Someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may find it difficult to get through the day without having repeated, unwanted thoughts that cause them stress. They also may have urges that are hard to ignore and engage in compulsive behaviors to relieve themselves of these unwanted thoughts and stress.
While OCD is sometimes used in seemingly harmless jokes, it is no laughing matter for people who have it. It is a serious mental illness that is disruptive and hard for a person to control. If you or a loved one is seeking treatment for OCD in the Dania Beach or Broward County area, Vista Pines Health can help you. We offer OCD treatment in Pembroke Pines, Florida that helps our clients address their disorder and other mental health care needs.
OCD Is a Serious Mental Health Disorder
While OCD is sometimes used in seemingly harmless jokes, it is no laughing matter for people who have it. It is a serious mental illness that is disruptive and hard for a person to control. The disorder involves symptoms that can be divided into two groups: obsessions and compulsions. As noted earlier, obsessions are repeated thoughts that won’t go away. They are followed by compulsions, which are ritualistic behaviors that are carried out to relieve anxiety a person may be feeling due to their unwanted thoughts.
The compulsions that follow a person’s obsessions can involve counting, checking locks, or excessive hand-washing, which are common examples of how this disorder can present. But a person can also have mental compulsions, which are not visible compulsions. Instead, they occur in a person’s mind where no one can see them. This type of OCD is referred to as “Pure O” OCD, as the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA) explains. A person with this kind of OCD may:
- Count to themselves repeatedly
- Review and analyze their thoughts and memories of past events
- “Rewind” conversations they had with someone
There’s also Harm OCD, which is when a person having obsessive thoughts could harm or abuse someone either through negligence or on purpose. “Examples of Harm OCD include fears of pushing someone to their death, sexually abusing a child, or accidentally poisoning someone,” the ADAA explains.
As the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) shares, the chronic disorder can last a long time and cost time. It isn’t uncommon for a person with OCD to spend at least an hour or more on excessive, uncontrollable thoughts.
The Department of Psychiatry from the University of Florida reports that 1 in 50 adults has OCD. Even more people are thought to have symptoms of it though they likely have not been formally diagnosed with the disorder. According to the department, OCD can start during preschool and can develop well into adulthood, usually by the time a person reaches age 40.
Various factors are believed to contribute to the development of OCD, including:
- The structure and functioning of the brain
- A person’s environment
A medical or mental health professional can formally diagnose the condition. Lab tests aren’t used to confirm if OCD is present.
Vista Pines Treatment in Dania Beach
If you or a loved one is seeking treatment for OCD in the Broward County or South Florida area, Vista Pines Health can help you. We offer OCD treatment that offers clients psychotherapy, medication, or both, depending on their needs. It is common for people with OCD to have more than one mental health disorder that needs attention. They could also have anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphic disorder, among others.
Getting Help for an SUD and OCD
It is not uncommon for people with OCD and other mental illnesses to use drugs, alcohol, or other addictive substances as they try to manage the symptoms of their disorder on their own. They may not even know they have a disorder if they have not received an official diagnosis. Getting professional medical and mental health treatment is an effective way to address these symptoms. Vista Pines is on the same site as Arete Recovery, an addiction treatment facility in our network that uses evidence-based practices to help people with substance use disorders (SUDs).
This means you’ll have access to the dual diagnosis treatment that is recommended for people who have an SUD and a mental health disorder at the same time. This will give you the best chance to manage both disorders effectively.
If you are recovering from an SUD, you likely will launch your recovery journey in medical detox. This is the stage where you will be admitted into a facility to receive a 24-hour monitored process that allows you to withdraw from your substance use safely. This critical step is important because it helps you regain medical stability that allows you to wean off drugs or alcohol without having a relapse that could lead to an overdose. Many people try to do this step on their own but often do not complete it without returning to the substance use they are trying to end.
During medical detox, which can last several days, you will be kept as comfortable as possible while you cycle through withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from uncomfortable to painful. Medical professionals will oversee the entire process, making sure you receive the medications and other things you’ll need. You could be placed on a tapering schedule to aid the body in getting used to the substance’s absence in your system. If you have a medical emergency, you will receive prompt medical care to address it right away.
All of your needs are evaluated during the medical detox phase. Your treatment plan will be created solely for you based on what our professionals conclude from your evaluation.
Dania Beach residents who come to Vista Pines for obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment can expect a comfortable, full-service facility here at Vista Pines Health. Our 20-bed facility is located on the southern end of Broward County in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Our home-like, quiet environment is perfect for people who need to pause to focus on receiving the treatment they need. You will find privacy, comfort, and space here as we receive care.
Vista Pines employs various therapeutic modalities that focus on treating the whole person with OCD. Group, family, and individual therapies are available here to aid in your recovery. We believe in keeping our client-to-staff ratios low to make sure everyone gets personalized attention.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Clients can receive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a popular psychotherapy used in the mental health field. People with OCD have had successful treatment using CBT in their recovery. According to NIMH, CBT can work just as well as medication for some people. During CBT sessions, participants learn how to detect problematic thoughts, feelings, and behavior that lead to unwanted outcomes.
The ADAA shares that the CBT used in OCD treatment involves exposure and response prevention (ERP) and cognitive therapy. These therapies aim to help break the link between unwanted thoughts and the ritualistic behaviors that take place after these thoughts occur. During ERP, a person is exposed to situations that trigger their OCD but learn a different way to respond to them.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Vista Pines also employs dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help clients with OCD. This form of CBT offers a non-judgmental approach to looking at the thoughts and feelings that a person with OCD has. Per Verywell Mind. DBT teaches four primary skill sets that a person with OCD can use day to day. They are:
- Distress tolerance: Teaches a person how to calm troubling thoughts or emotions
- Emotional regulation: Teaches stress management without resorting to compulsive behaviors
- Interpersonal effectiveness: Teaches a person how to manage how they feel as they relate to other people.
- Mindfulness: Teaches the importance of focusing on the now and letting go of stressful thoughts
OCD Treatment in Dania Beach FAQ
Vista Pines Health accepts clients from Dania Beach in Broward County. We are about 12 miles south of Dania Beach, about a half-hour’s drive away.
How Long Is Rehab?
Your stay in rehab is determined by your personal situation. Several factors shape the timeline for each person, so it’s difficult to give details on how long your stay will be. If you have an SUD or another mental health disorder in addition to OCD, your stay may be longer. We develop treatment plans based on the individual we treat to make sure you get the recovery you came to us for. Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), treatment that lasts at least 90 days is effective.
Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?
We understand that transportation can be a challenge. We can answer questions about the best way to go about making your travel arrangements to get to our facility. If you are flying into the South Florida area, you are responsible for making your travel arrangements to any of the airports in our area. Once you land at the airport and let us know of your arrival, we can pick you up and bring you to our facility. We can also arrange for a ride back to the airport when you have finished your program. If you are local, you will be responsible for your transportation to the facility.
How Much Does OCD Treatment Cost?
OCD treatment costs will differ on each person’s needs. Treatment is very individualized, so an itemized list of costs is challenging to create. When you are thinking about your costs, consider what your specific needs are, the facility you have chosen for treatment, the level(s) of treatment you receive, and how long your stay, among many other factors. Rehab treatment can be expensive, but there are ways to pay the bill. The important thing is to get the help you need to improve your health and well-being while you can.
What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?
We accept coverage from most insurance providers. If you have health insurance, our team can verify your insurance benefits to see what your plan covers. In general, treatment for substance use disorders and mental health disorders is covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Still, your insurer may cover only certain services, which is good to know as we figure out your payment arrangements. We encourage you to also call your insurance provider to find out your share of financial responsibility.
We welcome all who need help to reach out to us for treatment for a mental health disorder or SUD. You can reach us by phone or online to learn more about our affordable private pay options.