Founded in 1967, Lakeside Behavioral Health is one of the largest freestanding inpatient psychiatric hospitals in the country. With 305 beds, the Memphis-based treatment facility has ample accommodations for clients seeking treatment for mental health, substance abuse or co-occurring disorders. Lakeside serves clients of all ages—children, adolescents, young adults, adults and seniors—in the Memphis and Mid-South region.
Accommodations and Food
The residential facility is a large hospital with five separate wings all dedicated to inpatient treatment. As the name of the hospital suggests, the facility’s 37-acre plot of land is surrounded by lakes and clients regularly enjoy walks around the property during their free time.
There are five buildings housing detox and inpatient clients. Each room comes furnished with two to three twin beds, a desk, a chair and a shared bathroom. Every wing has a large common room used for group therapy meetings, and many small rooms are used for individual counseling.
Lakeside has an extensive list of prohibited items including plastic bags, coat hangers and any clothing with drawstrings. Electronics are banned including cell phones, computers and iPods.
Meals are served three times a day in a cafeteria by an on-site chef. The menu is prepared by dietary specialists, and any special meal requests and restrictions are met, including allergies and specific food plans. Snacks are also available in the cafeteria throughout the day.
Treatment and Staff
Lakeside offers four treatment programs: detox, residential, Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP). Upon arrival at Lakeside, clients undergo an assessment that determines what level of treatment is needed. After assessment, each client is assigned an individual counselor who works with them for the duration of their stay.
If clients have severe co-occurring mental health issues or are in need of drug and alcohol stabilization, they enter the detox program—Lakeside’s largest program—which provides both mental health stabilization as well as drug and alcohol detox.
If the client does not need detox or stabilization, they can go directly into residential inpatient treatment—the Cresthaven 28-Day Residential Recovery Program. This track uses a 12-step model and consists of intensive group therapy, individual counseling using CBT, and a family program.
Lakeside has a wide variety of group meetings, including compulsory 12-step meetings, addiction education, process groups, step studies, spirituality groups, multi-family groups, a trauma program, suicide intervention, mental health issues and relapse prevention. A typical day begins with meditation, followed by various group meetings, recovery skills workshops, process groups, therapy, journaling, family therapy, recreational therapy, a 12-step meeting, and then a spirituality group. All clients are required to complete steps one through three before discharge.
The residential program lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 days and is limited to eight or nine clients at a time. Lakeside refers clients to outside residential facilities if their inpatient program is at capacity.
All groups are led by staff who are at least Master’s level and are licensed mental health or LADC. Each counselor has a specific expertise and clients are assigned based on their needs and the counselor’s focus. Groups have a one-to-20 staff-to-client ratio. The treatment team also includes addictionologists, psychiatric nurses and a psychiatrist. Nursing care is provided 24 hours a day.
The IOP consists of three-hour group meetings, once a day—Monday through Friday—with sessions offered in both the evenings and mornings. The meetings are education-based and cover a variety of topics including the 12-steps, coping skills and relapse prevention. Clients are strongly encouraged to attend outside AA meetings and begin working with a sponsor.
Lakeside’s PHP runs seven days a week from 9:15 am to 4 pm and is ideal for clients wishing to return home in the evenings. The program consists of group and individual counseling, family therapy, medication management, psycho-educational therapy, psychological trauma therapy, recreation therapy and EMDR.
For adolescent clients as well as those in their early to mid-20s, Lakeside offers a program that integrates family members into the treatment process.
There is a major focus placed on mental health issues at Lakeside and the treatment facility offers thorough dual diagnosis support.
Lakeside is a very large hospital facility with a wide spectrum of programs for drug and alcohol treatment. The size of the facility allows Lakeside to diversify their treatment and meet every client’s needs. However, the size of the program and building may be daunting for some. Also the lack of aftercare may not be a great fit for clients who do not have a support system or who have a history of relapse.
Lakeside Behavioral Health
2911 Brunswick Rd
Memphis, TN 38133
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