Adolescent Inpatient Treatment

The only provider of adolescent inpatient services in the Acadiana region, Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems offer inpatient care for adolescents, ages 12 through 17, who are struggling with a mental health condition, substance use problem, or have a dual diagnosis of a mental health condition and a substance use problem.

When an adolescent is admitted for inpatient care at Vermilion, he or she can expect to work with our multidisciplinary team of clinical staff members who will cater the individual’s treatment plan to his or her specific needs. Treatment plans can include group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, crisis intervention, and psychoeducation that is focused on healing and lasting recovery.

Topics covered in the therapeutic process can include:

  • Anger management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Coping skills
  • Social skills
  • Mental illness education
  • Medication education
  • Addiction education
  • Addiction counseling
  • Relapse prevention

To meet the unique needs of our children and adolescent patients, Vermilion offers specially designed tracks for the treatment of psychiatric conditions, dual diagnosis, and chemical dependency concerns. Depending on these needs, patient may engage in the following services:

Psychiatric Services:

For those patients whose primary presenting concern is related to a mental health condition (such as with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or psychotic disorders), psychiatric services are available to provide education and awareness for the behaviors and symptoms associated with their diagnosis. Additionally, these services assist patients in identifying stressors and developing coping skills so as to improve functioning.

Dual Diagnosis Services:

Patients who are struggling with substance use disorders and a co-occurring mental health condition, dual diagnosis services are available to help patients understand the interaction of drugs and alcohol and mental illnesses. Medical intervention, group therapy, and other treatment options afford patients the ability to handle co-occurring disorders.

Chemical Dependency Services:

When substance use is main concern for a patient, chemical dependency services offer therapeutic interventions that provide tools necessary to achieve recovery and prevent relapse. The 12-step model is utilized and medically-supervised detox is available for individuals who experience physical addition due to long-term exposure to drugs or alcohol.

Family members of adolescent patients are strongly encouraged to be involved during the course of treatment. Family therapy offers the opportunity to address concerns and generate solutions to problems so that when the adolescent is discharged, there is a decreased likelihood for ongoing family discord and need for re-hospitalization. Mental illness and medication education also afford families of adolescent patients the ability to learn more about what their loved one is going through and how to offer proactive assistance while the adolescent works towards recovery.