While it’s normal to occasionally go back to make sure you unplugged the iron or turned off the stove, people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) struggle with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that often become so involved and lengthy that they interfere with daily life. You may spend hours cleaning your house for fear of contamination or avoid interactions with people that may involve shaking hands or touching objects others have touched. You may spend a great deal of time praying or performing specific rituals to ensure a loved one’s safety or to stave off a natural disaster, no matter how unrelated the events may be. Your brain may spend hours every day, a single thought stuck in your mind and repeated over and over. You may realize that most of your day involves performing compulsive acts to counteract the intrusive, obsessions that play on repeat in your mind. Your life may now revolve around these obsessions and compulsions; breaking free seems like an impossibility.
With the right treatments and therapies, you can successfully overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder. At Pacific Grove Hospital, our serene courtyards and dedicated staff have helped countless men and women over the age of 18 effectively manage their OCD and learn to lead happy and fulfilled lives. Through a combination of medication, therapies, and other treatments, we’ll guide you through treatment and into a brighter, happier tomorrow.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
If your loved one is struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you may not know how to help him or her during this time. You may watch helplessly as your loved one engages in bizarre rituals in an effort to fend off disaster, even though the two events are clearly unrelated. The fears he or she has are unrealistic and frustrating to you as you begin to tiptoe around every facet of his or her disorder. You may have had to pick up the slack around the house as your loved one spends increasing amounts of time with his or her obsessions and compulsions, causing you a great deal of stress and frustration. You may be facing a number of emotions – anger, frustration, guilt, shame, disgust, and may not know how to handle them. You know it’s time your loved one enters into inpatient treatment but you may not know how to approach the subject. Here are some tips for guiding your loved one into OCD treatment:
Avoid judgment: Don’t say negative things about your loved one’s OCD; a calm and nurturing environment is associated with far better treatment outcomes. Also, don’t scold your loved one or tell him or her to stop performing rituals – it’s not as simple as a desire to stop.
Practice patience: While OCD can be a tremendously frustrating experience for all involved, you must be patient with your loved ones. Resist the urge to respond negatively even when the demands the disorder places upon your loved one are outrageous. At the same time, however, do not play into these rituals – it will only make the OCD worse.
Research treatment centers: If your loved one needs inpatient treatment for OCD, research local treatment centers until you find one that aligns most with your values and ideas for treatment. Make an appointment with the staff to tour the facility with your loved one to ease any fears and anxieties about inpatient care.
Why Seek Inpatient Care at Pacific Grove Hospital
When your OCD is out of control, you may no longer be able to cope with the rigorous demands the obsessions and compulsions place upon you. You may no longer have the time to work or fulfill responsibilities to friends or family, which can cause social isolation and termination from your job. Fears of such things as contamination may further isolate you as your world grows increasingly smaller in your effort to avoid germs and people who may carry them. You may feel desperate and alone, unsure how to tame the OCD that’s slowly taken over your life. The stress and desolation you face may even cause you to try and hurt yourself or consider death by suicide. Life with OCD doesn’t have to be a bleak picture – inpatient treatment for OCD can help you regain the life you want to lead.
An inpatient treatment center that offers a balance of therapies, medication management, and other interventions has been shown to be the best way to begin treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Through an inpatient program, you’ll be able to learn ways to avoid performing the obsessions and compulsions, begin a new medication program, and socialize with others who are struggling with similar challenges. An inpatient facility will allow you the opportunity to escape the pressures of daily life and focus your attention entirely on what matters most – recovery. You’ll be able to begin your voyage of self-discovery in a safe, supportive environment conducive to healing all parts of you – mind, body, and soul.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Pacific Grove Hospital offers a 68-bed voluntary behavioral health center that specializes in the treatment of adults struggling with disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. At Pacific Grove, we place our clients in the driver’s seat of their own recovery journey as we empower them through education and autonomy. As a holistic treatment center, we’re never satisfied with treating simply the presenting symptoms – treatment plans are focused upon treating the whole person and meeting all of their care and personal needs. From the moment a client arrives to the moment he or she is ready for discharge, we work tirelessly to create an environment conducive to healing, growth, and recovery.
Treatment Options Offered at Pacific Grove Hospital
When you first enter our inpatient center, you’ll undergo a variety of assessments designed to allow us to learn as much about you and your struggles as possible to allow us to formulate the best plan of care for your unique needs. The medical exam will diagnose and begin treatment for any physical health-related diagnoses while the psychiatric evaluation will assess the presence of any co-occurring, co-morbid disorders. The results of these assessments will be compiled and you will sit down with your family and treatment team to create a plan of care for your stay with us that meets all of your needs.
Medication such as anxiolytic medications may be used at the beginning of your stay to reduce symptoms and may be tapered off gradually as you learn more healthy ways to cope. Antidepressants do have some use for people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder and are generally used on a longer-term basis. Medication will be overseen by your treatment team and adjusted as needed.
Individual therapy is a valuable tool for people struggling with OCD as it allows private time for you to work with your therapist in order to best understand ways to reduce urges, refocus your attention, and manage triggers. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy we may use to help you better understand compulsions that lead to an exaggerated sense of responsibility in order to reduce highly-unlikely catastrophic events.
Group therapy can be extremely helpful for people who have OCD as they often become socially isolated the further the disorder progresses. Groups can increase the sense of belonging to a group of people, encourage social skills, and allow you to meet others who similarly struggle with mental health disorders. Group topics may range from preventing compulsions, managing stress, and ways to cope with the disorder.
Family therapy is very important at Pacific Grove Hospital as we include loved ones in your care from the very beginning of your stay with us. Through family sessions, we’ll promote understanding of OCD which can help mend and reduce future family conflicts. We’ll discuss your recovery progress, the achievements you have made, and teach your loved ones what they can do to help you be successful.
As Pacific Grove Hospital treats the whole person, not merely the symptoms of your obsessive-compulsive disorder, we offer a number of experiential methods that are designed to augment traditional therapeutic approaches. These experiential methods include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time of discharge rolls around, you’ll be working with your loved ones and your treatment team to determine the next best steps in your aftercare planning. Our therapist can help you locate an appropriate living space if you do not have one and assist you in obtaining gainful employment should you be unemployed. Many of our clients opt to join one of our intense outpatient programs; our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both programs allow you to continue your recovery on an outpatient basis during the day while slowly reintegrating back into your home environment in the evenings and on weekends. Other clients feel they’ve made such tremendous strides in our inpatient program that they’re able to return to their communities and homes with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and connections to available community resources.