Mental health treatment can be approached in a variety of ways, but at Alta Loma, we specialize in integrating the most effective evidence-based methods available to provide residents with comprehensive care that addresses both their mental health and addiction needs. It’s essential for dual diagnosis residents to receive this level of coordinated care to ensure that they are treated as a whole, rather than a collection of symptoms. Other treatment centers might treat one disorder or the other, or have trouble reconciling different modalities. This can result in a conflicting set of messages that complicate the recovery process and limit its effectiveness. At Alta Loma, each individual’s treatment plan is created by a group of collaborative clinicians who work together to provide greater consistency for improved treatment outcomes
CONTINUUM OF CARE
We offer a continuum of care and utilize long-term treatment plans to maintain a cohesive experience as our residents’ progress toward a more independent lifestyle. While in our program, residents will live in supportive housing at The Ranch, The Villa or The Cottage and engage in partial hospitalization programming (PHP), intensive outpatient programming (IOP) or outpatient programming (OP) at our clinical office. Some of the proven mental health therapies we apply throughout the recovery process include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), as well as mindfulness, meditation and recreational therapies.
Upon arrival, our top priority is to stabilize residents and alleviate any acute mental health symptoms to prevent a psychiatric crisis. Sudden or severe symptoms can be highly disruptive and even life-threatening, so we provide medical and psychiatric interventions that are adjusted to the needs of each individual. All residents will also receive an initial psychiatric evaluation and substance abuse assessment to determine their treatment needs.
WITHDRAWAL AND DETOX
Alta Loma will work with individuals with substance abuse problems to coordinate any needed detoxification services they may need before becoming a resident of Alta Loma. Many drugs produce uncomfortable or dangerous withdrawal effects that make this a necessary step before treatment at Alta Loma can begin. A medically-supervised detox allows residents to begin treatment on the right foot, with a steady resolve and a clear mind.
THE RANCH BY ALTA LOMA
The Ranch in Georgetown, Texas, admits a limited number of individuals, ensuring that each resident receives the undivided attention and care that they deserve. Residents live on-site in supportive housing and partake in PHP programming at our nearby clinical facility.
This level of care is the most intensive, with a 24-hour wake staff and weekly appointments with psychiatrists and therapists. Treatment plans are customized for each resident and length-of-stay is flexible. During their time at The Ranch, residents will learn strategies for healthy living, necessary life skills, medication management and more. Family treatment is also available to support and guide close relatives as their loved ones progress through recovery. The goal of The Ranch is to move residents toward a less structured environment and eventually back to sustainable, independent living.
THE VILLA BY ALTA LOMA
This is the next step along the Alta Loma continuum of care, in which residents enter a less restrictive living environment at The Villa and participate in IOP programming at our clinical office. As an extended care option, residents are given the opportunity to practice the skills they learned during primary treatment in a safe, supportive setting. Individuals can stay at this facility for up to two years. At this stage, we encourage our residents to explore employment or educational opportunities and develop healthy relationships within the community. Psychiatric and therapy services are still conducted weekly as indicated and medication management by staff continues for the entire stay.