Getting Mental Health Treatment for Your Adult Child

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Watching your child go through a mental health crisis can be difficult and heartbreaking, even after they’ve left the nest. There’s often a sense of helplessness involved, especially if you’re no longer your child’s guardian. Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services understands that everyone’s journey is different, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Here’s what you need to know about getting mental health treatment for an adult child.

Conditions We Treat

Many types of mental health conditions require an inpatient stay in order to help the patient reach a place where they are safe and stable. These often include psychiatric illnesses and substance addiction.

Pine Grove offers a highly structured approach to psychiatric illnesses that includes assessing the patient, helping them cope, and offering treatment options. Mental health conditions that we treat include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

Substance use can quickly turn into abuse and dependency, and in some cases, stopping a substance abruptly can also lead to life-threatening medical complications. In these cases, the detoxification process needs to be completed under medical supervision. Pine Grove offers safe detox services overseen 24/7 by a team of qualified, experienced physicians. Our inpatient detox services also include an individualized treatment plan to keep patients on track through their addiction recovery. Pine Grove offers detoxification for substances such as:

  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines like Ativan, Valium, and Xanax
  • Opioids like heroin, hydrocodone, and oxycodone
  • Stimulants like Adderall, cocaine, and methamphetamine 

We also provide treatment for those dealing with both psychiatric disorders and substance use. These dual diagnoses require both detox services as well as psychiatric evaluations, care, and treatment. 

How To Help Your Adult Child

When your child is going through a mental health crisis, they need your care and support more than ever. Being present and emotionally available for your child are two of the best ways you can support them. To help your child access care, there are a few things you can do. We recommend that you:

  • Contact our admissions department at 1-888-574-HOPE (4673). Our admissions team is available 24/7 to answer any questions you or your child may have. We will help you and your child complete an assessment to determine what level of care will help them best.
  • Help your child pack for their stay with us. After we’ve scheduled an admissions date for your child, we’ll send you a confirmation packet that includes everything your child should pack for their stay.
  • Drop your child off on the date of their admission. We allow family and friends to stay with our patients as they fill out the initial paperwork, which usually takes about 45 minutes.
  • Visit your child during their stay with us. Visitation varies by individual and by program, but we encourage families to visit if the patient’s program allows it.

You can’t force your adult child into mental health treatment unless they are court-ordered and/or you are their guardian, so simply offering support is one of the best ways to help them access care. If you are concerned that your child is a danger to themselves or others, you may be able to go through the courts to be granted legal guardianship.

Get the Help Your Adult Child Needs

If you’re ready to help your child access services for psychiatric illness or substance use, fill out our online form or call our toll-free number at 1-888-574-4673. Help your child take control of their health by contacting us today.

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