Phases of Treatment

Phase I
Phase I is a structured stabilization program where a patient is monitored while withdrawing from alcohol or other controlled substances. In this detoxification process, patients are medically monitored and stabilized in order to begin the next phase of treatment. Patients will have a complete medical history and physical, and will begin the preliminary work of developing treatment goals and objectives.

An initial meeting with their psychiatrist and therapist will uncover any corollary problems and compulsive behaviors that can sabotage the recovery process. These issues can then be addressed in ongoing treatment as appropriate. Patients participate in daily educational classes regarding addiction, group and individual therapy, specialty programs as determined by their treatment team, coping skills, and a variety of recreational therapies.

Phase II
Once stabilized, Phase II offers patients a structured therapeutic treatment program built around the twelve-step, abstinence-based model. Patients will live in a monitored residence and will participate in addiction groups, group counseling, individual therapy, specialty programs, coping skills, Twelve-Step educational groups and meetings, a physical activities program, ongoing psychiatric evaluation, and a personalized goal-setting program.

Phase III
Phase III prepares the patients to become more responsible for their own recover and begin the transition back into family and career life. Patients will continue to be monitored, yet will have earned the right to more autonomy and freedom in their treatment. They are assigned tasks to complete, attend group and individual therapy sessions during the day and are required to attend Twelve-Step meetings.

Phase IV
When patients have completed Phase III, they are now beginning the full transition back into work and family life. Patients have either returned to work or school and will attend group and individual therapy in the evenings. Twelve-Step meetings are mandatory. At this phase, we continue to help the chemically dependent or substance-abusing individual attain and maintain recovery while living in a low structured, home environment. This level of care addresses not only the patient, but also issues surrounding recovery in the family. At the end of the program, patients transition into the aftercare program.

Chemical Dependency Day Treatment Program (Partial Hospitalization)
Lakeside is one of the few treatment facilities that offers a day treatment program specific for those suffering with chemical dependency, substance abuse and dual diagnosis. This program is an integral part of the residential program, as patients in later phases of treatment will program along side of those who are further along in their recovery.Patients will participate in process groups specifically designed to address addiction and underlying mental health issues. Individual and family therapy helps the patient and families learn the coping and recovery skills needed to live substance free. Less restrictive than either inpatient or residential, the day treatment program still affords the patient the oversight by a psychiatrist specialized in addiction recovery.

Chemical Dependency ½ Day Treatment Program and Evening Intensive Outpatient
Both of these programs are designed for patients who are transitioning back into work and family life. These programs allow time for work, family and other activities, while maintaining a commitment to treatment and on-going recovery. Patients who new to recovery or have relapsed, also enter into the continuum of care at these points, and transition into more intense levels of care, as needed. The program includes process and coping groups, recovery discussion and a History & Physical examination and other testing, as needed.

Length of Treatment
The residential and outpatient programs’ length of stay is individualized for each patient. However, recovery is not a one-time event. It is an ongoing process that is successful only with the commitment of the patient and a support system and treatment program that is dedicated to helping people live sober lives.

On average, our Residential program is 28 days. This allows the patient to fully focus on their recovery in a safe and therapeutic environment. As the patient progresses, Day Treatment, ½ Day Treatment and Evening Intensive Outpatient Programs are step-down programs that help the patient systematically transition back into work and family life, with the support and treatment needed to prevent relapse and further instill the skills and desire for sober living.

Patients can expect to be in the recovery program between 90 and 120 days. However, the total length of stay is based upon the recommendation of the treatment team and the patient’s overall progress.

Dual Diagnosis and Recovery
Patients with chemical dependency and substance abuse issues sometimes are faced with an untreated or undiagnosed behavioral health issue that prevents them from fully conquering their addictions. Research has shown that these patients tend to have less than favorable treatment outcomes if the underlying behavioral health issues are not effectively treated.

The Dual Diagnosis Program at Lakeside Behavioral Health System is based on personal responsibility and is designed for those patients who have difficulty maintaining sobriety from their chemical dependency. The program includes daily structure, group therapy, education, monitored administration of medications, as well as the therapeutic intervention of the psychiatrist and dual diagnosis team. Patients are taught the skills necessary to manage both their addiction and behavioral health issues. In this program of personal growth and responsibility, patients are expected to attend scheduled treatment services and perform self-care.

Patients who become acutely psychotic, physically aggressive or a threat to themselves or others may be stepped-up to our acute program for their protection and stabilization. Patients may transition back to the Dual Diagnosis program to complete their treatment after stabilization is achieved.

Goals of the Program

  1. To determine the patient’s accurate diagnosis in order to treat both the addiction and behavioral health issues
  2. To prepare the patient for success, once an accurate diagnosis has been established
  3. To establish and maintain proper medication regimen and compliance
  4. To develop personal recovery habits for all diagnosis
  5. To accept how the dual diagnosis affects chemical dependency
  6. To set up a continuum of care plan based on the patient’s needs.

Impaired Professionals and Peer Review Boards
Lakeside has a successful history of treating all patients with addiction and dual diagnosis issues. Our list of alumni includes professionals such as physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacist, attorneys, pilots, business executives and other professionals who are dealing with chemical dependency. A hallmark of Lakeside’s success has been helping these individuals continue the process of recovery from the physical, emotional and professional effects of their disease.

Chemical dependency leads to an impairment and inability to work with reasonable skill and safety. The recovery program at Lakeside is structured to help all working professionals resolve the issues surrounding their addiction and understand that accomplishments do not protect them from the disease.

Lakeside’s therapists and staff will work with employers and peer-review/licensing boards, where treatment is a condition to continued employment. Our staff will work with these entities to monitor the patient’s progress and adjust programming to ensure a smooth transition back into the workplace.

Multi-Family Therapy
Chemical dependency is a disease that affects the entire family. Dealing with addiction in a family member or friend is often stressful, frustrating and emotionally painful. To address this need, individual and multi-family therapy groups are an integral part of the recovery process. During these family sessions, the family and patient have the opportunity to identify problem areas and set goals for a plan of recovery that will continue once the patient transitions home.

During these sessions, the patient, family and therapist learn how addiction has affected and changed the individual from the family’s perspective. And, how the addiction has affected and changed the family. Research has shown that chances of recovery are greater when the family works together to help the patient.