Butler Hospital in Providence, RI

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345 Blackstone Boulevard
Providence RI 02906

Butler Hospital Philosophy

The alcohol and drug inpatient rehab program provides specialized treatment for people who are actively addicted to alcohol or other drugs and need detoxification with intensive medical supervision. It is ideal for people who do not have the support to detoxify on an outpatient basis, and the program helps people safely and more comfortably detox from addictive substances. The average length of stay in the program is three to five days and can vary on each person's individual needs.

Areas of Specialization

  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Facility Highlights

Recovery Skills Groups

Self-Help Group

Coping Skills Groups

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ABOUT BUTLER HOSPITAL

Butler Hospital, Rhode Island’s only nonprofit, freestanding psychiatric hospital, is affiliated with Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. The addiction and substance abuse unit provides inpatient detox and treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP), ambulatory detox, and aftercare services for adults, seniors, and adolescents. Care is also available for individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Most clients begin their recovery at Butler Hospital with inpatient detox and treatment. Days are highly structured and include medication management, individual counseling, 12-step work, spirituality groups, fitness activities, family programming, and educational groups that address recovery and coping skills.

Partial hospitalization may be used as a step-down treatment for inpatient clients or as a stand-alone option for individuals who do not wish to stay overnight. This outpatient option runs on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and consists of two group sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon. Clients also meet with their physician and counselor at the conclusion of each day.

Ambulatory detox is available only to individuals who are at least 18 years old and have minimal risk of severe withdrawal symptoms. The program runs on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and clients can expect to participate in five visits, the first of which requires a four-hour time commitment.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Butler Hospital’s substance abuse unit team consists of physicians, psychologist, neurologists, nurses, mental health workers, chemical dependency professionals, social workers, and occupational therapists.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Patients can expect a standard hospital setting. Rooms and bathrooms are shared, and clients may stroll the hospital grounds and visit the on-site gazebo with staff supervision. No additional details regarding the facility are available, but Rehabs.com reviewers – a mix of alumni and affiliated friends and family members – provided an average rating of four out of five stars for the hospital’s accommodations, and eight program alumni gave the center’s cleanliness an average rating of 4.25 stars.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com shared mostly positive reviews of their time at Butler Hospital. When asked, on a scale from one to five, how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, the eight surveyed alumni provided a rating of 4.38. “This treatment center gave me a quick and direct explanation of my problem. Over a 28 day period the center educated me about the disease of addiction and helped to set up a short and long term plan to deal with my problem,” Tom wrote.

Besides cleanliness, alumni also praised the staff’s level of experience, the family participation, and the facility’s connectivity policies, which received average ratings of 4.38, four, and 3.88 stars, respectively. Multiple alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com characterized the staff as “good” and “great.” The program’s affordability and counseling options both received ratings of 3.75 stars. One anonymous alum highlighted the group activities, writing: “They can be a lot of fun, thought provoking, and make the day go by faster.”

The center’s exercise/leisure options and holistic offerings were given the lowest average ratings —3.63 and 3.13 respectively. Other criticisms from surveyed alumni included overcrowding and understaffing.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Feedback from loved ones was also positive. The nine friends and family members who were asked, on a scale from one to five, how likely they were to recommend Butler Hospital to others, gave an average rating of 3.78. The program’s counseling options, the staff’s level of experience, and the facility’s cleanliness received the highest average ratings of 4.44, 4.11, and 4.11 respectively. One anonymous loved one noted that the facility was “not the greatest,” but told Rehabs.com: “The fact that it includes mental health problems is important.”

Loved ones were also fairly impressed with the program’s connectivity/visitor policies and family programming, both of which received ratings of 3.89 out of five. “Allowed us to bring her cat and have an outdoor visit with her. They are fabulous,” one anonymous loved one wrote.

The lowest rating went to the program’s holistic offerings, which received just 3.22 stars. And, like alumni, some loved ones felt that the facility was crowded and understaffed.

FINANCING

The facility’s website notes that insurance coverage is verified as part of the admissions process. Additionally, some financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Updated July 2016

Published on May 2017

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Can't believe the treatment they do here! ...Messed up people running this place!

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Affordable Dingy Dark bad food The place was under staffed. The Dr's did not spend enough time with patients. A bad catch and release program. Not progressive at all.

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The staff was good. I liked it

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The quality, service and staffHigh quality program that had a tremendous positive and effective impact to my life.

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Mental health services we good. Overall it's a great place with great staff to help in your time of need.

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They have helped with my sons addiction to pills They do not have enough doctors on duty Well my sion has been on a program there for months.

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I liked he friendliness of the staff. Not being able to leave when I wanted to was a negative. I liked it there. It was a horrible time but I made it through.

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Councelling was good Hospitality/bedside manner wasn't the best Its helpful for people dealing with substance abuse

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All of them were great. They gave the best staff

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Great program Institutional feeling. Great for recovery

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I have been in bulter 3or 4 times. I have been in ECT, also as inpatient and there really wasnt a good reason. and then I also did the partial program most recently. The more i stay in there the more problems Im seeing and I dont think I can type all of it. On the partial program the cbt course only has two main groups or class studies a day the others are not much .. (basically check out, short class on maybe review etc) So you can try to keep the doctor from taking you out of class then but sometimes they do and unfortunate more than you want. It leaves you with a class you really need information delivered properly so you can get help. Well on more than a few times the staff member in the class not group did no basic infomation on the subject she was delievering. She said to almost all the questions "Im sorry this isnt my field" I called a supervisor / grievance person and I have her name and number still and she said that she believes its just an intern. My take on this is if your claiming to be in this field as bulter hospital and experts in the field then your staff should be too and able to answer basic questions. This is only one case of many seen there. NOT ALL staff meaning everyone medical and otherwise are bed. There is one awesome guy that was only there to finish his degree to be a doctor and now is gone. HE LOVED WHAT HE DOES and I feel that that makes the difference. I will say his first name only incase anyone makes a post and had him theres nothing anyone can say but that he was awesome.

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Apparently the standard of care you get may vary from unit to unit. The unit I was on was fantastic. The drs, nurses, therapists, and mental health workers were great. When they see you're having a hard time, someone takes the time to check in with you and see what if anything they can do to help you. You are involved in every step of your treatment. I was able to request a chaplain to talk to when I just needed that extra boost and it only took a little while for her to get there. Some of the rooms they used for meeting with patients weren't quite appropriate. Some are very small and feel like a fish bowl. Some are very open. One particularly made me anxious as it was where they put combative patients in a solitary situation til they can integrate safely. That room made me nervous and anxious as the door to the other room was inside the room where you sometimes meet your doctor. While I was there, no one was ever in that room (there is a screen in there to monitor the patient). Very nervous in that room, so I recommend asking another if that bothers you. As for food, I have special reasons I didn't eat the main meal. They let me sit down with a nutritionist and make a meal plan that worked for me. Expect the first day or two to be mentally exhausting (especially if it is your first time), but the staff will try to comfort you in any way possible except contact (there is a no touch policy so no hugs from staff or patients, only visitors). Bring your own deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and tissues. The deodorant is a gender neutral roll on. The shampoo is baby wash. The conditioner smelled like coconut butter, and the tissues were like sand paper. If you have a gentle behind, bring something you're more comfortable with for toilet paper too. They have single ply which is just as rough as the tissues. They hold 3-4 group activities to work on life skills every day plus additional activities (like relaxation groups and spiritual meetings. You are not required to attend ANY of them, but attendance is part of your treatment so it is encouraged. They can be a lot of fun, thought provoking, and make the day go by faster. I left knowing that in the event I am in crisis again, this is a good option for me and I would definitely be open to going back if I need help again. The horrors you read about mental hospitals just didn't apply for me here. I felt safe and warm and comfortable working through my issues with my team.

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This place is so disorganized and messed up. They do not teach you real world coping skills or how to deal with real world problems they sugar coat everything and try teaching you the most unhealthy ways of dealing with real life issues. They brainwash you into always fhinking positive thoughts and not dealing with how to be angry constructively or in small doses so you dont explode all at once like a volcano. The doctors themselves are not very knowledgable of medications or medicatiom treatments. And the doctors are so narrow minded when it comes to choosing a medicine they cant think outside that one medication they want to pump you on. This hospital is not worth going to. In short its run like a three ring circus.

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Caring, educated staff. Inpatient and outpatient programs available. Sets you up with a long term therapist based on your needs.

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They employ persons who are in recovery themselves. The therapist are few and far between. Good food, nice campus, nice staff, psychiatrist staff is limited.

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Knowledgeable staff. Size of facility was a downfall. the best place for medical needs at time of detox. Staff is highly competent.

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Well educated and knowledgeable doctors well trained staff members. Does not offer or use holistic approaches. You are treated well; there is a great quality of care good structure.

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Providing quality mental healthcare. Very costly. Overall, had a positive experience for my family member who had been treated.

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The fact that it includes mental health problems is important. It is a hospital atmosphere. It is primarily a mental health facility but they have addiction treatment as well. It's ok, but not the greatest.

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It does not sugar coat things for you-- very professional. Lack of contact to family at first. Keeps you busy in groups and therapy.

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Some good counselors. Seems like you're there just to prevent you from committing suicide. Some awful counselors. Overheard one counselor speaking badly about patients. Guy who was admitting me was very quick and did not seem professional at all.

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It is the place to get help. However, it is overcrowded.

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I was amazed at the level of care and understanding in all members of staff.

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...Staff was rude and disorganized. I quit drinking since on my own and have not had a drink in a year and a half...Do not go here. They will look down on you and treat you poorly. Try any other place or quit on your own. You have better chances....

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Have been clean and sober for a little over six years.

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It was a great program for my needs at the time.

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After care consisted of out patient psychiatrist

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Allowed us to bring her cat and have an outdoor visit with her. They are fabulous.

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I have been in this facility twice. I have been in facilities a total of 4 times; I have never been committed. Butler is private; I have also been in two public facilities....Good for communication.

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Not enough time with Assigned Doctor. Its like you have the cliff note version.

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