Adult Behavioral Health

The Adult Psychiatric Program at Lake Charles Memorial's Archer Institute works with a broad spectrum of psychiatric problems such as mood disorders, psychotic disorders, disruptive behaviors and substance detoxification. The program offers inpatient crisis stabilization, short-term treatment, and comprehensive discharge planning for Lake Charles and southwest Louisiana residents. The average length of stay is 5 - 7 days. Memorial’s team-centered treatment plan includes:

  • Individual Sessions – This type of service is most often used when the patient’s issues involve internal conflicts, intra-personal decisions, or symptoms resulting in the patient’s self-imposed withdrawal and isolation from others. Individual therapy helps the patient gain insight, resolve internal conflict, and change behavior patterns.
  • Group Sessions – Unless there is a medical reason, patients attend one or more group session daily. The approach is intensive with a “here and now” focus on currently observed behavior. The therapeutic intervention is supportive and confrontational based on the dynamics of the group. All group sessions are open-ended so participants may be continuously added and graduated.
  • Family Conferences – A family meeting is scheduled to discuss the patient’s course of treatment, family’s view of the patient’s progress, and discharge plans for the patient.
  • Education Groups – These groups vary in focus, but are designed to teach the patient more effective social and coping skills.
  • Relaxation/Group Feedback – These may be group or individual sessions ordered by the physicians for stress management, relaxation and education.
  • Therapeutic Activity – Certified activity staff members teach the patient appropriate leisure skills that can be maintained after discharge from the hospital.
  • Spiritual Activity – The patient works to find emotional support in his/her religious and spiritual beliefs.

23-Hour Observation Unit

Our observation unit is dedicated to meeting the needs of adults who are currently in a condition that is likely to improve within a short period of time, enabling the individual to return to mainstream community if such significant progress takes place.

Archer Institute of Lake Charles Memorial Health System
6713 Nelson Rd
Lake Charles, La., 70605