Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

OCD Treatment Center & Hospital in Covington, LA

At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, individuals can receive expert care delivered by a team of compassionate and experienced professionals. With the help of our center’s dedicated treatment team, it is possible to learn to manage OCD symptoms and live a healthier, happier life.

OCD Treatment

Learn more about OCD treatment at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital in St. Tammany Parish

As its name suggests, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) consists of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are persistent and distressing thoughts, and compulsions are actions that an individual takes in an attempt to resolve his or her obsessions. For example, compulsions can include actions such as hand-washing, ordering or arranging items, counting, repeating words, or checking locks, switches, and other items. Unsurprisingly, this disorder can cause enormous disruption across nearly all areas of a person’s life if the person does not seek treatment at a hospital or center for OCD.

Fortunately, you or your loved one need not suffer alone. At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, located in Covington, LA, individuals can receive expert care delivered by a team of compassionate and experienced professionals. With the help of our center’s dedicated treatment team, it is possible to learn to manage the symptoms of OCD and live a healthier, happier life.

How to Help a Loved One

Helping a loved one get treatment for OCD

As someone whose loved one is struggling with OCD, you likely feel a broad spectrum of emotions ranging from sadness to fear to anxiety to outright powerlessness. Fortunately, however, you are not powerless to help your loved one. Consider the following suggestions:

  • Research OCD. Learn about its symptoms and effects and try to build your understanding of what your loved one is experiencing.
  • Speak with treatment professionals at hospitals and treatment centers. These individuals can help you gain perspective and can direct you towards further sources of help.
  • Investigate options for treatment at a hospital or center specializing in OCD. Pay attention to each hospital’s and treatment center’s approach to treatment and consider speaking with an admissions team staff member to gather more information about the program.
  • Once you have completed your research, make a short list of a few centers or hospitals that may be a good fit for your loved one.
  • Keep open lines of communication with your loved one. Discuss your concerns openly and nonjudgmentally and listen carefully to your loved one’s responses. If he or she seems amenable to treatment, share your list of treatment centers.
  • Once your loved one decides to enter treatment at a hospital or center for OCD, make any necessary arrangements. Set up appointments with treatment center staff and offer to accompany your loved one to those appointments. In addition, consider issues such as childcare, transportation, and any other matters that need to be sorted before your loved one can enter treatment.
  • During your loved one’s time in treatment, continue to be an active source of support and participate in any family sessions that your chosen treatment center may offer.
  • Be active about seeking out the support of family and friends during this process. Now is not the time to go it alone.
  • Do not forget about your own mental and physical health. Make sure to keep up healthy habits, and be sure to schedule time for your own hobbies and leisure.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for OCD at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital in St. Tammany Parish

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, if left untreated, can all but destroy a person’s ability to function effectively in everyday life. A person may spend excessive amounts of time on his or her compulsions, leaving him or her unable to maintain social relationships and unable to perform at work, possibly resulting in job loss and financial strain. Depending on an individual’s obsessions, compulsions, and fears, he or she may avoid healthy activities, such as refusing to go to a physician’s office out of fear of germs, or may excessively perform healthy activities, such as washing their hands dozens of times per day. Restrictions that the individual imposes on him- or herself or others can cause internal anguish or severe family tension and dysfunction. In addition, people with OCD are at a higher risk of experiencing co-occurring mental health disorders and suicidal thoughts.

Types of Treatment

Types of OCD treatment offered at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital in St. Tammany Parish

Covington Behavioral Health Hospital is a 60-bed residential treatment center that provides personalized, comprehensive care for adult men and women, ages 18 and above, and geriatric patients who have experienced acute changes in their emotional and mental wellbeing and are in need of psychiatric stabilization.

At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, care for men and women who have been diagnosed with OCD is provided by multidisciplinary teams of talented and dedicated professionals, including psychiatrists, medical psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, counselors, activity therapists, and mental health technicians. Among the members of our center’s staff who have specialized training are our full-time staff dietitian, social workers who are certified in gerontology, and physicians certified in forensic psychiatry and addictionology.

The care that our patients receive at our center incorporates a variety of treatment techniques and therapeutic modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). We place a premium on conducting thorough assessments on each patient at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital to ensure that we are able to develop individualized treatment plans that address each person’s specific strengths, needs, and treatment goals.

Each patient’s time at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital will be a unique experience based upon his or her specific strengths and needs. Depending upon those unique factors, a patient’s treatment at our center may include the following elements:

Medication management: Some individuals with OCD may benefit from having certain prescription medications incorporated into their treatment plans at our center. Covington patients who meet this description will have the opportunity to meet with our psychiatrist and nursing staff on a regular basis to receive medication management services.

Detoxification: Covington Behavioral Health Hospital is not a substance abuse treatment center; however, we do understand that prospective patients may have struggled with substance abuse in addition to their challenges with OCD. To best serve these individuals at our center, we provide detox services for individuals who been abusing alcohol, prescription painkillers, and certain other drugs. After they have rid their bodies of the substances that they have been abusing, detox patients will transfer directly into residential treatment to receive care for their mental health disorders.

Individual therapy: Patients in the inpatient program may meet with a member of our social service staff (LCSW, LMSW, LPC, or PLPC) or nursing staff (RN or LPN) for individual therapy as needed. Individual therapy allows patients to address issues that they may be hesitant to bring up during group sessions, provides them with one-on-one feedback and guidance from experienced professionals, and helps them to develop effective skills for managing the symptoms of OCD.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are fundamental elements of treatment at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital. Group therapy provides a structured yet dynamic environment in which participants can share their insights and experiences, learn from the contributions of fellow patients, and practice healthy interpersonal skills such as effective communication, empathy, and giving and receiving support. The following are among the groups that a patient who is being treated for OCD may participate in during his or her time at Covington:

  • Activity groups
  • Creative therapy groups
  • Dietary groups
  • Process groups
  • Psychoeducation groups

Group therapy sessions, which are typically offered at least five times during each treatment day at our center, are led by nurses, activity therapists, mental health technicians, and members of our social services staff.

Family therapy: At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, we understand that an individual’s struggles with OCD may impact his or her entire family. With family therapy, loved ones of Covington patients have the opportunity to address how they have been affected by the patient’s mental health problems, learn how to strengthen family bonds and improve intra-familial relationships, and develop the skills that will allow them to provide the best possible support as their loved one continues in recovery following the residential phase of his or her treatment. Family therapy sessions at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital are typically conducted by the patient’s case manager and may be scheduled on an as-needed basis or by request.

Geriatric services: Even within the specific population of individuals who are receiving treatment for OCD, geriatric patients may have unique needs and may therefore respond better to certain types of therapy than do younger adults. For these reasons, we are proud to provide specialized services at our center for geriatric patients, including a dedicated geriatric residential unit, group therapy sessions that address issues such as grief/loss, dealing with adult children, and other topics of increased significance to the geriatric population, and more intense medical services to meet the expanded health needs of our geriatric patients.

Discharge planning: We provide robust discharge planning services at our center to ensure that each patient and his or her family has a thorough plan that identifies the referrals, community-based services, and other support services that will put the patient in the best position to maintain and improve upon the progress that he or she made while in treatment for OCD at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital.

At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, our ultimate goal is to provide the focused, effective, and personalized care that can improve the quality of life for all who are entrusted into our care. For more information about our center’s services, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Covington Behavioral Health Hospital is the perfect place for you or your loved one.

Prior to treatment, my life was not only unmanageable, it was unlivable. Covington Behavioral Health Hospital helped provide me with a full, meaningful life. Thank you!

– a former patient
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