Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic disorder that affects countless children and, in many cases, persists long into adulthood. Characterized by problems with sustaining attention, as well as engaging in hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, ADHD can cause a number of significant difficulties for an individual in most, if not all, areas of his or her life. These individuals tend to have a hard time succeeding in school, establishing healthy interpersonal relationships, and tend to suffer with low self-esteem. For this reason, among many others, it is often recommended that those who are struggling with ADHD seek treatment so that they are able to better cope with the symptoms associated with this disorder. Treatment programs, like the ones offered at Cross Creek Hospital, have shown to be effective in helping those with ADHD learn to successfully manage this disorder and excel in all areas of life. At Cross Creek Hospital, we have developed a number of specialized programming options that are tailored to meet the unique needs of patients who are facing the challenges that accompany this disorder.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When you have loved one who is struggling with the frustrating symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, it can make life challenging and leave you wondering what you can do to help. Furthermore, if you do not know much about this disorder, you may do things that you think are supportive and helpful, but, in reality, you could actually be making things worse. If you are confused as to how you can appropriately support a loved one with ADHD, here are some helpful tips:
- Educated yourself: Take the time to gain as much knowledge about this disorder as you can so that you can come to understand more about this disease and the challenges it may present for your loved one. Additionally, it may be helpful to sit down and talk to your loved one about specific difficulties they are facing and what having ADHD is like for them.
- Ask questions: Make sure to ask your loved one what it is he or she needs from you. This way you know exactly what you can do to be more supportive of your loved one.
- Point out your loved one’s strengths: It is very common for those with ADHD to also suffer from low self-esteem, so it can be very encouraging to hear about the things they do well.
- Avoid being judgmental: One of the worst things you can do is judge or criticize your loved one for the behaviors he or she engages in as a result of this disorder.
- Offer to help them find additional support: If your loved one is having a difficult time coping with the symptoms of ADHD, offer to help him or her find treatment that can provide him or her with the skills needed to get his or her symptoms under control once more. If your loved one decides to enter treatment, continue to provide him or her with encouragement and support throughout the entire therapeutic process.
Why Consider Treatment at Cross Creek Hospital
Life with ADHD can be difficult, especially when treatment is not sought to provide an individual with appropriate medication and the coping skills needed to manage his or her daily symptoms. Those with ADHD often struggle in the classroom or at work, which can lead to an inability to complete specific responsibilities and ultimately result in academic or occupational failure. These individuals also tend to experience more accidents and injuries than others who do not have this disorder. Additionally, those with ADHD have an increased risk for the development of drug and/or alcohol abuse, which may be an attempt to self-medicate the untreated symptoms they are experiencing. They may struggle with low self-esteem, have a hard time interacting with others or developing meaningful relationships, and are more likely to suffer from other mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
Types of Treatment Offered at Cross Creek Hospital
At Cross Creek Hospital, we are devoted to providing everyone who seeks our care for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Our all-encompassing goal for treatment is to help men, women, and adolescents improve their overall functioning by helping them to stabilize and to continue their recovery with new tools that they will be taught in the treatment setting. We are proud to be able to achieve this goal by utilizing the structure and processes of a treatment model that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, experiential therapies, and didactic therapies.
All of the treatment methods implemented in our inpatient programming utilize a multidisciplinary focus in order to ensure that an integrated approach to treatment that facilitates increased stabilization and growth is received by all patients. Furthermore, we place a high regard on the involvement of our patients’ families, knowing that their contribution to the therapeutic process is paramount to successful healing. The emphasis of our programming here at Cross Creek Hospital is not diagnosis-specific, but rather focuses on treating the symptoms that are plaguing each individual. We are devoted to implementing a truly holistic approach that aims to maximize patient care and help them achieve their highest level of functioning.
The following methods for care may be incorporated into the individualized treatment plans that are given to each adolescent, adult, and senior adult who are engaged in services at Cross Creek Hospital:
Medication management: The standard treatment procedure for ADHD includes the use of medications that aim to improve the symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity that are present. However, a patient’s need for medication is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once each day so that the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored and changes can be made when necessary. Additionally, there are also nurses on staff who assist in monitoring medication needs.
Individual therapy: This individual case consultation will occur at a minimum of once each week, but additional sessions can be added whenever it is deemed beneficial to the patient. Various members of our patients’ treatment teams, including their assigned individual therapists, provide such consultations and allow patients a time to meet one-to-one to discuss any concerns they have, process through various emotions they are experiencing, and to track treatment goals.
Family therapy: Family involvement is important in the overall success of treatment for our patients. Keeping this in mind, family therapy sessions are held at least once each week for our adolescent patients and are held on as-needed basis for our adult patients. For the family members of those who are struggling with the devastating symptoms of ADHD, this can be a time for them to learn about the illness itself, while also gaining valuable knowledge on ways in which they can be of best support to their loved one.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a significant component to the treatment options offered here at Cross Creek Hospital. The types of groups that our patients may engage in can include:
- Addictions groups apply the 12-step addictions model for recovery to a wide range of self-destructive behaviors, including self-mutilation, disordered eating, and unhealthy personal relationships.
- Journaling groups provide a structured setting for developing therapeutic and recovery skills in the form of journaling, keeping a diary, completing homework assignments, and other writing tasks.
- Education groups teach patients about the origin and the nature of the disorder(s) that they are suffering from. In these groups, patients learn to identify problems, form a treatment plan, and work effectively on obtaining recovery and maintaining stability.
- Process groups provide a structured setting for the discussion of issues and concerns that are identified by patients. This group focuses on the processing of feelings, internal communication and cooperation, and participation in healthy group feedback.
- Music therapy groups provide an emotionally evocative group setting that is designed to provide the participants with an opportunity to practice affect management skills.
- Healthy relationships groups focus on developing social skills and practicing health interactions. It provides a forum for structured, supportive risk-taking and practicing assertiveness, and the giving and taking of feedback.
- Discharge planning groups provide an opportunity for building skills that will improve the quality of life after discharge and reduce the likelihood of readmission.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a truly holistic approach to treatment, the staff at Cross Creek Hospital offers a number of experiential therapeutic options for our patients using things such as psychodrama and recreational techniques. These therapies are designed to teach patients skills for appropriate risk-taking, internal communication and cooperation, and expressing needs and fears. Examples of the experiential therapies that patients may engage in while in our care include:
- Relaxation integration – This type of experiential modality is designed to increase self-esteem, motivation, and energy levels by providing a forum for learning and practicing leisure and social skills, while also developing healthy support systems.
- Physical wellness and exercise therapy program
- Animal assisted therapy
- Art therapy – This type of therapy is used to teach nonverbal strategies for expressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior in a healthy fashion. It is meant to be a technique for individuals to learn how to “tell without talking.” The art therapy groups also involve verbal processing of the artwork that is created.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Cross Creek Hospital, we want to ensure that each patient will have continued success in healing and maintaining recovery after completing inpatient care for ADHD at our hospital. In order to do this, we make it a priority to begin discharge planning from the moment a patient is admitted into our care. This plan coincides with a patient’s treatment plan and aims to address any concerns or needs for further, less intensive treatment after engaging in our programming.
Our caring and compassionate staff will work with patients and their families to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment recommendations that will allow our patients to refine and build upon the skills learned at Cross Creek. Recommendations will be provided based on each patient’s needs so that the treatment goals achieved while in our care can be upheld and exceeded, decreasing a patient’s need for a higher level of care going forward. Furthermore, a member of our staff will contact patients 48 to 72 hours after being discharged to ensure that a successful transition from Cross Creek to each patient’s respective community or continuing care center has been achieved.
At Cross Creek Hospital, we will do everything in our power to help you or your loved one get the symptoms of ADHD under control so that a happy and bright future can be achieved.