Sanare Today - Mental Health Services in West Chester, PA
Sanare Today provides treatment and support for those suffering from anxiety, depression, or addiction. The staff is trained to use the most effective therapies and techniques, such as mindfulness therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral skills training, and motivational interviewing. During the intake appointment, potential clients will be welcomed to the program, and the staff will complete our "whole person" evaluation. Sanare Today believes in thinking outside of the box, assessing individuals based on their emotional struggles, their addictions, their relationship issues, their work or school situation, their physical condition, and their spiritual issues.
If both the staff and the client agree that attending Sanare is the right choice, the client will attend several group meetings every week. The frequency is intense but intentional, ensuring that clients deal with their issues faster than typical therapy appointments every week or every other week. The use of group therapy is another intentional part of Sanare Today's methods. It puts clients together with others who have similar issues. This allows for social connections and interactions, one of the best ways to cope with addiction and mood disorders. Our clients have taught us that people do want to feel better; they want to run their lives, not be run by them. The Sanare Today staff teaches clients the strategies necessary to regain control over their behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Support from romantic partners and other family members is also part of the treatment process. Clients will be connected to all possible resources for them before they are discharged from the Sanare Today program.
I am extremely grateful for this experience. It came at the right time and I was able to learn, absorb and use the information and tools in the group and apply them to my life. Remember not to get stuck on things or the why. Rachael was the best and kept it real and useful.
This program has been an incredible source of hope for me. Before Sanare Today, I felt isolated in my depression and felt no one understood how I felt. Being able to share my feelings and learn from others in the group has helped me learn to shift my thinking and truly believe in myself.
"I was in Dr. Lou's group 3 years ago and it changed my life. When I joined Dr. Lou's group I learned the tools that I needed to be able to have control over my emotions and now I am able to function on a daily basis and live my life. "
The counselors at Sanare Today are full of helpful information. My experience helped me learn basic techniques and coping skills in my live.
Sanare Today is a fantastic program that helped me navigate a frightful period in my life. In the beginning I was skeptical but I'm glad I stuck it out. I have new tools and techniques about how to handle anxiety and depression. I'm grateful I was directed here.
You are in the right place! You will be educated and challenged about your current core beliefs and learn what goes into creating each of your life experiences. If you keep an open hear and mind you will get a lot out of being a part of this outpatient program. Rachael is awesome!
"A raging storm of disappointment and fear led to my suicide attempt in January 2011. Dr. Lou’s IOP offered tools for finding hope, joy, and a sense of purpose. I now have a new career sharing my hope, safe relationships, and joy in just being me."
"When I came to Dr. Lou's group I was unable to function. I was so depressed I sat in a chair, preferably in the dark, all day. No desire for anything. I was taught tools to help me get back to living. It wasn't easy but if I can do it anyone can! My life has done a 360 and I am happier than I've ever been! I am living life!"
FROM DR. LOU’S BLOG
Sanare Todayis pleased to share a summary of our goals and our progress towards these goals. We have been providing care to individuals, both adolescent and adult across Delaware, Chester, Bucks and Montgomery Counties for almost 3 years now. Our Mission: The mission of Sanare Today is to provide a pathway to hope, peace and…Read More »
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Understanding The Connection Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Many individuals struggle with mental issues daily. What is even more alarming is that those with mental health disorders have a higher chance of struggling with substance abuse compared to the general public. In the United States alone, about 45 million people struggle with mental illness, 20 million have a diagnosed drug abuse disorder and an estimated 8 million struggle with both which is extremely lethal.
These conditions affect people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. The disorders can be hard to treat, but they are certainly treatable. As such, it is imperative to comprehend how the two issues work and how to treat them at the same time for optimal results.
Does Mental Illness Lead to Substance Abuse?
There is an ongoing debate regarding which comes first, substance abuse or mental illness. There is no clear cut answer, but connections are there:
- Individuals who suffer mental health issues usually self-medicate with alcohol and drugs.
- The Journal of the American Medical Association states that around 50% of individuals suffering from severe mental disorders ideally struggle with substance abuse.
What's The Cause of Co-occurring Disorders?
There are several factors believed to play a role including:
- The use of alcohol and drugs to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
- Suffering a traumatic event such as physical or sexual abuse, death of a loved one and divorce
- Family history or heredity
- The use of drugs and alcohol when the brain is still developing
Why is Dual Diagnosis Usually Overlooked?
Mental health disorders and substance abuse usually have identical or similar symptoms, and this complicates diagnosis as well as treatment. It can be challenging to pinpoint what is going on. Patients may also be suffering from other conditions, which makes things even more complicated. Undergoing a screening by a professional with experience in handling co-occurring disorders can help conduct a proper diagnosis, thus enabling the patient to get the treatment they really need.
Why Should People Be Concerned About Dual Diagnosis?
Substance and alcohol abuse can worsen a mental health issue by increasing or introducing new symptoms. Alcohol and drugs can interact with antidepressants and other medications, leading to potentially lethal side effects.
Treating just one issue isn't practical as it doesn't address every underlying symptom. If one suffers from anxiety and overcome substance addiction, they are still left with a disorder that's affecting your health. This leaves them in a state where they are likely to turn back to drugs to self-medicate anxiety. It can easily become a never-ending issue if the issues aren’t handled at the same time.
How Co-occurring Disorders Are Treated?
Many treatment centers nowadays provide integrative care programs that both diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance addiction. Most of the programs take a holistic approach. Integrative care programs are ideal as they allow professionals to address varying needs, coordinate medicals and also create a tailored recovery program.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or mental health disorder, it is imperative to take this approach as soon as possible.