Behavioral Health Programs & Treatment Facilities
Behavioral health is one of the aspects of treatment that is often not understood very well by many. While it is a lot easier to understand physical health as the absence of disease or infirmity or mental health as the absence of a diagnosis of a psychiatric mental health condition, many individuals find it quite challenging to discern normal from abnormal behavior and how these are actually related to one’s mental health and emotional well-being.
Behavioral Health Explained
The connection between cognition, emotion, and behavior is intricately intertwined. An individual’s thoughts fuel the emotion which then feed the action. For example, if you think about your losses you eventually feel depressed. The process of thinking is the cognition part and the resulting feelings of depression is the emotional part. What you decide to do about it is your behavior. You can choose not to act on your emotions or you can choose to do something about it. Either way, it will still reflect your individual behavior.
One’s behavior is therefore a result of how that particular individual processed information presented to them. This processing of information occurs in the brain and is what constitutes cognition. Behavior is what results from this particular information processing. For example, you can choose to increase your time with your friends if you are depressed or you can choose to take drugs to intermittently forget your problems. The former is a more constructive, more positive behavior, while the latter is a more negative behavior.
Behavioral health therefore is about the appropriateness of one’s behavior in light of the information that is processed by the brain. As the primary source of fuel for the behavior, sometimes the manner in which the information gets processed by the brain must be looked into and helped reshaped if needed. It is for this reason that behavioral health is always related to mental health and forms the basis of cognitive behavior therapy.
Who Benefits from a Behavioral Health Program?
Mental health patients can benefit very well from behavioral health programs. This also includes individuals who may be at a high risk of developing mental health disorders especially those who are subjected to repeated domestic abuse, violence, or even trauma. The problem with mental illness is that the whole perception of reality gets distorted somehow or that the self cannot simply recognize the most appropriate mechanism with which to address a particular problem. This results in a dysfunctional behavior. Behavioral health programs help by working closely with the individual to restructure their cognition in an effort to identify the correct behavior.
Individuals who are addicted to substances can also benefit from behavioral health programs. Addicts will have a slightly similar issue with mentally ill individuals in that logical reasoning is somehow affected. More often than not, individuals misuse and abuse alcohol, illicit drugs, and even prescription drugs because of this faulty logic. Behavioral health programs aim to help them reduce their exposure to such substances and help them create a better, more logical, understanding of their addictions.
Sprout’s Behavioral Health Program
All individuals seeking help at Sprout Health Group undergo a very comprehensive evaluation of their status. This is needed in order to establish a more concrete understanding of the actual condition of the individual including the things that need to be done.
A biopsychosocial examination is completed within the first 24 hours of admission in order to obtain as much baseline information as possible regarding the individual’s physical, mental, and social health concerns or issues that led to his admission. A psychiatric evaluation is also usually performed by this time but typically not longer than 72 hours after admission. This is often triggered by a finding in the individual’s health history of any indications of further mental health evaluation. A comprehensive medical evaluation is usually performed within the first 72 hours of admission in order to identify any physical issues that may need to be managed during the course of the treatment.
The assessment findings will form the basis of the plan of care for the individual. Cognitive behavioral therapy is complemented by a number of different holistic treatment modalities in an effort to provide more structure and direction in the lives of individuals wanting to recover from addiction. Group therapy sessions also allow individuals to share their experiences with others. One thing is certain at Sprout, no two cases will be treated similarly.