According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around them. Most often, individuals turn to substances (drugs and alcohol) and/or process addictions (gambling, sex, exercise, shopping, spending, pornography, internet) to find relief from feelings such as grief, anxiety, depression, confusion, and loneliness. WPRC recognizes that the road to recovery and sobriety is long, and filled with challenges. Our specialized treatment is designed to make this process as comfortable as possible. Our trained therapists meet one on one with each client to assess their substance abuse acuity and any underlying mental health issues. As a treatment team, we carefully create an individualized plan that features the treatment modalities that will be most effective for each client. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment approach at WPRC. By engaging in our comprehensive addiction treatment, individuals who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction can develop the skills needed not only to break the cycle of addiction, but to maintain lifelong sobriety.
People who suffer with depression typically feel ‘down’ for extended periods of time. Depression is often described as the ‘common cold’ of mental health issues. Symptoms may include sadness, irritability, fatigue, inability to sleep, difficulty making decisions, and overall loss of interest in pleasurable activities. Individuals suffering from depression often have low self-esteem and hold a self-reproach that needs healing. Major depressive disorder can be disabling, preventing a person from functioning normally. Here at WPRC, our skilled team of clinicians work with each client toward strengthening their sense of self and enabling them to lead a meaningful life. We offer clients practical tools they can implement in everyday life to help change the way they feel about themselves, others, and the future. As a clinical team we focus on helping clients identify strengths while offering practical tools to improve their relationships, communication and manage feelings of depression.
Bipolar Disorder I is classified as a mood disorder. It is the most severe form of manic depression, and is distinguished by one or more manic episodes, usually accompanied by major depressive episodes. During manic episodes of Bipolar I Disorder, a person may develop delusions and even suffer from hallucinations. These are the symptoms of psychosis. Bipolar I can critically impair a person’s daily functioning. Characteristics of mania include: RACING THOUGHTS, SLEEPLESSNESS, GRANDIOSITY, EXCESS ENERGY, PRESSURED SPEECH, INABILITY TO CONCENTRATE, RISK TAKING BEHAVIOR. A manic episode is diagnosed when an elevated mood occurs with three or more of the other symptoms listed above for most of the day, almost every day, for one week or longer. When a mood is based on irritability, four additional symptoms need to be present.
Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time.However, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-blown mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania. A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in his or her life. Most people with bipolar II disorder suffer more often from episodes of depression. This is where the term ‘manic depression’ comes from. In between episodes of hypomania and depression, many people with bipolar II disorder typically live normal lives.
Stress and anxiety are sometimes confused. Anxiety is an irrational fear about something in the present or the future. It is, often times, a ‘moving target’. Whereas, stress is tension associated with a specific event (an important speech, job interview). Feelings of anxiety can also manifest in physical symptoms such as nausea, muscle tension, increased heart rate, and perspiration. To find relief, people with anxiety may turn to repetitive routines, preoccupations, or addictions. At WPRC, our dynamic, integrative program combats anxiety responses such as panic attacks, catastrophizing, negative self-talk, and learned helplessness and stress, transforming them into improved clarity, increased calmness, and heightened effectiveness in daily living. As a team, we are dedicated to educating every client on ways to identify and help combat fearful, negative thoughts and, over time, help replace them with positive ways of thinking about self, future, and relationships.
Relationships are a very meaningful part of our lives and can bring us a great deal of happiness and fulfilment. Strong connections with our loved ones, friends and colleagues allow us to be at our healthiest and most productive, and for many, these relationships offer an important source of advice, guidance, love and support.
However, fulfilling and supportive relationships don’t come automatically. They require strong social skills and a great deal of work, time and energy to stay strong and go the distance. Sometimes our most meaningful connections break down leaving us feeling lonely, disappointed and unsure of ourselves. In other cases, our relationships may not be meeting our expectations which can, in turn, impact our happiness and life satisfaction. For others, they may crave companionship yet find it difficult to come by. Whatever the relationship issue you may face, we are here to help. Our team is here to help you identify and explore your needs and ways to improve you feel in relationships. Through your treatment at WPRC, you give yourself an opportunity to learn more about yourself while also receiving the support and guidance you may need to get back on track in your romantic and interpersonal relationships.
Self-esteem reflects a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self. Learning how to become more confident and assertive without becoming aggressive can be extremely helpful in building the foundation for a full life. At WPRC, we believe it is your time to feel accepted, loved, valued, and understood. Our team of clinicians work collaboratively, relationally, and proactively in an environment that is nurturing, loving, and accepting of each individual client. Our goal is to empower clients to create change within themselves and have their needs met in relationships and feel safe and secure in their own skin.
Grief and Loss
The experience of losing someone or something dear to us can feel overwhelming. Symptoms of grief and loss can leave us feeling depressed, anxious, and have negative consequences for our overall well-being.
Although some symptoms of grief and depression seem to overlap, the two conditions are in fact very different from one another. Grief is typically tied to a singular event, whereas clinical depression is often more indistinct. At WPRC we focus on building a trusting therapeutic relationship in an environment that provides empathy and unconditional positive regard. Our aim is to help clients cope with their loss by re-engaging in, or building new healthy relationships with others.
Trauma and PTSD
Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Events which can be considered traumatic are wide ranging – from divorce, illness, accidents and bereavement to extreme experiences of war, torture, rape and genocide. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Long term reactions include flashbacks, unpredictable emotions, strained relationships, and physical symptoms such as nightmares, headaches, and nausea. While these feelings are normal, some clients have difficulty processing trauma in healthy ways and moving forward with their lives. Our trained team of clinicians at WPRC can help you find constructive ways to regain a sense of self, learn to manage your emotions appropriately, and return to stability.
Personality disorders are characterized as dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking and behavior. Personality disorders may lead to emotional distress and impaired relationships with others. The majority of people with a personality disorder never come into contact with mental health services. Those who do usually do so in the context of another mental disorder or at a time of crisis, commonly after self-harming or breaking the law. Nevertheless, personality disorders are important to health professionals because they are linked to mental disorders and affect the presentation and management of existing mental disorders. They also result in considerable distress and impairment, and so may need to be treated in their own right. Whether this ought to be the remit of the health professions is a matter of debate and controversy, especially with regard to those personality disorders which predispose to criminal activity, and which are often treated with the primary purpose of preventing crime.