Biofeedback Center Opens in Livingston

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On Monday, May 1, GenPsych, PC’s Livingston location opened their Biofeedback Center for adult program clients. This program is the first of its kind to be available in New Jersey.

Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive, painless therapy where clients are hooked up to sensors that monitor any physiological reactions that are experienced during stress or other mental/emotional triggers.

Clients in all of GenPsych Livingston’s adult programs, including General Mental Health and Substance Abuse, are given the opportunity to participate in this progressive therapy while they are in treatment.

Biofeedback Consultant Kurt McKinley, BCN, LPC has spent more than 20 years using biofeedback to help clients who are experiencing a variety of mental health issues, including stress, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

“Biofeedback is state of the art, cutting-edge technology that allows our clients to become more consciously aware of how their body directly responds to their thinking and feeling,” McKinley said. “[It] teaches to gain voluntary control over their internal stress, thereby empowering them to feel more confident in other areas of their lives.”

According to McKinley, the program has so far received positive feedback (no pun intended) from clients who have participated.

For more information on GenPsych’s Biofeedback Center, click here.

 

Introduction to Medication-Assisted Detox

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When we think about treating addiction, the use of medication might seem counter-effective. How can taking drugs help someone stop taking drugs? This question is valid.

And yet, the use of recovery medications such as Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol, is proven to be the best practice in medically treating addiction.

These medications help with two things:

  1. Easing withdrawal symptoms that commonly discourage individuals from completing detox, and
  2. Preventing an individual from achieving the effects of drugs or alcohol if s/he tries to use during detox.

Withdrawal Medications

At GenPsych, we use two different withdrawal medications, based on the individual and his/her needs.

Suboxone (buprenorphine)

Suboxone is the name brand for the medication buprenorphine. It comes in the form of a dissolvable sheet that is taken orally each day. Suboxone blocks the effects of opioids, preventing the client from getting high, and is used to treat addiction, not as main medication.

Vivitrol (naltrexone)

Vivitrol, which is the name brand for naltrexone, also blocks the effects of an opioid or alcohol, but comes in the form of a shot that is injected monthly. Because it is administered by a practitioner and lasts for a full month, there is less reliance on the client to remember or choose to take it daily (as is the case with Suboxone).

Medication- Assisted Treatment & Detox at GenPsych

At GenPsych, we utilize Suboxone and Vivitrol in our Ambulatory Detoxification Program, and are able to administer these medications as needed after treatment and for applicable outpatient clients. Medication management is available for all substance abuse clients (as is deemed necessary) in our Detox, Partial Care, and Intensive Outpatient programs.

For more information on our medication-assisted detox or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

 

Stress Reduction with Biofeedback

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April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress is described as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension,” and is a common symptom of many mental health disorders such as anxiety.

While stress is often considered a mental health issue, it involves our physiology as well. Stomach pain, sweating, muscle tension, and increased heart rate are all physical symptoms of stress.

Learning to manage stress is difficult.

We cannot always control the causes of stress in our lives. Challenging relationships, project deadlines, and other factors are not likely to disappear. However, through different therapeutic techniques and skills, it is possible to cope with these factors in a calm and healthy way.

Fortunately, biofeedback is one way to accomplish this.

Biofeedback Therapy for Stress Reduction

Biofeedback combines the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of stress to help clients practice stress reduction.

Clients hook up to non-invasive, pain-free sensors that are able to measure different physical indicators of stress. This data is projected onto a computer screen in two forms.

Data is seen in numbers and graphs for the biofeedback therapist. However, for the client, they may instead see a flower, a plane, or any number of images to represent their stress levels.

Regardless of how that stress is visualized, the client is in complete control of each number or image. During this time, the therapist will engage the client in relaxation techniques. Paced breathing, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation are just a few of these techniques.

Consequently, biofeedback rewards clients when their stress levels are reduced, thus encouraging these techniques.

Biofeedback Center at GenPsych

This spring, GenPsych Livingston will be opening its Biofeedback Center to adult program clients. Biofeedback is effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders and stress, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other behavioral health issues.

Clients in all of our adult mental health and substance abuse programs will have access to biofeedback therapy during treatment.

[Update 5/1: Biofeedback Center is now available in Livingston!]

GenPsych accepts all major private insurance plans. Same day appointments and transportation are available in most cases.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

Our Best Blogs for Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month aims to educate individuals about the alcohol and its effects, as well as addiction and recovery options.

Whether you’re interested in learning more about the science of addiction, current epidemics, or available treatments, GenPsych has a blog for you this month.

Blogs for Ending the Stigma

3 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Addiction

Addiction is a mental illness. Unfortunately, many people see chemical dependency as a moral downfall. However, this idea is now overwhelmingly disputed by research.

Scientific evidence shows us that continued use of a substance can change how the brain functions, making that substance seem absolutely necessary to the body… [Read more]

 

Women and Substance Abuse

Women and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse does not discriminate.

Addiction to drugs and alcohol affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders. However, it does affect individuals in varying degrees and in different ways… [Read more]

Blogs about Withdrawal

NJ Alcohol Detox: Withstanding Withdrawal Safely

Alcohol abuse affects each individual differently… About 90 percent of individuals struggling with alcohol abuse suffer mild withdrawal symptoms.

However, in the other 10 percent of alcohol detox cases, individuals will experience severe withdrawal symptoms… [Read more]

NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment

NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment Options

For people in the early stages of recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, withdrawal can be a major obstacle to overcome. Medications such as Suboxone can ease withdrawal symptoms and enable individuals to detox safely and comfortably… [Read more]

Blogs about Recovery & Ambulatory Detox

Outpatient Detox at GenPsych3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

When breaking the cycle of addiction, treatment must address both mental and physical health. During detoxification from drugs and alcohol, some may experience withdrawal symptoms, which can make quitting a strenuous process on the body. However, with medical assistance, detox is made safer and easier through clinical support and withdrawal medication… [Read more]

 

NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification: Is Ambulatory Detox Right for You?

In 2015, nearly 70,000 people in New Jersey received treatment for addiction (NJ State Department of Human Services). Countless more, however, did not receive the treatment that they needed to recover. NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification is the first step for individuals who are struggling with addiction… [Read more]

Substance Abuse Programs at GenPsych

At GenPsych, we offer Partial Care and Intensive Outpatient Programs for adults in recovery from substance abuse. We also have an Ambulatory Detoxification Program that allows individuals to detox from any substance during the day, while returning to their lives and families in the evening.

All private insurances accepted. Same day appointments and transportation available. For more information on our substance abuse and detox programs, or to schedule an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

eating disorder program

HEAL Eating Disorder Program: A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life at GenPsych’s Eating Disorder Program

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For clients enrolled in GenPsych’s Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program, an average day might be different than what s/he is used to. Clients at HEAL may be stepping down from an inpatient treatment program, stepping up from outpatient therapy, or experiencing an eating disorder program for the first time.

For frequently asked questions about GenPsych’s eating disorder program, click here.

So, what does an average day look like?

Group Meals

Clients begin every day with a group meal or snack. Group meals give clients the opportunity to utilize the skills that they learn throughout the rest of treatment, and begin to normalize eating behaviors.

For individuals in our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) program, most days start with breakfast. (Thursdays start with lunch.) During the rest of the day, clients will also have a snack and lunch together.

During Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), clients receive a snack and one group meal (breakfast or dinner).

Group Therapy

After their initial snack or meal, clients will begin participating in a variety of skills-based, educational, and process groups.

Clients engage in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for which they will receive homework to help them learn and practice skills.

Groups also focus on nutrition, body image and self-esteem, relationships, and more.

Creative therapies during treatment include journaling and creative writing, art therapy, and music therapy. Clients also participate in therapeutic yoga.

Groups vary depending upon the client’s level of care and whether they are attending day or evening IOP.

Multi-Family Group

Our Multi-Family Group is open to all clients in program, and takes place every Thursday at 6 p.m.

During Multi-Family Group, the client’s loved ones will get the opportunity to work with the client to improve communication through DBT-based interpersonal effectiveness skills. Through education and understanding, family members will better be able to support the client when s/he is at home and outside of treatment.

*Teen clients will receive on-site homebound instruction during the day. For more information, click here.

For more information on GenPsych’s HEAL Program or to schedule an appointment, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

3 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Addiction

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1. Addiction is a mental illness.

Unfortunately, many people see chemical dependency as a moral downfall. However, this idea is now overwhelmingly disputed by research.

Scientific evidence shows us that continued use of a substance can change how the brain functions, making that substance seem absolutely necessary to the body.

In fact, in some cases, the drug is viewed as so vital that withdrawal can be physically dangerous and even fatal.

As a result, medical or psychiatric intervention is often recommended for drug and alcohol addiction. A combination of medically-assisted detoxification and long-term therapy is most effective in treating this illness.

2. Most drug addictions now start at the doctor’s office.

According to a recent study, most teen drug addictions began with a doctor’s prescription.

The study, which was published in Pediatrics journal, “found a strong correlation between teens’ taking the drugs for medical reasons and then later taking them for ‘non-medical’ reasons.”

A similar correlation was found with illegal drug use. Many teens who abused heroin started with prescription painkillers, which produce a similar effect.

Such statistics raise some ethical questions when it comes to prescribing pain medication. Are there non-addictive alternatives? Are doctors taking measures to prevent dependence? Should they be prescribing such drugs to teens at all?

3. Chances are you’re probably an addict.

Statistics estimate that between 80 and 90% of American adults consume this seemingly harmless drug every day: caffeine.

While caffeine may not have the severe effects that are found with more dangerous drugs, it is just as capable of altering your brain chemistry. Not to mention, it’s just as likely to cause withdrawal (Smithsonian.com).

When you find yourself irritable with a pounding headache before your morning coffee, you’re experiencing a similar body process as those who try to quit an addiction. Of course, for those addicted to drugs like narcotics or depressants, such symptoms are often much more debilitating.

GenPsych Substance Abuse & Detox Programs

GenPsych offers its premier New Jersey substance abuse programs at all four of its locations. We foster an accepting and comfortable environment for those who are recovering from addiction.

Through our Ambulatory Detox Program, GenPsych provides safe, outpatient medical detoxification for clients. This program allows individuals to receive care and support during the day, while being able to return to their lives and their families in the evening. Learn more about our Ambulatory Detox Program here.

We also offer Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for those experiencing substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Learn more about our Adult Substance Abuse Programs here.

Call (855) 436-7792 or fill out our online request form to request an appointment.

 

GenPsych Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation From The Joint Commission

(New Jersey–March 2017) GenPsych is proud to announce that it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

GenPsych underwent a rigorous onsite survey in order to receive this achievement. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellection/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs.

“Join Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families,” said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend GenPsych for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess, and improve performance.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

 

NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification: Is Ambulatory Detox Right for You?

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In 2015, nearly 70,000 people in New Jersey received treatment for addiction (NJ State Department of Human Services). Countless more, however, did not receive the treatment that they needed to recover. NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification is the first step for individuals who are struggling with addiction.

As the state of New Jersey works to address this epidemic, specifically through restrictions on opioid prescriptions and increased insurance coverage, GenPsych continues to provide a number of substance abuse treatment options that make recovery more accessible.

One of these programs is Ambulatory Detoxification. This outpatient detox option allows clients to safely and comfortably detox from all substances during the day, and return to their families and lives in the evening. Now available in Bridgewater.

Read more: 3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification at GenPsych

Longer Care & Relief from Withdrawal Symptoms

GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detoxification program is able to accept all major private insurance plans. Our intensive treatment is billed at a much lower rate than inpatient detoxification, and is available to many clients who don’t meet criteria for detox coverage.

As a result, our clients receive 14-21 days (as necessary) of medicated detoxification. During this time, clients not only receive complete relief from withdrawal symptoms, but also can be properly tapered off of any withdrawal medication. With a shorter detoxification, clients are more likely to relapse and require repeat care.

Therapeutic Services & Skills Practiced Daily

In addition to detoxification, clients in our program receive therapeutic services, including daily skills and education groups. These services can be carried with clients not only when they go home in the evening, but throughout the rest of their recovery. (Partial Care and Intensive Outpatient Programs are available after discharge.)

While clients are in an isolated environment during the day, they are given the opportunity to return to their home environment in the evening, where they are able to practice the skills learned in treatment. Our daily program is able to address any relapses in recovery immediately, and bring clients back on track.

Other benefits:

  • Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations to determine co-occurring disorders
  • Medication management, including Vivitrol
  • Aftercare planning and psychiatric referrals
  • Same day or next day appointments available
  • Transportation provided as needed
  • All private insurances accepted

For admissions, call (855) 436-7792 or fill out an appointment request form here.

Eating Disorder Treatment NJ

Eating Disorder Treatment NJ | GenPsych, PC — Brick, Bridgewater, & Lawrenceville, NJ

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Learn more about eating disorder treatment NJ here. All major private insurances accepted.

Millions of Americans struggle with eating disorders, but very few receive the professional help they need to overcome these debilitating and potentially fatal disorders.

Did you know?

  • More than nine percent of Americans struggle with an eating disorder.
  • Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa affect .9 and 1.5% of women, respectively.
  • Binge eating disorder affects nearly three percent of all adults in the US.
  • Eating disorders are more fatal than any other psychiatric illness. Without treatment, as many as one in five individuals with an eating disorder will die.
  • Only one in 10 people with an eating disorder receive treatment.

Statistics from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Read more statistics here.

Eating Disorder Treatment NJ — The HEAL Program

GenPsych’s Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program offers premier Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for eating disorders in Bridgewater, Brick, and Lawrenceville, NJ.

Who is the program for?

GenPsych treats both adolescents (13+) and adults* who are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders NOS (not otherwise specified). Our clients may be stepping down from an inpatient level of care, or taking the first steps in their recovery.

*Our Lawrenceville program is for adults only.

Who is involved in treatment?

Our clients meet with licensed psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, dietitians, and other related professionals during treatment. Other mental health and substance abuse professionals are available for those coping with co-occurring disorders.

We work closely with other supportive services, such as primary care physicians, behavioral healthcare providers, employers, schools, and family members as needed to ensure a continuity of care.

What can clients expect from treatment?

Clients in our Partial Care Program will attend program five days per week (Monday through Friday) for 6.5 hours each day. During their day, they will have two group monitored meals.

Clients in our Intensive Outpatient Program will attend program three days per week (morning and evening times available depending upon day and location– read more here) for 3.5 hours each day. During their day, they will have one group monitored meal.

We offer:

  • Initial comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
  • Daily meal planning and supervision
  • Daily vitals and weight monitoring with a registered dietitian
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Multi-family groups*
  • Medication management
  • Aftercare planning and psychiatric referrals
  • Transportation accommodations available as needed

*Our Multi-Family Group is available to family members and caregivers. We provide them with the opportunity to participate in a session with the client and learn the skills necessary to help them with their recovery at home.

How can I schedule an appointment?

If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, you can call our admissions line at (855) 436-7792 or fill out an appointment request form here.

Our admissions specialists are able to run your insurance* to ensure coverage, and will schedule you for an initial evaluation with a psychiatrist, who will determine the best course of action for treatment.

*We accept all major private insurances.

Learn more about our eating disorder treatment NJ here.

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

This week, Daylight Savings Time ends, triggering a loss of light and the beginning of winter.

New Jersey residents know that winters can be rough. It starts snowing in October, our cars are buried through March, and the roads are strewn with potholes for the rest of the year.

But for some individuals, the coming cold means more than just shoveling and defrosting–it means overwhelming sadness and lethargy that can’t be shaken until the next spring.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is characterized by feelings of low energy and depression during late fall and winter. While symptoms of SAD are nearly identical to depression, an individual will only experience these symptoms during certain parts of the year.

SAD most often occurs during seasons of the year with limited or reduced sunlight. This is most likely due to the body’s dependence on light to produce serotonin and to balance levels of melatonin, a chemical that is produced in the dark. Consider your body’s natural tendency to desire rest at night. In the same way, increased exposure to darkness in the winter, can cause an individual to feel especially withdrawn and lethargic.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

The following symptoms, if experienced during specific seasons, may be an indication of SAD. If experienced year-round, these symptoms may indicate another diagnosis such as major depressive disorder.

  • Loss of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in diet
  • Irritability
  • Isolation from others
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of hopelessness and persistent sadness
  • Abnormal sensitivity to rejection
  • Weight gain or loss

 

Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is most prevalent in young adults and teenagers, and, like depression, occurs most often in females. Individuals can help to reduce the effects of SAD by spending time outside. Exposure to natural light (not the harsh blue and white light of computers and smartphones) can help to boost one’s mood.

Individuals experiencing SAD may also benefit from therapy lights or softer lighting at home. In some cases, those with SAD are best helped through professional treatment or medication. If you or someone you know may be experiencing SAD, you should discuss treatment options with your doctor.

General Mental Health Programs at GenPsych

The Adult Psychiatric Program at GenPsych is an intensive and comprehensive program offered to help individuals struggling with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. Adults receive support, guidance, treatment, and education in a safe and calming environment without fear of judgment. We help you learn the skills you need to manage your symptoms, gain control, and cope with the daily stressors or triggers in your life.

To request an assessment for GenPsych’s Adult Psychiatric Programs, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

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