What’s Bipolar Disorder Treatment Like?
Many people with bipolar disorder do well in residential rehab. Inpatient bipolar disorder treatment provides:
- Distance from triggers and stressors
- Appropriate medication management
- Ongoing access to mental health experts
- Stabilization and structure
- Healthier coping skills
The medical and behavioral specialists at The Ranch’s mental health treatment centers use evidence-based traditional and alternative therapies. We treat the full spectrum of mental health and addictive disorders that prevent clients from living life to the fullest.
Assessments to Guide Your Treatment Plan
The Ranch’s mental health professionals will assess your physical and mental health. We may expand upon your diagnosis of bipolar disorder depending on our findings. An assessment from your bipolar disorder therapist or therapy team may include like:
- Observing behavior and mood
- Obtaining medical history, including any medical problems and current and former medications taken
- Asking about recent mood swings
- Inquiring about family medical history, particularly whether anyone has or had bipolar disorder
- Performing a physical examination to identify or rule out physical causes of bipolar symptoms
- Requesting laboratory tests to check for thyroid problems or drug levels
- Speaking with family members as appropriate
During treatment, we also assess your need for dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring conditions. This describes when bipolar disorder exists alongside another mental health issue or drug or alcohol addiction. These co-occurring disorders can include:
- Substance abuse
- Major depression
- Other mood disorders
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Intimacy disorders
We’ll create a personalized treatment plan that considers our assessment findings. The Ranch treatment plans incorporate your unique needs, interests and preferences. This makes treatment more engaging and relevant to your life.
Counseling Sessions With a Therapist
You’ll have one-on-one therapy with mental health professionals trained in treating bipolar disorder. A trusting therapeutic relationship provides a safe space to heal from emotional pain. The Ranch therapists use approaches that help you address underlying issues. You’ll learn to identify and change unhealthy thought patterns. Therapy can include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing Therapy
- Interpersonal psychotherapy
- Other psychosocial interventions
In these sessions, you’ll learn to recognize warning signs of impending episodes of mania or major depressive episodes. You’ll also learn how to “head off” these situations and manage manic symptoms and depressive symptoms.
Group Therapy With Peers in Recovery
Treatment of bipolar disorder includes group therapy program with peer support. Group therapy helps you strengthen interpersonal skills, which can sometimes be challenging when you’re living with bipolar disorder. You’ll hear from others struggling with issues like substance abuse, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. You may find that you share similar underlying issues that contribute to your difficulties. The Ranch mental health professionals lead our groups. They’ll guide you through discussions that are relevant to you and your peers.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Substance Abuse
Many people with bipolar disorder turn to drugs or alcohol to manage the troublesome symptoms of their illness. While drugs or alcohol may help temporarily ease some of these symptoms, substance abuse ultimately makes the problems worse. If you’re already on bipolar disorder medications such as Lithium or Depakote, drugs and alcohol may interfere with your ability to control your symptoms. They can also pose severe health complications such as organ failure. Drug and alcohol abuse can change the brain’s chemistry, affecting the brain’s reward center and making depressive symptoms more intense. Our medical and behavioral team will assess you for substance abuse when you enter our treatment programs. We want to make sure drug and alcohol abuse are addressed so bipolar treatment is as effective as possible. We will provide drug and alcohol detox as appropriate. You’ll learn healthy coping skills to replace drug and alcohol abuse.
Psychiatric Care and Medication Management
Usually, people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder are promptly put on bipolar disorder medications. Medications for bipolar disorder can be an important part of managing manic episodes and major depressive episodes. You’ll meet with our psychiatrists to make sure your bipolar medications are working well for you. We’ll tweak your medication plan during your medication therapy management program. This ensures you receive treatment that is appropriate to manage disorder symptoms and minimize side effects. Bipolar disorder is often treated with mood-stabilizing medications such as valproic acid, lithium and carbamazepine. These treat both the manic and depressive phases and help alleviate future symptoms. Antidepressant drugs may also be useful throughout the depressive phase if taken with a mood stabilizer. Without a mood stabilizer, antidepressants may trigger mania. Atypical antipsychotics drugs and anti-anxiety drugs have also been found to ease bipolar symptoms in some cases. Bipolar disorder medications can help control symptoms. However, clients often need help and support to take medicine properly as a part of managing bipolar disorder. Our psychiatric staff will make sure you understand the appropriate timing and dosage of taking medications. We’ll give you tips to help remember these specifics.
Alternative Ways to Heal
At The Ranch, we treat bipolar disorder from all angles. We want you to develop a healthy lifestyle you can continue after you leave our treatment program. In addition to traditional talk therapy, treatment options include alternative approaches. Alternative therapies for bipolar disorder may include:
- Mindfulness practices
- Equine-assisted therapy
- Trauma therapies
- Art and music therapy
These approaches can help you manage symptoms of bipolar disorder in healthy ways.
Support for Family Members
Treatment for bipolar disorder includes family-focused therapy. Some of our programs also offer family days or family therapy programs. Involving loved ones in treatment helps build a supportive home environment when you return to everyday life. Family members will gain a better understanding of the bipolar disorder. A trained therapist will help you and your loved ones discuss difficult topics. We’ll teach you how to support each other while taking care of yourselves.
Continuing Care Planning
Managing bipolar disorder is ongoing. Continuing care planning is an important part of treating bipolar disorder. During residential rehab, you’ll learn about lifestyle changes that support healthy living. We’ll also connect you with recovery resources for people with mental health conditions. These resources can provide critical support when you leave the Ranch treatment center. Aftercare planning may include:
- Psychiatrist appointments for medication maintenance treatment
- Therapy with a mental health professional
- Support groups
- Further family therapy sessions
- The Ranch alumni group meeting and events
Does Insurance Cover Bipolar Disorder Treatment?
Inpatient treatment of bipolar disorder may be more affordable than you think. Many insurance plans cover all or some of treatment for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Some insurance carriers cover mental illness treatment in the same way they cover other health conditions. Sometimes you may need to meet a deductible before insurance benefits begin covering treatment. Contact The Ranch for a free verification of insurance benefits. We’ll work with your insurance company and provide you an estimate of out-of-pocket costs.
What Happens When I Call The Ranch?
We know this is a stressful time. Our recovery advisors are caring and passionate about helping people get the help they need for substance abuse and mental illness. We strive to make the admissions process as smooth as possible. Here’s what happens when you call The Ranch:
- Our recovery advisors will ask you some questions about what’s been going on with you.
- We’ll provide you recommendations for treatment options based on our conversation.
- We’ll work with your insurance to determine your out-of-pocket costs or discuss other payment options with you.
- You’ll decide on a date to enter inpatient rehab.
Live the Life You Deserve
Living with bipolar disorder is challenging, but not impossible. We can help you create a life you love. Get effective treatment for bipolar disorders that’s also compassionate. Call The Ranch recovery advisors today: 1.844.876.7680