptiness that exists in their lives. These “existential crises” can be a result of retirement, divorce, illness, a death in the family…or merely a sense of purposelessness that leads to a life adrift and devoid of meaning. These are very often the conditions that lead to an endless cycle of self-medicating to fill the void of meaning and purpose that has developed.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out everyday tasks. There are three types of bipolar disorder. All three types involve clear changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, irritable, or energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very “down,” sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes).

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life. It includes self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions and behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships. With borderline personality disorder, you have an intense fear of abandonment or instability, and you may have difficulty tolerating being alone. Yet inappropriate anger, impulsiveness and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you want to have loving and lasting relationships.

Thought Disorder

Thought Disorder refers to the disorganized thinking as evidenced by disorganized speech. Specific thought disorders include derailment, poverty of speech, tangentiality, illogicality, perseveration, and thought blocking. Thought Disorder is a hallmark feature of schizophrenia but is also associated with other conditions including mood disorders, dementia, mania, and neurological diseases.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions. At Omega Recovery, by ushering them through our recovery program with an understanding hand, we heighten their chances of developing the tools and make the lifestyle changes that you need to live a healthier, happier life.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Omega Recovery uses a variety of trauma-informed treatment modalities to help the struggling trauma client not just survive–but thrive!

Codependency

At Omega Recovery, we believe that Codependency stems from growing up in a troubling environment. Our focus is on emotional dilemmas that form when people have tough childhoods. People who endured abuse or neglect during childhood tend to pick up harmful behaviors. Some classic examples include caretaking, misery addiction, control addiction, people pleasing and approval seeking. Codependent people can also suffer from obsessive over-analyzing and quickly wear themselves out. People who grew up under traumatizing circumstances can also fall victim to “catastrophizing”. They expect the worst to happen in any situation. Anything positive is negative, and disaster lurks around every corner. To them, this is perfectly normal. At Omega Recovery, by ushering them through our recovery program with an understanding hand, we heighten their chances of breaking through the agonizing patterns that make up codependency.

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    Mental Health Treatments

    PTSD

    The majority of people who experience a traumatic incident will experience shock, indignation, nervousness, anxiety, and even guilt.

    Depression Disorder

    Depression is considered to be the most prevalent mental health problem in the nation.

    Anxiety Disorder

    Omega Recovery’s Treatment Center for Anxiety can help prevent or desensitize the exacerbating conditions of your anxiety disorder.

    Dual Diagnosis & Co-Occurring

    Co-occurring, also called dual diagnoses disorder, or comorbidity, means a person has a diagnosis of both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder.

    Borderline Personality Disorder

    If you have BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), everything feels unstable: your relationships, moods, thinking, behavior—even your identity.

    Bi-Polar Disorder

    A person with bipolar disorder will experience changes in energy, mood, and activity levels that can make day-to-day living difficult.

    Omega Recovery’s Mental Health Treatment Program

    Clients are transported to clinical programming every weekday to participate in a vast array of treatment modalities that have been proven to be effective in treating mental health issues. During a typical week in programming clients will participate in motivational interviewing (MI), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness meditation, breathwork, and psychodrama. They will also have opportunities to participate in body movement therapies such as yoga, karate, and Qi Gong. Clients struggling with trauma will have the option to participate in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) facilitated by licensed, trained clinicians. Omega Recovery also utilizes the beautiful landscapes and parks of Austin, Texas for nature immersion groups and therapeutic excursions, such as rock climbing, ropes courses, kayaking, and hiking. Afternoons are spent at the Townlake YMCA participating in Active Recovery Coaching. Additionally, all treatment program clients will be able to receive psychiatric support from Omega’s medical director, Dr. Leon, and his team.

    The housing component of Omega Recovery’s treatment program is supported by a 24/7 staffed living environment. The living environments are gender-specific, meaning men and women are housed separately. Clients will have the opportunity to learn or relearn how to perform everyday tasks such as making dinner, doing chores, financial planning, and preparing for job interviews. They will be a part of a tight-knit community and will be encouraged to offer support to their housemates along their journey.

    Evidence-based modalities for Mental Health Disorders

    Our intensive outpatient rehab in Austin, TX is designed for individuals experiencing mental health. Our program offers individualized treatment plans in a comfortable setting near Downtown Austin, TX. We offer both day and evening group sessions. Clients attend programming 3 days a week for 3 hours each day while attending our 8-week IOP program.

    Mental Health Quizzes

    PTSD Quiz

    Following a traumatic occurrence, PTSD develops. Symptoms may not appear for several months.

    Depression Disorder Quiz

    One in every five Americans suffer a depressive episode at some point in their lives.

    Dual Diagnosis Quiz

    Co-occurring, also called dual diagnoses disorder, or comorbidity, means a person has a diagnosis of both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder.

    BPD Quiz

    Borderline personality disorder is a mental health illness in which a person struggles to establish long-term interpersonal connections.

    Bi-Polar Disorder Quiz

    Bi-Polar Disorder, (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

    Schizophrenia Quiz

    he exact cause of schizophrenia isn’t known, but a combination of genetics, environment, and altered brain chemistry and structure may play a role.

    Anxiety Disorder Quiz

    Anxiety that is uncontrollable and persistent that interferes with your daily life could be a sign of an anxiety disorder.

    Our Services

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