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Suicidal Ideation Treatment Program In Nashville, Tennessee


Suicidal ideation is a public health concern in Nashville, TN. The Tennessee Department of Health reported the total number of deaths by suicide increased by 23% from 2014 to 2018.

Additionally, in 2018, there were 2,648 inpatient hospitalizations for nonfatal intentional self-harm. There were 12,187 inpatient hospitalizations with suicidal ideation. Suicidal ideation is a symptom of other mental health conditions. Those include anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Southeast Addiction Center Tennessee offers a suicidal Ideation treatment program in Nashville. Our clinicians can uncover the cause of this deadly epidemic and address mental health issues. We provide an individualized treatment plan. The plan addresses both the suicidal ideation and the underlying problems causing it.

Why Choose Southeast Addiction for Suicidal Ideation Treatment Plans?

Southeast Addiction Center Tennessee works to understand your underlying mental health conditions. This is what is causing destructive thoughts and feelings. The goal is for you to receive the appropriate treatment for overall wellness. Therapy addresses the issues and reduces the risk of suicide.

Our individualized therapy focuses on each client’s specific needs. Our goal is to discover the particular concerns of each of our clients. Working with a therapist, our clients create an individualized plan to meet the needs of each individual. We form a plan of action beyond a standard model with long-term recovery as the end goal.

Suicidal ideation affects each person differently. Thus, a customized approach works best. We uncover underlying issues that increase the chances of long-term recovery. We do this through therapy, medication, holistic methods, or a combination of services.

Research has found a correlation between substance abuse and suicidal ideation. Individuals with the disorder tend to develop substance abuse disorders at a higher rate. The severity for each person depends on underlying or preexisting conditions.

Southeast Addiction Center’s Suicidal Ideation Treatment Programs

Our treatment programs help to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors. We offer intensive partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and sober living homes for our client’s well-being. We customize each program to the needs of our clients, which our mental healthcare professionals guide.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) provides intensive and structured care to individuals. It is ideal for clients who need more support than outpatient therapy but do not need 24-hour hospitalization. Our clients attend treatment sessions several hours a day, several days a week.

They undergo this program while living at home or in another supportive environment. Treatment can include individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and other therapeutic activities, depending on each client’s necessary level of care. PHPs require a high level of commitment and participation. Our clients must be fully committed to their recovery and willing to participate in treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) provides structured therapy and support. Our clients continue living at home or in a supportive environment. IOPs involve attending treatment sessions several times a week for several hours as a part of their behavioral health treatment. This allows clients to maintain their work or school schedules. Treatment can include individual and group therapy, medication management, and other therapeutic activities. IOPs benefit clients who need more support than traditional outpatient therapy. However, they do not require around-the-clock hospitalization.

Sober Living Homes

Sober living is just what the name says. These are homes away from home. Our clients have a supportive community and can start their new life free from suicidal ideation and substances. Residents in sober living homes commit to abstaining from substance use while participating in an outpatient program, leading to suicide prevention.

Living in a sober environment helps our clients develop new habits and routines. They apply what they learned during treatment to their daily lives. This is where the real world meets recovery.

Consider a sober living home as a support system as you practice new skills, gain unique insight, and shape your new life in recovery. Our clients do this with other people who are facing the same challenges. We have adolescents, young adults, and older adults in our sober living homes.

How We Treat Suicidal Ideation

Our treatment programs help to reduce or eliminate the thoughts and actions that lead to suicidal ideation. The treatments can involve a variety of therapy modalities.

At Southeast Addiction Center, we believe therapy is the key to helping our clients identify and address their underlying problems. These negative thought patterns lead to suicidal thoughts as well as depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress.

We offer therapy options that address the whole individual for long-term recovery, including family therapy, EMDR, medication-assisted treatment, and experiential therapy.

  • Family therapy is a type of counseling that focuses on improving family communication. It also helps to resolve conflicts within the family. The individual is not solely responsible, as a family history of mental illness and family dynamics can play a role. Family therapy promotes positive change and understanding within our clients’ families. Our licensed professional counselors will work with you to improve emotional connections. Everyone involved understands how their behaviors affect others. Together, you will work to address specific concerns and foster healthy relationships.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) helps our clients process and overcome traumatic experiences. EMDR is based on the idea that unresolved traumatic memories are stored in the brain because individuals can experience distress and symptoms years after the event. EMDR involves a structured approach that includes identifying a target memory. Using eye movements, sounds, or taps, your therapist will activate the brain’s natural healing processes. From there, the brain reprocesses the memory with a more adaptive resolution.Our goal is to reduce the traumatic memory’s emotional intensity and reprocess it so that it no longer causes distress.
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines prescription medications and counseling to help our clients continue their recovery. MAT programs are effective for overcoming addiction and building a recovering lifestyle.When clients come to us suffering from suicidal ideation and co-occurring substance abuse issues, MAT can help to ease cravings and reduce the risk of relapsing. By using opioid blockers, we reduce the risk of relapsing in our clients even more.
  • Experiential therapy emphasizes engaging in physical, sensory, and emotional experiences. These promote emotional healing and personal growth. Rather than talking, our experiential therapy encourages clients to participate actively in hands-on activities.Our experiential therapies include role-playing, art, music, or outdoor activities. Our clients can explore and express their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Unresolved emotions and conflicts are often stored in the body. However, by experiencing and processing them in a safe and supportive environment, our clients can gain new insights, increase self-awareness, and develop coping skills.

    When to Seek Help for Suicidal Ideation

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. We work to stop our clients from becoming a statistic. Our therapists have extensive experience treating suicidal ideation. We understand that distressing life events increase the likelihood that someone begins to think about or attempt to take their own life.

    The following are signs to look for in you or a loved one possibly suffering from this disorder:

    • Talking about wanting to die
    • Searching for ways to kill oneself
    • Expressing feelings of hopeless
    • Talking about feeling trapped or living in unbearable pain
    • Stating feelings of being a burden to others
    • Increasing substance use
    • Acting anxious or agitated or behaving recklessly
    • Irregular sleeping patterns
    • Withdrawing from activities that previously brought joy
    • Exhibiting extreme mood swings

    Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration outlines risk factors for developing suicidal ideation.

    • Underlying or preexisting mental health disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders
    • History of previous suicide attempts or self-harm behaviors
    • Chronic pain or illness
    • Family history of suicide or mental illness disorders
    • Traumatic life events
    • Social isolation or fitting into social settings
    • Financial or job attainment issues
    • Access to firearms or lethal drugs

    It is essential to seek help and support if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal ideation. We want you to receive the care you need to get your life back on track.

    More About Our Suicidal Ideation Treatment Plans

    If you’re ready to break the mental entrapment of suicidal ideation and co-occurring substance use disorders, call us. Our team understands each person has a unique set of needs, and we have the tools to support you on the road to recovery. We’re ready to help you or your loved one. 24/7. Make that first step and call: (615) 326-6449 or email us: at [email protected].

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