Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an illness that is marked by persistent patterns of inattention and/or the presence of excessively impulsive and hyperactive behaviors that interfere with one’s ability to function and develop appropriately. While ADHD has stood out as one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children and adolescents, it has become prominently diagnosed in adults as well. The symptoms of ADHD can be frustrating, angering, stressful, and exhausting both to the individual and to those around him or her. But these symptoms can be successfully managed if one receives the proper treatment. There is no cure for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but with treatment, people can go on to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Valley Behavioral Health System provides treatment options unique to people suffering from ADHD. Located on 57 acres in the Arkansas River Valley, we’re settled in Arkansas’s beautiful landscape, making it a serene setting for you or loved one to feel safe and comfortable during treatment. As the only treatment facility in the state of Arkansas, Valley Behavioral Health provides each client with his or her own private room during his or her stay. This ensures that you can experience the added comfort of privacy unique to Valley Behavioral Health System. Our caring and qualified professionals aim to make sure that every person who receives treatment at Valley Behavioral is provided with individualized care designed to meet all their specific needs. You do not have to keep suffering from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; you can get the help that you deserve at Valley Behavioral.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one suffer from the symptoms of ADHD can be overwhelming and frustrating. You might find yourself feeling helpless because you don’t know what you can do to help. The following are some of signs of ADHD that might be indicative that he or she is in need of treatment:
- Sudden bursts of excessive hyperactivity
- Extreme anger outbursts for no reason
- Difficulty interacting with others
- Difficulty concentrating, resulting in poor performance at work or school
- Social isolation
- Severe feelings of uncontrollable anxiety
- Chronic agitation
If these symptoms ring true, it’s probably time to sit down and help your loved one understand that he or she needs help that you alone are not capable of providing. Initiating this type of discussion is not always easy, so it is imperative you approach the topic non-judgmentally. Make yourself knowledgeable about the illness and the detriment untreated symptoms can have if they continue to go untreated. It’s also be beneficial to research the different types of therapy that are used in treating ADHD so that you are able to ease some of the worry your loved one may feel.
Why Consider Treatment at Valley Behavioral Health System
If you are suffering from chronic attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, you may find yourself dealing with situations that cause extreme anxiety every day. You may find you have fallen behind at work or in school because you are unable to maintain concentration. You may be feeling disorganized, forgetful, and overwhelmed by the stress. You may be struggling with developing and maintaining healthy, significant relationships, which leads to decrease in self-esteem. You may feel like there is no hope, but there is.
Inpatient treatment programs designed to meet the needs of people suffering from ADHD have proven to be helpful in relieving many of the symptoms you’re experiencing. By participating in an inpatient program, you will be able to learn about the different aspects of ADHD, while finding comfort in knowing you are not alone in your struggles. During inpatient treatment, you’ll take part in group, family, and individual therapies in the comfort of a safe, caring, nonjudgmental environment. The combination of these types of therapies results in the most thorough, comprehensive treatment available.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Valley Behavioral Health System, we put the patient first. We strive to be an organization dedicated to maintaining a mission of value and accountability. We are leadership-driven and work to ensure the care you receive is excellent, life-changing, and centered on you. You’ll receive treatment in a caring environment that promises comfort and confidentiality. We promote positive self-awareness and personal growth, and aim to make sure that you leave our center feeling empowered. Treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary staff of therapists, psychiatric nurses, advanced psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, educational specialists, recreational specialists, and other highly trained mental health professionals dedicated to providing the best possible care delivered under the direct supervision of board-certified psychiatrists.
Types of Treatment Offered at Valley Behavioral
When you arrive at our center, you will begin by completing a fully comprehensive evaluation by one of our assessment specialists which will be reviewed by your treatment team. Our staff will provide the most appropriate level of care that will best treat your needs. Once the admissions process has been completed, you and your treatment team will create an individualized treatment plan that meets all of your needs. This individualized treatment plan will address your stay with us and your aftercare plans, with appropriate changes made as necessary.
Medication management: Part of successfully managing the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder requires medication management. We may use stimulant medication, such as Adderall or Ritalin, as they increase one’s ability to focus and concentrate while reducing excessive hyperactivity. Medication use is closely monitored and altered if needed.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions are held on a one-on-one basis in which you will meet in a confidential setting with your therapist. These individual sessions are held at least once a week, but can occur more often based on the patient’s needs or request and may cover symptom management, relapse prevention, and other challenges of life with ADHD.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are held daily. During these sessions, you will meet together with other patients and discuss topics such as depression, self-esteem, impulsivity, anxiety, behavior choices, and self-control. Rehabilitation groups are held twice a day on a daily basis. We offer recreation groups that are held three days per week.
Family therapy: At Valley Behavioral, we know how important family involvement is in one’s treatment process. While being treated, family sessions will occur at least once per week. Additional sessions can be conducted at the discretion of the therapist based on the needs of the client.
Experiential therapy: We believe it is important to incorporate all aspects of a person’s life into treatment to make the experience as thorough as possible. Therefore we provide a therapeutic recreation program that assesses, educates, and assists clients to improve their physical lifestyle. Experiential methods include:
- Arts and crafts
- Recreation activities
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Ending treatment can be an intimidating time and returning to old routines can bring about anxiety. Valley Behavioral understands this and tries to make discharge as comfortable and seamless as possible. We begin the discharge process when you are admitted into the inpatient program, which ensures a continuing care plan is already in place when discharge approaches. Care coordinators will schedule follow-up appointments for you and/or provide you with proper placement if needed. Some clients opt to join our residential treatment program, which lasts for a longer period of time and allows you to continue your care. Others may join a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP) or may be discharged to home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy. At Valley Behavioral Health System, we will do everything in our power to make sure that you reach your goal of recovery.