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SBMHC is proud to announce the acquisition of Through the Archway. Through the Archway is a renowned, powerful spiritual immersion program developed by Peter and Marion Marinelli. The curriculum ensures that each patient receives a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the spiritual principles of 12 step recovery. These powerful ideas have saved countless lives and transformed them for the better. 

For The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, incorporating Through the Archway into our treatment program was a natural fit. It is the perfect spiritual recovery complement to SBMHC’s robust clinical psychiatric care, resulting in a powerful wellness program that leaves no stone unturned.

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SBMHC is proud to announce the acquisition of Through the Archway. Through the Archway is a renowned, powerful spiritual immersion program developed by Peter and Marion Marinelli. The curriculum ensures that each patient receives a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the spiritual principles of 12 step recovery. These powerful ideas have saved countless lives and transformed them for the better. 

For The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, incorporating Through the Archway into our treatment program was a natural fit. It is the perfect spiritual recovery complement to SBMHC’s robust clinical psychiatric care, resulting in a powerful wellness program that leaves no stone unturned.

Addiction falls under the umbrella of mental illness, and it requires the addition of an especially pronounced spiritual element in one’s “wellness package”
  • It is often accompanied by anxiety and depression, and correlated with trauma and obsessive-compulsive thinking.
  • Addicts and alcoholics need to have a drastic shift and their outlook and attitudes by developing a spiritual connection that combats the feeling of separateness, loneliness, and victimhood inherent in any addicts mindset
  • Particularly in early sobriety, addicts and alcoholics still need the clinical, psychiatric, medical, and physical elements t help them get on track initially – with spiritually being the tailwind that will carry them into long-term, sustained recovery.

Core Mental Health Program

All patients enrolled in core mental health program, which attacks mental illness rigorously from a plethora of diverse angles

CLINICAL

• Group Therapy
• Individual Therapy
• Coping Skills
• Family Dynamics
• Trauma Therapy
• Active Listening & Communication
Skills Boundaries
• Overcoming Adversity

MEDICAL

• History & Physical Medication
Management
• Follow-up Visits
• RN visits
• Specialist Referrals

Psychiatric

• Psychiatric Evaluation
• Medication Management
• TMS treatment

Case Management

• Assessment and Treatment Plan
• Legal Assessment
• Outside Appointment Coordination
• Aftercare Plan

Spiritual

• Physical Fitness
• Yoga
• Physical Therapy (as needed)
• Acupuncture (as needed)
• Chiropractic (as needed)

Vocational

• Career Launch Program

Dual-Diagnosis Add On : Through The Archway with Peter Marinelli

In addition to the core mental health program, patients with substance abuse disorders are enrolled in Through The Archway, a spiritual immersion program with Peter Marinelli designed to tackle the mental obsession associated with addiction and alcoholism

• 12-Step Immersion
• Lectures on Spirituality and Recovery
• One-on-One Meetings with Peter & Marion Marinelli Group Sessions and Meditation
• Outside 12-Step Meetings

What is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Dual diagnosis treatment is a form of mental health care that addresses both chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions at the same time. Addiction by itself is an incredibly challenging mental health disorder to live with. When addiction is combined with a co-occurring condition like depression or anxiety, it has a compound effect. This is one of the reasons why dual diagnosis treatment is so important. Complete recovery is only possible if any co-occurring conditions are properly diagnosed in concert with addiction being treated. At least 45% of patients admitted for substance use treatment have a dual diagnosis, per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). However, this does not mean all of these patients are getting the treatment they need.

Some of the co-occurring conditions most often seen in dual diagnosis patients include:
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Major Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Dual Diagnosis Isn’t Just a Catchphrase

Far too many drug and alcohol treatment centers pay only lip service to co-occurring conditions in our assessment. The focus is almost entirely on the substance use disorder. If you’re lucky, perhaps you see a psychiatrist for 10 minutes who makes a hasty diagnosis and writes you a prescription for an antidepressant. Then onto the next patient. That is not how The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center conducts its program. 

We know we have a responsibility to provide the best care possible to each and every patient in our dual diagnosis treatment program. In fact, one of SBMHC’s key differentiators is right in our name. We are Mental Health Center. This means we treat many different mental health disorders, not just addiction. No one disorder is somehow less important than another, so no condition gets short shrift here. Our attention to detail and focus on mental health as a whole are why we can provide more accurate and thoughtful dual diagnosis care.

The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center Difference

This is just part of what puts SBMHC leagues ahead of a standard alcohol and drug rehab. We are a comprehensive mental health treatment program. For us, dual diagnosis treatment is an integral part of our program, not just a bullet point in a list or a box to check. Dual diagnosis treatment done properly, in our opinion, includes thorough diagnosis early on in treatment by a qualified and skilled clinician. 

But that’s just the beginning. It’s not enough to simply identify the disorder and apply a label. Our patients are carefully and continually assessed throughout their treatment at SBMHC. We monitor their symptoms and their response to different forms of treatment. We’re also looking for signs of any tertiary conditions or aspects of the original diagnosis which weren’t apparent at first glance.

A good dual diagnosis program identifies the disorder properly.

A great dual diagnosis program:

  • Monitors the efficacy of treatment as time goes on.
  • Reevaluates the patient looking for signs they may have missed.
  • Listens to the patient’s observations.
  • Provides a multi-modal solution that may include pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.
  • Empowers the patient with guidance and tools to ensure continued progress after treatment.

Proper Dual Diagnosis Care Helps Prevent Relapse

Dual diagnosis treatment is essential not only to ensure healthy and complete recovery, but because misdiagnosed, undiagnosed or untreated co-occurring disorders are one of the leading causes for relapse. It will come as no surprise to many of you that substance use often arises as a coping mechanism or an attempt to “self-medicate” among people with undiagnosed or untreated mental health disorders.

Someone who is living with PTSD might turn to alcohol or benzodiazepines to quell anxiety or battle insomnia, for example. When a co-occurring disorder is not identified and treated effectively however, patients are left vulnerable to relapse. They can receive great care for their substance use disorder, but when the symptoms of an unresolved secondary disorder return, they will find the temptation to seek relief in their drug of preference hard to resist. Not only does great dual diagnosis care improve quality of life, it also markedly improves outcomes and the odds of maintaining sobriety.

Mental Health Treatment You Can Trust

Finding the right treatment for mental health can be a challenge. The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center is a trusted provider of mental health care because we specialize in mental health treatment. Unlike substance abuse programs which treat mental illness as an afterthought, we provide careful, thorough assessment and continuous evaluation. We believe this is necessary for accurate diagnosis and truly effective treatment. Substance abuse is a mental health disorder, but it is only one of many. We believe all must be treated effectively for complete recovery to occur.

We can Help

If you believe you or someone you love could benefit from top tier dual diagnosis addiction treatment or you just have questions about dual diagnosis care, give The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center a call at (954) 637-7656

ALCOHOL ABUSE

Alcohol abuse destroys physical health, relationships, families, careers and academic potential. But alcoholism is a disease with proven interventions that allow a person with an alcohol use disorder to live a healthy, successful life. All it takes is the right dual diagnosis treatment for alcohol addiction and some willingness. 

DRUG ABUSE

The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center delivers true dual diagnosis treatment for drug abuse with co-occurring conditions.Drug abuse is a complex behavior and the illness of addiction is still being studied. While we don’t have a complete understanding of the way addiction works in the brain, we know more now than ever before.

OPIOID ABUSE

Opioid abuse has reached the level of an epidemic in the United States. Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse almost 92,000 people died of overdose in 2020. The majority of these were opioid-related. Proper dual-diagnosis treatment and adopting a recovery lifestyle are the key to overcoming opioid abuse. 

HEROIN ABUSE

Heroin use has never been safe at any point. However today’s heroin is more powerful than ever before. With fentanyl regularly appearing in street heroin, incidences of fatal overdose have skyrocketed. The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center delivers the thorough dual diagnosis treatment needed to break the cycle of heroin abuse. 

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Prescription drug abuse can happen in a number of ways. One of the most common occurs when someone has been prescribed an opioid analgesic for chronic pain, an injury or following surgery. Doctors are a lot savvier about the risk of prescription drug abuse now than in the past, but it’s still an issue.

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