When a person with a severe mental illness does not respond to traditional outpatient therapy, other approaches may be necessary in order to provide the best care. There are a variety of treatment options available to Dual Diagnosis patients but sometimes an individual needs all-around care that focuses on more than the illness and addiction.
Assertive community treatment (ACT) does just that but takes therapy a step farther than integrated treatment. Combining the interdisciplinary fields that deal with mental illness and substance abuse, ACT helps a person outside the hospital or rehabilitation center. This approach can be ideal for those with severe mental illness and addiction, or for those who have not typically responded well to outpatient therapy.
Assertive community treatment offers the individual highly specialized and personal care every day of the year. Professionals who have a background in social work, nursing, psychiatry, substance abuse treatment, and case management are available 24/7 for the patient to help in all areas of life. Treatment occurs inside the person’s home or community, offering an unprecedented comfort that many mentally ill individuals do not get in traditional inpatient therapy. The idea is to provide comprehensive treatment for the maximum level of effectiveness.
The goal for ACT is to eliminate or reduce the symptoms of severe mental illness and to enhance the individual’s quality of life. In effect, by teaching coping and life skills while working in tandem with the mental illness, ACT, when effectively executed, can reduce hospital stays and jail time for individuals as well. Studies have shown that there have been significant drops in the length of hospital stays and jail time for those states that have implemented ACT programs.
Aside from providing the least invasive and most well-rounded treatment for the individual, the Assertive Community Treatment Association (ACTA) designed specialized tenants for this type of therapy.
If you are suffering from a mental illness, or if you have a family member or friend with a severe mental disorder, assertive community treatment may be a good option. Because it is highly adaptable to existing mental health services, ACT may be an ideal choice for your health care needs.
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