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Learning about outdoor treatment for adjustment disorder
Difficult life circumstances will cause an individual to experience stress of varying degrees from time to time. This natural human response to significant distress, loss, change, or disaster can vary among different cultural traditions, but typically resolves itself as time passes and the cause of the unforeseen stress subsides. However, when depressive symptoms like fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in activities one once enjoyed, and similar experiences linger, it may be due to the onset of a mood disorder known as adjustment disorder that will not dissipate without professional help.
At Four Circles, we understand the delicate balance of treating mental health concerns like adjustment disorder within the context of addiction. With a holistic approach to healing, our treatment modalities combine to form individualized treatment plans that address the ways that adjustment disorder and chemical dependence affect an individual’s mind, body, and spirit. From the moment a man or woman first makes contact with Four Circles, until the day he or she is discharged from our care, he or she will be supported by our staff caring and experienced addictions professionals. Together, they will co-create a path to recovery that will allow each person to overcome whatever barriers may stand in the way of living a full, healthy life.
Helping a loved one get adjustment disorder treatment
When a loved one or family member begins showings signs that may indicate the presence of an adjustment disorder, he or she may need someone that he or she trusts to encourage him or her to seek treatment. Due to the nature of the depressive symptoms that often accompany an adjustment disorder, a person may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of delving into options for care. You can help this person by taking this task on yourself, and researching both adjustment disorder itself, and treatment centers that might be a good fit for your loved one. It will be important to maintain a tone of compassion throughout this process, and to keep the focus on your loved one’s experiences, thoughts, and feelings.
Although you likely have a sincere desire to see your loved one begin to heal, acting as a support person for someone who is suffering from an adjustment disorder and/or issues of chemical dependence can be an emotionally taxing experience. Therefore, it is imperative to monitor your own wellbeing during this time, and be diligent in practicing self-care.
Why consider treatment for adjustment disorder at Four Circles
Without the type of comprehensive care that only a quality treatment center like Four Circles can provide, an adjustment disorder will eventually worsen and can potentially progress into a more significant type of mood issue. Some individuals attempt to mask the discomfort of their depressive state by abusing drugs or alcohol, and when this is the case, finding a program that can address both issues at the same time will be vital.
Left unchecked, mental illness and chemical dependence will rob an individual of health and happiness, and can even have fatal consequences. But with the comprehensive support of Four Circles, men and women can overcome these issues, and return to the leading the types of lives they deserve and desire.
Types of treatment for adjustment disorder at our center
At Four Circles Recovery Center our treatment model is designed to engage clients by immersing them in the natural world where they are inspired to cultivate self-reliance by being faced with compassionate, yet uncompromising accountability. This model allows clients to reap the benefits of a therapeutic wilderness program, while offering the opportunity to practice skills learned in real world settings. Finally, all treatment provided at Four Circles is gender-specific, with separate programs designed to meet the specific needs of patients of each gender.
The young men and women in our program will are encouraged to attend offsite wilderness expeditions, which are led by a clinical treatment team member. Wilderness expeditions complement the work we do at our lodges and all include several hours of behavioral health therapy, group counseling, and outdoor guidance to ensure a long-lasting recovery from adjustment disorder. Upon returning from their wilderness expeditions, participants integrate back into the community through meetings, service projects, and therapeutic groups before heading out on their next therapeutic wilderness expedition.
Programing at Four Circles consists of 4 levels, each of which has a number of specific guidelines and assignments for clients to complete in order to move through the level system. We use a variety of clinical and holistic approaches that allow us to meet each client’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs while also helping them to establish a strong foundation for sustained recovery. Some of the specific treatment methods employed at Four Circles in the treatment of substance use disorders and adjustment disorder include the following:
Medication management: Most often those who are suffering from adjustment disorder require the use of antidepressant medication in order to help reduce some of the presenting symptoms. However, all medication needs are always decided on a case-by-case basis. For any client who requires medication management, Four Circles has a contracted psychiatrist and nurse practitioner, both of whom are available within 24 hours. If a specific need arises, clients can be pulled from the field for an office visit.
Individual therapy: All clients at Four Circles will participate in individual therapy sessions on a weekly basis. Individual sessions are a time where clients can discuss personal progress that has been made in the program and a safe place where they can delve deeper into the underlying issues that may have caused the development of his or her substance abuse and adjustment disorder.
Group therapy: Programming at Four Circles includes a number of group therapy sessions including nightly process groups with our para-professional wilderness guides and weekly process groups with a licensed therapist. Clients will also participate in a 2 hour experiential challenge group, led by a program director on a weekly basis.
Family therapy: We firmly believe that family participation is an integral part of the treatment experience for those who are recovering from substance use disorder, as well as any additional mental health concerns such as adjustment disorder. Families receive ongoing coaching and therapeutic contact through sessions with a primary therapist through weekly support calls. Additionally, we hold a two-day onsite workshop for all family members.
Adventure trips: In order to help clients foster a spiritual connect to their recovery journey, clients will also regularly participate in adventure based counseling trips, which may include:
- Whitewater rafting
- Mountain biking
- Rock climbing
- Fly fishing
Additional therapeutic activities: In addition to participating in the therapeutic methods listed above all clients are provided with the opportunity to utilize a variety of additional therapies including:
- AA and NA meetings
- Yoga therapy
- Nutritional education
- Career/vocational/psychological testing
- Solution-focused therapy
- Martial arts
- Life skills training
- Psycho-educational skills training
- Motivational interviewing
Continuing care and levels of treatment for adjustment disorder
Prior to completion of treatment, all clients will participate in a one-week healing ceremony where they will engage in solo experiences that will help to prepare them for the future. Once this rite of passage ceremony is completed, clients will return to base camp where they will work on aftercare planning, develop a relapse prevention plan, and create a support system that will sustain the progress they have made. Since we understand that recovery is a lifelong process that extends beyond a client’s time at Four Circles, we work closely with each client, their families, and referral sources to create a detailed discharge and aftercare plan.
Four Circles offers a Sober Living Transition Program for adult males, 18-28 years of age, who are in the process of transitioning from a primary abuse treatment program into independent living. This program is at least 14 days in length and provides clients with a number of therapeutic methods including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and medication management. Additionally, adventure based trips are taken every weekend.
Finally, Four Circles offers a 28 day Relapse Prevention Program specifically for individuals who are in transitional living or have completed a primary treatment program and are in need of this additional level of care or have relapsed while in step-down care.
No matter what substance abuse concern or co-occurring disorder you may be struggling with, Four Circles can provide you with the skills needed to lead a happy, healthy life. With our help you can break free from substance abuse and overcome your adjustment disorder.