Whitehorse Family Medicine and Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital
For those seeking specialized substance abuse treatment or mental health counselling, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital (SPBH) offers a safe haven. SPBH is a new mental health hospital that opened last summer and is located in Marysville, Washington, near WWMG Whitehorse Family Medicine. Although the two medical facilities are separate entities, we work together with SPBH to provide holistic care for patients.
Whitehorse Family Medicine provides medical consultations for patients to ensure that they are healthy enough to be treated at SPBH. If a patient is not physically well enough to be treated at SPBH, our providers will recommend that the patient goes to a local ER or be treated by a provider on location at SPBH. Physicians at Whitehorse Family Medicine act as medical consultants for patients on-site at SPBH for a variety of medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and electrolyte abnormalities. If patients are experiencing both mental and physical symptoms, our providers work with SPBH to strive to give the best medical care.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health is a categorical term that describes the mental capabilities, emotional stability, behavioural, and social normality of an individual. An individual that is mentally healthy manages their emotions, copes with common stressors of daily life, feels control over their actions, behaves in a non-destructive way, and is a productive member of their community. Mental health can affect everything in an individual’s life, including their physical health and safety, so it’s important to seek help immediately if any mental health changes or abnormalities are noticed.
Mental health problems can be genetically linked and present at birth, occur later in life due to advanced age, or can be instigated by significant life experiences. Often, mental health problems can be improved, managed, or even cured over time with proper treatment, so if you or a loved one are experiencing the following symptoms, it’s important to seek help immediately.
Mental Health Warning Signs
Mental and physical health are so interconnected that one often informs the other. If you are experiencing any of these mental or physical symptoms, we urge you to seek care from a healthcare professional, as they are warning signs of mental illness.
- Chronic exhaustion and low energy
- Unexpected or unexplained aches and pains
- Substance abuse or dependence
- Depression and/or anxiety
- PTSD: Chronic stress or episodes following a trauma
- Overeating or oversleeping
- Being distant from loved ones, fighting with loved ones
- Believing things that aren’t true.
- Mood swings or chronic feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, irritability, worry, fear, or anger
- Hearing voices, or having persistent thoughts or memories.
- Obsession with death or desire to hurt yourself or others.
- Inability to perform daily tasks.
- Failure to care for yourself, or care for others.
If you or someone you love is considering harming themselves or others, call 911 immediately.
When mental illness is left untreated, symptoms typically progress and become more extreme over time. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these non-emergent symptoms, talk to your primary care physician, or call the SPBH toll-free number at 844-202-5555 for a free assessment.
The free, confidential assessment includes:
- A discussion about the current symptoms you’re experiencing and their effect on yourself and others.
- An explanation of insurance benefits and any associated costs of treatment.
- A treatment plan recommendation.
At the conclusion of the free assessment, the specialists at SPBH will discuss their treatment plan recommendation with you. When a recommendation has been made, they can help you enter into a program on site, or direct you to resources in your community, depending on your individual needs.
The specialists at the SPBH are always available to discuss programs, insurance, and any other questions you might have as you take the first step toward a life of wellness.
Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital Programs
SPBH offers in-patient and outpatient care. Their extensive list of options include the following programs:
- Extra Mile Military CareTM: Care for U.S. Military, Guard, Reserves, Veterans, and their families. This program is specifically designed to care for those with behavioural health and substance use disorders.
- Women’s Connection: Women can feel safe to discuss their feelings and experiences in this health care service, designed just for women.
- Adult Detox and Dual Diagnosis Track: Share the detox process with a supportive group of fellow adults who are also taking steps toward recovery. This program includes round the clock medical supervision for safety and comfort.
- Mental Health Program: This program provides stabilization and treatment for individuals with mental illnesses. This program is separated into groups that are exclusively comprised of adolescents, adults, and older adults, keeping the age groups separate.
- Intensive Outpatient Program: This program is an intensive program that requires three-hour classes each day Monday through Friday. The program is separated into groups that are exclusively comprised of adults and adolescents, keeping the age groups separate.
Care At Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital
SPBH provides in-patient and outpatient mental health care for adolescents and adults. The physicians and specialists at SPBH care a lot about their community, and they are solving a big need in the community by providing quality care and support to patients. They accept overflow from the state and typically have the capacity to accept new patients. With approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiencing mental illness every year, SPBH answers a growing need in the community by working with Whitehorse Family Medicine to provide holistic mental and physical healthcare to patients that need it most. If you believe you or someone you love could benefit from receiving care at SPBH, please call them at 844-202-5555 or contact them through their website by clicking the link.