Facts for Families

People who visit Prairie often have questions about mental health, treatment and addictions, such as:

Why can’t I handle this on my own?
Almost everyone feels some sense of failure, alienation or shame that they can’t solve their problems on their own. These feelings are natural, but unwarranted. Everyone needs help at times. We want you to know that you are not alone. We know from experience that there is no situation that is beyond hope.

Why me?
Patients often wonder why they are experiencing certain emotions or why they are the ones who need treatment for mental illness or addiction. They sometimes feel that they must have done something wrong or that something is wrong with them. We are here to help you search for answers to these questions. Sometimes, there are specific causes or biological explanations. Often times, there are no definitive answers. In either case, we help the patient move past the question of why and move on to the more important question of what can be done to move forward.

What kind of mental health help do I need?
When you contact Prairie, we talk with you to discuss any problems you may have and help you decide what action to take. Our term for this is “Needs Assessment.” Our Needs Assessment Counselors are on duty all day, every day. The counselor has 24-hour access to an on-call psychiatrist for consultation regarding treatment options and circumstances unique to your particular situation. Our goal at this point in the process is to make you aware of the options that are available and to advise you as to which treatment is the best fit for your situation.

What kind of  mental health help can I get at Prairie?
Available treatments range from clinic services of sessions with a doctor or therapist once a week or less to inpatient care which provides 24-hour hospitalization with therapy sessions and a very structured environment. We also offer a wide range of mental health treatments that fall between these two choices. All of our treatments are customized to best suit the individual. More intensive treatments consist of a combination of one-on-one sessions as well as group therapy with patients that suffer from similar symptoms. These group sessions can be especially enlightening and can ease the feelings of alienation that often accompany mental illness or addiction.

You’ve taken the first step.

Ultimately, you are responsible for your health. The fact that you have contacted Prairie is a very important, very positive step in the right direction. We have helped thousands facing similar situations to yours. We can work with you to get your life on track and develop skills that will help you keep it on track.

There is hope. There is healing.

Together, we can do it.