Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

obsessive compulsive disorder

Northbound Treatment Services offers OCD and addiction treatment in Orange County. Our treatment philosophy takes into account that with any disease of the mind, the client’s well-being is paramount. Nonetheless, most researchers and clinicians agree that OCD is best categorized as a chronic and disabling mental illness. OCD frequently co-occurs with the abuse of benzodiazepines, cocaine, amphetamines (including Ritalin), and opiates.

Because a dual-diagnosis of OCD and alcoholism or addiction is difficult to diagnose, it is hard for people living with this mental illness to find effective treatment options. Many do not want to admit they have these obsessions or compulsions; even with the disorder, many of them are successful professionals. Our psychiatric referrals and clinical teams take all of this into account, especially since untreated OCD often has severe behavioral consequences.

Medication for OCD

Due to the chronic nature of this condition, medication can be an effective part of treatment. Switching or adding medications often helps a client who is not responding well or who have developed distressing side effects with a previous medication.

Since medications for OCD can take a while before they start working, using it along with evidence-based therapy options is vital. This is the stage of recovery where the client and family – if they have not already done so – familiarize themselves with all aspects of the illness. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief.

Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. During stabilization, the staff works to educate families and encourages them to find out as much about the illness as possible.

Knowledge Is Power

Northbound Treatment Services believes knowledge is power and insight gives everyone a much better chance of developing good coping strategies for dealing with addiction. Families and clients gain insight into the person’s feeling of over-acute senses, such as being irritated by the smallest noises. They learn about the recurrent episodes of exuberant energy. Sometimes sleeping patterns change drastically: a person will shift into sleeping during the day and staying up all night. There are many types of obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

Some common obsessions are:

  • Fear of germs or dirt
  • Fear of harming another person
  • Fear of making mistakes
  • Fear of social situations and embarrassment
  • Fear of having evil or corrupt thoughts
  • Needing everything to be organized
  • A constant need to alleviate doubt through reassurance

Some common compulsions are:

  • Repetitively showering, bathing, or hand washing
  • Avoiding handshakes or touching doorknobs
  • Repetitively checking locks, stoves, or other appliances
  • Continually counting while doing daily tasks
  • Repeatedly rearranging objects
  • Needing to eat foods in a precise order
  • Obsessing about certain words, images, or thoughts
  • Repetition of particular phrases or words
  • An incessant need to carry out tasks a particular number of times
  • Hoarding valueless items

The person usually recognizes (deep down) that the behavior is excessive or unreasonable. The secure housing and compassionate staff at Northbound are big parts of stabilizing these features of the disorder.

Stabilization also includes sleep hygiene and nutritional guidance because weight gain or loss is a common characteristic of the disorder. Working closely with the clinical staff, daily improvement is experienced by clients at Northbound.

Northbound Treatment Services recognizes the most effective treatment for OCD is a combination of medication and psychosocial intervention. Our healthcare professionals know that for the same reasons talk therapy won’t stop cancer from spreading, OCD demands appropriate attention. During this phase of recovery, the focus is on gaining insight into the destructive attitudes and behaviors that hinder treatment. The goal is to begin controlling the symptoms, reduce isolation, and increase social connections so therapeutic paths can begin to help.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), combined with a solid 12-step program, has been shown to be the most effective type of psychotherapy for this disorder. The patient is exposed many times to a situation that triggers the obsessive thoughts and gradually learns to tolerate the anxiety and resist the urge to perform the compulsion. Medication and CBT together are considered to be better than either treatment alone at reducing symptoms.

Get Help Today for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at Northbound

While obsessive-compulsive disorder can significantly interfere with your daily life and relationships, recovery is possible. Northbound offers fully integrated treatment that concurrently treats addiction and co-occurring disorders to help clients live their lives to the fullest. Regain control of your life and pursue your goals through our OCD treatment center in Orange County.