Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by symptoms that fall into two categories: obsessions and compulsions. Together, they can disrupt a person’s life and intrude upon their peace of mind at any time. As the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) explains, the disorder is chronic and uncontrollable and can last a long time.
Obsessions are repetitive thoughts, urges, and mental images that cause anxiety and stress, and compulsions are repetitive behaviors that follow a person’s obsessions. The two go hand in hand. For example, a person may have a strong fear of germs, so they will wash their hands repeatedly to ease their fears. The problem is that no amount of hand washing is going to make their fear go away, so when it arises again, they will wash their hands again, and this can go on for a long time.
NIMH reports that OCD affects adults and children. A fact sheet issued by the Department of Psychiatry from the University of Florida says 1 in 50 adults has OCD and that more people have had symptoms of it. It also explains that OCD can start from preschool age to adulthood, usually by age 40. According to its data, one-third to one-half of adults report having OCD from childhood. It can take three to four doctors before a person can receive a proper diagnosis, per the sheet, and that it could be an average of 17 years before a person’s OCD is properly treated.
Genetics, the structure and functioning of the brain, and one’s environment are all believed to be factors that contribute to the development of OCD. There is no lab test to confirm if someone has OCD. Rather, diagnosis is based on a medical or mental health professional’s observations of a person’s symptoms.
Treatment for OCD is available and often involves psychotherapy, medication, or an integrated approach that uses both. A person with OCD can have other mental health disorders, so treatment may be in order for the additional disorders as well. These include anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphic disorder, among others.
Vista Pines Treatment in Oakland Park
Sometimes, people with mental health disorders use drugs, alcohol, and other substances to deal with their symptoms. A safer and healthier alternative is to seek professional medical help. We share a campus with Arete Recovery, a Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility that uses rigorously tested evidence-based practices to help people recover from substance use and addiction.
It is common for people with OCD and other mental health challenges to struggle with a mental health disorder and substance use disorder at the same time. Receiving treatment for both is ideal and gives the person the best chance of benefiting from recovery in the long run.
Medical detox is the first step in recovering from a substance use disorder. This critical stage is designed to remove addictive drugs and toxins from the body and allow the body time to adjust to an absence of the substance it has become dependent on. Many attempt to do this without medical help and that is a mistake.
A professionally administered and monitored detox ensures that a patient can rest as comfortably as possible while their withdrawal symptoms are managed. They may be given medications to ease any symptoms or illnesses, and they could be put on a tapering schedule to help them gradually wean off the substances they are used to. If a medical emergency arises, staff are on hand to deal with it and will know what to do.
During detox, a person’s physical and mental needs are assessed. If it is discovered that a person also has a mental health disorder, this will be taken into consideration as a treatment plan is being created.
If you or a loved one is seeking recovery from obsessive-compulsive disorder, you can receive treatment here at Vista Pines Health in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Our full-service facility, located in southern Broward County, offers a comfortable environment that is ideal for taking a break from the outside world to focus on healing.
We have 20 beds available in rooms that offer privacy, comfort, and space our clients need to prepare for their journey ahead.
Our client-first program uses various therapeutic modalities that treat the whole person, starting with the mind. We offer various therapies, including group, family, and individual therapies. We also use eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy to help our clients work through their challenges and find the breakthrough they need. We keep a low client-to-staff ratio to ensure all of our clients receive the individualized attention they need. We understand that it is important that they have the support they need to push through their challenges and look ahead to a brighter future.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
We use cognitive behavioral therapy for our clients with OCD. CBT is widely used in the mental health field and has been shown to be effective for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. Per NIMH, CBT can be just as effective as medication for some people. The therapy helps people identify problematic thoughts, feelings, and behavior that lead to an undesired result.
The CBT used to treat OCD involves techniques called exposure and response prevention (ERP) and cognitive therapy, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA). This therapy aims to help participants disrupt the link between intrusive, unwanted thoughts and the ritualistic behaviors that occur when these thoughts occur. ERP therapy gradually exposes people with OCD to situations that involve their obsessions—only they are asked not to act on those obsessions with the ritualistic behaviors they are accustomed to performing. The goal is to get them to face their fears without carrying out compulsive rituals to deal with them.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
We also use dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help clients with OCD. It is another form of CBT that offers a different approach to treating the disorder. Instead of measuring behavioral changes, it focuses on acceptance, mindfulness, validation, and trust-building, as Verywell Mind explains. DBT focuses on four primary skill sets that a person with OCD can apply to daily living. As Verywell Mind shares, they are:
- Distress tolerance: Teaches a person how to soothe their troubling thoughts or feelings.
- Emotional regulation: Teaches a person how to manage their stress without giving in to compulsive behaviors.
- Interpersonal effectiveness: Helps a person learn how to manage their feelings as they relate to others.
- Mindfulness: Helps a person focus on being present in the moment and detaching from their disturbing thoughts.
The skills used on DBT offer a non-judgmental approach to one’s thoughts and feelings. We can use either approach or even both if needed to help a person overcome their struggles with OCD.
OCD Treatment in Oakland Park FAQ
Vista Pines Health accepts clients from Oakland Park in Broward. We are about a half-hour’s drive away from Oakland Park. Below are some questions that we are often asked. Feel free to follow up with us about any questions and answers you see here or if you have any questions that are not answered here.
How Long Is Rehab?
The time someone spends in rehab depends on several factors. A person with OCD who also has other mental health disorders and/or a substance use disorder may have to remain in rehab longer than someone whose condition is mild or in its early stages. Vista Pines creates individualized treatment plans based on each client’s unique needs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that 90 days is the ideal timeline for people in addiction recovery. Other factors that can affect how long someone stays in rehab are what their insurance plan covers as well as the costs of their program.
Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?
Our staff will do everything we can to help you attend treatment in our program. We welcome clients from out of state and those who are within driving distance. If you have to fly into our area, you are responsible for making your travel arrangements to any of the airports in our area. When you have arrived at the airport, we can make arrangements to pick you up and bring you to our facility. If you need a ride to the airport after you have completed your treatment, we can arrange for that also.
How Much Does OCD Treatment Cost?
Treatment for OCD costs vary by the person and will depend on what your specific needs are, where you receive treatment, what level of treatment you receive, and for how long, among other variables. If you need medication, that will be an additional cost to factor in.
If you are reviewing your costs, you must consider the therapies you’ll need as well as any medical care. If you have a substance use disorder in addition to a mental health disorder, you have to factor in your addiction treatment costs as well. Rehab costs for addiction treatment can range from a few thousand dollars to several thousand dollars. What’s important in the long run is that you get the professional help that can improve your life and well-being.
What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?
Vista Pines Health accepts coverage from most insurance providers. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) covers treatment services for substance use disorders and mental health disorders. Our staff can verify your insurance benefits to see what your plan covers. You can also call your insurance provider to ask questions about what you would need to cover for your treatment. This includes any copays you would need to make. Finding out beforehand can also help you make other payment arrangements you will need for your plan.
If you do not have insurance, please do not let that deter you from seeking help for a mental health disorder. We offer affordable private pay options for people who do not have insurance or do not have enough insurance for the care they need. Call us today so that we can learn how we can help you.