Mood disorders frequently co-exist with alcohol and drug dependency, and at Northbound we address these problems using the latest diagnostic and treatment methods. We combine the latest research with the tried-and-true 12-steps to customize each client’s treatment. Northbound has assembled a team of highly trained professionals skilled in mood disorder treatments, and these proven methodologies, combined with the Northbound approach to treating alcohol and drug dependency, have been demonstrated to be extremely effective. Neglecting to address an individual’s mood disorder can be a contributor to relapse.
What We Do
For the treatment of various types of mood disorders, we offer a number of therapies, improved nutrition and exercise, and carefully prescribed, non-addictive, clinically proven medications under the direction of the client’s psychiatrist. And since many of these disorders also include a mild manic phase, which cycles with the depressed moods, the goal of the medication is stabilization. Individual and family education regarding the proper integration of medication is standard at Northbound. We don’t just hand out pills. All medications are carefully prescribed by a psychiatrist and monitored for compliance and efficacy by professionals with years of experience in substance abuse treatment. Moreover, group therapy, combined with education, helps clarify the proper role of medication in treatment of the disease.
What We’re Dealing With
If you have a mood disorder, your emotional state is inconsistent with your circumstances, and this can change the way you react to everyday stressors and major life events. Mood disorders, or affective disorders, are mental health problems such as depression, bipolar disorders, and mania. Research suggests that these disorders are linked to chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which control our feelings, behaviors, and moods. Changes in the level of these neurotransmitters can lead to mood abnormalities.
Clients report that it can be difficult to focus on therapy and to discipline themselves to do anything while they are depressed. Medication can relieve the symptoms that prevent them from developing the skills to get the most out of therapy.
The Foundation: The 12-Steps and Therapy
Mood disorder treatments are designed to support the individual in addressing negative feelings and thoughts, and they help to restore a sense of normalcy and balance in everyday life. Treatment is designed around different types of therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, traditional talk therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and family therapy. When these modalities are combined with the proven power of 12-step support there is an excellent opportunity for enhanced clarity of thought, insight, and well-being.
In addition to the aforementioned clients are encouraged to:
- engage in social activities
- get enough sleep
- get regular exercise
- eat properly
- create a support system
We also encourage clients to avoid thoughts such as:
- I’m terrible
- I must please everyone in my life
- I should always be treated kindly
- things must be the way I want them to be