When individuals are suffering from schizophrenia, they can rapidly begin to feel as though they have lost control of their lives. This mental illness can wreak havoc on the lives of those suffering from it, inhibiting their ability to appropriately interpret the world around them. Facing the constant struggle of trying to distinguish what is real and what is not, individuals with schizophrenia fail to think clearly, properly manage their emotions, and use sound judgment and reason. While the symptoms of schizophrenia can be devastating on the lives of those suffering from it, as well as on the lives of those around them, there is treatment available.
Rolling Hills Hospital is a private acute inpatient psychiatric care center designed to treat the psychological and chemical dependency needs of adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and intellectually disabled patients. Located in the rural town of Ada, Oklahoma, our treatment center is situated on a serene landscape, which enables us to provide confidential care in a tranquil environment. Rolling Hills has been a leader in behavioral healthcare since 1988, meaning that we have years of experience working with all types of patients who have faced a variety of different challenges. Whatever your needs may be, let the compassionate staff at Rolling Hills Hospital help you get your life back.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who is suffering from schizophrenia can be not only heartbreaking, but terribly frightening as well. You have likely watched your loved one act out in ways that do not make sense to you or have seen him or her responding to stimuli that are not truly there. It can be scary to watch someone you love suffer from a break in reality and you may feel powerless as to what you can do to help him or her. It is imperative that someone who is suffering from schizophrenia receives thorough treatment from a qualified mental health professional because, when left untreated, the symptoms of schizophrenia are likely to worsen over time. However, in many cases, individuals with schizophrenia are not fully aware of the fact that their thoughts and actions are not in tune with the rest of the world and therefore do not always recognize their need for treatment. As a result, the responsibility of finding treatment often falls onto their loved ones.
When approaching a loved one about his or her need for treatment, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Educate yourself on schizophrenia. Knowing the ins and outs of this illness can help you better identify and recognize the things that your loved one is struggling with.
- Ask your loved one specific questions about how he or she is feeling, what kinds of things he or she is experiencing, and whether or not he or she has felt any kind of confusion about things that occur around him or her.
- Use a calm, non-confrontational voice when speaking to your loved one so that he or she does not become defensive.
- Research various treatment options and present your loved one with your findings, allowing him or her to have a say in what type of treatment he or she feels most comfortable with.
- Be patient and remain unconditionally supportive.
- Consistently let your loved one know that he or she is not alone and that you will always be there for him or her, regardless of what the future holds.
- Be an active part in your loved one’s treatment process because family involvement is crucial to successful treatment outcomes.
Why Consider Treatment at Rolling Hills Hospital
The long-term ramifications that untreated schizophrenia can have on a person’s life can be devastating. From the onset of physical health problems, to occupational and academic failure, to a lack of strong interpersonal relationships, the presence of schizophrenia can elicit a number of negative effects on a person’s well being. Yet, while it can be a difficult road, there is treatment available that can lower one’s susceptibility to suffering from such effects.
Inpatient treatment programs are arguably one of the best ways for individuals with schizophrenia to receive the thorough, intensive care that they need. By entering into an inpatient program, individuals are stepping into a safe environment where they are surrounded by mental health professionals 24/7 who can help them fight against their symptoms and become grounded in reality. In this type of program, the sole focus of individuals is placed on healing, allowing them relief from the stresses they face on a daily basis as part of their typical, everyday lives. Through the use of a variety of therapeutic techniques, as well as the implementation of appropriate medication, people who are plagued by the symptoms of schizophrenia can learn to successfully manage their symptoms, taking the first step toward living the happy, healthy, and productive lives they deserve.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Rolling Hills Hospital, it is our mission to provide superior behavioral healthcare services to the people, communities, and hospitals we serve. Our core values focus on honesty and fairness, treating people as we wish to be treated, and providing a level of care we would want for our own family member. It is our goal to evaluate and stabilize any psychiatric disorder or substance abuse issue and increase each patient’s level of functioning within the community. An experienced psychiatrist leads our team, which also include psychologists, nurses, licensed therapists, social workers, certified nurse aids, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and other healthcare professionals within the hospital setting.
Types of Treatment Offered at Rolling Hills Hospital
At Rolling Hills Hospital, we maintain a treatment team of professionals of who are dedicated to providing high quality care to each and every person that comes to us. All treatment regimens are individualized to meet each patient’s particular needs and stated in measurable terms within the patient’s treatment plan. Most of our programs use a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, but our various programs also offer additional therapeutic interventions in order to meet ongoing needs. Your specific needs will determine which program you will be placed in. The following are some therapeutic treatment methods that may be part of your treatment plan:
Medication management: At Rolling Hills, each one of our patients sees our psychiatrist at least three times a week for evaluation and medication management. All patients will be thoroughly evaluated and monitored throughout the course of treatment. The implementation of appropriate medications is paramount to successful treatment for schizophrenia. Yet, because not everyone responds to medications in the same way, your doctor will work with you to ensure that any medications you are prescribed are working properly and effectively meeting your needs for symptom reduction.
Individual therapy: All of our patients engage in individual therapy on a weekly basis, including a minimum of two hours each week for adolescent patients and at least one hour each week for all other units. During individual therapy, patients can learn to change maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors, while also working towards meeting personal treatment goals.
Group therapy: Here at Rolling Hills, we offer a number of different process and expressive groups that are held on a weekly basis. The topics covered in these group sessions will vary some depending upon the unit that a person is in, but some of the topics may include anger management, coping skills, life skills, and managing mental illness.
Family therapy: Family therapy is an important part of the treatment process and is held at least once a week for each patient. On our adolescent unit, family sessions must be held in-person with a licensed therapist. Additionally, the parents or caregivers of our adolescent patients are encouraged to attend regular treatment meetings and are able to call and check on their child on a regular basis.
In addition to the previously mentioned therapeutic methods, Rolling Hills Hospital also provides a number of other services that you may participate in during your stay with us. These additional services may include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapies (including art, music, pet therapy, and tai chi)
- Emotions anonymous
- Daily school
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
At Rolling Hills Hospital, discharge planning begins at the time of admission and is continuously reevaluated throughout the patient’s stay in order to help ensure a smooth transition when his or her time with us has come to an end. All discharge plans will be discussed at least once a week with family members, the centers where patients have come from, and with the patients themselves. When you are ready to transition to the next level of care, we will do everything we can to make sure the appropriate plans are put in place to ensure full, successful continuity of care. Whatever your needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at Rolling Hills Hospital can help.