Psychotherapy care and medication management is an integral part of the holistic treatment approach. Solstice East has a psychiatrist on staff who is fully integrated into the treatment team. They participate in every treatment team review of the residents every week.
Solstice East takes a conservative approach regarding the use of medication in treating mental health issues in adolescents. Some of our residents clearly meet diagnostic criteria that indicate a medication component in their treatment plan, but others may not. In some cases, this remains an integral part of the treatment plan over time, even as the resident completes treatment and returns home. We work to find which psychotherapy works best for individual needs.
We also find that many of our residents come to us on medications that are not required in their long-term treatment. In many cases, treatment response is positive enough that we can significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for some medications. Of course, this process is methodic. It includes consultation with the entire treatment team as well as the parents and takes place over a prolonged period of time. Parents and residents are always involved in discussions about medications before any changes are made.