Valle Vista Health System offers a full continuum of care to treat chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders, from acute inpatient services and detox to outpatient programming. For over 30 years, Valle Vista has been providing comprehensive behavioral health treatment in Greenwood, Indiana, the most populous suburb in the south end of Indianapolis, for children, adolescents and adults suffering from mental health maladies not limited to drug and alcohol addiction.
Accommodations and Food
Valle Vista’s modern brick and glass facility has a soothing exterior, surrounded by foliage and carefully landscaped sitting areas around the outdoor pool. Programs are broad in scope and there are a lot of people here at any given time; 102 beds serving all programs and all ages. Clients are separated by gender, age and treatment track, sleeping with a roommate and sharing a bathroom. Common areas are located in each unit and clients are given the opportunity to watch television during free time. Still, this is a medical setting and nurses stations are staffed 24/7.
Residents eat in the cafeteria and as such, meals are nutritionally sound, if not always exciting. There are two entrée options for each meal and a salad bar at lunch and dinner.
Treatment and Staff
The residential treatment program is set up to accommodate adults and adolescent girls. The staff creates an individualized treatment plan for each client, taking into account any co-occurring disorders and treating them accordingly. The goal is to regain a healthy balance between mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of life.
The components of Valle Vista’s adult program create a highly structured and supervised environment; individual and group therapy, family counseling as ordered by psychiatrist or nurse practitioner; an interdisciplinary treatment program including recreational therapy, medication management by board-certified professionals and 24-hour nursing care.
Individual treatment modalities beyond the medical detox include medication management, addiction education and an introduction to community support programs, including 12-step ideology (there are meetings on the Valle Vista campus). Therapeutic modalities include CBT, DBT, even pet therapy with trained therapy dogs. The exact protocol depends on the individual counselor.
The residential program for girls between the ages of 12 and 18 is for those who have been diagnosed with a chemical dependency and/or mental health disorders like depression, PTSD and other personality disorders. Treatment is similar to the adult program and it includes age appropriate recreational therapy, like art and creative writing.
Outpatient options are for clients who don’t necessarily need around the clock supervision—perhaps transitioning out of a residential setting. The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) usually lasts for two weeks; clients spend up to six hours in treatment each day, five days a week, with clinical supervision. The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a further step down, allowing clients a gradual exit from therapeutic control; meeting three days a week from 9 am to noon.
Valle Vista’s team is lead by a head psychiatrist and employs a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, Master’s-level therapists, nurses, education and recreational therapists. The appropriate team members evaluate incoming clients to determine where in the continuum of care they fall. An acute inpatient program accommodates the most serious of cases, both adults and adolescents needing to be stabilized—most often dual diagnosis clients who have hit some kind of extreme bottom. If a medical detox is necessary, clients remain in the detox unit for three to seven days.
Valle Vista Health System specializes in the treatment of substance abuse complicated by mental health issues. The multidisciplinary team approach might best suit difficult cases or chronic relapsers—people who just can’t seem to stay sober. Being treated at a place like Valle Vista could also mean identifying serious issues in an adolescent at the beginning of the addiction cycle.
Valle Vista Health System
898 East Main St
Greenwood, IN 46143
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