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FAQs: General

FAQs About Columbus Springs

Will you accommodate my special diet?

Yes. A registered dietitian will provide consultation as needed in planning regular and special diets.

Will my family be a part of my treatment program?

Families have the opportunity to participate in education and support groups to increase their understanding of addiction and mental illness. This process helps them learn about themselves and their roles and responsibilities in the recovery process. With this important information in hand, the family has a greater opportunity to reunite and start interacting in a more helpful and healthy manner.

Will I have my own room? Do I have to share a bathroom?

Our rooms are semi-private, but they include a private bathroom, individual closet space and desks. Feel free to look at our Virtual Tour for an even better idea of the facility.

What is the quality of the food?

The hospital has a full-service cafeteria with a variety of food choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, drinks and snacks are available to all patients in between, before and after meal times. The dietary program is carefully planned to provide food that meets the recommended dietary requirements. Well-balanced meals are served in a cafeteria-style setting. A registered dietitian will provide consultation as needed in planning regular and special diets. Snacks and drinks are available on the unit.

What is not allowed?

  • No outside food/candy/gum
  • Handheld video games
  • Radio/TV/CD player/tape player/PDA/
  • laptop
  • Glass/metal/hard plastic objects/containers
  • Aerosol sprays/flammable liquids
  • Lighters/matches
  • Guns/knives/weapons/ammunition/ scissors
  • Pornographic materials
  • Cell phone/pager (will be secured in locked area with limited access upon admission)
  • Recording devices
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Personal hygiene products containing alcohol (including but not limited to: cologne, body spray, mouthwash)
  • Picture frames (picture without frame is permitted)
  • Rope/string/yarn (including shoe strings)
  • Spiral/wire binder notebooks
  • Hosiery
  • Nail polish/files/polish remover

Learn more in our Preparing for your stay section.

What happens when I arrive?

Our program utilizes a treatment team approach that includes a variety of professional disciplines working together to personalize an individual treatment plan. Upon admission, we will evaluate you through a series of assessment tools and develop a specific, comprehensive treatment plan for you. Some of the major considerations that will be assessed include psychological conditions, behavioral problems, medical considerations, family dynamics, and vocational/supportive needs. Upon completion of these assessments, your treatment plan will be developed with you. You will then have a set of goals to focus on while you are in the hospital. All members of the multidisciplinary team will work together to assist you in achieving your specific goals. Learn more in our “During Your Stay” section.

What happens after I am discharged from inpatient care?

Your care does not end once you leave the hospital. To continue your recovery, you should engage in follow up care. Participating in follow-up care supports your transition back home. It may also reduce the chance of you being readmitted to the hospital. Follow-up care helps you maintain the progress made during hospitalization. Research shows that patient who participate in follow-up care often have better health outcomes. The first thing you can do to support your recovery is to be sure that you fully understand your discharge plan. Before you leave the hospital, you will meet with a therapist who will go over the discharge plan with you. Please be sure that you understand every aspect of the recommendations outlined in the plan. Ask questions. Be sure that you understand any medications that you should be taking and any that you should not be taking. You may also want to continue to use the internet-based program that you used during your hospital stay to record your thoughts and progress. You should not hesitate to seek social support from family, loved ones and others to encourage you and help you follow your treatment plan. In many case, patients participate in one of the Beckett Springs outpatient programs to facilitate their transition back to their everyday lives. These programs include the Partial Hospitalization Program which meets six hours a day, five days a week or the Intensive Outpatient Program which meets three hours a day, three days a week. Beckett Springs also offers a weekly support group for alumni of our Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient Programs. The purpose of the alumni group is to provide a forum for alumni to meet together and provide ongoing support to each other. Learn more in our “After Your Stay” section.

Is there a laundry service?

Yes, we provide washers, dryers and detergent at no cost.

Is there a dress code?

Our dress code guidelines are intended to encourage a respectful, safe and enjoyable environment for all patients. Clothing should not be revealing or extremely tight (no halter tops, tube tops, fishnet shirts, medical scrubs, short-shorts). Clothing should not contain drug/alcohol/sexual/gang-related messages.

Can my family/children visit me?

A visitation schedule will be provided to you and your family. Visitation is typically scheduled on two week nights for approximately an hour and on one day during the weekend to include a family meal and family education group. Visitation arrangement can be made to include children under the age of 13 and accomodate family needs.