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
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.
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.
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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, have an accompanying family member or friend, 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.
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 their loved ones – 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.
Feedback on Google was similar, where the facility received an overall rating of 3.7 stars from 33 reviewers. A recent commentary at the time of this writing reads, "Amazing staff, caring and understanding."
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.
The facility’s website notes that insurance coverage is verified as part of the admissions process. According to HealthGrove, Butler Hospital accepts Medicaid, State Insurance, Military Insurance, and Access to Recovery (ATR) Vouchers.
Published on December 2017
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