So that we can best support the unique needs of our client we will carry out a psychiatric consultation. This is an evaluation of all of the factors that can cause a client to feel emotionally distressed. We provide a safe space, free from judgement, to allow us to fully understand the client, so as to create a specialist, appropriate treatment plan. We will explore the physiological, biological, social, and medical reasons for any mental health issues that a client might be experiencing.
A psychiatric consultation is a comprehensive, diagnostic evaluation which helps ensure the right level of care and treatments are provided to the client. Whether the client requires group therapy, one to one therapy, alternative or holistic therapy, or any other assistance on their recovery journey, a psychiatric consultation is the first step in diagnosing what they need.
A psychiatric consultation will allow clients to understand the root cause of their issues and break it down into three different areas; biological, physiological, and social.
The most common psychiatric complaints in addicts are:
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Biological Reasons for Emotional Distress
The biological reasons for emotional distress can be hereditary, meaning it has been passed down in their genes. We will evaluate the client’s family mental health history, and whether that could be a contributing factor to their current issues.
Physical illness also plays a role in emotional distress within clients recovering from substance use disorder. Your physical state directly affects your mental state therefore it is imperative to understand a client’s physical health, beyond the effects that their substance abuse might have had. Examples of physical conditions which could affect mental health and mood are:
- BBV trauma
- Appearance insecurities including weight or skin complaints – this can be obsessional
- Injuries which affect self-esteem
Physiological Reasons for Emotional Distress
Psychological pain can be intense and significantly affect many different areas of your life. Emotional pain or hurt stems from non-physical sources. It may be as a result of another’s actions, childhood events, from trauma, or from grief; however it can also be a sign of an underlying mental health condition such as anxiety or depression.
Symptoms of physiological distress can include feelings of:
- Deep sorrow, sadness, or depression
- Intense distress
Underlying mental health issues can impede recovery and so a professional diagnosis is extremely important in aiding a client’s recovery.
Social Reasons for Emotional Distress
Some clients who recover from substance use disorder report instances of feeling like outsiders from the rest of society, whether or not people actually perceive them that way. These perceived social differences can play a part in the mental health of clients, and a psychiatric consultation aims to understand the barriers that prevent clients from feeling accepted in their lives. Growing demand for education and awareness of addiction is leading to the gradual de-stigmatization of substance abuse. The Excel Center aims to increase clients’ confidence in finding a new purpose in life and place in the world.
Current family relationships are also relevant to a psychiatric consultation in order to understand how a client’s substance use disorder has affected relationships with the people closest to them. Understanding that family ties predate substance use disorders, our psychiatrists aim to comprehend how clients interact with them now. If there are feelings of alienation, isolation, or tension within family relationships, our psychiatric consultation can offer services that will assist clients overcome these feelings and allow family relationships to flourish.
Benefits of Psychiatric Consultations
A thorough diagnostic psychiatric evaluation will ensure that any underlying mental health disorders that may impede recovery are identified. Post detoxification care and ongoing specialist treatment is necessary for those recovering from addictions to maintain sobriety.
The Excel Center’s mission is to provide personalized treatment and care for every one of our clients. Our experienced staff encourage each client on their recovery journey and celebrate every milestone and success. We understand that each individual has a different pathway on their life journey, and the road to recovery is unique. Following a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation we will understand how best to support our clients and which treatment would be most effective. By tailoring all of our treatment modalities around the client, and ensuring a collaborative approach is taken, the client will feel supported and in turn confident about the process ahead.