Calvary Addiction Recovery Center

Calvary Addiction Recovery Center

ABOUT CALVARY ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTER

Butler Hospital, Rhode Island’s only nonprofit, freestanding psychiatric hospital, was founded in 1844 and is a member of Care New England, a nonprofit that runs several hospitals in Rhode Island. Butler Hospital is affiliated with Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, and provides medical detox, inpatient care, and outpatient programs for individuals struggling with substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and mental health disorders.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

In the detox program, the client receives a tailored regime of medications designed to ease their withdrawal. 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.

During inpatient treatment, days are highly structured and include medication management, 12-step work, spirituality groups, fitness activities, family education and support groups, community meetings, and educational groups that address recovery and coping skills.

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) 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. The center recommends participating in the PHP for 10–15 days.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The team includes numerous psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and PhD-level clinicians. The 18 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.22 out of five stars.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Butler Hospital is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. Visitors are welcome after family support groups, which are held on Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Rooms and bathrooms are shared, and clients may stroll the hospital grounds and visit the on-site gazebo with staff supervision. The 18 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness and exercise/leisure offerings gave them average ratings of 4.17 stars and 3.56 stars, respectively.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of the 16 alumni asked by Best-rehabs.com to date whether they would recommend the facility, 14 indicated that they would and two that they would not. In addition, the eight reviewers polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it average ratings of four stars, 3.75 stars, and 3.125 stars, respectively, for its family participation, counseling options, and holistic offerings. Most reviewers praised the center’s friendly, knowledgeable, and understanding staff: “Well educated and knowledgeable doctors well trained staff members,” one anonymous alum wrote in a representative review.

The reviewers also repeatedly described receiving insufficient time with doctors and other staff, and two reviewers — the two who would not recommend the facility — cited rudeness from staff: “Staff was rude and disorganized… They will look down on you and treat you poorly,” one wrote anonymously. Finally: “Does not offer or use holistic approaches,” was the assessment of one alum — a criticism borne out by alumni’s lukewarm average rating for the center’s holistic offerings, cited above.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Of the 10 loved ones asked by Best-rehabs.com whether they would recommend this facility, seven indicated that they would, one that they would not, and two remained neutral on the question. In addition, the nine loved ones polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it average ratings of 4.45 stars, 3.89 stars, and 3.22 stars respectively for its counseling options, family participation, and holistic offerings.

The reviewers repeatedly praised Butler Hospital’s mental health care, but also described the center as overcrowded and understaffed. “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,” one reviewer wrote in a representative review, but another added: “The place was under staffed. The Dr’s did not spend enough time with patients.”

WHAT STAFF SAY

The single staffer polled by Best-rehabs.com to date would recommend this facility. “It does not sugar coat things for you– very professional,” they wrote, adding that contact with family is lacking at first, but that clients are kept busy with individual and group therapy. They gave the center three stars for its holistic offerings and its connectivity, and four or five stars in all 13 of the remaining treatment metrics, including its treatment effectiveness, family participation, counseling options, and treatment for co-occurring disorders.

FINANCING

The facility’s website notes that insurance is accepted, and that insurance coverage is verified as part of the admissions process. There’s also a financial assistance program for qualifying clients, which covers up to 100 percent of the cost of treatment, depending on the client’s income. The 18 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.72 out of five stars.

Reviews about Calvary Addiction Recovery Center

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  • Strengths: the ability to make everyone welcome A weakness was that they were keeping it modern It would be a great resource for those uncomfortable
    My daughter recently went to Calvary. We have had good interactions with them in the past, and belong to a support group that is run by a past Calvary staff member. I believe Calvary has helped many addicts, however my daughter had an unfortunate experience with Calvary. She was admitted to Detox (they billed our insurance and charged my credit card). After medicating her for Detox all was going well, she signed the paperwwork to be transferred into the residential program which is why she wanted to go here. A day later I got a phone call from her Case Manager stating their was a potential patient conflict, she knew someone in the program and they were afraid they would conspire to leave. They didn't want to put the other patient at risk so they would discharge her after Detox or transfer her to another facility. I spoke to the medical director and offered a couple of solutions 1. keep the 2 patients apart for 3 days (they would overlap for 3 days only) or 2. sit them down with a counselor and get them to agree to support each others recovery. They rejected these potential resolutions, went on a three day weekend (this was a Friday). My daughters anxiety kicked in and she did what addicts do, she left to go self medicate. They expected her to make an rational decision while she was on detox meds, any addict knows that when on detox medications you are pretty out of it. I picked her up 3 days later living on the streets asking for help. Thankfully we got her into a facility that is professional and cares about their patients. Ironically the medical director called my 3 days after she left and was living on the street and said the other patient had discharged and she was now welcome back. They guy is pretty lucky we were not having a face to face conversation! I hate to persuade anyone from getting treatment, I have heard good stories about Calvary, but I felt it important to ensure this story was told. All we can do is make as an informed decision we can about treatment and where we go. Before getting into this industry the CEO was a waterworks Sales person. Not a lot of experience and never returned my phone calls. Good luck and God be with you on your search for recovery.
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  • Good overall.
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  • The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and most are in recovery themselves. The lectures and meetings are interesting and really off patients a lot of support. Therapy is both individual and group, and is better than any other I have been a part of. Accommodations are not that great. However, I guess that's not what patients are there for. I would highly recommend Calvary. I feel that going there was the first step in saving my life.
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  • Requisite classes paper work/ lesson work one on one groups staff fences camera surveillance -- all was very pleasant staff was kind classes were phenomenal learning was achieved if you really wanted it. outside breaks were short very structured days no phone or internet while staying there females and males are kept separate. not allowed to converse with one another only in classes would recommend to anyone serious about wanting to be sober and clean
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  • Very helpful. It really helps and gains results but it takes time so be patient
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  • I am a Dr. and my son was inpatient for 30 days 6 years ago. Transitioned to a halfway house after that for 3 months. Probably saved his life. Group/family counseling was painful but good. Thankful for their care. I have since referred several patients/families there with good results. My son is doing well now, but it has been a process. Not a spa, but just what he needed.
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  • I attended this treatment facility about 20 years ago and have remained clean ever since. I recommend this facility to anyone who may need addiction treatment
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  • Attitude was good. Did not prove effective. One staff member seemed to turn off my family member and derailed his recovery.
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  • Although no frills it was completely adequate. It was a safe environment. The treatment regimen was top notch with experienced and real therapists.
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  • Nice facility and amazing staff. The day-to-day was run by behavioral techs, and most of them are in recovery themselves. They were very professional and attentive to our needs. The counselors were amazing. Even the food was pretty good. I would recommend this treatment center to anyone.
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  • I have reccomended this program to some friends and they did very well and are still clean today. They really took care of us and made sure we were happy. They treat you very well. The counselors were awesome. However, I got stuck with the new counselor who didn't really understand how to be a real counselor and run groups.
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  • Calvary is not a spa complex. Amazing staff and a great facility though. Just what I needed!!!
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  • I truly believe that going to Calvary saved my life. It is very balanced with the 12 step programs and faith-based recovery. There is also a traditional, non-Christian track...The staff there is wonderful, nearly all employees are in recovery themselves.
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  • Would consider re-entering if I needed treatment again.
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  • If I needed treatment, I would go back again.