This section of the FAQ is for families interested in learning more about the treatment that their loved ones receive at APN Lodge. We hope to use this space to highlight core aspects of the treatment we offer at APN and capture the experience that your loved one has of our therapeutic program and answer some questions you may have.
We recommend all clients stay a minimum of 30 days to optimize the impact of treatment. However, many clients benefit from 60-day, 90-day, or even longer stays. There is no “typical” length of stay here at APN Lodge. For this reason, discharge dates are not set in stone and are instead based on clinical recommendations from our comprehensive treatment team. Additionally, we offer multiple levels of care here on-site: RTC and PHP.
APN prides itself on offering a truly comprehensive array of services to holistically treat each of our clients. Though a large variety of services and modalities are available, our care team works with each client to custom-curate a program specifically for their needs. All clients are offered individual therapy, group therapy (with mutiple groups every day), case management, psychiatry, health and wellness programming, and activity-based therapy. The extent of the services offered, as well as their focus, is often predicated upon the individual needs of each client.
We strongly recommend that families have conversations with their loved ones about their diagnoses, experiences, and what treatment feels like. While we have very knowledgeable professionals who have studied different diagnoses, the real expert of your loved one’s unique experience and how it affects them would be your loved one. Moreover, having these conversations with your loved one meets one of the common treatment plan goals: more effective, open, and direct communication.
Many families wonder whether their loved one will return to the “old” version of themselves. While often well-meaning, this worry can have a hurtful impact on those in treatment. Talking about “the old you” often refers to a time in which your loved one was suffering (and sometimes hiding this suffering). Rather than returning to their old selves, clients at APN are working to navigate into a new version of themselves that reduces suffering and engages in a more meaningful and empowered life.
Here at APN, we believe that a blaming and shaming culture is not helpful for anyone. For that reason, we focus first on supporting your loved ones in becoming their best selves, while also resolving maladaptive patterns that have been negatively impacting the family. We take our responsibility to your loved ones very seriously, and equally serious to us is the work we do to strengthen the family in its entirety. One should not come at the expense of the other.
APN Lodge offers a myriad of services to help incorporate family members into the healing process of their loved ones at APN Lodge. This includes telehealth family therapy to participate in with your loved one (including family of origin or family of creation). We also offer in-person family therapy services for families with the flexibility to accommodate. This includes two options.
- Focused Family Therapy includes at least 3 in-person family therapy sessions over the course of a week with an emphasis on specific goals that these families can more intensively practice in person.
- As an alternative, we also offer a Family Intensive Therapy program. This comprehensive program takes place over the course of 3 days, with several multisystemic groups that incorporate interpersonal processing, psychoeducation, and experiential activities.
Finally, we also offer outpatient telehealth services to support family members who may be struggling in different ways as their loved one engages in treatment.
There may be quite a few enticing amenities here at APN Lodge, but your loved ones’ first and foremost priority is their treatment. Here, therapy becomes a full-time job. That is not all APN lodge focuses on, however, as fun (or play) helps the clients to strengthen social skills and self-regulation that will be needed when they return home to maintain progress. This includes more effective empathy, problem-solving, vicarious learning, and a willingness to explore responsible risk-taking. The amenities provided for fun here also offer further therapeutic benefit. For example, hiking or mountain biking have been found to improve mental health outcomes. Yoga and massage have been found to be similarly helpful.
It is important to acknowledge some of the core approaches that our therapists use, remembering therapists vary their approaches for each client. Two major therapies (each backed by strong bases of research and healthy outcomes) that are incorporated into our program for all clients are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). You may hear your loved ones talking about each of these acronyms, so it may be helpful for you to familiarize yourselves with these so that you and your loved ones can have a “shared language” about their treatment. You can learn more about CBT here and more about DBT here. Each of our therapists have their own personalized approaches. You can learn more about each therapist’s approach by exploring their bios here.
While psychotherapeutic approaches are a critical foundation of the treatment provided here, there are additional services that help to enhance the therapeutic work being done. This includes DTMS, HBOT, healthy physical activity, social connection activities, wellness-based stress reduction services, and spa services.