Hope Program

The program opened up pathways to recovery that will serve me well for many years to come. — James, a recent Hope patient


The Hope Program for Adults (Hope) allows individuals to overcome feelings of isolationand hopelessness through the support of the treatment team and of fellow patients who share similar experiences, ups and downs. Patients may seek Menninger care when in distress or to take a fresh approach to personal insight that will benefit their relationships and self-satisfaction. 
The program builds a sense of community that is inspiring and free of shame. As treatment progresses, patients gain hope, confidence and experience for attaining their goals. The therapeutic community, or milieu, plays an important role in creating a culture that supports patients. 
Each patient partners with his/her treatment team to identify central issues that have prevented them from creating and living the life they want to live. Most patients participate in Hope’s intensive hospital-based program an average of six weeks to address:
  • Depressive disorders, including major depressive and bipolar disorders
  • Anxiety disorders such as generalized (GAD) and social anxiety disorders
  • Substance abuse, such as stimulants, alcohol or medications, or addictive behaviors, such as overspending or gambling
  • Posttraumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Personality disorders, such as borderline (BPD), narcissistic or dependent
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • Transitions in their life due to divorce, retirement, an empty nest or phase of life change
  • With an on-site internal medicine specialist, Menninger also has the expertise to address the medical factors affecting one’s health  
Personalized Goals
In order to learn the true priorities for treatment, the patient and his/her team must begin with a thorough biopsychosocial assessment toward a diagnosis. The assessment process helps guide patients as they look at what may be contributing to their lack of progress in treatment as well as their potential strengths that may aid in their recovery.
Treatment that Fits
To complement the holistic understanding of each patient, the Hope treatment team designs a treatment plan focusing on the core issues and life skills based on research and years of outcomes data from prior patients in the Hope program. The large treatment team and consultants at Menninger provide a comprehensive range of treatment options that addresses many behavioral and emotional challenges, including addictions, eating disorders, self-harm, suicidality and severe relationship issues.
In addition to individual psychotherapy up to three times a week, a treatment plan may include these evidence-based psycho-educational, skills and process groups:
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Suicide resilience
  • Medication
  • Trauma education
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Self-compassion
  • Fitness and wellness, including tai chi, aerobics, meditation, walking, etc.
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Music therapy
  • Spiritual support from the Chaplaincy Service
  • 12-step recovery and Smart Recovery
  • Relapse prevention and wellness planning
  • Values and meaning
  • Grief journeys
  • Creative expression
  • Eating Disorders Services if needed
  • Addictions Services if needed
Many patients experience insomnia or other difficulties sleeping, and the nursing staff works closely with each patient to increase sleep, reduce stress and monitor medical conditions to promote wellness.