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Treatment for Young Adults

Inpatient Programs

The Menninger Clinic®

Compass Program for Young Adults

If you’ve lost your way on the road to adulthood, our Compass Program for Young Adults can help.
Perhaps you’ve struggled to handle college or get a job. Maybe your relationships with family and friends are deteriorating. Maybe you’ve become isolated and fearful about the future.
Perhaps you’ve already experienced residential treatment or outpatient treatment elsewhere, yet still aren’t feeling well. You may feel frustrated, angry or even hopeless, and the thought of more treatment may be scary.
At Compass, our team is experienced in engaging people just like you in treatment and recovery. Our outcomes data show how successful our treatment program is, while Elizabeth's story shows how powerful treatment at Compass can be.

Who We Treat

When you arrive on Compass, you’ll find other young adults, ages 18 to 30, who struggle with one or more mental health issues that are often accompanied by addiction or substance abuse, too. (In fact, 50 percent of Compass patients have a substance issue.)
These issues may have started in early adolescence, or they may have just begun to interfere with your life.
We’ll work with you to determine what is preventing you from making a successful transition to adulthood and help you develop a path to a new you. If you decide that your time in treatment is best spent focusing on only one issue, you may only stay at Menninger for a few weeks before moving on to another level of care. If you decide to focus your treatment on a multiple core issues, you may stay for several weeks.
As the key member of your treatment team, it’s all up to you – we’re just here to help you move forward toward your goals.
After eight weeks I have learned that sharing what weighs on you won't make you lighter, but it will make you stronger so that weight becomes easier to carry.
- former Compass Program patient

What We Treat

Our team is experienced in treating a range of mental illnesses and addictive behaviors, including:
  • Mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder and avoidant personality disorder
  • Anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety)
  • Trauma
  • Gender identity and sexual issues
  • Dysfunctional reactions to developmental and life problems
  • Self-harm behavior such as cutting
  • Suicide attempts and suicidal ideation
  • Self-esteem issues

Addiction Treatment on Compass

If you suffer from an addiction to or dependence on drugs, alcohol, gambling, spending or technology, you can get help for it on Compass, too.
Your treatment team will include a master’s-prepared addictions counselor, who will treat and support you from admission through discharge. At Menninger, our addictions counselors are full members of the teams so that we can integrate addiction treatment with mental illness treatment simultaneously rather than treating them in a separate or sequential manner.

What to Expect

Many patients arrive feeling self-conscious, confused and anxious. That is natural. We’ll get you settled into your treatment as quickly as possible so that you can begin to build your new life.
A board-certified psychiatrist will lead your treatment team, which includes a licensed psychologist and licensed clinical social worker. You are another key member of your treatment team, as is your family.
If you have a substance use issue, an addictions counselor will join your team. If you have issues or concerns that require help from additional specialists, you’ll be treated by them as well.
Together, you’ll define the goals for your treatment, create a treatment plan that makes achieving those goals possible and even develop a wellness plan to keep you focused on your goals after you discharge from Menninger.
At the beginning of treatment, we’ll start by stabilizing your symptoms. Then, depending on your needs, we’ll complete a series of psychological assessments and tests that will help us establish a full diagnostic picture of the issues you’re struggling with.
Your personalized treatment plan includes an intensive schedule of therapy and education; view a sample schedule here. Therapy will consist of both individual and family therapy and group therapy, too. You might even find that art therapy or music therapy will be a part of your treatment plan.
Education consists of psychoeducational groups that focus on shame resilience, perfectionism, mentalizing, dialectical behavior therapy, coping with trauma and much more. The groups you attend will be selected based on your treatment needs.
We also leave plenty of time for activities like exercising, reading, practicing skills you learn with peers and participating in recreational activities therapy with patients and staff.
To learn more about what it's like as an inpatient, check out our inpatient handbook.

Questions about Compass?

Seeking inpatient care is a big decision. Call us at 713-275-5400, and we’ll help you determine if Compass is a good fit for you.
If it is, a caring, compassionate Admissions coordinator will help you with the admissions process.
We’re dedicated to making your stay with us result in a real, long-term difference for your life. We want you to leave Compass with a better understanding of your problems, confident in your ability to sustain the progress you make here and continue on the positive path you start here.
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