- Community Health Improvement Plan Progress 2%
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What is behavioral health, anyway?
In the context of a broad focus area for our community health improvement plan we can think of behavioral health addressing both mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Prevention, Treatment, Community Resources and Services are all things to consider under this topic.
Here's a link to a short article from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for more information. http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment
Great response, Shelley. It is important that we understand what we mean by "behavioral health" as it relates to the plan. It can be confusing since behavioral treatments are used to treat or prevent many medical issues like obesity, chronic diseases, accidental injuries, etc. What we are really focusing on in this plan are diseases of the mind (mental illness and addictive disorders) as listed in the DSM V. These diseases can be prevented and treated, allowing individuals to have a more fulfilled and productive life. "While they can be treated and in some cases prevented they are seldom cured." (That last quote is mine.)
Do you know about all of these substances? If not here is a place to go. NIDA website.
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Alcohol, Bath Salts, Cocaine, Herion, MDMA, Marijuana, Meth, Pain Medicine, Spice (K2), Tobacco and other Drugs.
I was reading your post and want to comment on your quote about mental illness and addictive disorders, "While they can be treated and in some cases prevented they are seldom cured." (That last quote is mine.)
True but good to know that recovery does happen and effective behavioral health services help to ensure a better quality of life for the individual and their family.
Just reading that last quote brought to mind one of my tools - Work on the ability to accept the point that people are right where they need to be. If someone expresses the "seldom cured" opinion, I like to find where on the spectrum they are. If it's "black and white" to them, I'll pray for them (God puts a lot of weight on the strength of prayer) and move on. However, if there is any grey in their opinion, there are numerous sources for realizing the benefit of treatment, whether it be inpatient, outpatient, support groups, etc. The first step is willingness. Actually, that's only a very small element. Action, honesty and open mindedness are the followups for recovery. Believe me from personal experience. It's very simple, but NO ONE will tell you it's easy. If one of us is open to finding what works and is willing - We will work it!