Crestwyn Behavioral Health’s adolescent inpatient program is designed to care for the unique needs of adolescents who have developed mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Our program is intended for adolescents age 12 to 17, though we are able to care for certain 10- and 11-year-olds depending on clinical appropriateness. During inpatient treatment, which usually lasts between 10 and 14 days, adolescents live at our treatment center while participating in individual therapy, group therapy, and other scheduled services throughout each treatment day.
Care in our adolescent inpatient program begins with the admissions process. With adolescents, this usually means that parents, guardians, or other loved ones contact a member of our admissions team to schedule an appointment for an assessment, though we also offer walk-in assessments. The process begins with the assessment counselor conducting a brief screening conversation to collect demographic and insurance information as well as gathering clinical history and discussing the individual’s needs. The assessment counselor then brings this information to the psychiatrist, who makes a final determination of acceptance and a recommendation for a level of treatment, such as inpatient care.
Our adolescent program provides care for individuals with a number of mental health diagnoses. While the following is by no means an exclusive list of the disorders and symptoms we treat, it includes some of the most common diagnoses and symptoms that are experienced by our adolescent patients:
- Bipolar disorder
- Depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Suicidal ideation
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Substance abuse and substance use disorders
- Prescription drug abuse
- Psychotic disorders
Crestwyn Behavioral Health is not currently equipped to provide care for individuals with behaviors related to intellectual and developmental disabilities, or who have medical conditions that require intensive management.
The clinical team for the adolescent inpatient program includes board-certified psychiatrists, counselors, nurses, social workers, and activity therapists. All of our adolescent inpatient staff members are passionate about helping adolescents manage the symptoms of mental health disorders, overcome substance abuse, and lay a foundation for lifelong mental health. Our treatments are based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational enhancement, as well as other empirically supported treatment interventions.
Our clinical team works closely with each young man or woman to develop a treatment plan that addresses his or her unique strengths, goals, and treatment needs. We do not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all style of treatment, so no two adolescents’ treatment programs will be the same. We offer a number of interventions that may be included in each adolescent’s treatment plan, including the following:
Individual therapy occurs daily or as needed and is an opportunity for adolescents to meet one-on-one with one of our highly–trained counselors to process issues relevant to their treatment. Many adolescents use this time to more deeply explore certain areas of personal growth, to discuss issues that they may not feel comfortable discussing in groups, and to receive support and encouragement as they progress on their journeys towards better mental health.
Group therapy is the backbone of treatment at Crestwyn. During groups, adolescents gather to process personal issues, practice mental health and relational skills, build relationships with their peers, learn about topics related to mental health, and share in their growth journeys. Groups meet multiple times per day and encompass a variety of types and topics, including the following:
- 12 Step recovery
- Anger management
- Medication support
- Suicide prevention
- Treatment options
- Recovery skills
- Healthy relationships
Family therapy at Crestwyn is based on the recognition that mental illness and substance abuse does not just affect the individual with the condition, but in fact affects his or her entire family and social sphere. We provide family therapy sessions based on the patient’s need and the family’s ability to participate in such sessions.
Medication management allows adolescents in the inpatient program to benefit from including medications as a part of their treatment regimens. Adolescents meet at least once per day with a psychiatrist and receive day-to-day medication administration and monitoring from our nurses and nurse practitioners to ensure that they are able to remain consistent with their medication.
At Crestwyn, we are committed to providing the care that can enable adolescents to learn to manage mental health conditions and overcome substance abuse so that they can build a foundation for healthy living and realize their fullest potential. If your child or another adolescent in your life can benefit from our services, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.