Aurora Psychiatric Hospital Philosophy
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Areas of Specialization
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Individualized Treatment
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ABOUT AURORA PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
The Dewey Center at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital provides inpatient treatment for adults struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Affiliated services include outpatient clinics, partial hospitalization programs, and treatment for children and adolescents. The Wauwatosa, Wis., 28-bed rehab center offers detox services for opiates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol abuse.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Rehabilitation is a collaborative process, building on the strengths a client brings to recovery as well as responding to each individual’s unique addiction challenges. The hospital provides personalized plans which may incorporate treatment for dual diagnoses of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or eating disorders. Day, evening, weekend, and residential programs are available, following clinical detoxification.
Three specific evidence-based techniques comprise the core therapeutic approaches at the Dewey Center: motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and community reinforcement. The latter is designed to support healthy choices and relationships through recreational activities and social gatherings. Group and individual therapies, medical intervention, mindfulness exercises, yoga, nutritional counseling, and spiritual guidance may also be incorporated.
The treatment team includes board certified addiction psychiatrists, nurses, licensed psychologists, and therapists. According to the facility’s website, physicians on staff are recognized as some of the top substance abuse doctors in Wisconsin. One specializes in managing mental and substance abuse disorders in immigrant populations.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 30-acre wooded hospital campus features walking trails and landscaped gardens. Residential and outpatient treatment facilities provide comfortable settings for rehabilitation and pet therapy dogs visit Aurora patients on site.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
About two-thirds of the eight reviews submitted by alumni to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing are generally positive. The most repeated concerns expressed are the facility’s costs and the quality of follow-up and aftercare services. Strengths mentioned most frequently relate to the staff and the program’s effectiveness in helping clients to learn tools for ongoing sobriety.
Sally wrote: “I have been sober for almost 3 years,” but she would not recommend the program because of her problems with aftercare and medical support at the hospital. She concluded that the “inpatient program is great.” Alum J.B. also wrote of problems with follow-up experiences after intensive treatment in the program, in particular a lack of guidance in getting further help elsewhere.
Hester complained of staff interaction regarding paperwork and an anonymous alum wrote, simply, that they “did not feel it was worth the time or experience.” While another anonymous alum found the staff compassionate, they also critiqued the lengthy wait required for treatment.
More common alumni review sentiments highlighted recovery successes due to the program’s treatment. Fawn wrote: “I will certainly give Dewey some credit, they showed me the basic tools that I need to be and to stay in recovery.” Emily’s review was similar: “I tried many things beforehand and this is the one time it’s worked longer than a few months!” Alum P.E. mentioned one way the treatment and education worked, writing: “The staff are amazing and challenge addicts when they need to be challenged.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Two loved ones also wrote to Rehabs.com of concerns regarding follow-up. V.M. commented: “We were happy with the accommodations, amenities and lovely setting. not happy with the lack of a discharge plan to follow.” Parent K.L.’s review supported this: “My biggest complaint is that my daughter had to leave WAY before she was ready.” K.L. also mentioned limited therapy options and the expensive cost of treatment.
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital accepts private pay. Some shorter term residential options may be covered by health insurance plans.
Updated December 2016
Published on January 2017
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