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Suicidal Ideation Rehabilitation Treatment Center

Suicidality is a condition characterized by an intermittently expressed desire to die. Although suicidality may wax and wane over the course of a lifetime, symptoms can be treated and managed.

Rehabilitation from suicidality refers to the process of regaining hope, reestablishing a sense of self-worth, and reconnecting with others – all of which are necessary for a full and healthy life. While the journey of rehabilitation from suicidality can be difficult, it’s important to remember that recovery is possible and that hope endures.

What Works?

The frontline treatment for suicidality is professional therapy, which can take place in a group setting or one-on-one, often at a suicide treatment center. While statistics on suicide are alarming, some evidence-based interventions have shown promise in suicidal rehabilitation. Below are important ways to get help for suicidal ideation.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic modality that has been repeatedly shown to be effective in aiding individuals recovering from suicidality. CBT focuses on negative thinking patterns and helps the individual reframe them into positive thoughts and actions. 

The goal of CBT is to help people see the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors. There is a specific focus on the behaviors that result from those thoughts and feelings. 

Suicidal ideation often stems from mental disorders, and ineffective coping mechanisms can lead to destructive behaviors. CBT works to help people understand how their thoughts impact their feelings and behaviors in order to change those negative thought patterns and develop more effective coping mechanisms. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that teaches individuals the skills to cope with and change their behaviors. The term “dialectical” comes from the idea that bringing together two opposites in therapy – acceptance and change – brings better results than either one alone. 

Standard comprehensive DBT generally has four parts: 

  • Skills training groups teach individuals techniques for handling their emotions.
  • Individual therapy sessions, in which patients work one-on-one with their therapist to apply the skills they’ve learned.
  • Phone coaching, in which patients can call their therapist for support between sessions.
  • Group supervision, where therapists meet regularly to discuss their progress.

There are three phases in DBT: rehabilitation, behavioral skills training, and generalization. The rehabilitation phase focuses on helping the individual become more aware of suicidal and self-harming behaviors and teaching skills to cope with intense emotions. 

The behavioral skills training phase focuses on four different modules: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. The modules contain various skills designed to help individuals cope with difficult situations and improve their overall emotional well-being. 

The final phase, generalization, focuses on helping the individual apply the skills they have learned in treatment to real-world situations. Each can be done through a variety of different activities, such as role-playing or journaling.


Neurotherapy, or neurofeedback,  is an innovative treatment approach that helps people change their brainwave activity to modify certain behaviors and reduce impulsivity, including suicidal thoughts. 

The intervention is essentially based on the idea that the thoughts, feelings, and actions we take are based to some extent on physiological functioning. The goal of neurotherapy is to help people rehabilitate from suicidality by teaching them how to change their brainwave activity to improve their mood and thought patterns.

This therapy teaches individuals to produce beneficial electroencephalogram (EEG) patterns. People learn how to control and improve their brain function through this method. The treatment helps individuals regulate and improve their brain function by providing electrical pulses that operate a simple computer game. 

Neurotherapy helps individuals change the patterns in their minds and learn to control and improve their brain function. Neurotherapy is a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment option that can treat various mental health conditions. 

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

CAMS is a patient-centered rehabilitation framework. The clinician works collaboratively with the individual to actively assess and manage their suicidal risk. 

From the assessment process to developing their treatment plan, the individual is involved in planning every step of their care. This level of transparency and engagement is essential to the rehabilitation process because it allows the person to receive the best care for their unique needs. 

CAMS requires that the clinician and individual work together as a team to address the underlying causes of ideation so that they can make a full recovery.

Holistic Treatments

There are numerous non-clinical ways to manage suicidality outside of treatment or complement an evidence-based plan. For example, yoga, meditation, and physical activity regulate the nervous system and allow for rational decision-making.  These activities can foster a sense of calm and peace, and they can be a valuable addition to a clinical plan.

The importance of basic self-care, such as adequate nutrition, water, and sleep, cannot be overstated. In recovery from mental health disorders, both the mind and the body must be nourished.

Rehabilitation and Treatment From the Phoenix Recovery Center

While there is no cure for suicidality, therapy can help. Behavioral therapies such as CBT and DBT help individuals identify and change unhelpful thinking patterns. Neurofeedback teaches people to modulate their brainwaves to a state of calm. Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide programs work in a partnership with the individual to change their behaviors. Many complementary remedies, such as yoga, meditation, and increased physical activity, have shown promise in augmenting suicide rehabilitation treatment plans. At The Phoenix Recovery Center, we know that treatment works best when it is individually tailored to each person.

[mk_blockquote style=”line-style” font_family=”none”]The Phoenix Recovery Center offers help through residential, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient level programs. Our highly trained therapists and counselors use evidence-based interventions backed by the latest research to create person-centered treatment plans. For more information on therapy for suicidality, call The Phoenix Recovery Center today at (801) 438-3185.[/mk_blockquote]

The Phoenix Recovery Center
489 W. South Jordan Pkwy
Suite 400
South Jordan, UT