When individuals are suffering from the symptoms synonymous with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), they can rapidly begin to feel as though they have lost control over most aspects of their lives. Functioning appropriately on a daily basis, adhering to responsibility, and fulfilling obligations can often seem overwhelming and elicit feelings of frustration and helplessness. For this reason, MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle, Deleware offers specialized programming that is tailored to meet the needs of individuals of all ages who are struggling with this troublesome mental health condition. Being cognizant of the detriments that ADHD can impose on an individual’s life, the caring and compassionate staff at MeadowWood strives to provide everyone who is entrusted into our care with the tools needed to overcomes their symptoms and better manage life’s stressors so that they can lead the full, productive, and happy lives that they deserve to be living.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood’s treatment center is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Offering specialized programming that is tailored to meet the unique needs of each population that we serve, we are proud of the compassionate care that we are able to afford to everyone who enters our doors. Our staff is passionate about what we do and is genuine in the care and concern that we offer. We strive to develop plans of success for the patients we treat and we take great pride in the fact that we do what we say we are going to do. We believe that communication is key and we aim to be an open book. Our staff works together like a family; everyone helps everyone. And from the moment you come to us for care, you become part of our family. If you or a loved one is plagued by the debilitating symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and feel like there is nowhere to turn, look no further than MeadowWood. We will do everything in our power to help you get back on track to living the happy, healthy life that you deserve to be living.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a child, family member, or other loved one who is struggling with the distressing symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, you may be feeling at a loss as to what you can do to help him or her. You may be experiencing a wide range of emotions regarding your loved one’s behaviors, feeling everything from frustration with his or her inability to pay attention, follow rules, or behave appropriately in social situations, to feeling worried about what the future holds if your loved one does not get the help that he or she needs. The following are some steps that you can take in order to be of assistance to a loved one who is facing the challenges of living life with ADHD:
- Become educated on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. By gaining knowledge on the illness itself, you will not only learn ways in which you can best help your loved one, but you will also gain an understanding of what he or she is experiencing on a daily basis. This can help enhance your ability to be patient with your loved one, while also working to build a sense of empathy towards what he or she is going through.
- Encourage your loved one to receive an evaluation from a mental health professional. By doing so, an accurate diagnosis can be made and subsequent treatment plans can be devised.
- Remain patient. The behaviors that are characteristic of ADHD can be frustrating for those around the individual engaging in them, but remember that your loved one is not choosing to behave in the manner that he or she does. In most cases, individuals with ADHD are incapable of controlling many of their behaviors without first receiving treatment.
- Research various treatment options that will best meet your loved one’s needs and be an active part of the treatment process. The more support you give your loved one, and the more encouragement that he or she receives, the more successful the treatment outcomes will be.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
When individuals have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, simply making it through each day can seem to be an arduous task in and of itself. While this mental illness affects different people in different ways, all of whom suffer it will inevitably find that it causes much disruption in many areas of their lives. Performing adequately in work or school setting can be extremely difficult for these individuals, leaving them with decreased feelings of self-worth. Taking care of daily responsibilities and interacting socially can also seem to be of great difficulty for people with ADHD, furthering lowering their self-esteem and sense of independence. Fortunately, there are various treatment options available for individuals of any age who are plagued by the symptoms of ADHD.
In some instances, especially in cases where symptoms are severe or there is a co-occurring mental health condition or substance abuse problem present, inpatient treatment services can be the best first step for helping individuals start the process of healing from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Entering into an inpatient treatment center affords individuals the opportunity to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives and instead place all of their energy and focus onto becoming well again. Through a variety of therapeutic interventions, inpatient treatment clinics offer individuals with ADHD the chance to develop the coping skills needed to manage daily responsibilities, learn the tools needed to manage their behaviors, and, in some cases, meet with a psychiatrist on a consistent basis in order to begin a regimen of psychotropic medication that can assist in fully alleviating their distressing symptoms.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood’s treatment clinic, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services to everyone who is entrusted into our care. Our commitment extends to the family as a whole, and all of our endeavors are aimed at delivering the highest quality of treatment possible in the safest, most comfortable environment available. Our greatest strength is our compassion and our dedication to helping people in their time of need. We do not simply treat the symptoms that our patients present with, we treat the whole person. We focus on all of the little things, because we recognize that all of the little things together are what brings about a true picture of healing. In keeping open communication between clinical team members, our patients, and our patients’ families, we are able to provide exceptional customer service in an empathic manner, ensuring that the main focus always remains solely on our patients and helping them find true recovery that leads to lasting success.
Types of Treatment Offered at MeadowWood
At MeadowWood’s behavioral health center, we believe that each patient is unique, which is why we focus on treating the person, not just his or her illness. Our treatment teams work closely with patients and their families in order to gain a full understanding of the issues they are facing. By doing so, we are being afforded the ability to create fully individualized treatment plans for each and every patient that specifically addresses all of the concerns that he or she may have. These individualized treatment plans draw upon the vast skills set of a physician-led, multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals that include psychiatrists, Master’s level therapists, care managers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, recreation therapists, substance abuse counselors, medical consultants, and qualified mental health technicians.
The inpatient services offered here at MeadowWood’s treatment clinic include an adolescent behavioral program, an adult psychiatric program, a senior behavioral health program, a co-occurring diagnosis program, and medical detoxification programs. Free, confidential mental health assessments are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whereupon highly trained and qualified clinicians obtain pertinent information which is then reviewed with one of our physicians. Upon that consultation, a recommendation for the most appropriate level of care will be offered based on the presenting needs and concerns of the patient.
Based on the identified needs of the patients, the most appropriate inpatient treatment option will be determined. For those patients who are admitted into one of our inpatient programs, the following treatment modalities may be included into their plans for care, of which will be determined based on their specific needs and abilities:
Medical detoxification: For those patients who come to us dependent on substances, medical detoxification may be the first step of the recovery process if drugs or alcohol are present in their bodies. This process is carefully monitored by our physicians and nursing staff. Once detox is complete, patients will begin engaging in a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Medication management: For the majority of patients, psychotropic medication is used in conjunction with therapeutic interventions in order to help fully alleviate the symptoms of ADHD. Medication needs, however, will be determined on a case-by-case basis. All patients in all of our units meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Our approach to treatment at MeadowWood is heavily group-focused as we have learned that this type of intervention greatly helps out patients understand that they are not alone in the challenges that they face. This knowledge in and of itself assists patients in heightening their sense of self-worth as they come to understand that they do not need to feel isolated in their struggles. Engaging in groups also encourages patients to find healing in the act of expressing themselves, enhancing self-reliance that works to build their self-esteem. These group therapy sessions cover a vast array of topics, tailored to address issues that are specific to the patients participating in each group.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are offered to all patients on an as-needed basis. These sessions occur on a one-to-one basis with a patient’s therapist and are designed to be a time to address any concerns the patient may have, to discuss issues that he or she wishes to keep confidential, and to track one’s progress towards reaching his or her treatment goals.
Family therapy: At MeadowWood, we believe that family involvement in one’s treatment is instrumental in eliciting successful treatment outcomes. For this reason, all patients are able to engage in family therapy sessions in order to help family members understand their loved one’s illness, to educate them on how they can best support their loved one, and to help maintain open communication in order to create a healthy family dynamic.
Education: Keeping in mind the importance of a child’s education, our adolescent programming incorporates schooling into each patient’s treatment plan so that he or she does not fall behind academically while engaging in treatment for behavioral or emotional concerns. We employ certified teachers who, along with the other members of the adolescent’s treatment team, collaborate with the child’s home school, both in verbal and written form, pending releases of information provided by the child’s parent or guardian.
In addition to the previously mentioned interventions, other types of therapies that are incorporated into our patients’ treatment plans typically include:
- Medication education
- Process groups
- Psycho-education on mental illness
- Positive coping skills education
- Expressive therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The main goal that we have for our patients when they come to MeadowWood is to help them stabilize so that they can move on to a lower, less intensive level of care. For this reason, all aftercare planning begins at the time of admission. As soon as patients are admitted into the treatment center, their treatment team begins the process of preparing a plan for success in order to promote positive continuation of care once they are discharged from their inpatient stay.
At MeadowWood in New Castle, we offer partial hospitalization for adults and senior adults that is designed to assist them in maintaining stabilization without requiring them to engage in the intensity of full inpatient hospitalization. This service provides structured programming between 8:30am and 2:30pm, allowing patients to return home at night. An intensive, interdisciplinary approach is used in treatment, which helps to supplement the recovery process when traditional outpatient treatment is not enough or is not available. In addition, this treatment option works at providing a transition for recent inpatient clients as they begin to integrate back into their everyday lives.
For our adolescent patients, as well as for our adult patients do not require or who have already completed partial hospitalization, our staff will utilize the positive relationships that we have with care providers throughout the community, with whom coordination of services can optimally be managed once patients leave our treatment center.
Whatever your or your loved one’s needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at MeadowWood Behavioral Health System will devote ourselves to helping you find and maintain true, lasting recovery and healing.