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

  • 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.

Facility Highlights

Spirituality Groups

Daily Activity & Exercise

Medication Education

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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 center treats adults, seniors, and adolescents struggling with all major psychiatric disorders as well as substance use disorder.

The Addiction Disorders unit provides a full continuum of care, including inpatient detox and treatment, ambulatory detox, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), standard outpatient care, and aftercare. Care is also available for individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders, and there's a dedicated outpatient program for those struggling with opioid use disorder.

The unit is among the 64.6 percent of addiction treatment facilities in Rhode Island that operate as private nonprofits, and provides one of just four hospital-based detox programs in the state.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Treatment begins with a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, which can be conducted 24/7.

Many clients begin their recovery at Butler Hospital with inpatient detox and treatment. Days are highly structured and include participation in group and family counseling and educational sessions, 12-step meetings, spirituality groups, and fitness activities. Clients' medications are also monitored and managed.

The PHP, a treatment type offered at 18.8 percent of Rhode Island facilities, may be used as a step-down treatment for inpatient clients or an entry into treatment for individuals who do require overnight supervision. 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. The length of PHP treatment varies from client to client, but Butler Hospital notes that most individuals benefit from spending five days in the program.

The IOP (which runs three evenings a week, for three hours a night) offers similar modalities to inpatient and PHP care, plus a particular emphasis on aftercare, which might involve a thorough aftercare plan or transitioning to further care.

Standard outpatient care is available for youth and adolescents. Treatment includes individual, group, and family therapy; diagnostics and medical evaluations; educational sessions; and medication management.

The Recovery Stabilization program is a minimum six-month, outpatient course of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. As well as receiving medications, clients participate in individual and group counseling and receive referrals to any relevant social services for their overall health.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Butler Hospital’s substance misuse treatment team consists of physicians, psychologist, neurologists, nurses, mental health workers, chemical dependency professionals, social workers, and occupational therapists. The 18 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff were mostly impressed:

Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5

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, however, the 18 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date were impressed by the center's cleanliness, but less so by its extracurricular activities:

Cleanliness: 4.2/5
Exercise and Leisure: 3.6/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com shared mostly positive reviews of their time at Butler Hospital, with some notes of strong complaint. The eight alumni polled on the facility's performance in a variety of treatment metrics indicated that, on the whole, they would recommend Butler Hospital, and they particularly appreciated its family participation.

Would Recommend: 4.4/5
Family Participation: 4/5

They were also mostly pleased with the center's counseling options, though they indicated that its holistic offerings left room for improvement.

Counseling Options: 3.8/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.1/5

The few negative reviewers tended to cite disorganization and uncaring or unhelpful staff. "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," Robert wrote in a typical comment. There were also some complaints of overcrowding and understaffing.

However, a greater number of alumni praised the center's knowledgeable, caring staff and well-structured program, which, they wrote, had been helpful and effective for them. "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," one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative comment.

Butler Hospital has mixed reviews on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with average ratings of 3.7 stars based on 57 reviews on Google, 4.2 stars based on 106 opinions on Facebook (where the center can manage its own page), and three out of five stars based on seven reviews on Yelp, plus two one-star ratings on YellowPages.com.[1] [2] [3] [4]

The negative reviewers tended to cite unhelpful staff, a feeling that clients were imprisoned at the center, and a sense that staff didn't listen while taking information or forming a diagnosis. "Some of the staff are very kind and others are very rude. This hospital does not like it when you add insight to your own problems," Sarah wrote in a typical comment on Google.

However, many more reviewers praised the facility's staff, and reported receiving the help they needed, while often comparing the center favorably to other rehabs and psychiatric facilities. "Excellent mental health hospital if you are willing to help yourself as well. Unfortunately I have been to quite a few, this place was top notch," Edward wrote in a representative review on Google.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The nine loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mixed feedback, skewing positive. The nine friends and family members polled on whether they would recommend the facility indicated that on the whole, they would — perhaps because of the high ratings they awarded to its counseling options.

Would Recommend: 3.8/5
Counseling Options: 4.4/5

The reviewers also mostly approved of the center's family programming, but, like alumni, felt that its holistic offerings were somewhat lacking:

Family Participation: 3.9/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.2/5

Like alumni, some loved ones felt that the facility was crowded and understaffed. However, the reviewers also praised the center's staff and mental-health programming, and wrote that treatment had been helpful for their loved one. "Providing quality mental healthcare. Very costly. Overall, had a positive experience for my family member who had been treated," one anonymous loved one wrote in a typical comment.

WHAT STAFF SAY

The single staffer polled by Rehabs.com to date would recommend Butler Hospital. "It does not sugar coat things for you-- very professional. Lack of contact to family at first. Keeps you busy in groups and therapy," the anonymous reviewer wrote, giving the facility five stars for its treatment effectiveness and three stars for its holistic offerings, and four stars in most of the remaining treatment metrics, including its counseling options, family participation, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders.

FINANCING

The facility’s website notes that insurance coverage is verified as part of the admissions process. The 18 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability gave solid feedback:

Affordability: 3.7/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/ButlerHospital/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/butler-hospital-providence?osq=Butler+Hospital
[4] https://www.yellowpages.com/providence-ri/mip/butler-hospital-944231

Published on August 2019

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Anonymous

Treatment was totally ineffective. What more is there to say.

Ry

The staff that help out on unit are great. Some of the doctors are not that caring. I have been at butler on d4 many times. I always had good care. This time I was on a different unit. I didn’t mix well with dr. They wouldn’t switch I’m not sure why. So my stay wasn’t as good this time. Please give me a different doc I feel I should be able to switch that.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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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.

Anonymous

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The staff was good. I liked it

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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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.

Anonymous

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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.

Anonymous

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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.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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All of them were great. They gave the best staff

Anonymous

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Great program Institutional feeling. Great for recovery

Jim

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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.

Anonymous

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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.

robert

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.

Susan

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

Tim

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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.

Anonymous

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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.

Anonymous

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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.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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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.

Anonymous

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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.

Anonymous

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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.

Anonymous

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

TK

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

anonymous

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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....

anonymous

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

anonymous

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

anonymous

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After care consisted of out patient psychiatrist

anonymous

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

CC

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

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