Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an incredibly painful experience for those who suffer from it, given the constant anxiety and fear. GAD is worsened by the inability to predict what may make it better or worse. After attempting to control the symptoms, individuals with GAD often develop learned helplessness. Learned helplessness means that due to unsuccessful attempts to affect changes in their life, there is nothing they can do and stop trying. When additional anxiety symptoms develop, the individual becomes even more hopeless. It is not unusual for GAD to co-occur with other disorders such as depression or substance abuse, which can make treatment more complex.
At Acadiana we understand how out of control your world has become and how helpless you feel. After years of helping individuals suffering from GAD, we know that you have unique strengths and capabilities. While you may not believe this, we will guide you to greater insight about yourself. We will work to help you discover the ways these strengths can provide confidence that you can recover from GAD and build a life filled with happiness, satisfaction, and love.
Why Seek Treatment at Acadiana
At Acadiana we are firmly committed to treating you as an individual and attending to your specific needs. We respect every person who comes to us for help and we know that the hardest step – admitting you have a problem – requires the most courage. Our staff is dedicated to making you feel comfortable as you progress along the path to recovery. At Acadiana we understand how difficult it feels to have no control over your life. We will teach you that hope is your new reality.
If left untreated, the anxiety you experience may only grow over time as you slowly begin to lose the things you once loved about life. You may shy away from loved ones, fearful they’ll judge your problems as insignificant. You may feel helpless and alone. You may be so filled with anxiety that you are unable to work or function in daily life. At Acadiana, we understand that these anxieties are normal for individual’s struggling to overcome GAD. We’re here and we’re ready to help put your fears to bed once and for all.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Our treatment approach for GAD is based on the most up-to-date research regarding treatment of GAD and co-occurring disorders. We strongly believe in focusing on your positives and help you develop a sense of optimism regarding your future. We will provide you with the skills to accomplish your goals and celebrate your successes with you. We know you are not defined by your disorder and will treat all of you – mind, body, and spirit. We treat our clients with dignity and respect during our holistic treatment approaches.
Treatment for GAD at Acadiana
When you come to us, you’ll be assessed to determine which area of our program will best suit your needs to ensure you’re receiving the right care for you. We’ll work alongside you to create a treatment plan of care for your stay with us that firmly places you in the driver’s seat. We know you can recover from GAD and we’re ready to help show you how. We offer a variety of programs and therapies to allow you the full spectrum of anxiety care.
Our residential treatment program is available for individuals who are stable enough to participate in recovery from GAD. Individuals in our residential treatment program will be monitored for safety 24-hours a day. In residential treatment, we focus upon helping you emotionally stabilize, learn more about your generalized anxiety disorder, and help you learn the skills you need to be an active member of your recovery.
We offer male and female extended care residential treatment programs after your primary care has been completed. These programs begin where your initial treatment has left off, ensuring continuity of care. Lasting a minimum of three months, and occurring in three different phases, we will teach you greater recovery tools, relapse prevention, and coping skills.
Each of our programs at Acadiana will be comprised of a number of treatment techniques. Specific types of therapy we use include:
Individual Therapy – Each client in our program receives at least one individual therapy session per week, however, the normal amount of one-on-one sessions tend to run 2-3 per week. This allows you alone time to focus on your problems and develop new coping mechanisms.
Group Therapy – Group therapy has proven to be one of the most effective treatment for GAD. We offer a combination of process-based and educational groups to help you connect with others who are struggling with similar challenges. We ask that each member of the group write an autobiography and share it with the rest of the group in an effort to bond with one another and see that you are not alone in your struggles.
Family Therapy – The support and love of family is vital to your recovery and we offer family sessions to allow family members to better understand your disorder, treatments, and discharge. We’ll allow sessions where family members are openly able to discuss ways in which your GAD has affected their lives. We offer a 3-day family workshop for your family and loved ones to learn more about GAD.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT will help you to identify and alter maladaptive thought processes and learn to respond to situations in different ways. Altering thought patterns is also reflected in different emotional responses and actions.
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) – Similar to CBT, REBT focuses on altering irrational though patterns while balancing acceptance of past situations and tolerance of strong emotions which can’t be fully controlled.
Motivational Interviewing – This therapeutic method emphasizes building trust and rapport with the counselor and through use of interviewing in order to stimulate the desire and commitment to change and accomplish set goals.
In addition to our regular therapy modalities, we also offer several non-traditional approaches to help you continue to make progress in your recovery. These options include:
- Nutritional counseling
- A.A. and N.A.
- Art therapy
- Spiritual counseling
- Recreational programs
- Spiritual counseling
- Vocational planning
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
At Acadiana we are committed to providing continuity of care and we understand how fearful you may be about your discharge and aftercare plans. Our trained staff is well aware of this dynamic in your treatment process and will add strategies well in advance to limit your anxiety as you move forward in your recovery by entering a different therapy setting. You will closely work with your treatment team to determine the most appropriate aftercare option to continue working through remaining issues, effects and difficulties related to your anxiety disorder.
If you feel you still need a high level of services and structure our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) may provide for your needs. Our PHP provides daily services using individual, group, and family therapy. We also encourage individuals to participate in a self-help support group. Our Intensive Outpatient Program is a less rigorous outpatient alternative that meets in the evenings for a minimum of 10 hours throughout the week. Our IOP allows you to participate in a variety of process-based, skills, and psychoeducational groups, along with family and individual therapy. If you are transitioning to your community, we will work with local providers to find you a therapist and connect you with available community resources.