It is important to understand that in order for this treatment plan to work, the hoarder must be willing and able to complete the process.
Mount Laurel, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 16, 2013
Much focus has been placed on the hoarding condition since the publication of the American Psychiatric Association’s Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The ground-breaking inclusion of hoarding as a separate and unique mental condition is a breakthrough that many members of the hoarding community have been longing for. The community is made up not only of those struggling with the debilitating condition, but families and friends who are forced to watch their loved ones suffer from its stigmas and ever-present dangers as well as the hoarding cleaning specialists who are committed to helping them.
Address Our Mess, a hoarding cleaning authority with locations in more than twenty-five states in the US, has recently published Hoarding Treatment, a comprehensive look into an alternative method designed to help hoarders move beyond the vices of their condition. While Address Our Mess does not endorse or support any specific medical or therapeutic treatment plan, specialists agree that every case is unique and must be treated accordingly. For those seeking methods less intrusive than prescription drug plans and therapy sessions, Hoarding Treatment by Address Our Mess is the perfect place to start.
Like the traumas and tribulations that create the hoarding condition in a person’s life, each treatment plan is unique. Helpers are urged to first understand the hoarding condition as best as possible, reviewing multiple perspectives of the illness with tools like Hoarding Do's and Don’ts. This simple, yet effective, tool is designed to allow all parties of the hoarding treatment process understand the points of view of everyone involved.
Once a helper has learned as much about the condition as possible, it is time to implement the Hoarding Treatment plan with the hoarder. The keyword being “with.” It is important to understand that in order for this treatment plan to work, the hoarder must be willing and able to complete the process.
Create a Sense of Awareness
- Like helpers themselves, hoarders must learn that the condition they live with is real and that it is detrimental to their health and well-being. By creating this sense of awareness, helpers will provide their loved one with a sense of insight that will assist them with their battle against hoarding.
Create Alternative Coping Practices
- As stated previously, almost all cases of hoarding stem from a traumatic event that has triggered a need for control and a fear of loss. By getting to the bottom of the trauma, helpers will prove to their loved ones that anything can be overcome and that coping with challenges like decision making, owning up to mistakes, and interacting with those who may be judgmental can be both easy and liberating.
Change Behaviors and Streamline Ways of Thinking
- This step of the treatment is all about changing the behaviors that have created the hoarding situation while changing a hoarder’s frame of mind about what is dangerous and what is not. This step has proven to be the most trying and the longest to carry out. Once hoarders learn to change their behaviors for the better, while understanding the health risks and hazards that stem from their condition, hoarding can become a thing of the past.
Like any other treatment plan, commitment and dedication are key factors to its success. Hoarders and helpers alike must learn to trust one another. Hurdles will have to be overcome and setbacks are to be expected. However, by staying the course with this less-invasive hoarding treatment plan, hoarders and their helpers now have additional tools to conquer the debilitating condition.