At Optima Specialty Hospital, we understand that the course of one’s struggle with mental illness sometimes includes periods of time where a person enters treatment in order to rest, recover, and manage symptoms. As a leading provider of mental health treatment, we are proud to offer inpatient care for adults age 18 and older with a wide range of mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders.
Our inpatient program provides round-the-clock care for the moments when one’s struggle with mental illness feels overwhelming. Depending on each patient’s needs, our multifaceted treatment can include many different interventions, including the following:
Individual therapy: Meeting one-on-one with licensed therapists gives each patient a chance to discuss his or her struggles, receive extra support, and learn strategies for improving his or her quality of life.
Family therapy: An individual’s mental illness can affect his or her entire family, and family members can often be powerful sources of support. During family therapy, a patient and his or her family will meet with one of our licensed therapists and process issues that may be interfering with family members’ ability to support each other.
Medication management: Patients who need medications to manage their symptoms will be able to meet with our staff psychiatrist once per week and will meet with a nurse practitioner each day. Ongoing medication management needs will be handled by our nursing staff.
Group therapy: Groups are a foundational part of treatment at Optima Specialty Hospital. Occurring several times throughout the day, groups are led by licensed therapists, mental health technicians, certified recreational therapists, and nurses. During an individual’s time in our care, types and topics may include the following:
- Coping and life skills education
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Communication and self-expression
- Medication management
- Relapse prevention
- Development of positive leisure skills
- Art therapy
A typical stay at Optima Specialty Hospital in Lafayette, LA usually lasts about seven days, though that timeframe may be adjusted depending on the progress, strengths, and needs of the patient. During this time, patients attend groups, meet with staff to discuss progress, participate in daily activities, have outside break time, and eat meals.
Each person in our care will work with staff to develop an individualized treatment plan that will address his or her specific needs and treatment goals. In addition, we understand that managing the symptoms of mental illness is a lifelong process, so we begin the discharge-planning process starting on a patient’s first day with us to ensure that, after discharge, he or she will be able to continue to build on the progress made during inpatient treatment. Many patients can also benefit from our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) continuing care options.
If you or your loved one is struggling with the symptoms of a mental illness and may benefit from our care, do not hesitate to contact us. There is no need to struggle alone; let us help you take steps towards a brighter tomorrow.