The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program is an evidence-based substance abuse program designed to meet the unique mental health needs of at-risk adolescents with substance abuse or co-occurring disorders.
The goal of the program is to reduce psychiatric symptomatology for adolescents ages 13-17 years old and to improve the young person’s ability to function successfully at home, at school and in the community. Our program operates Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Receive short-term, comprehensive mental health care in Cone Health’s partial hospitalization program. Ask your doctor or therapist for a referral to this program.
Once enrolled in this program, you will live at home or on your college campus and visit the Behavioral Health Hospital in Greensboro for at least five hours each weekday for two to four weeks to receive:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical skills-based group, which aims to help you develop constructive ways of acting and includes individual and group therapy.
- Occupational therapy.
- Education on reducing your risk of a mental health crisis.
- Guidance about taking medications.
- Nursing care, as necessary.
In addition to a broad range of therapy and education options, we offer specialized patient treatments, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and pharmacogenetics testing.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
TMS is an optional depression treatment for qualified patients to supplement medications and therapy. If you have tried psychotherapy and at least four medications for your current depressive episode without success, consider TMS.
This treatment for major depression sends gentle magnetic pulses through your scalp and into the part of your brain that affects mood. TMS treatments lasts about six weeks, with the option of taper-down sessions toward the end of that period. During the main treatment phase, you will visit Cone Health Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic in Greensboro five days a week for 40-minute sessions. You can read, watch television or listen to music during treatment. You may drive yourself to and from TMS sessions.
At Cone Health, 44 percent of TMS patients achieved full remission from depression. In addition, 67 percent experienced a significant benefit with an average of 87 percent reduction in scores on a test of depression severity.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
For certain patients with severe mental health conditions and symptoms, including depression, mania, and dementia, ECT can provide significant and rapid improvements, especially when other medications or forms of therapy have not worked.
Performed under general anesthesia, ECT passes small electric currents through the brain, which causes changes in brain chemistry that can rapidly reverse symptoms of certain mental illnesses.
Although ECT is generally safe, there are some risks and side effects, which you can discuss with your provider.
Pharmacogenetic or drug-gene testing uses laboratory results from a specialized genetic test to personalize medication and other therapies. Research has shown that when genetic factors inform the prescribing process, patient outcomes improve.