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MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Other Process Addictions
In some people, mental health disorders are accompanied by process addictions. These co-occurring addictions require specific, focused treatment to break the addictive cycle, alleviate psychological suffering, and treat symptoms.
Solara Health provides the specialized treatment needed to treat co-occurring process addictions. The process begins with in-depth assessment, including consultation with outpatient care providers and loved ones, to gain a full, nuanced understanding of each client’s symptoms and struggles. Our expert clinicians use a unique combination of individual psychotherapy, group therapy, holistic therapies, twelve-step peer support groups, and as-needed psychotropic therapy. This combination of therapeutic modalities helps clients face symptoms head-on and build the framework for lasting recovery, building a life that is stable, rich, and joyful.
The term “process addictions” refers to a variety of damaging, even self-destructive, behaviors. Process addictions can include shopping addiction, Internet addiction, and compulsive eating—but regardless of the specific addiction, these compulsive behaviors threaten the physical, emotional, interpersonal, financial, and psychological stability of those struggling. Although process addictions do not include substance abuse, the addictions that come from process disorders can be just as difficult to resist as alcohol or drugs, and can cause drastic symptoms. Symptoms include the following:
All-consuming compulsion to participate in the addictive behavior
Re-arranging everything around participation in the behavior, or ignoring other duties in order to partake in more of the behavior
Feelings of ecstasy or joy when engaging in the behavior
Continuing the behavior even when doing so has drastic negative consequences, or when the consequences get progressively worse
Keeping the behavior a secret from loved ones
Not being able to stop the behavior (even if you want to)
These symptoms can be worsened by a pre-existing mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression. Addictive behaviors can exacerbate feelings of panic or mental distress associated with a mental health disorder, which in turn can feed increased addictive behavior, and so on, creating a painful, destructive cycle that is difficult to break. This cycle can be aggravated by misunderstanding and isolation—process addictions are often misdiagnosed or misunderstood, written off as a lack of self-control or inherent character flaws. When this happens, feelings of hopelessness and isolation increase, and those suffering from process disorders feel increasingly unable to overcome their addictions and recover, only worsening the cycle.
Solara understand the complicated nature of process disorders and has created a specially-designed treatment program to address those complexities. Our quiet, calming environment provides distance from everyday stressors and triggers, allowing clients to find comfort and support as they begin the healing process. As a small program, Solara offers focused, individualized care, ensuring that clients have everything they need throughout treatment. Our highly experienced staff helps clients gain a complete understanding of their mental health disorder and its co-occurring process addiction, find insight into their triggers and impulses, and learn techniques to cope with stressors in a healthy way. This structured, individualized care helps clients develop psychological wellness and healthy behaviors that free them from process addiction and build a future of health and stability.
While our clients make considerable and rapid improvements, process addictions are often long-term conditions. Understanding this through years of experience, Solara Health provides the entire spectrum of care from in-residence to outpatient to transitional living to continuing, customized case management of long-term aftercare planning to ensure maximum, long-term success. Solara Health is committed and dedicated to freeing our clients from the clutches of process addictions, and each of our programs is created to ensure this.
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What Our Clients Say
The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed
The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.
Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.
We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.
I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.
The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.
The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.
Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.
M.P. – Father
Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many). She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was. We can’t say enough positive about her.
I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.
R.M. – Father
If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.
Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.
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