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What to Expect

During Your Stay at Cottonwood Springs

Our patient-centered approach utilizes a multidisciplinary team to develop a treatment plan that is customized to your needs.

  • Psychiatrist – Responsible for coordinating your overall care, prescribing medication and other procedures that are appropriate components of your treatment. The physician is the only team member with the authority to discharge you.
  • Staff Nurse – Performs duties as prescribed by a physician, including administering medication, observing your behavior, and reporting on your conditions to treatment team members.
  • Patient Care Assistant (PCA) – Assists you through your daily routine.
  • Recreational/Expressive Therapist – Provides therapy through games, crafts, leisure education, creative expression, relaxation training and more.
  • Therapist/Social Worker – Provides individual and family therapy and acts as the liaison between you, your family, and the treatment team.

A Holistic Approach to Treatment

At Cottonwood Springs, we employ holistic therapy options to supplement your treatment. These include:


Yoga is a system of exercises for attaining physical or mental control and well-being and has been shown to improve mental health outcomes.


Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


Music serves as an outlet for expression, as a form of communication, and as a mode of therapy. Lyric development allows for a different kind of communication vehicle, while active listening has been used to regulate mood.


Mental illness and addiction disorders can be isolating. Sometimes our patients experience feelings of loneliness inside of their condition.Cottonwood Springs offers specially trained therapy animals to provide comfort and an escape from this isolation.


The dietary program at Cottonwood Springs is carefully planned to provide food that meets the recommended dietary requirements. Well-balanced meals are served in a cafeteria style setting. A Registered Dietitian will provide consultation as needed in planning regular and special diets. Snacks and drinks are available on the unit.

Family Support & Involvement at Cottonwood Springs

Watching someone you love battle mental illness or an addiction can be heartbreaking. It’s often so overwhelming that it might seem easier to simply ignore it and make excuses for your loved one’s behavior. Unfortunately, in the long run, denial will be more damaging to you, other family members, and above all, the person you are most concerned about. Don’t wait for things to get worse or change on their own — get help right away.

At Cottonwood Springs, our goal is to create a complete program that focuses on inspiring positive change. That includes involving friends and family members in a loved one’s recovery.

We know that entering recovery can be a scary experience and we are sensitive to every individual’s needs and challenges. Our centralized communication model ensures that patients aren’t pushed to repeat their stories and personal journeys to every therapist and caregiver. We partner with our patients to help them achieve their goals.

Telephone Calls

We encourage ongoing communication with loved ones and time is designated for phone calls. Incoming patient phone calls will be directed to a patient voicemail box. Patients will be able to return phone calls at their discretion during designated times.


A schedule outlining visiting hours will be provided to you and your family. Visitation is typically scheduled on two weeknights and one weekend evening for one hour. Family programming will be held once a week on each unit.