After experiencing a traumatic event, while it is not entirely understood why, some individuals will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which will cause them to feel as if the world is not a safe place and leave them with recurrent, painful memories. At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington, we recognized how debilitating the symptoms of PTSD can be for a person, often leaving them struggling to get through each day. Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by three main categories of symptoms including: re-experiencing the trauma, avoiding things that remind one of the trauma, and experiencing increased anxiety or emotional arousal. All of these symptoms of PTSD can get in the way of a person being able to live their life to the fullest; causing problems at work or school as well as difficulties within their relationships. At MeadowWood’s mental health clinic, we have designed and implemented services that aim to help those who are battling a variety of mental health issues. Our treatment clinic help individuals gain the tools needed to overcome the symptoms of the PTSD, allowing them to once again see the world as a safe place.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle, Deleware is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Offering specialized options 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 suffering from PTSD, look no further than MeadowWood. We will do everything in our power to help you get back to living the life you deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with PTSD it is imperative that you get them the help they need, while also making sure to take care of your own needs with additional support. When a loved one has PTSD is can take a huge toll on the family and can lead to the development of certain problems such as job loss that can bring about additional stress. Before you let your loved one’s PTSD take over the family’s life, you need to implement a plan that will make sure your family member gets the help they need. Here are ways in which you can help a loved one who has PTSD:
- Be patient and understanding
- Try to anticipate and prepare for the triggers of your loved ones PTSD
- Don’t take any of your loved ones personally
- Do not pressure your loved on into talking
- Help them to find a treatment option that will best suit their needs
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
If the symptoms of PTSD are ignored and not properly treated those who are suffering with this serious mental health disorder are likely to experience a number of severe consequences. PTSD sufferers many turn to drugs and/or alcohol in an attempt to manage some of their unpleasant symptoms, which only exacerbates the problem and could result in substance use disorders. Due to the continuous anxiety and recurring stress some individuals may have sudden outbursts of anger or rage. Additionally, because having PTSD can make it hard to be around that person this disorder is often accompanied by loneliness as well as the development of depression, which in some circumstances can lead to thoughts of suicide.
Mental health center is one form or treatment that can help those who are struggling with the ramifications of PTSD begin the healing process. At this type of treatment clinic an individual with PTSD will be placed in a safe environment where they will have continuous access to a number of mental health professionals that are highly qualified to treat such disorders. A treatment team of these professionals can help an individual with PTSD learn affecting coping skills for learning how to cope with presenting symptoms and deal with triggers when they arise. Additionally, those in inpatient treatment are able to meet with a trained psychiatrists who can determine if medication is a necessary part of the treatment plan. If medication is included an inpatient setting can provide monitoring for all medications and make adjustments as needed. All of these treatment methods provided in an inpatient setting are what make it possible for those who are suffering from PTSD disorder to overcome this mental health condition and lead a happier life.
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 mental 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 treatment option will be determined. For those patients who are admitted, 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: All medication needs are 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 in New Castle near Wilmington 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’s treatment center, 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 services incorporate 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:
- Process groups
- Psycho-education on mental illness
- Positive coping skills education
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
- Medication education
- Expressive therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
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, 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’s treatment clinic, 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. We provide structured programming between 8:30am and 2:30pm, allowing patients to return home at night. An intensive, interdisciplinary approach is used, which helps to supplement the recovery process when traditional outpatient treatment is not enough or is not available. In addition, partial hospitalization 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 clinic.
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.