The Haven Difference

Haven provides specialized care in a setting that is tailored to meet the unique needs of our patients. We believe the inpatient program should maintain a separate area for adults and another area for older adults.  The program is then able to focus exclusively on the unique behavioral health needs and complex medical issues which are most common with each age population.

Programming for Older Adults

Haven’s Rio Grande Unit provides programming to meet the needs of those 55 and older. This population is often dealing with psychiatric conditions as well as complex medical conditions associated with aging. Each program has two different levels of programming. One level is designed for senior adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety and symptoms that are shown to benefit from didactical therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Our social workers and activity therapy staff work to help the patient learn or improve their coping skills, understand the symptoms and triggers of their anxiety and depression, as well as learn the value of interacting with others. Programming includes topics such as exercise, nutrition, medication groups, stress management, loss and grief counseling.

For those patients who are experiencing decreases in cognitive functioning, the programming is geared toward stimulating memories and reducing anxieties. Those who are experiencing symptoms associated with dementia need to be able to connect with what is familiar to them. Reminiscence and Sensory Stimulation therapies have been shown to improve memory as well as to reduce anxieties. The Reminiscence therapy groups are designed to get the patient to interact with the staff and their peers. Long term memories are the last to go, so watching age appropriate movies, talking about life experiences such as a first car, first date, what was happening in a particular period, will engage most of the patients in discussion.

With Sensory stimulation, the therapists are helping the patient to unlock memories that may be related to certain smells, textures and/or sounds. Listening to age appropriate music for an exercise group or just having music playing in a designated room can often help to calming patients who are agitated. Videos of aquariums, snow, rain, etc., have also been documented as having significant positive outcomes in reducing patient agitation and anxiety.

Programming for Adults

For those who are age 25-54, Haven’s Sandia Unit offers two distinct tracks for treatment.  Both tracks have primary psychiatric illness that warrants inpatient acute care, but there is a specialized dual diagnosis program for those suffering with addiction. The program for the dually diagnosed is staffed with a uniquely trained social worker and clinical staff qualified to treat this special group of patients.

There are individualized treatment plans, addiction-based groups and extensive counseling for these patients to meet with success on discharge. Groups are facilitated by specially trained staff seven days per week. Patients see a psychiatrist and internal medicine physician to ensure a safe detoxification and, ultimately, a discharge plan catered to their needs.

Programming for Intensive Outpatient

Haven’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides services for those 18 and older who are in need of more rigorous treatment than weekly therapy, but who do not require inpatient services.

The IOP is comprised of two programs:  Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse.  The Behavioral Health IOP is for individuals who are not successful in outpatient therapy and need ongoing psychotherapy and psychoeducation in an intensive therapeutic setting.  The Substance Abuse IOP is for individuals who have completed detox (when necessary), residential and/or inpatient treatment, but need additional therapeutic support without the need of 24-hour supervision.

The IOP works around an individual’s existing schedule, so patients can continue to work or go to school while receiving treatment.  These programs provide intensive treatment that allows access to physicians, counselors and other medical specialists, as well as group and individual counseling and educational services.

Medication Management

Our psychiatrists, along with our internal medicine physicians, understand that each patient may respond differently to medications. Often medications prescribed for medical conditions can exacerbate and/or result in behavioral symptoms. Our physicians and nursing staff work as a team to refine the patient’s medication regimen to most appropriately address both the psychiatric and medical needs for each patient.

Family Involvement

Family involvement is a very important part of treatment. Whether a loved one is dealing with depression or a dementing diagnosis, it is important that the family also receive support and education. We encourage family visitation on a regular basis, and our social work team provides family throughout the course of treatment. Some of the common topics that families review in treatment include; medication management, understanding the phases of the illness, understanding ways to handle behaviors in the home, as well as dealing with the emotions associated with having to place a parent in a higher level of care.

Individualized Care

We recognize that no two patients are exactly alike. Our treatment team works closely with the patient, family and/or caretakers in developing the best plan of care for the patient.

A sudden or prolonged change in behavior or mood may indicate the presence of mental illness. Sometimes specialized care is needed, and that’s where Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque can help.

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Albuquerque, NM 87108
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