Becoming dependent on alcohol can cause significant disruption in all aspects of an individual’s life. It is a disease that is characterized by prolonged patterns of drinking alcohol excessively despite the presence of negative consequences. When people develop a dependence on alcohol, they experience strong cravings for the substance, stop participating in activities that do not provide them with an ability to drink, and begin failing to fulfill major role obligations at school, work, or home. These individuals also begin drinking in situations where it is hazardous to others, such as drinking and driving, putting the lives of those around them at risk. People who are addicted to alcohol usually need help to stop drinking, and the staff at Vermilion Behavioral Health in Lafayette, Louisiana wants to give you that help.
At Vermilion’s inpatient clinic, we understand that suffering from alcoholism can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, as well as on the lives of those around him or her. In order to help alleviate that devastation, we provide specialized programming designed to meet the needs of these individuals. With a clear focus on client care and patient safety, our goal is to provide compassionate, individualized, comprehensive, and high-quality care and treatment for adolescents and adults who are struggling with psychiatric concerns, chemical dependency issues, or co-occurring disorders. For over 30 years, we have made it our goal to promote each individual’s mental, emotional, and social wellness by utilizing proven therapeutic techniques and providing a safe and structured treatment environment in Lafayette that is conducive to true healing and recovery. You do not have to look far for help. We are here for you.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Due to the fact that drinking alcohol is an accepted activity for people over the age of 21, it can often be difficult to determine whether or not someone actually has a problem. Additionally, it is not uncommon for adolescents to experiment with drinking alcohol, so it can be hard to truly know if their experimentation has crossed the line into being problematic. The following are some warning signs that may indicate that your family member or loved one is, in fact, addicted to alcohol:
- Misses work or school repeatedly
- No longer participates in activities he or she once enjoyed
- Isolates him or herself
- Drinks alone
- Always needs to have alcohol in the house
- Hides alcohol
- Has lapses in memory
- Acts out in sudden, unprovoked angry outbursts
- Extreme mood swings
If you have noticed your loved one displaying any of these signs, then it is time to consult with a mental health professional in order to get him or her the treatment needed to overcome this addiction.
Why Consider Treatment at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems
When adolescents or adults begin drinking alcohol excessively, their lives can quickly begin to spiral out of control. The repercussions of extreme alcoholism can be long-lasting and far-reaching. These individuals will lack the ability to use sound judgment and will no longer care about fulfilling their responsibilities. This can lead to marital discord, problems within other interpersonal relationships, job loss, academic failure, and financial problems, amongst many others. In order to put an end to this devastating cycle, professional intervention is needed.
Inpatient treatment services have long been known to be successful at helping individuals who are struggling with an addiction to alcohol. When people enter into an inpatient clinic, they are first and foremost removing themselves from the possibility of getting alcohol. In this secure environment, they are not only unable to have access to the substance, but they are also removed from the triggers of everyday life that can lead to their use. In this setting, they will also be provided with the ability to safely detox, while receiving support from addictions specialists and other patients who are fighting the same battle they are. Through a combination of therapeutic techniques, inpatient treatment programs can provide these people with the tools needed to overcome their addiction and move forward on the path to recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems prides itself in being the most comprehensive, free-standing behavioral health rehab in the area, providing exceptional patient care in the safest environment possible. Our multidisciplinary team of specialty clinical staff, including addiction specialists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and case managers, is devoted to maintaining optimal training and development to increase competency with all of the different populations that we serve. We strive to help our patients explore and process issues and challenges and increase insight and understanding of their own mental health and chemical dependency concerns. By encouraging family involvement and enlisting community support, we aim to assist those who come to us for care in meeting their treatment goals while in the hospital and beyond.
Types of Treatment Offered at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems
Upon first arriving at Vermilion’s inpatient clinic, all patients take part in a free, confidential level of care screening by one of our Assessment and Referral Specialists. After gathering all pertinent information, the A&R Specialist will review the evaluation with one of our psychiatrists, who will then recommend the level of care best suited to meet the patient’s needs.
At Vermilion, we believe in the power of using rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) as our main approach to treatment. We have found that this therapeutic model is suited for treating both acute and short-term lengths of stay due to its effectiveness in working quickly by focusing on skill-building, as well as by identifying and disputing irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions. REBT has also proven to be beneficial in providing extended care for substance abuse concerns, mental health illnesses, and services specific to our military population. By implementing this REBT approach to treatment, the therapeutic interventions that are incorporated in our inpatient programs include the following:
Detoxification: For those adolescents and adults who come to us dealing with alcoholism, we provide a fully-monitored medical detox program. As part of the 12-step model of recovery, we implement the idea of “rational recovery,” designed to provide patients with recovery skills that can last a lifetime and prevent future struggles with addiction.
Medication management: Patients who are suffering from a co-occurring disorder may receive medication in order to treat any symptoms they are experiencing. Meetings with a psychiatrist occur on a regular basis in order to monitor the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any necessary changes.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the main component of treatment in our inpatient programs. Various groups are held on a daily basis and may include discussions on:
- Mental illness education
- Anger management and conflict resolution
- Healthy relationships, including developing effective communication skills and appropriate boundaries
- Medication education
- Holistic wellness
- Relapse prevention
Individual therapy: Individual counseling sessions are held on an as-needed basis and provide patients with time to meet alone with their therapist in order to discuss any they have and to reflect on goals that have been reached.
Family therapy: We believe that positive changes are initiated through the family unit as a whole, which is why we strongly encourage our patients’ family members to actively participate in the therapeutic process. Family sessions are designed to address issues that affect the entire family and begin the process of identifying solutions. We also offer parents and caregivers education on mental illness, substance abuse, and medication management so that they can effectively help their loved one.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): This form of therapy is designed to help people create a rich and meaningful life, while developing the skills needed to effectively handle the pain and stress that comes with life’s experiences.
In order to provide a fully comprehensive therapeutic experience, Vermilion also provides the following:
- Expressive therapies
- Experiential therapies
- Recreation therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Vermilion Behavioral Health in Lafayette, LA, we believe that thorough planning is critical to ensuring a patient is discharged into the most supportive environment possible after their inpatient stay. By doing so, we are able to promote a positive continuity of care and quality of life, maximize stabilization, and minimize the need for re-hospitalization. Our social services staff works with each patient’s treatment team to develop a discharge plan based on the patient’s needs, resources, preferences, family involvement, location of residence, and community resources. With patient consent, this plan is then passed on to the designated discharge planner who initiates referrals, schedules appointments, and finalizes any other necessary arrangements.
Whatever your needs may be, the staff at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems will do everything we can to get you back on the road to living the happy, healthy life you deserve to live.