The New Choices treatment programs at Cedar Springs Hospital aim to improve quality of life for adults struggling with substance abuse that may co-occur with a psychiatric disorder such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress. Treatment focuses on medical detoxification (if necessary), substance abuse and dual diagnosis.
Upon arrival, patients are assessed then escorted to the unit where nursing staff inspects belongings and provide necessary reading materials. Within 24 hours, they see a psychiatrist and physician who address any medical issues and start medications as needed. Within 72 hours, a therapist completes a psychosocial assessment and creates an individualized treatment plan. Patients see their therapist once or twice a week for an individual session and family sessions as indicated.
Patients participate in a structured 7-day-a-week schedule which includes physical exercise, group and individual therapy, equine-assisted therapy, AA/NA/CA/SMART and psycho-education groups. We also have a community outing each weekend such as hiking, bowling, fishing and trips to the zoo.’
All meals are eaten in the hospital cafeteria located in the Evergreen building. Meal times are at 6:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will arrange for our nutritionist to meet with you. Discharge planning begins at admission. We coordinate follow-up appointments with patients’ primary care provider. If you do not have a provider, we will help you find one.
Visitation is offered daily. Visitors may bring personal belongings during this time. Belongings will be inspected by staff to ensure your safety and recovery efforts. No outside food or beverage can be brought in by visitors. Patients will be able to smoke only once they have been seen by the psychiatrist.
Unit doors always locked for safety, and staff allows patients in and out of treatment areas. However, this is a voluntary program and patients may request to leave anytime. In that event, your treatment team will want to discuss options for further recovery efforts.