Behavioral Health Treatment
Behavioral health is a combination of emotion, cognition, and behavior.
It is impossible to address behavioral health without addressing the brain’s role. Behavioral health takes into consideration numerous aspects of the brain. Physical health, on the other hand, is easier for many people to understand. Symptoms are often easy to spot, whether absent or present. Mental health and psychological conditions are such that symptoms, of any kind, can indicate a multitude of things. As such, discovering conditions and carefully assessing a person’s behavior, emotions, and cognitive levels is best performed by individuals skilled in these areas.
A Deeper Understanding of Behavioral Health
The term behavioral health now takes into consideration that mental health is a factor. Mental health can affect behavioral health, and vice versa. Often, mental health conditions occur as a result of biological factors and the brain’s chemistry. Drugs and alcohol can alter the brain’s chemistry. As such, a person’s behavior will change because their thinking and reasoning abilities have changed. Then, their behavior becomes an issue as well. There is a benefit for people who receive care in a primary care and behavioral health setting where both treatments are integrated.
Behavioral health practices also consider behavior as a process of how an individual reacts to the information their brain processes. Thus, it is necessary to understand and change the way one’s brain processes information. This is a necessity for individuals to practice acceptable behaviors. There is also a major connection between behavioral health and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). People are taught to understand their challenges and addictions through CBT.
It is a hands-on approach to solving problems and seeks to help people change the way they feel about difficulties. It can treat a wide range of problems, from sleeping and concentration, to addiction and recovery. A person is taught to focus on the thoughts, images, beliefs, and attitudes they hold. Once they develop focus, it is easier to make the connection with how their beliefs have affected and continue to affect their behavior.
Behavioral Health Programs Offer Numerous Benefits
For individuals or loved ones with lingering traumas and toxic memories of the past, behavioral health treatments can offer solutions. As a result of repeated traumas, an individual can develop certain responses. The brain becomes distorted in being able to process things properly and dysfunctional behavior is the result. Cognitive behavioral therapy allows a person to work on various cognitions (understandings and insights), and then correct their misaligned behaviors.
Addicts and mentally ill people experience many of the same symptoms. Erroneous reasoning is one major thing both groups have in common. They share faulty logics that permit them to continually abuse substances. An effective behavioral health program can teach an individual how to identify and avoid illogical thinking, and to understand how their addiction has contributed to their situation.
Benefits of Incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a foundation for all behavioral health programs. If a person suffers from co-occurring illnesses, this is the perfect solution to address issues that tend to complicate each other. It places emphasis on personal meanings we assign to things, and how our thinking patterns began in childhood. Our thoughts have shaped our lives, aware or unaware. CBT customizes therapy to fit the specific needs and personality of each patient. The process is quite individualized.
Preparing for Treatment
Before treatment begins, a thorough assessment will be made to thoroughly understand the patient’s situation, and to discover the primary and fundamental causes. Without such evaluations, it would be impossible to create a starting point for effective treatment. Thorough evaluations reveal the severity of a person’s condition, and the type of treatments and medications that will offer the best results.
Types of Examinations:
Findings, of course, help determine the individual’s core treatment plan which includes various therapeutic methods and modalities. At Sprout Health New Jersey, we will also add experiential treatments, along with cognitive therapy, that can help a person train their mind and create coping structures they can utilize when therapy is completed.
We find group therapy sessions to be quite effective in getting people to share their experiences, to learn from others, and to build their support network. No two people are alike. This is why we strive to customize treatment programs that will help people toward a full recovery.