Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Premier Treatment For Conduct Disorder in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Southcoast provides the highest quality conduct disorder treatment for adolescents & adults. Our treatment plans include individualized therapies to promote long-term recovery from conduct disorder.

Conduct Disorder Treatment

Learn more about conduct disorder treatment at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

Conduct disorder is a highly disruptive and often misunderstood condition that is characterized by persistent and repetitive anti-social behaviors such as aggressive conduct, deceitfulness, theft, serious rule violations, and causing property loss or damage. The behaviors that are symptomatic of conduct disorder can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. The inability to control these behaviors can significantly hamper a person’s ability to complete his or her education, secure and maintain employment, and avoid legal problems and incarceration. Repeated and persistent anti-social behaviors also increase the likelihood that an individual will struggle to form and maintain healthy and productive relationships.

At Southcoast Behavioral Health, we have extensive experience helping people whose lives have been upended by conditions such as conduct disorder. We understand the unique ways that conduct disorder impacts individuals, and we recognize the challenges that can prevent a person from living a healthier and more satisfying life. Most importantly, we have used this knowledge to develop effective programming that can empower individuals to overcome conduct disorder and once again become productive contributing members of their families, schools, workplaces, and communities.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for conduct disorder

Caring about a person who has conduct disorder can be a painful, confusing, and frustrating experience that can feel overwhelming. The nature of this disorder pushes people away from the afflicted individual, which can make it exceedingly difficult for a person to get the help that he or she needs. If someone you love is struggling with conduct disorder, the information in this section may help you to take the steps that can have a transformational positive impact on your loved one’s life.

First, you must educate yourself about this disorder. Access information from reputable websites, consult with mental health experts in your area, and take whatever additional steps are necessary for you to gain a general understanding of what your loved one is experiencing. Your research should also involve identifying the types of treatment that have been effective with others whose situations are similar to what your loved one is dealing with, and locating programs that provide this type of care.

One of the most difficult aspects of caring about someone who has conduct disorder is approaching this problem in a nonjudgmental manner. If you are close to a person with conduct disorder, it is likely that you have been negatively impacted by the behaviors that are symptomatic of this condition. Your goal cannot be to punish your loved one for past transgressions; you must remained focus on getting him or her the help that is so desperately needed.

It may also be necessary for you to consult with an expert to determine the best way to express your concerns to your loved one and share the treatment information you have amassed. An individual who has conduct disorder may be highly resistant to the suggestion that he or she has a problem that merits comprehensive residential care. This conversation is not something that should be entered into without proper preparation. You must ensure that you have the skill, strategy, and support to discuss this in a safe and productive manner.

Finally, you need to be prepared for a long process. Getting your loved one to accept that he or she needs treatment may take multiple discussions, and the treatment itself will be just one part of an extended effort to help your loved one overcome the symptoms that have so drastically impacted his or her life. During this time, you must also ensure that you are not neglecting your physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. In order to be a source of valuable support for your loved one, you must take care of yourself first.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for conduct disorder at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, MA

Life with untreated conduct disorder can be bleak, chaotic, and self-defeating. The behaviors that are associated with this disorder will expose an afflicted individual to continued conflict with peers and authority figures, which can lead to academic failure and expulsion, job loss and chronic unemployment, and social ostracization. Individuals who have conduct disorder also have an increased likelihood for a host of other negative outcomes, including involvement with the criminal justice system, injury from fights and/or other dangerous behaviors, and substance abuse. Conduct disorder puts at risk for developing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, impulse-control disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The impact of the conduct disorder, the presence of one or more co-occurring disorders, and the residual damage that is caused by the symptomatic behaviors can be overwhelming and can place a person in danger of living a life that is destroyed by inner turmoil and external conflict.

I now am on the road to recovery because of the process groups and my personal therapist at Southcoast. Thank you for helping me get my life together. I am forever grateful!

– Anonymous Client
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