The inability to resist the urge to do something this is potentially harmful to oneself or others can be indicative of the presence of an impulse control disorder. Some of the most common types of impulse control disorders include pyromania, intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, and compulsive sexual behavior. Those individuals with an impulse control disorder will usually feel a build-up of tension before engaging in the impulsive act and then feel a sense of relief once the act has been completed. However, those feelings of relief and satisfaction tend to be quickly replaced by guilt and remorse. Additionally, while impulse control disorders may serve to provide one with a sense of temporary relief, they tend to cause more problems in the long run, which is why receiving proper treatment in a timely manner is of the utmost importance. At Cross Creek Hospital, we recognize how disruptive impulse control disorders can be in an individual’s life and have designed a number of specialized treatment programs to meet each one of our patient’s unique needs. By seeking and receiving care at Cross Creek Hospital, those with an impulse control disorder can find relief from the disruption it has inflicted onto their lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have noticed symptoms of an impulse control disorder in your loved one, it likely indicates that that treatment needs to be sought as soon as possible in order to avoid the development of extremely negative consequences. Some of the behaviors to look out for when attempting to determine if your loved one is battling an impulse control disorder can include acting out aggressively, engaging in frequent angry outbursts, extreme irritability, compulsive stealing, constant lying, playing with fire, and the participation in risky sexual behavior. If your loved one is, indeed, struggling with the destructive symptoms of an impulse control disorder, it is important that you take the time to talk to him or her about seeking treatment for his or her behaviors. Make sure to convey how concerned you are about his or her overall wellbeing should these behaviors be allowed to continue. Some additional tips that may help you get your loved one the help they need include:
- Educate yourself about impulse control disorders, paying extra attention to the exact impulse disorder that your loved one is struggling with. This will help you to understand more about what your loved one is going through and what you can expect during the recovery process.
- Help your loved one find a treatment program that will best suit his or her specific needs.
- Ensure your loved one that you will be there to support him or her throughout the entire treatment process.
Why Consider Treatment at Cross Creek Hospital
No matter which impulse control disorder an individual may be struggling with, they all have the ability to create a significant amount of disruption in one’s daily life. This is especially true if the symptoms of the disorder remain untreated. These types of disorders can be emotionally draining, eventually leading to the development of low self-esteem, depression, and/or anxiety. These individuals also tend to have difficulties meeting requirements at work, succeeding academically, and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Additionally, certain impulse control disorders, such as kleptomania or pyromania, can lead to legal ramifications and possible incarceration. Furthermore, individuals with impulse control disorders are at an increased risk for the development of substance abuse problems, which can lead to further complications.
Types of Treatment Offered at Cross Creek Hospital
At Cross Creek Hospital, we are devoted to providing everyone who seeks our care for an impulse control 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 for the treatment of impulse control disorders at Cross Creek Hospital:
Medication management: 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 needed or deemed beneficial to the patient. Various members of our patients’ treatment teams, including their assigned individual therapists, provide such consultations and afford 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 an impulse control disorder, 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 impulse control disorders 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 all that we can to help you or a loved one become well again so that the much deserved bright future can be realized and within reach.