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Treatment for Adults

Inpatient Programs

The Menninger Clinic®

Adult Treatment Program

If you’re feeling hopeless or depressed, anxious or overstressed, Menninger’s Adult Treatment Program can help.
Here, you’ll meet others who struggle with similar issues. Many come after years of individual therapy, medication and other forms of treatment that didn’t help.
Our experienced and caring team is devoted to helping you rebuild purpose, develop skills and enhance relationships. By working collaboratively with the team, you’ll gain understanding, hope, confidence and momentum as you move forward on your path to recovery.

Treatment Approach

We use a highly personalized approach to treatment on the Adult Treatment Program, which means we'll help you identify and set your goals for treatment. It also means how long you stay in treatment will depend on your individual goals and needs.

Some patients might stay three weeks because they only want to focus on one key concern, while others might stay longer because they want to address multiple issues. Either way, we’ll ask you up front what you want to concentrate on while you’re at Menninger so that we can make the best use of our time together.

Depending on the concern or concerns you want to work on, we’ll put you on one or more pathways designed to address them. This is accomplished through a personalized blend of psychoeducation classes, group psychotherapy, individual therapy, family therapy, medications – if needed – and much more.


Who We Treat

When you arrive on the Adult Treatment Program, you’ll find that some of your fellow patients, all of whom are 18 years and older, have struggled with mental health issues or substance use for a while, and some are experiencing their first such encounter. Their struggles will sound familiar to you, and yours to them. They’ll be a powerful part of your recovery, and you’ll be a powerful part of theirs.

What We Treat

We can help you cope with challenges like:
  • Depression
  • Trauma and posttraumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Suicidal behavior or self-harm
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and social anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Life transitions (divorce, retirement, empty nest or phase of life change)
  • Addiction or substance use, including stimulants, alcohol or medications, or addictive behaviors like overspending or gambling
  • Personality disorders, such as borderline (BPD), narcissistic or dependent
  • Perfectionism
  • Eating disorders (as long as this is not a primary diagnosis or currently active)

What the Adult Treatment Program Offers

Your journey begins with a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment. Within 24 hours of arrival, you’ll meet with a psychiatrist, an internal medicine physician or a nurse practitioner and a program nurse. This process will include:
  • A complete psychiatric evaluation
  • Nursing and psychosocial assessments
  • A review of prior testing results, if available
  • A physical examination, including screening for medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes or thyroid problems
  • Evaluation of current medications for both psychiatric and medical indications
In the course of your treatment, your team psychiatrist may order a psychological assessment for you. If that's the case, you’ll complete gold-standard psychological assessments that will provide an in-depth look at your symptoms and how severe they are. These include assessments that are part of our treatment outcomes research.
You'll also select one or more treatment pathways, which are designed to help meet your clinical needs:
  • The trauma work pathway offers evidence-based interventions along with an individualized treatment plan to address your specific needs. Key features include trauma education, regulation skills and skills to develop healthy relationships.
  • The mood and anxiety pathway helps individuals with depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and more via evidence-based treatments that include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
  • Substance use and addictive behavior is a pathway that treats substance use disorders and problematic behaviors like gambling, sex addiction and more. We offer multiple recovery options so that you can find one that works for you.
  • On the emotion regulation pathway, you'll explore new ways to cope with your intense emotional experiences based on dialectical behavioral therapy.
  • If you struggle with excessive self-control or overcontrol in some areas of your life, the over-controlled personalities (radically open DBT) pathway can offer a path forward.
You'll find these same treatment pathways on our Bridge Program for Adults, our on-campus residential program, giving you the chance to continue developing the skills and knowledge introduced during your stay on the Adult Treatment Program, should you decide to step down to this level of care at Menninger. 
Most patients participate in more than one pathway, and many take part in groups on other pathways as long as those groups don't require a referral.
To get a idea about how you'll spend your time on the Adult Treatment Program, check out this sample schedule.
Your treatment plan will also likely include:
  • Individual therapy
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Psychoeducational, skills and process groups (self-compassion, suicide resilience, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, mentalizing, grief and more)
  • Recovery groups for alcohol or drugs, if needed 

Working with Families

Having a loved one in the hospital can be very stressful for families. That’s why we encourage you to include your spouse or partner, children and parents in your treatment journey. Family meetings with your social worker, if you choose to have them, are often a vital part of treatment.
With your permission, we will have regular contact with your family members. Your treatment team will coordinate on-site visits, phone calls and scheduled videoconferencing to strengthen family relationships and ensure as smooth a transition as possible for your return home.

Next Steps After Treatment at Menninger

When you’re ready, the team will also help as you create a wellness plan for you to follow once you discharge. Taking the lead on your wellness plan helps cement your commitment to a future full of hope. It will remind you of all the skills you’ve learned and practiced while at Menninger and keep you on the path to good health.
The team will also help with discharge planning. We’ll recommend the level of treatment we believe will best position you to achieve your long-term mental health goals.
Some patients go on to one of our outpatient options, like Menninger 360, Pathfinder or even outpatient therapy. If you need short-term support for recovery from drugs or alcohol, Navigator might be recommended, while our Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program can help if you need more structured, intensive treatment for addiction or substance use.
If your team thinks you’d benefit from residential care, our Residential Treatment Program for Adults will soon be an option.
Wherever you go, we want you to leave confident that the next step taken in your treatment journey is the right one for you.

Your Journey. Your Choice

You have lots of choices when it comes to mental health treatment.
Before you make that choice, consider our treatment outcomes, our history as a leader in treatment since 1925 and our ranking on the US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list for psychiatry since 1991, and then decide where your journey to healing should take you.
We hope you’ll choose Menninger. Call us today at 713-275-5400.
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