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Residential and Day Treatment for Schizophrenia

Approximately 2.5 million Americans are diagnosed with schizophrenia. An individual with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary. This often manifests in socially unresponsive and withdrawn behavior, including trouble with emotional expression in social settings. While the illness may develop over months or years, symptoms usually emerge between the ages of 15 and 25 and often earlier in males than females. Symptoms may come and go in cycles. 

As one of the nation's top treatment centers for schizophrenia, Skyland Trail provides expert, evidence-based psychiatric treatment for schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder in our mental health residential treatment and day treatment programs.

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What Are the Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

The "positive symptoms" of schizophrenia are things that are "extra," or present to those with schizophrenia but not present to everyone else. For example, someone with schizophrenia may see or smell things that other people do not see or smell, or hear voices or sounds that other people do not hear. 

Positive symptoms also include fixed false beliefs (sometimes called delusions). Someone may believe that they are being followed by the FBI or have been chosen for a special role in their faith community or government. Because they are struggling with these positive symptoms of schizophrenia, individuals with schizophrenia who do not receive effective treatment often are unable to develop the skills needed to live independently or thrive in society.

Some of the most serious symptoms of schizophrenia may be hard to see. Known as "negative symptoms," these include "losses" such as the loss of:

  • Motivation
  • Emotional expression
  • Logical communications
  • Ability to experience pleasure and even cognitive abilities. 

Because the first episode of schizophrenia typically appears at a time when young people are learning how to be adults, the long-term effects of these negative symptoms can have the greatest impact.

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Evidence-Based Residential Treatment for Schizophrenia

While no cure for schizophrenia has been discovered, with proper treatment, many people lead productive and fulfilling lives. Early treatment can mean higher remission rates and better long-term outcomes.

At Skyland Trail, our first priority is to identify an appropriate medication strategy to reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia, to control the hallucinations and delusions. But medication is only the first step. We then work to help clients manage their illness and develop skills they need to feel safe and healthy in the world. 

As part of our residential treatment program for schizophrenia, clients receive guidance and encouragement to manage their own hygiene and nutrition. A significant focus of individual and group therapy sessions is social integration, relationship building and emotional coping skills. 

Clients experiencing their first episode of psychosis likely will be part of our Cognition and First Episode specialized recovery community, while older adults seeking to manage ongoing symptoms will likely join our Social Integration recovery community.

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Individualized Psychiatric Treatment for Young Adults with Schizophrenia

Individualized psychiatric treatment for young adults with schizophrenia

 As one of the nation's top residential treatment centers for schizophrenia, Skyland Trail offers a unique continuum of services to support young adults with schizophrenia.

Most young adults with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder will begin in our psychiatric residential treatment program. They will live at the Rollins Campus for young adults where they will have a private bedroom and bathroom and receive 24/7 nursing care. 

Many clients come to Skyland Trail after a stay in a hospital or inpatient treatment facility for schizophrenia. The Rollins Campus, full of windows, light, and views of trees and sky, offers a welcoming environment as our clients transition back to more independent living in the community.

Young adults with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder likely will be a part of our Cognition and First Episode recovery community. Not a "one-size-fits-all" program, Skyland Trail matches each client with a specialized team of experts and a structured daily schedule of therapeutic activities to address the client's specific challenges and goals.

Young adult clients with psychosis also participate in cognitive remediation therapy. Research shows that completing specific computer-based exercises can help clients address some of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and prevent the cognitive decline that can occur with untreated psychosis.

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Cognitive Remediation Therapy

"CRT is a computer-based cognitive rehabilitation training program for adults with memory, processing speed, or executive planning deficits related to untreated mental illnesses," says Dr. Ray Kotwicki, chief medical officer, Skyland Trail.

Computer-based brain training

Improving Independence for Adults with Chronic Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Skyland Trail is one of the best treatment centers for schizophrenia in the U.S. We specialize in helping individuals with complex mental health challenges learn to successfully manage their illness and live healthy lives in the community.

Adults with schizophrenia ages 26 and older who admit to our residential treatment program for schizophrenia live at the Skyland Trail South Campus. In addition to 24/7 nursing support, they receive a private bedroom and bathroom. Clients are encouraged to participate in activities in the shared living areas and in community outings.

More mature adults with schizophrenia likely will participate in our Social Integration recovery community. This specialized group focuses on promoting independence and improving social relationships through one-on-one and group therapy as well as hands-on learning in the community.

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How Integrated Expressive Therapies & Vocational Services Improve Schizophrenia Treatment

Our clients can practice the skills introduced through counseling sessions as they participate in a structured schedule of social activities and art, music and horticulture therapy classes. Clients are encouraged to pursue purposeful activity, whether they are working toward going to school, getting a job, or finding a volunteer opportunity. To help maximize their opportunity for success in these efforts, we also offer cognitive remediation therapy to help clients improve cognitive functioning and speed.

Expert Insight: Purposeful Activity

"When a person is experiencing a mental illness, often the attention to self and well-being falls by the wayside. We work to identify things that the clients did when they were healthy that helped them feel pleasure, comfort or satisfaction," says Shelley Danser, CTRS, coordinator of adjunctive therapies, Skyland Trail.

Purposeful Activity

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse, Alcohol Use, or Addiction

For adults with a thought disorder like schizophrenia as well as an alcohol use, substance abuse, or addiction problem, Skyland Trail offers a dual diagnosis treatment program. Clients receive specialized psychiatric care focused on their psychosis, but also participate in one-on-one and group therapy focused on preventing relapse maintaining sobriety. 

Clients have access to 12-step programs on campus and in the community. And they receive unique education and support on how to manage both the symptoms of their thought disorder as well as the cravings and triggers of a substance use disorder. 

It's not just about "giving things up." We focus on helping clients add meaning to their lives by cultivating new skills, interests and relationships. Our treatment team helps clients replace unhealthy coping mechanisms like alcohol or marijuana use with new strategies to stay healthy like hobbies, skill-based activities, creative expression, and social activities in the community. Our vocational services team helps prepare clients for and connect clients to purposeful activities like volunteering, continuing education, or employment.

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Contact Skyland Trail Today

We treat each individual, individually, tailoring an approach that includes a broad mix of evidence-based one-on-one and group therapies that prepare our clients to reintegrate into their communities and live full and meaningful lives. Call today to talk to one of our admissions counselors and learn more about our residential treatment programs for schizophrenia.

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*Updated October 3, 2017