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1. The Comeback

Everyone loves a comeback. This is a theme we drive home at SBMHC. We channel the resiliency found deep within us needed to bounce back and become the best version of ourselves.

2. Flourishment

We believe in not simply surviving, but thriving. The difference between existing and living is massive. There is no calling on how great life can be when we get better. Our internal condition recovers first, we give off a new energy and radiate differently, and the external blessings follow.

3. Connection

When people are sick we feel disconnected – like a separate fragment in a hostile universe. The antidote to this condition is connection. Recovering from illness means restoring connection with ourselves, our family and the world around us.

4. Adaptability

Treatment is not a one size fits all. The appropriate combination of clinical, medical, spiritual and physical treatment varies, and our job is to identify what is most appropriate for a given patient

5. Acceptance

We are either in acceptance or resistance. By pursuing complete acceptance of our truth, we can become solution-focused instead of solution-centered. This enables us to manage symptoms and proceed down the path to recovery.

6. Awareness

We don’t know what we don’t know. SBMHC pull levers and push buttons where needed to shift perspectives and attitudes, enabling us to see the truth so we can move forward in a constructive manner.

1. The Comeback

1. The Comeback

Everyone loves a comeback. This is a theme we drive home at SBMHC. We channel the resiliency found deep within us needed to bounce back and become the best version of ourselves.

2. Flourishment

2. Flourishment

We believe in not simply surviving, but thriving. The difference between existing and living is massive. There is no calling on how great life can be when we get better. Our internal condition recovers first, we give off a new energy and radiate differently, and the external blessings follow.

3. Connection

3. Connection

When people are sick we feel disconnected – like a separate fragment in a hostile universe. The antidote to this condition is connection. Recovering from illness means restoring connection with ourselves, our family and the world around us.

4. Adaptability

4. Adaptability

Treatment is not a one size fits all. The appropriate combination of clinical, medical, spiritual and physical treatment varies, and our job is to identify what is most appropriate for a given patient

5. Acceptance

5. Acceptance

We are either in acceptance or resistance. By pursuing complete acceptance of our truth, we can become solution-focused instead of solution-centered. This enables us to manage symptoms and proceed down the path to recovery.

6. Awareness

6. Awareness

We don’t know what we don’t know. SBMHC pull levers and push buttons where needed to shift perspectives and attitudes, enabling us to see the truth so we can move forward in a constructive manner.

WHO ARE WE

We are a premier dual-diagnosis treatment center with a mental health focus founded by widely recognized thought-leaders in mental health disorders. We apply a unique combination of clinical, spiritual, and psychiatric support to help those who struggle find a new way to live.

Our small and intimate nature, exceptional clinical and medical backbone, strong emphasis on the family dynamic, and unique career mentorship offerings make our program special. While we primarily treat mental health, we also excel at treating addiction and alcoholism. We don’t feel bound to conventional “rehab norms” and instead employ outside-the-box, thoughtful clinical techniques.

Our co-founders are in recovery and intimately involved in the treatment process. We are real people, not “treatment robots,” who use empathy, common sense, passion, and research to make all decisions pertaining to the wellbeing of our patients. Our experiences confirm that getting better is not about ‘white-knuckling’ it and just getting by – we get better so that we can be apart of life, give off a new energy, and thrive in all areas of life. We firmly believe that when we get better internally, our external lives start to reflect that.

WHO DO WE TREAT?

We treat adults suffering from chronic cases of mild to severe mental disorders ranging from anxiety disorders, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder and personality disorders among a number of other mental health issues. A typical patient has experienced increasing levels of unmanageability over time, both internally and externally, and likely has sought treatment in the past with limited success. He or she feels completely alone and misunderstood. When they enter treatment, our patients are at a point where they need stabilization. They are at the “in between” phase – not necessarily needing confinement in a psychiatric hospital, but struggling to live life on life’s terms, function as a human being and in a dark place emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

We are often the last option before confined hospitalization and have the expertise to treat patients so they can recover before getting to the most intensive level of care. Our primary focus is mental health, which often leads to substance abuse issues which we are well equipped to address through Ben and Jaime’s experience in this space. Both have been clean and sober for many years and are well-versed in the physical, mental and spiritual components of addiction and how to treat it through the 12 steps, which is critical to supplement co-existing mental health disorders.

WHAT IS OUR PHILOSOPHY?

We also believe that mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach. While a medication adjustment through consultation with our medical team may address one patient’s needs, another patient may benefit more from a therapeutic and spiritual approach to shift their perspective so that they can see the world differently. We will ‘throw the kitchen sink’ at the patient to start, before tailoring the treatment to the individual based on their response to these approaches.

We are huge advocates of the right diagnosis and are more interested in causes and conditions than symptoms – but are not married to diagnostic labeling and recognize mental health as dynamic. Additionally, we are solution-oriented. We will talk about the problems that result from mental illness, but choose to have a more forward-looking mindset and are more interested in solutions

The ”6 Pillars of Sylvia Brafman” embody the principles we advocate and flow through every aspect of our center – The Comeback, Flourishment, Connection, Adaptability, Acceptance, and Awareness.

We are laser focused on the family dynamic and are adamant that family members must be heavily involved in treatment. Ben Brafman’s in depth experience with family therapy solidifies our belief that while the entire family gets sick from mental illness, the family can also recover with the right support and be better than ever before.

When patients come to treatment, they are broken and sometimes they don’t quite realize how broken they are. At their core, they yearn to be part of something bigger, feel connected to the people in their lives, have a purpose and feel optimistic about their future. Our goal is to restore a patient’s mental condition so as to give them the appropriate balance to move forward in life and position them to succeed personally and professionally.

With respect to addiction, it is our position that addicts are in a place of great suffering and that they contend with a mental illness which must be treated accordingly. This illness is uniquely intertwined in mental, physical and spiritual factors that are both genetic and the result of a self-centered worldview often impacted by trauma. Clinically speaking, the foundation of addiction is grounded in obsessive compulsive thinking. Therefore, we believe in treating the mental illness and supplementing it with the 12-steps, versus dividing up addicts and non-addicts into two distinct categories.

Actively listening to the individual and challenging his or her belief system is at the core of our clinical philosophy. Patients often cannot differentiate the true from the false, and our approach is to confront the flawed patterns of thinking in an empathetic and caring manner. Simultaneously, we identify and address any chemical imbalances that can be best addressed through medication therapy.

We believe it is critical to be able to measure the success of treatment. This provides a benchmark for recovery and holds us accountable. We measure success not so much by how the patient does in treatment, but how the family and patient recover progressively throughout and post-treatment. Some of the factors we emphasize include whether the family is operating as a unit (Is the marriage better? Are the siblings talking?), the patient is sticking to the post-treatment plan, the internal “chatter” starts to become more muted, there is a renewed hope and vision of a path forward in life and the patient starts to give off a different energy to those around him or her.

Sylvia Brafman’s Career Launch program aims to channel the great potential for career success that many patients hold deep within, but have yet to realize due to the impact of mental health on their ability to move forward. The program is focused on helping patients succeed in their careers once they leave treatment. Personally designed and facilitated by CEO Jaime Blaustein, the Career Launch program consists of 5 phases: Contextualization, Reflection,

Consideration, Preparation and Execution. Navigating a career as someone who is recovering comes with its own set of challenges. We hold our patients’ hands as they navigate that process, which is often accompanied by fear of failure among other logistical headwinds.

OUR PROCESS

SBMHC patients enter a process of recovery in which the ultimate goal is not to simply restore them to functionality, but position them
to grow and thrive in the future. Our goal is to bring patients to a place where they feel part of, connected to the world, and unblocked from the debilitating symptoms that cause their lives to progressively feel futile and small over time.

Below describes how a typical patient will progress through our continuum of care once enrolling in PHP. In the event someone enrolls directly into IOP or OP, a similar treatment process is employed over an adjusted timeline.

Phase 1: Stabilization
We manage the symptoms of the disorder by stabilizing the patient through a combination of clinical therapy and medication management. Patients are brought to a mental space that will enable them to get the most out of deeper clinical work.

Phase 2: Treatment Plan Identification and Execution
Once stabilized, we can go deeper to identify the source of the patient’s symptoms. The intensity of therapy will increase in order to identify what factors are most responsible for driving the patient’s symptoms. We take into account the patient’s background, mental illness history, family dynamic and current level of functionality to identify which components of treatment should be most emphasized for that particular person. This phase is not always pleasant or easy, but it’s a necessary component of crossing the bridge to recovery.

Phase 3: Practical Application
The patient starts to wake up and the focus shifts to maintaining the trajectory of progress outside the walls of treatment. In addition to continuing rigorous therapy, additional elements of a ‘wellness package’ are incorporated such as career counseling, yoga and physical exercise (all of which are incorporated early on). Each individual formulates a career plan personally with CEO Jaime Blaustein and is eligible to enroll in Ben Brafman’s Academy for Addiction Professionals if this is a path they want to pursue.

Phase 4: Aftercare
The patient moves on to Intensive Outpatient followed by Standard Outpatient. He or she is discharged with a detailed treatment plan as well as a clear and understandable career development plan. The patient is now part of the SBMHC family for life and is welcome to attend Family Night on a weekly basis and maintain a connection to the SBMHC alumni.