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FAQs: Outpatient

FAQs About Columbus Springs

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 be better after this program?

In order to get the most out of your treatment at Beckett Springs it is important that you work with the staff to develop your own personalized treatment plan. The Beckett Springs treatment team will provide an in-depth treatment schedule to assist you in getting the very most out of your treatment stay.

What will the treatment process look like?

Beckett Springs has the ability to provide a variety of programs that support the patient’s primary diagnoses through offering multiple treatment tracks. This affords patients with varying level of needs with quality-treatment options. It is Beckett Springs’s responsibility to align patients with the appropriate treatment tracks to meet their needs and consistent with the medical necessity criteria set forth by patient’s insurance coverage and ordered by a physician. Program tracks are identified based off of the patient’s presenting needs and primary diagnoses. Once established, a patient is enrolled into the track that best meets their needs – chemical dependency, co-occurring disorders, or mental wellness tracks.

What is the mental wellness track?

The mental wellness track focuses on chronic behaviors, safety, and stability, to support patients who have primarily behavioral health diagnoses. Mental wellness groups are patient centered and solution focused, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy evidence based psychotherapy models, A patient’s support system and family unit are encouraged to be involved in patient’s treatment.

What is the co-occurring disorders track?

The co-occurring track supports patients needing chemical dependence treatment as well as mental health recovery. This program uses a variety of evidence based psychotherapy models including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. Treatment provides psychoeducational topics and education about the interrelatedness of the disorders and the importance of compliance and stability for each disorder. Motivational interviewing techniques are used to help engage the patient and provide a springboard for patient education. Co-occurring tracks often use resources such as Hazelden and The Matrix Model Learn more about our co-occurring disorders program.

What is the chemical dependency track?

Chemical Dependency Track offers a psychoeducational component and evidence based treatment modalities are used to support patients in exploring skills, challenge thought process, and implement new skills. Some evidence based modalities include Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Relapse Prevention Therapy. Regular and random drug screens occur for patients enrolled within this track. Patients who receive Medication Assisted Treatment, MAT, receive random drug tests on a weekly basis. Family involvement is a component of this program, specifically involving a patient family into the programming. Patients are accountable for their involvement in the enrollment and engagement in support meetings such as AA, NA, SMART, Celebrate Recovery, etc. Support meetings are offered to patients enrolled in inpatient and outpatient services. Learn more in our drug and alcohol addiction treatment 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 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.

I just need someone to refill my medication. Can you do that?

Patients who are in the medication management program are seen typically one time per month if recently discharged from outpatient services, one time per quarter if symptoms have been managed with current prescriptions or at a frequency deemed necessary with the medical provider. All patients receiving medication management will receive a full evaluation prior to the start of medication management.

How often will I see a doctor?

Inpatients meet daily with a psychiatrist. Partial hospitalization patients see a psychiatrist at least once per week Intensive outpatients see a psychiatrist at least once per month. Those under our medication management program are supervised by a medical provider of psychiatric services.