An estimated one in five U.S. adults lives with any mental illness (AMI), according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NAMI). These conditions, which range from mild to severe, affected at least 51.5 million in the country in 2019, the agency says. Some of these people likely were living with schizoaffective disorder, a rare but serious psychiatric condition that combines psychosis and a mood disorder. A subset of any mental illness is serious mental illness (SMI), and schizoaffective disorder falls into this category.
Delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that don’t exist) are key symptoms of schizoaffective disorder. Depression can be present as well, but mania (fast-paced thoughts) can be present, too, according to the Cleveland Clinic. If you observe these in yourself or a loved one, it might be time to seek professional help to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.
Other schizoaffective disorder symptoms include:
- Inability to move around normally (catatonia)
- Disorganized speech, verbal communication problems
- Unorganized behaviors, thoughts
- Trouble concentrating, focusing
- Appetite changes
- Poor hygiene habits
- Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
- Increased social isolation
- Suicidal thoughts
The disorder is often confused with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder because of their overlapping symptoms. Schizoaffective disorder has also received less study than bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and it’s still not clear what causes the disorder. All of these make it difficult to obtain a proper diagnosis. Still, a mental health professional can provide the guidance you’ll need to make a determination.
Vista Pines Schizoaffective Treatment in Tamarac
There are residents in Broward County communities, including Tamarac and surrounding areas, who are living with schizoaffective disorder. A report from the Florida Department of Health’s Community Health Assessment in 2019 says that 7,482 people in the county were hospitalized with schizophrenic disorders, underscoring the need for access to professional treatment.
Arete Recovery understands the need for treatment for schizoaffective and other mental illnesses. Recent data show that Florida ranks higher than the national average for adults with AMI. According to a report from the Florida Behavioral Health Association, 61.7% of Florida adults did not receive treatment for their mental health disorders in 2018. The national average was 55.8%. Florida also ranked 44th of 50 states for access to care.
Vista Pines helps many people in Broward County and those throughout the South Florida area work through and develop healthy ways of managing their illness. We also have people come here from all over the country to receive help.
Vista Pines Health Treatment in Tamarac
People who are living with schizoaffective disorder experience symptoms that could lead to unfavorable or dangerous situations for themselves and others. They may struggle with strained personal and professional relationships, finding or maintaining employment, and managing their finances responsibly. They also could use addictive substances to self-medicate to deal with the distressing and disruptive symptoms of their illness, which can put them on the path to addiction.
This is why treatment for mental illness and any resulting substance use disorders is very important to get. The earlier it is received, the better for the person who needs recovery. If you or your loved one is battling with schizoaffective disorder and you’re in the Tamarac or central or North Broward area, you can start recovering today with help from Vista Pines Health. Getting a proper diagnosis is the start of changing your life for the better.
Our Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility is located in Pembroke Pines, Florida, a short drive from Tamarac, so you don’t have to go far away from home to get the recovery you need.
Our facility has partnered up with Arete Recovery, our sister facility, to help people who have schizoaffective disorder and a substance use disorder. We address both here on our shared campus, ensuring that most if not all of your needs can be met in one place. Before you start mental health treatment with us, you can complete medical detox at Arete first. Below, we’ll briefly go over the essential steps so you can get an idea of what a treatment program with us looks like.
Medical detox is a critical step in recovering from substance abuse that could be fueling or be fueled by mental illness. Some people try to skip this intensive part of treatment, but the reality is it’s hard to expect recovery to work if you don’t physically clear the drugs, alcohol, and other toxins from your system first. Our Vista Pines’ health professionals will review your current physical and mental health needs and adjust as your program moves forward.
Detox ensures you get the medical support you need as you move away from self-medicating with alcohol and drugs. The withdrawal period is often uncomfortable for many people. This happens because their bodies are adjusting to the absence of addictive drugs and alcohol in their systems. Withdrawal can be unpredictable as well, which is one benefit you have when doing it professionally. Medical staff monitor you round-the-clock for any emergencies that could arise and address them properly if they do.
We know the unique challenges you face can mean the difference between recovering or not recovering. We could give you medications that can make symptoms manageable, and we could also put you on a schedule that gradually cuts back on substance use to give you the time you need to adjust. Medical detox’s main goal is to help you become medically stable and avoid relapse. In all, this stage sets the tone of your recovery experience. If successful, you can move on to the next phase of treatment.
After you have completed detox, you could be placed in an inpatient/residential program with us so that you get time to learn more about schizoaffective disorder. If you come to us about a substance use disorder (SUD), too, then you will learn about both and what lies at the root of both disorders. You will have the space and the opportunity to focus on yourself in a private, comfortable environment.
Although our 20-bed facility is in a busy part of South Broward and a short drive from Miami, our patients find comfort and quiet here. We provide just the break they need as they receive a personalized, integrated treatment program that addresses their conditions. Your program will be made with your input and our professional guidance to ensure you are confident in the care you receive.
Your program may involve medications, such as antipsychotics to help manage delusions and hallucinations, antidepressants, or mood stabilizers. You will also participate in psychotherapy. We also keep our client-to-clinician ratio low to ensure we pay attention to what works best for you. We do not believe in treating all patients with the same approach. We use standard, evidence-based methods that have been rigorously tested to ensure you get the treatment that can help you live your best life.
The clinicians at Vista Pines Health use a whole-person approach when addressing schizoaffective disorder. We must treat the mental health condition across all facets of your life because all are affected. We offer two widely used therapies with our patients, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
We use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with patients to address problem-solving skills. Before they can make decisions that improve their lives, they must first learn to recognize how the things they think and feel can influence and therefore shape their actions. Inaccurate, distorted, or self-defeating thoughts and feelings must be processed so a better decision can be made.
We aim to help our patients understand they have the power to choose thoughts that are for their highest good instead of ones made out of habit. CBT can help patients with schizoaffective disorder interrupt negative thinking patterns, monitor themselves, and exercise healthy coping skills. This short-term therapy can provide the clarity needed to move forward positively.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
You may be treated with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a form of CBT that focuses on helping patients accept their disorder without judging themselves. This psychotherapy helps people learn to validate themselves as they are and concentrate on trust-building and mindfulness. One writer, Joanna Fanuko, wrote a piece for The Mighty, in which she describes how DBT helped her separate reality from the delusions she was having as part of her schizoaffective disorder.
During DBT, the focus is on four primary skill sets that a person with schizoaffective disorder can use daily. They are:
- Learning how to calm disturbing thoughts with distress tolerance
- Learning to manage their stress levels with emotional regulation
- Managing interpersonal relationships by addressing how they feel about other people
- Remaining present in the moment (mindfulness)
When a person has a mental illness and a substance abuse issue at the same time, this condition is called dual diagnosis. Some may also call it a co-occurring disorder or comorbidity. An important thing to remember is that a dually diagnosed patient must receive treatment help for both conditions at the same time. If this doesn’t happen, then any progress made will not last, and a person will not get better.
You are not a number at Vista Pines Health. We assess where you are and look at each illness separately so that we know how best to treat each one. We also ensure our treatment approach for your condition addresses both conditions together.
Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment in Tamarac FAQ
We encourage you to ask as many questions as you can when considering schizoaffective disorder treatment. Below, we offer brief answers to frequently asked questions about our services and the addiction and mental health treatment options available. If you don’t find your question here or would like more information, please get in touch. We would be glad to talk with you and help in any way we can.
How Long Is Rehab?
Everyone’s rehab experience is different, so people spend varying amounts of time in treatment. Your rehab timeline will depend on factors unique to your situation. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends a longer stay in rehab to boost your chance of having an effective recovery experience. This stay can run from 30 days to 90 days or longer if needed. The severity of your mental illness will have some influence on the timeline. If you spend up to three months in treatment, keep in mind the setting where you receive treatment could change. Ideally, your program should last as long as it needs to ensure you get what you need from your time with us.
Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?
You are responsible for your transportation to the South Florida area, but once you arrive here by plane, bus, or train, we will pick you up and ensure you have a ride to the facility. We also can get you back to the station so that you can take transportation back home once you’ve wrapped up your treatment program. We know that transportation is a barrier to treatment, but our team works to prevent that. Call us about your concerns.
How Much Does Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment Cost?
Your costs are also unique to you and your situation, so we can’t give you an exact cost. If you are estimating how much rehab could run you, we advise you to consider where you attend treatment, how long you plan to stay in treatment, what kind of program you’ll need, housing, food, medications, services, incidental expenses, and other items. For some people, all these items can run several thousands of dollars a day. You will also have to factor in if your stay will be longer because of a SUD you’ll need to treat in addition to schizoaffective disorder.
There are various ways to pay for the cost of insurance, and we can review your options with you. As you think about the cost, think of your health and well-being first, as those are very important. If you’re thinking about it, then treatment is likely the next step for you to take. You can always figure out how to pay the bill.
Do I Have to Travel?
We offer our services here at our Pembroke Pines campus, so you will have to travel to take part in our program. Travel is not required to find help, however. There may be a facility closer to you that offers the services you need. If you’re coming to us from another state or part of Florida, it could help you to have a change of scenery. Many people leave where they live to start treatment in a fresh environment that allows them to focus on leaving their past behind.
What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?
We accept insurance coverage from many major insurance providers. Some are in-network with us, which can make costs lower for you if we partner with your insurer. Our team can call your insurance company to verify your benefits and their in-network status. You can also call your provider to ask about benefits and any treatment costs you would be responsible for that your plan does not cover.
We don’t accept Medicare and Medicaid at this time, but treatment for substance addiction and mental health disorders is covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We’re ready to get started on helping you treat schizoaffective disorder. You can call or email us to connect.