Addiction and Mental Health

White Sands specializes in treating a wide range of addictions and their underlying, co-occurring disorders as well. To find out how White Sands can help you or a loved one, call toll-free NOW at (877)855-3470 and speak with an experienced counselor. We’re here to help you, every step of the way.

ADD/ADHD Treatment: It is common for people with ADD or ADHD to turn to addictive substances such as alcohol, marijuana, heroin, prescription tranquilizers, pain medication, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, cocaine and meth, in an attempt to calm their highly-distracted and restless minds and bodies. Some individuals can also turn to food to sooth their pain, leading to an eating addiction or eating disorder.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment: Bipolar disorder and addiction are often diagnosed together. Studies have shown that as many as sixty percent of people with bipolar disorder will experience some form of substance abuse during their lifetime. Individuals with bipolar disorder may turn to depressants, such as alcohol or pain pills to try to manage their mania, or turn to stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamines to cope with depression. In both cases, the usual result is that ongoing substance abuse drives the bipolar disorder into the opposite state – depression or mania – rather than fixing the problem.

The most effective treatments for bipolar disorder combine medication with some form of psychological therapy. Most people with bipolar disorder, even those with severe forms, can use both of these to effectively control their mood swings and live full and satisfying lives.

Self-harm (cutting) addiction treatmentCutting Addiction Treatment: an individual with an addiction to cutting may harm themselves for a number of reasons; it can help them cope with stress or emotional pain, or be used to send a message to others about their emotional struggles, or it could also be a symptom of depression or other mental illness. People who self-harm are usually trying to relieve, control, or express their feeling of distress. Some people are more likely to self-harm than others, including those who have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or come from a stressful and highly critical family environment. White Sands provides counseling and therapies that help individuals who cut themselves to deal with the guilt, anger and shame they carry, and provide healthy ways to deal with emotional stress and daily life challenges, including better coping mechanisms and stronger communication skills.

Depression and Anxiety Treatment: One in eight clients seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction also suffers from depression and/or an anxiety disorder. Depression and anxiety are frequently associated together. Many sufferers became addicted after self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to block out the pain and angst of depression anxiety. At White Sands, we employ a number of therapies to treat depression and anxiety, including CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), in order to resolve the underlying issues related to these emotional disorders.Addiction and Withdrawal

Food addiction treatmentEating Disorder Treatment: Eating disorders can range from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, to binge eating disorders and more. Eating disorders can directly threaten an individual’s physical and mental health, which is why White Sands conducts a thorough assessment to ensure that any client seeking treatment for eating disorders will be properly supported.

Our top priority is to ensure that your health is restored, and to prevent any potential medical crises. We then engage the client in multidisciplinary restorative therapies that include nutritional rehabilitation, behavior re-learning, and supported eating plans. Finally, we provide healthy, positive ways to cope and deal with dysfunctional thought processes and emotions.

Note: For clients who are seriously underweight, approval from their primary doctor must be obtained prior to acceptance in a White Sands treatment program.

Gambling AddictionGambling Addiction Treatment: Whether you bet on sports, the lottery, roulette, poker, or slots. A gambling problem can strain relationships, interfere with work, and lead to financial catastrophe. You may even do things you never thought you would, like stealing money to gamble or pay your debts. Also known as compulsive gambling, it is a type of impulse-control disorder. Compulsive gamblers can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling is hurting themselves or their loved ones. Gambling is all they think about and all they cannot help but to partake, regardless of the consequences.

Gambling addiction is sometimes referred to as the “hidden illness” because there are no obvious physical signs or symptoms like there are in drug or alcohol addiction. Treatment for gambling addiction at White Sands incorporates various approaches that are sensitive and responsive to the changing needs of the client throughout his or her recovery. Our counselors can help gambling addicts understand what is driving them to gamble and work with them to resolve underlying issues that fuel the drive. We also provide effective therapies that help clients fight urges by dealing with uncomfortable emotions rather than escape through gambling, and help resolve the financial, work, and relationship problems caused by the addiction.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment: Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to one or more violent traumatic events, including sexual assault or other violent crime, serious injury, or the threat of physical harm, such as in combat. Symptoms include hypervigilance, disturbing recurrent flashbacks and nightmares, and avoidance of all thoughts and emotions. This can lead some to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to help numb the pain and relieve the stress and anxiety in a misguided attempt to gain control of their life again.

Treatment at White Sands for PTSD-related addiction include:

  • Exposure therapy: which exposes clients to the trauma they experienced, but in a safe way, via mental imagery, writing about, or talking about the traumatic event that triggered the PTSD.
  • Cognitive restructuring: helps clients with PTSD make sense of the memory of the traumatic event, in order to free themselves of any guilt or shame they may hold about it.
  • Individual and group therapies: to provide a safe environment to explore the memory of their trauma and achieve a greater understanding of it.

Medications may also be prescribed to help reduce severe anxiety so that therapies can have a greater impact.

At White Sands Treatment Center, our combined individual, marital and group therapies can help you break through the denial and shame so you can understand and identify the specific behaviors you want to become sober from. We’ll also help you to recognize the people, places, emotional states, and relational dynamics that trigger those behaviors which need to be avoided or more effectively managed.