Butler Hospital

Butler Hospital Providence Rhode Island

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.


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.


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.


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 Best-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.


Alumni surveyed by Best-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 Best-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.[1] A recent commentary at the time of this writing reads, “Amazing staff, caring and understanding.”


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 Best-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.

[1] https://goo.gl/6Mfz3m

Butler Hospital Reviews

I call it the country club hospital. I've been on 3 different floors. Delmonico unit upstairs is the best. It has a psychiatrist that sees you briefly in a side room that was not very helpful to me. I imagine all units are similar. Social workers walk around with clipboards but will rarely talk to you. Its like you're being babysat. The main counter is understaffed and it takes a long time to talk briefly to a secretary/social worker. Their always running around like it makes you feel like you don't want to bother them. Food cart comes and you have a limited choice to pick from but its good. Sit down kitchen table fills up quickly. Hot coffee, snacks, ginger ale available most times. I went because I was suicidal and deeply depressed. You almost can't go there unless you tried or thought hurting yourself. I was cleared by Miriam Hospital to get an ambulance ride there. Once you're evaluated they take you to a floor they feel is good for you and you're locked in. Can't get out until the psychiatrist releases you. My insurance allows a two week stay then you're booted out to a cab, Uber, or family member. 5 of my days involved ECT electric therapy. Didn't help me im afraid. Nice cafeteria downstairs but you have to be cleared. You pay for you're own food or bring a lunch and this is for day hospital only. Remember, you're locked in inpatient. Once my 2 weeks were completed they suggested day hospital. Its outpatient and you can leave if you want but you're on your own. I hated day hospital ,CBT classes, round table meetings taking each a turn to talk but you're not forced to talk but you have to attend or they spring you loose. Sorry to say, it did nothing for me because I didn't participate. You have to be willing to help yourself. They give you the tools and lots of talk therapy. It runs all day. Some are there court ordered but most aren't. Butlers was good for me because it kept me from walking around wanting to hurt myself. I've lapsed several times thats why I went several times. 10 Years free of hurting myself but I have a psychiatrist and social worker outside the hospital. Still depressed but stable on meds. Butlers is expensive and private. You need good insurance to pay for it and they usually only cover 2 weeks. Not enough time to get well. Beautiful campus if you're deemed able to walk around with a group. There is absolutely no smoking inside or out so if you have to smoke, don't go there. I can't say I enjoyed being there but it served it's purpose at the time. Im happy to say I don't need to go there anymore because its like a prison inpatient and their day program didn't help me because I didn't participate. If you're suicidal, go there, ask the medical hospital if they can send you there. I've heard chilling stories about other facilities. In my case I was suicidal and someone called 911 and the rescue took me to Merriam and they arranged my transportation to Butlers.
This Hospital is the absolute worst! I’m sure my review will never see the light of day. Butler has the worst staff I have ever seen in my life coming from the heath care industry. They lie to your Family about what is truly going on at CooCoo’s nest. They strongly promote the out dated ECT shock seizure treatments. Half of the patients are comatose just how they like their patients. The staff doesn’t want to be bothered by patients so they can “ do their jobs” It was no help whatsoever i fact Butler Hospital did more damage than help. This place you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. It is a complete joke with Doc who are on a power trip and will hold you against your will for the longest they possibly can. Stay away from Butler... very far away if you want to do what’s best for yourself! Coco, cocoon.... nest that is!
Doctors are terrible do not ever go there
This was the worst week and a half of my life. they treat every patient the same and the doctors and nurses are cold and heart less. i went into butler hospital in a very bad state and somehow came out worse. they prescribe multiple medications that did not help and were unnecessary. they treat patients horribly i don’t know how they’re still open.
Very unprofessional!! They are like a money machine!! Stay 3 days, change med and send home!!! Patient care is minimal!! Nurses are not good. One didn’t take my son’s depression and anxiety serious because he hadn’t actually tried to physically commit suicide!! Their day programs are a joke!! Just another way to make more money!! How can you call yourself a hospital?? REVOLVING DOOR CARE!!