Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can have a devastating impact on the lives of those who are plagued by its symptoms. These people are overwhelmed by obsessions and compulsions that become so all-consuming that it impacts their ability to function in the way that they want to. These individuals will also struggle with the presence of chronic thoughts, images, and urges that they do not want to have, but are unable to get rid of. They are compelled to perform ritualistic behaviors that they know are irrational, but feel powerless to stop. The lack of control that these individuals have over their minds can be life-shattering, but the symptoms of OCD can be treated. The staff at Vermilion wants to help you put the pieces back together.
At Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette, Louisiana, we understand that suffering from OCD can have a debilitating impact on a person’s life, so we provide specialized programming designed to meet the sensitive needs of these individuals. With a clear focus on client care and patient safety, our goal is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, individualized, and high-quality care for individuals who are struggling with psychiatric concerns, chemical dependency issues, or co-occurring disorders. At Vermilion’s treatment rehab, we aim to promote each individual’s mental, emotional, and social wellness by utilizing therapeutic techniques that have proven to be successful, and by providing a safe and structured treatment environment that promotes true healing. You do not have to look far for help. The staff at Vermilion is here for you.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who has OCD can be perplexing, as the behaviors that he or she participates in are foreign to you. You might watch as he or she performs ritualistic acts that do not make sense. You might see him or her demonstrating excessive and irrational concerns over things like cleanliness or the symmetry of certain objects. You might also be observing your loved one presenting with extreme distress as he or she suffers from disturbing thoughts that he or she is unable to stop. You want to help your loved one, but you may not know where to start. You want to support your loved one, but you may not know how. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you reach out to your loved one:
- Educate yourself about OCD so that you can gain an understanding of the different aspects of the illness
- Research the various types of treatment that are offered for the different symptoms of OCD
- Provide your loved one with an opportunity to talk about what he or she is going through, remaining nonjudgmental and empathetic
- Offer to go with your loved one to any appointments that are scheduled
Why Consider Treatment at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems
Going through life dealing with the severe symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder can cause people to experience difficulties performing appropriately at work or school, to isolate themselves and cause disturbances within important relationships, and, in some cases, to begin suffering from suicidal ideation as they feel that there is no other way to find relief from their symptoms. You may feel powerless to change and hopeless about the future, but life does not have continue being this way.
Inpatient hospitalization clinics can be one of the best options for receiving treatment for OCD. By taking part in this type of program, individuals are able to walk away from the stresses that may add to their symptoms and focus solely on becoming well. Not only do these services provide people with an opportunity to learn the skills needed to overcome their symptoms, but they are also provided with support from mental health professionals 24/7. When the onslaught of their obsessions and/or compulsions occurs, they can have immediate support from people who are trained to help them work through it. Through a variety of different therapeutic approaches, inpatient rehab services can help people win the battle against OCD.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
For over 30 years, Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems has prided itself in being the most comprehensive provider of behavioral health services in the area, providing exceptional patient care in the safest environment possible. Our multidisciplinary team of specialty clinical staff, including social workers, counselors, addiction specialists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners, 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 while increasing their insight and understanding of their own mental health 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 in Lafayette, all patients will receive a free and 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. This therapeutic modality can be especially helpful in changing the thought patterns of those struggling with OCD. By implementing this REBT approach to treatment, the therapeutic interventions that are incorporated at our inpatient treatment clinic include the following:
Detoxification: For those adolescents and adults who come to us dealing with chemical dependency concerns, we provide a fully-monitored medical detox rehab. As part of the 12-step model of recovery, we implement the idea of “rational recovery,” designed to provide patients with the recovery skills that can last a lifetime and prevent future struggles with addiction.
Medication management: One aspect of treating OCD may come in the form of medication. Certain medications can help alleviate the anxiety that rules obsessive-compulsive disorder, helping to alleviate the severity of one’s symptoms. Each patient will meet with a psychiatrist 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 at our inpatient treatment clinic. Various groups are held on a daily basis and may include discussions on:
- Mental illness education
- Anger management
- Conflict resolution
- Developing healthy relationships with appropriate boundaries
- Building strong communication skills
- Medication education
- Holistic wellness
Individual therapy: Individual counseling sessions are held on an as-needed basis and provide patients with time to meet one-on-one with their therapist in order to discuss any specific concerns or struggles that they are facing, as well as 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 family members to actively participate in the therapeutic process. Family therapy 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 and medication management so that they can more 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 a variety of experiential therapies, expressive therapies, and recreational therapy.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Vermilion Behavioral Health, 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, geographic location of residence, family involvement, 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.
In addition to our inpatient clinic, Vermilion also provides services through our Visions outpatient program. Visions provides various levels of care for adults, including:
Partial hospitalization programs (PHP): These programs meet five days a week from 9:00am-3:00pm, with a typical length of stay being six weeks. During this time, patients are provided with four daily group therapy sessions, individual and family sessions as needed, and psychiatric care. These programs are designed to reduce active symptoms, increase functioning, and prevent further deterioration which could lead to inpatient hospitalization.
Intensive outpatient programs (IOP): These programs meet for six hours per day, and the amount of days that each patient attends every week is determined by his or her specific needs. IOPs are designed to equip individuals with the tools needed to develop coping skills which will enable them to handle their daily stressors in a productive and healthy manner.
Whatever your needs may be, the staff at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems will do everything in their power to get you back on the road to a happy, healthy life.