AKUA Mind and Body provides multiple levels of care for adult men and women who are struggling with a mental health disorder, a substance abuse disorder, or co-occurring disorders.
The treatment team at AKUA Mind and Body offers a combination of clinical excellence and compassion, integrating evidenced-based Western medicine with Eastern holistic approaches.
They tailor individual treatment plans to each client’s unique needs, paving the road to a successful recovery.
From detoxification and residential treatment to partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy, AKUA offers state-of-the-art treatment for a wide variety of mental health and addiction disorders.
Detoxification refers to the elimination of drugs and/or alcohol from the body in a controlled setting. Detoxification is the initial stage of substance abuse treatment. Clients can be given prescription medications to ease the physical side effects of withdrawal during this detoxification process.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is commonly used for individuals struggling with opioid abuse, alcohol abuse, and benzodiazepine abuse.
Clients who are suffering from a substance abuse disorder of any kind should undergo detoxification first.
Then, they can transition into a long-term drug and alcohol treatment program to address underlying triggers and possible co-occurring mental health disorders.
Residential treatment is a high-level level of care offered at AKUA Mind and Body, providing around-the-clock clinical support for clients who are struggling with a severe mental health disorder or substance abuse disorder.
Clients who undergo residential treatment live at the treatment facility and undergo daily psychotherapy sessions for an average of 6 hours a day.Residential treatment usually lasts an average of 30-90 days.
During this time clients undergo group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy. After successfully completing residential treatment, clients can transition to a lower level of care such as intensive outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization.
Mental Health Disorders
Mental health disorders include:
- Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia
- Personality disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Trauma disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Behavioral disorders
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorders and range from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder to specific phobias and social anxiety disorder.
Mental health disorders are best treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Depending on the severity and the duration of the client’s symptoms, they may need to undergo a higher level of care such as residential treatment or partial hospitalization.
Co-occurring disorders, formerly known as dual diagnosis, refers to having a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder at the same time.
However, each of these disorders may be diagnosed at different times over the course of a client’s evaluation and treatment.
Mental health disorders can often lead to substance abuse disorders and vice versa. Underlying trauma often triggers both types of disorders.
A client’s mental health disorder and substance abuse disorder must be treated simultaneously. If one disorder is left untreated, then the client as a higher likelihood of relapsing or undergoing complications during their treatment program.
Partial hospitalization is an all-day treatment program that requires the client to undergo four to six hours of therapy per day for three to five days per week.
Unlike residential treatment programs, clients in partial hospitalization go home after each day to the comfort of their own beds.
Clients should have a strong support system at home, a reliable means of daily transportation, and be medically stable.
Clients should not be in withdrawal from alcohol or substances, have active medical complications, or be suicidal in order to undergo partial hospitalization.
Partial hospitalization is a mid-level of care: it is a step down from residential treatment, but more involved than intensive outpatient therapy.
Gender Specific Treatment
Gender specific treatment is designed to treat genders separately from one another. It is a major component of AKUA Mind and Body for all mental health and substance abuse disorder treatments, at all levels of care.
Research has shown that separate treatment programs for males and females remove the distractions and barriers that often come with co-ed treatment programs.
Gender specific treatment allows clients to feel more comfortable in treatment, allows clients to be able to spend more time on gender-specific issues, and allows clients to feel safer about sharing intimate details and relating to others during group treatment.
AKUA Mind and Body understands the financial burdens that addiction and mental health treatment can have on an individual and their family. As a result, AKUA works closely with most HMO, EPO and PPO insurance plans including AmeriHealth, Optum, Humana, United Healthcare, Allcare Health, Highmark, Oscar, UPMC Health Plan, MetLife and are In-Network with Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Multi Plan, Beacon, Magellen, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HMC Health Works, Western Health Advantage, and Tricare.
Intensive Outpatient Program
Intensive outpatient treatment is a lower level of care providing treatment for clients who are struggling with mental health disorders and/or substance abuse disorders.
Intensive outpatient therapy requires clients to undergo nine hours of group or individual therapy per week.
Each session usually lasts 3-4 hours, allowing clients to maintain their own professional and personal lives. Intensive outpatient therapy is suitable for clients who are highly-functioning in society, have a strong support group, and who are able to maintain their own sobriety outside of therapy.
Intensive outpatient treatment provides more structure and a more intensive treatment program than a standard outpatient program, while still accommodating the individual’s home and work life.
Outpatient therapy is the lowest level of care offered to clients who are struggling with substance abuse or mental health disorder.
It is best suited as a maintenance therapy approach for clients who have successfully completed a higher level of care.
Clients in outpatient therapy usually undergo one to two hours of treatment each week or every other week, and are also active in a community support group such as AA, NA, or an online support group. Outpatient therapy is much more affordable compared to higher levels of care.