Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Schizophrenia Treatment Clinic

Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems specializes in schizophrenia disorder treatment. Our expert staff provides the highest quality treatment for schizophrenia disorder in a clean, safe environment.

Schizophrenia Treatment

Learn about schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious mental health disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, causing individuals to have a difficult time distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined. Additionally, these individuals are often unable to think clearly, express feelings, or behave appropriately. Those suffering from schizophrenia may hear voices that are not really there and may also see things that do not really exist. Furthermore, those with schizophrenia may have trouble organizing their thoughts or expressing themselves; their speech and behavior may be so disorganized that it can seem alarming to others. Schizophrenia is a chronic and debilitating disorder that needs life-long treatment to reduce symptoms in order to allow individuals to have the highest quality of life possible.

Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette, Louisiana has been helping adolescents and adults in the community for over 30 years as the most comprehensive, free-standing provider of behavioral health services. Our 54-bed hospital provides adult specialty services and extended care substance abuse treatment, and is the region’s only provider of inpatient adolescent services. At Vermilion’s treatment clinic, we recognize how physically and mentally exhausting the symptoms of schizophrenia can be. We also know that, due to your psychotic symptoms, you may be fearful and socially withdrawn, causing you to feel depressed and alone. While right now you may feel hopeless about the future, the staff at Vermilion can help you through this difficult time. Let us help you get your life back.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for schizophrenia at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette, LA

If left untreated, schizophrenia can result in severe emotional, behavioral, and health problems. Additionally, those with unmanaged schizophrenia are often unable to hold down a job leading to financial difficulties and may end in homelessness. Furthermore, many individuals with this disorder have a hard time remaining stable in community settings and caring for themselves. In some instances, due to becoming more isolated and withdrawn, they may have a harder time obtaining services that could help with stability. Those who struggle with schizophrenia tend to have more health issues than those without the disorder and are less likely to receive proper medical help. Due to the unmanaged symptoms, individuals with schizophrenia often turn to drugs or alcohol, which only exacerbates the illness. If continued to be left untreated, the possibility of more debilitating effects developing increases. This is why proper treatment is necessary in order to help manage symptoms and give the individual a higher quality of life.

Schizophrenia requires lifelong treatment, even at times when symptoms have diminished. Inpatient treatment clinics are known to be extremely successful at providing people with the thorough care they need in order to help them learn more about their schizophrenia and how to better manage their symptoms. Additionally, during times of crisis, inpatient hospitalization is usually the best choice because it ensures safety and gets patients started on the right path toward recovery. While medication is a major part of schizophrenia, it alone is usually not enough to fully control symptoms, which is why a treatment rehab that also provides a variety of therapeutic methods is going to be the most beneficial.Through a variety of different therapeutic approaches, inpatient clinics can help patients learn how to manage their symptoms and learn to live a more independent life.

Our Philosophy

Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems philosophy and benefits

For over 30 years, Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette has prided itself in being the most comprehensive, free-standing 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 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

Types of schizophrenia treatment offered at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette, LA

Upon arriving at Vermilion in Lafayette, each patient will complete an initial assessment where the staff will gather as much information about the individual as possible, such as currents needs for treatment, current level of functioning, and previous treatment history. Once this assessment is complete, it will be reviewed by one of our psychiatrists who will recommend the most appropriate level of care. If inpatient hospitalization is recommended, then the admission process is started immediately. At Vermilion’s treatment clinic, our main therapeutic model is rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), which is suited for both acute, short-term lengths of stay, as well as extended care and a full spectrum of disorders, including mental health and substance abuse. Some of the other forms of therapy you may participate in may include the following:

Detoxification: For adolescents and adults who come to Vermilion chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol, 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: Medication is the cornerstone of treatment for those who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Antipsychotics are the most commonly prescribed medication for this disorder and are prescribed to help control its 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 treatment method used at Vermilion’s treatment rehab for our inpatient treatment program. A variety of groups are held on a daily basis and some of the most common topics we cover include mental illness education, anger management, conflict resolution, developing effective communication skills and appropriate boundaries, goal-setting, problem-solving, medication education, and holistic wellness.

Individual therapy: Individual counseling sessions are held on an as-needed basis and can help patients learn how to cope with stress and identify early warning signs of relapse so that individuals are able to better manage their illness.

Family therapy: We believe that positive changes are initiated through the family unit as a whole, which is why we strongly encourage the family members of our patients to actively participate throughout the entire 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 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:

  • Experiential therapies
  • Expressive therapies
  • Recreation therapy
Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for schizophrenia

At Vermilion’s treatment clinic in Lafayette, LA, we believe that planning is critical in ensuring that a patient is discharged into the most supportive environment possible to promote continuity of care and quality of life, maximize stabilization, and minimize the need of for re-hospitalization. Social services works with the treatment team to develop a discharge plan for each patient that includes, at a minimum, psychiatric and mental health aftercare services. Depending upon patient needs, the discharge plan may also include referrals to residential services, community resources, and support groups. Discharge plans are created based upon patient needs, resources, preference, geographic location of residence, appropriate level of aftercare, and family involvement.

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