Located in the small city of Kalispell, Montana, Pathways Treatment Center (PTC) has been operating as part of Kalispell Regional Medical Center since 1994. PTC is a short-term inpatient facility that serves those with mental health problems, substance abusers and people with co-occurring disorders. The typical stay is 10 days, and begins with medically supervised detox, then proceeds to lay the foundation for substance abuse treatment and ends when clients are transferred to a longer-term facility.
Accommodations and Food
PTC is a hospital environment where up to 40 people receive treatment at a time. There are two clients per room and they share one bathroom. Each room has two beds and two chairs, but no phones or televisions. For television, residents can lounge in the comfortable day room.
The food is standard hospital fare, but quite popular with the staff and residents. There are staff chefs who prepare a menu approved by nutritionists. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Clients come to PTC usually through referrals from other places. If an addict is starting a longer-term residential placement, PTC will often take care of the initial detox phase of treatment, as well as introducing clients to some of the “beginning” aspects of staying sober and living in recovery. PTC only accepts clients who are assessed to be chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol.
Although 12-step principles are central to PTC’s philosophy, the number of clients who have dual diagnoses (or straight mental disorders) means that PTC must provide serious psychological treatment along with the 12-steps. The main modalities of treatment at PTC are DBT and CBT administered through a combination of group and individual therapy. There are group sessions pretty much constantly at PTC, and clients maintain a rigid schedule of attending educational and therapeutic group sessions as well as individual therapy with clinicians and family care meetings.
Because of PTC’s nature as an acute facility for people with very serious substance problems or mental health issues, the staff at the facility is top-notch. All the clinicians are Master’s-level in therapy and accredited with substance abuse treatment credentials on top of that. Even the majority of the nurses at the facility have special training in treating the mentally ill, addicts and people with co-occurring disorders. The staff-to-client ratio is one-to-three. PTC employs medical doctors and psychiatrists, so people with physical problems and those in need of psychiatric drugs can receive necessary treatment.
PTC has a family program component. It offers the families of addicts a series of 12 sessions structured to help caregivers understand and support their loved ones.
Pathways Treatment Center doesn’t just offer detox, it is truly a specialized facility custom made for those in need of dual diagnosis support. This is a serious program for those who need professional help with mental disorders along with their addiction. With a highly qualified multidisciplinary staff, the is a great option for clients seeking medication-assisted treatment and a helping hand in gaining stability before finding a long-term treatment facility.
Pathways Treatment Center
200 Heritage Way
Kalispell, MT 59901
Pathways Treatment Center Cost: $2,600 per day. Reach Pathways Treatment Center by phone at (406) 756-3950.
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