Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Longleaf Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, visitation is no longer allowed at Longleaf Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication, including telehealth, are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

FLAGS Military Support Program

We have great respect for the service and sacrifices of the men and women who serve in our nation’s military, and we are proud to provide specialized support to members of the military community when their lives are impacted by mental and/or behavioral health concerns.

Program Overview

FLAGS Military Support Program

Longleaf Hospital’s Forgiving Losses and Gaining Strength (FLAGS) program was specifically created for active-duty military, active reserve, retired military personnel, and active-duty dependents. This program supports individuals in need of professional mental health and/or chemical dependency treatment services. The average length of stay in the FLAGS program is 30 days.

The FLAGS program is a comprehensive, stand-alone treatment program that reflects the impact that combat and deployment can have on individuals and families. This program offers a unique healing environment that affords military personnel and their families opportunities to learn new ways of managing the stress associated with military life.

Military-Related Disorders We Treat

Addictions and mental health disorders treated in the FLAGS program at Longleaf Hospital in Alexandria, LA

When you engage with the FLAGS program at Longleaf, you’ll find that our staff understands the unique challenges you’ve faced. Of course, no two individuals arrive at our hospital with the same needs or experiences. But we know that there are certain situations that one might only encounter as a member of the armed forces, and we’ve built our treatment programming to reflect that. Sometimes these difficult experiences can exacerbate substance abuse and/or mental health concerns, and can include the following:

  • Strain due to combat stress
  • Family separation
  • Exposure to trauma and destruction
  • Witnessing human suffering
  • Threats to self or fellow combatants
  • Issues related to grief and loss

FLAGS Services & Therapies

Services and therapies offered in the FLAGS Military Support Program

If needed, the FLAGS program provides a brief and effective detoxification service that is monitored 24/7 by our qualified medical staff. During this phase of treatment, participants receive personalized care and medications to reduce their discomfort. Using detox to cleanse your mind and body of harmful substances can help you make the most of our extended rehabilitation program.

The FLAGS inpatient treatment program consists of personalized treatment services that address psychiatric and chemical dependency concerns that are unique to members of our armed forces. The program is conducted under the direction and supervision of a licensed psychiatrist 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The types of treatment modalities used within the FLAGS program will vary based on the needs of our current population, but may include:

  • 12-Step programming
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Art therapy
  • Yoga
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy and education
  • Recreation therapy
  • Development of coping skills
  • Medication management / education
  • Integration and coordination with primary care providers

A key component of the FLAGS program is group therapy, which allows participants to give and receive support in a safe environment. Groups may cover topics such as grief, coping skills, symptom management, family dynamics, feelings, anger management, stress reduction, and relaxation techniques. Some examples of commonly offered groups within the FLAGS program include:

  • Goals group
  • Social skills group
  • Recreation therapy group
  • Mental health activity group
  • Wrap-up group

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Longleaf Hospital has really helped me and gave me a new chance at life. And I am so thankful for that.

– Anonymous Patient
Marks of Quality Care
  • Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation