Frequently Asked Questions: Outpatient

Outpatient

How long does treatment last?

Our care is individualized to each patient. The length of your program will be determined based upon your treatment needs and goals that are identified between you, your assigned provider, and the treatment team.

How can I find out how much my insurance will cover?

We have a trained financial counselor to walk you through what insurance will or will not cover and what other options are available for you. You are welcome to call us at 513-942-9500 at any time with questions. 

How do I know if I need treatment for anxiety?

Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes, but if you worry excessively, to the extent that it interferes with daily activities, or experience extreme panic or phobias, you may have an anxiety disorder. These conditions are real, serious, and treatable. Untreated anxiety disorders can lead to problems with school, work, and personal life, as well as to development of secondary conditions like substance abuse and depression.

Beckett Springs has experts who can provide treatment for anxiety disorders that enables you to live a more full and productive life.

What is the difference between inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient services?

Inpatient is a short-term, 24-hour intensive treatment program provided in a safe and secure hospital setting. It includes 24-hour nursing care and daily provider visits not available on an outpatient basis.

Partial hospitalization is a short-term, high-intensity, therapeutic, and recovery-focused program.

Intensive outpatient is a high-intensity, therapeutic, and recovery-focused program that typically meets in a group environment.

What is the treatment for anxiety?

Anxiety disorder treatment involves psychotherapy, medication, or a combination, along with education. Depending on the severity of the condition, a patient at Beckett Springs may have an outpatient treatment plan, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, medication management, or inpatient treatment plans. 
 
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is very effective for anxiety disorders. It focuses on developing skills to manage your worries, and allow you to gradually build success in activities you were avoiding because of anxiety. Other modalities include Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT), solution-focused therapy, trauma-focused therapy groups. 
 
At Beckett Springs, these behavioral therapies may be augmented by holistic therapy, group sessions, and educational programs. Contact Beckett Springs to plan your treatment.

Learn more in our anxiety disorder treatment section.

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is excessive and uncontrollable worry about everyday issues.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is recurrent unwanted preoccupations (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions).
  • Panic disorder involves episodes of intense, unexpected fear, along with physical symptoms like racing heart, trouble breathing, dizziness, fainting, or abdominal pain.
  • Social anxiety disorder is excessive anxiety in everyday social situations. 
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety that occurs after a life trauma (physical or emotional). People may avoid situations, become detached, have difficulty concentrating and sleeping, and may relive traumatic experiences long after they have occurred.
  • Some people have phobia(s) associated with specific objects, situations, places, animals, etc.

While most people experience some degree of anxiety, it can become a serious problem when it disrupts your quality of life. Anxiety disorders can be treated. If you or a loved one are experiencing these problems, Beckett Springs can help with diagnosis and treatment.

Learn more in our anxiety disorder treatment section.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

An initial review should encompass physical evaluation and lab tests, along with a psychiatric assessment. If a bipolar diagnosis is confirmed, you should expect to work with a treatment team that includes a psychiatrist (medical doctor expert in mental disorders), psychologist, social worker, psychiatric nurse, and therapists experienced in holistic treatments. Treatment for bipolar disorder usually involves medication combined with psychotherapy, along with education and support groups. A variety of medications address different aspects of bipolar symptoms, including mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medications. It can take some time and patience, working with your doctor and therapist, to find an effective combination and level of medications for an individual patient.

Therapies effective for bipolar disorder include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Trauma-focused therapy groups
  • Holistic therapies: yoga therapy, art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, recreation therapy
  • Educational programs: mindfulness training, fitness & wellness education, nutrition education

Bipolar disorder is a long-term condition - treatment is focused on education and managing symptoms. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, treatment at Beckett Springs might involve medication management, outpatient or partial hospitalization (PHP) programs. If symptoms are more severe, or combined with substance abuse or self-harming behavior, an inpatient program may be recommended. Learn more in our bipolar disorder treatment section.

What is a manic episode?

A manic episode may be diagnosed as part of bipolar disorder. It is a period where someone experiences heightened energy, productivity and sometimes euphoria - in a more intense form than a "good mood," and distinctly different from the typical moods and behaviors of that person. People may have increased sexual desire, talk more loudly or rapidly, spend excessively, and act jumpy or "high." They may express grandiose or extreme beliefs and confidence. During a manic episode, it may be hard to sleep. Manic episodes may be experienced as pleasant and powerful, but there may also be a high level of irritation or anger with others who don't concur with the person's ideas of behavior. A manic episode lasts for a week or more, and interferes with the person's ability to function. Hypomania is a milder, and often shorter version of a manic period. With bipolar disorder, a person cycles through mood disruptions - periods of mania (or milder hypomania) and depression. After a manic episode, people may feel a crash - feeling extremely tired, and not remembering or being able to accept the outcome of actions they did during the episode. While bipolar is a long-term condition, Beckett Springs works with patients with bipolar disorder to create a customized treatment plan to manage their emotional states and lead a full and productive life.

Are there any financial aid programs?

Beckett Springs understands the complexities associated with evaluating commercial healthcare insurance benefit plans and private payment options. We have a full-time financial counselor who will assist you in evaluating your benefit plan and private pay options.

Are there family meetings?

Families have the opportunity to participate in education and support groups to increase their understanding of addiction and mental illness. This process helps them learn about themselves and their roles and responsibilities in the recovery process. With this important information in hand, the family has a greater opportunity to reunite and start interacting in a more helpful and healthy manner. Learn more about family involvement in our "what to expect" section.

Do I need to bring my own medications?

Yes, bring all of the medications you are currently taking (including OTC meds and inhalers) for verification. (These will be sent home if possible)

Do these programs really work?

It is essential that you engage fully in your own treatment plan, and that means attending all scheduled groups and individual sessions. The Beckett Springs staff is here to support you and encourage you, even when you may be tempted to do less than your best. We know you can and will be successful in your treatment stay, but only you can decide to get the most out of your stay with us. Our goal is to teach you the tools to regain your life.

How often will I see a doctor?

Inpatients meet daily with a psychiatrist. Partial hospitalization patients see a psychiatrist at least once per week Intensive outpatients see a psychiatrist at least once per month. Those under our medication management program are supervised by a medical provider of psychiatric services.

I just need someone to refill my medication. Can you do that?

Patients who are in the medication management program are seen typically one time per month if recently discharged from outpatient services, one time per quarter if symptoms have been managed with current prescriptions or at a frequency deemed necessary with the medical provider. All patients receiving medication management will receive a full evaluation prior to the start of medication management.

Is there a dress code?

Our dress code guidelines are intended to encourage a respectful, safe and enjoyable environment for all patients. Clothing should not be revealing or extremely tight (no halter tops, tube tops, fishnet shirts, medical scrubs, short-shorts). Clothing should not contain drug/alcohol/sexual/gang-related messages.