Schizophrenia is a complex mental illness that causes individuals to experience difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is not real. This disorder of thought and perception can cause monumental disturbances in an individual’s ability to function appropriately in virtually all aspects of his or her life. These ongoing disturbances can also impair healthy emotional functioning, leading to considerable emotional distress when professional care at a hospital or treatment center is not sought.
At Options Behavioral Health, we understand the turbulent nature of schizophrenia and we are proud to have helped many people learn to manage their symptoms. Options Behavioral Health is an 84-bed, free-standing psychiatric hospital devoted to providing a full continuum of care for adolescents, ages 12 to 18, adults, and older adults who are battling the symptoms of any number of mental health concerns, including schizophrenia. At Options Behavioral Health, our hospital’s state-of-the-art treatment is provided by an experienced team of professionals, and individuals in crisis can develop the skills that they will need to achieve a healthier and more satisfying future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Options Behavioral Health
At Options Behavioral Health, we offer our patients at our center various forms of programming that are tailored to meet their specific needs. Our center’s 24-hour physician and nursing staff members are dedicated to not only getting to the cause of the presenting behavioral issues, but also to working with each patient and his or her family to educate them on the necessary steps they should take to prevent or cope with future issues.
The staff at Options Behavioral Health is committed to providing stabilization services to individuals who are in need of acute care to treat symptoms that have become exacerbated to the point that they are unable to continue functioning appropriately on a daily basis. When patients come to Options for the treatment of schizophrenia symptoms, they can rest assured that all measures will be taken to alleviate the distress that they are experiencing while at our hospital so that they can move on to receive continuing care in a less restrictive environment.
In order to ensure that all of out hospital’s patients are provided with comprehensive care during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health, the following interventions may be implemented into each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Medication management: The use of certain medications is cornerstone to properly treating the symptoms of schizophrenia. The particular medications that are used, however, will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon each individual’s specific needs. Patients who participate in programming at Options Behavioral Health will meet individually with the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner five days each week while at our hospital for medication management services.
Individualized therapy: Individualized therapy can be very useful for people who are struggling with schizophrenia as it affords them an opportunity to discuss the ways in which the illness has affected their lives in an intimate setting. Our center’s patients are able to discuss possible causes for their depression, process through challenges that may arise while they are in treatment, and celebrate successes that they achieve.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the main interventions used in the treatment of schizophrenia symptoms at Options Behavioral Health. Each day at our center, there are a number of different groups held, including one process group, two activity groups, and between two and four psychoeducation groups. The topics that are discussed and the activities that are partaken in during our center’s group sessions can vary among the different age-specific programs, but may include the following:
- Identifying Patterns
- Power and Control
- Problem Formation / Solution
- Anger Management
- Healthy Relationships
- Coping Skills
- Trust and Respect
- Discharge Planning
- Creating Change
- Goals Groups
- Current Events
- Brain Games
- Reminiscent Therapy
- Arts and Crafts
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are designed to help patients and their family members explore the ways in which the presence of schizophrenia and its debilitating symptoms have affected the family dynamic as a whole. It can also serve as a time to teach family members about schizophrenia, recovery, and ongoing care, as well as to guide them in learning the ways that they can best support their loved ones. Our hospital’s patients will be afforded the opportunity to have at least one family therapy session during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy opportunities are offered twice each day and are incorporated into the activity therapy groups that patients participate in. The different types of experiential therapies that patients may engage in at our center include:
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Recreation Therapy
- Music Therapy
Recognizing that ongoing care is often essential in facilitating lasting healing from schizophrenia, the staff at Options Behavioral Health works diligently with patients to develop thorough discharge plans and arrange for aftercare supports. The therapists in each program at our hospital facilitate discharge and aftercare planning by assisting patients in scheduling follow-up outpatient therapy sessions within seven days of their discharge. When necessary, psychiatric appointments are also scheduled at the time of discharge. Our center’s therapists work with patients to assess what other types of resources and referrals may be beneficial in their specific situations and will help make those arrangements as well.