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 residential 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. center also 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.
The use of evidence-based techniques comprise the core therapeutic approaches at this center. Group, individual, and family counseling are coupled with addiction education and experiential therapies. The goal is to help clients rebuild personal relationships, enhance social support, and develop coping mechanisms.
The treatment team includes board certified addiction psychiatrists, nurses, doctors, licensed psychologists, and therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 30-acre wooded hospital campus features walking trails and landscaped gardens. The 28-bed residential and outpatient treatment facilities provide comfortable settings for rehabilitation and pet therapy dogs visit Aurora patients at the center.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the nine reviews submitted by alumni to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, four are generally positive while the other five are more mixed. Ratings for treatment effectiveness averaged 3.6 out of five stars from seven former clients.
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
To date, five friends or family members have left ratings with Rehabs.com for this facility. Several loved ones had 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.
On the other hand, an anonymous reviewer said, "They did a great job, I don't feel our son will fall back into that situation again." Charles was also pleased with his loved one's treatment but noted that "Sometimes it feels that some of the employees are judgemental not objective."
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital accepts private pay. Some shorter term residential options may be covered by health insurance plans.
Published on August 2017
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