Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a fairly common and chronic disorder in which the individual has uncontrollable and reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or compulsions that they feel the urge to repeat over and over, as characterized by the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH).

OCD in Florida and the Country

The Florida Behavioral Health Association report indicates that 61.7% of adults with any mental illness (AMI) in Florida did not receive treatment. In comparison, the national average is 55.8 percent. The state also came in 10th for adults with illicit drugs or alcohol dependence or abuse, affecting more than 1 million residents.

Nationally, there are about 2 million people affected with OCD. It affects men and women equally, and the average age of when it begins is 19, as noted by the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA).

The International OCD Foundation reports that about 500,000 children and teens have OCD. Additionally, they note that four to five children with OCD are likely to be enrolled in the average elementary school, and 20 teens in a medium to large high school could be struggling with OCD. A medical study published in Molecular Psychiatry relays that “OCD is associated with substantial comorbidity, not only with anxiety and mood disorders but also with impulse-control and substance use disorders.”

Substance misuse and abuse often occur when an individual uses alcohol or drugs to alleviate their OCD symptoms, as this medical report states. However, the effects are short-lived. More of the substance(s) are consumed to feel the same relieving effects, and soon, addiction to the substance(s) develops.

Before we delve into OCD and substance abuse, let’s learn more about OCD.

What Causes OCD?

While there are no known causes for OCD, there are some risk factors to know:

Genetics – Individuals with first-degree relatives, such as a parent, child, or sibling, are at a higher risk of developing OCD.

Environment – It’s been noted that there is a connection between childhood trauma and OCD symptoms in some research papers. However, more research is needed.

OCD Symptoms

OCD symptoms usually last for more than an hour each day and often interfere with daily activities. The symptoms fall under two types: obsessions and compulsions.


These are irrational, intrusive thoughts or impulses that occur repeatedly. When you have these thoughts, you know they are irrational but are worried that they might be true. The thoughts or impulses can be upsetting, and you may try to suppress or ignore them. Some examples of these are:

  • Having doubts about having done something correctly, such as locking the door, closing and locking windows, or turning off the stove.
  • Afraid of saying or shouting something inappropriate in public
  • Having thoughts about harming or have harmed someone
  • Disturbing sexual images


These are repetitive acts that temporarily relieve the stress brought on by an obsession. You may think that the rituals you are doing don’t make any sense, but you do them to ease the anxiety or prevent something bad from occurring. You may feel like you don’t want to do them, but you do them anyway to alleviate stress. Common examples of this are:

  • Continual handwashing based on a fear of germs
  • Checking and double-checking that the door is locked
  • Counting and recounting money because you aren’t sure if it was tabulated correctly
  • “Mental checking” goes along with impulsive thoughts and is a form of compulsion.

An OCD Diagnosis

An OCD Diagnosis

A medical or mental health professional can give an OCD diagnosis. You will be given a general physical with blood tests to be sure the symptoms are not caused by another illness, medications, another mental illness, or from substance use, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The diagnosis is given when you have:

  • Obsessions, compulsions or both
  • The obsessions or compulsions are distressing and are causing trouble at work, school, relationships, or other parts of life, and usually last at least an hour per day.

OCD Treatment in Tamarac

ocd treatment in tamarac

Treatment for OCD generally includes medication, most often an antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). These kinds of drugs help reduce obsessions and compulsions for many people.

Psychotherapy is also used in OCD treatment. It includes different behavioral therapies, exposure and response therapy (ERT). If substance abuse is noted, you will undergo addiction treatment also. Vista Pines Health in Pembroke Pines, Florida, provides OCD and substance use disorder treatments to residents of Tamarac and surrounding communities.


Detox is the first step in substance abuse treatment. When your body becomes dependent on a substance, the removal of that substance can cause withdrawal symptoms, which are physical, psychological, and behavioral. Detox at Vista Pines Health offers a safe environment as you undergo withdrawal from the substances you used and is medically monitored.

If needed, you may be given medication to relieve some symptoms and fluids to counteract dehydration, if necessary. Detox from alcohol or drugs should not be attempted at home as some substances can create dangerous symptoms, like seizures or hallucinations.

Some withdrawal symptoms you might experience are:

  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Hallucinations

It is safer for you to be monitored in medical detox than to go it alone.


Inpatient treatment is for those who need to focus on their mental health condition in an environment free from everyday distractions. Vista Pines Health provides residential treatment in a comfortable and home-like setting where substance use and medical personnel are present to tend to any needs you may have.

Each person who is in residential treatment at our facility is given respect, privacy, and dignity. Also, we adhere to the principle that each person has their own needs, and therefore, each person’s treatment plan is unique. Residential treatment at Vista Pines Health utilizes evidence-based therapies in structured sessions to better support you as you recover.

Treatment Methods

At Vista Pines Health, we are well-experienced in therapies that are known to be effective for people struggling with OCD and substance use. Below, you will read about the different types of therapies, and they can help you learn to live with OCD and substance use.

Cognitive behavioral therapy – Commonly called CBT, this therapy modality is widely known to be effective for people with OCD and substance use. The American Psychological Association shares that CBT is routed several primary principles:

  • Psychological problems are based on unhelpful or faulty ways of thinking.
  • CBT involves efforts to change faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking.
  • CBT helps people learn better ways of coping with their psychological problems, which can relieve some symptoms.

CBT involves efforts to change a person’s thinking patterns. In a CBT session, you can learn how to face your fears and not avoid them, learn how to calm your mind and relax the body, and use role-play to prepare for possibly troublesome interactions with others.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – This type of therapy is highly effective and backed by scientific studies that help people with mental health challenges build a worthwhile life. You will learn how to identify what this life looks like and learn the skills to make it work. We provide this therapy at Vista Pines Health because it is beneficial to people with mental health and substance use disorders.

DBT is very structured and teaches essential skills through four modules, as noted by PsychCentral: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. DBT can help you live a life that makes you feel good, and your therapist will work with you to define what is most important to you.

Other therapies and sessions:

Vista Pines Health also provides motivational interviewing, mental health education, addiction, and relapse prevention education, coping skills, and life skills.

OCD Treatment in Tamarac FAQ

OCD Treatment in Tamarac FAQ

If we did not answer all of the questions you may have, we’ve provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we receive. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us.

How Long Is Rehab?

Every person in rehab has individual needs, and each person’s treatment plan is unique to them. The time spent in rehab depends on what your needs are. If you need to undergo detox, you may spend up to a week in it.

The assessment you will be included in will determine what your specific needs are and what types of treatment you require. Rehab is most effective when you spend three months in it. This amount of time ensures you will receive and practice all of the strategies and new skills you learned in order to live your life fully and without substance use.

Does Vista Pines Health provide transportation?

Transportation can be a big obstacle to overcome when you need treatment. We can provide transportation to and from the major international airports near us. Also, we do offer rides to and from our center to other appointments and meetings outside of the center. We can also help coordinate transportation to and from the airports if you are coming in from out of state. If you live in the South Florida area, we can help you find the best means of transportation to our facility.

How Much Does OCD Treatment Cost?

The cost of OCD treatment depends on different factors, such as the length of time spent in treatment, medications given, amenities received, and alternative therapies taken. If you have a co-occurring substance use disorder, the cost of detox and/or residential or outpatient treatment will be a factor. Generally, treatment usually ranges from one thousand dollars to several thousand dollars. But don’t let that be a detriment to getting help. We can work with you to get the treatment you need and find solutions for payment.

What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health take?

We accept most major insurance plans and are in-network with some, which can help save some money. Currently, Cigna, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and CareFirst BlueChoice are in-network with us. You might also want to review your insurance plan to see what they cover. Most Affordable Care Act insurance plans cover mental and behavioral health that includes substance use.

If you want to know what is most likely to be covered, you can click here to verify your benefits. Vista Pines Health is a Delphi Behavioral Health Group mental health and substance use treatment center.

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