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Aurora Psychiatric Hospital/The Dewey Center

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Located on a 30-acre wooded campus in Wauwatosa, Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and the Dewey Center offer an ideal setting of hope and healing for individuals struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.

Our staff includes some of the area's top addictionologists, certified substance abuse counselors and experienced clinical nurses – all dedicated to delivering results-oriented treatment in a caring and confidential environment. Through their high level of expertise and commitment to excellence, our patients have access to the newest and most advanced substance abuse treatment techniques available to help them regain control of their lives.

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital has been providing quality behavioral health care since 1884, and we are always seeking new opportunities to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities and patients we serve. Formerly known as Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital, the hospital joined Aurora Health Care in 1993 and is now part of Aurora Behavioral Health Services.

The historic Dewey Center is located on the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital campus and provides a full continuum of care for adult substance abuse treatment including residential care, partial hospitalization as well as outpatient programming and support groups.

Matching treatment to individual needs

Our Adult Substance Abuse Program is based on the philosophy that recovery begins with the desire to change. We believe that anyone who wants to change can achieve success with an appropriate recovery program.

Recognizing that each person with substance abuse issues is unique, Aurora Psychiatric Hospital programs are carefully designed to address individual needs. Following a comprehensive assessment, our experienced clinicians match each patient's circumstances and level of motivation with an effective treatment intervention.

We take great steps to ensure that patients are placed in the most appropriate level of care and that personalized strategies are developed to help them achieve treatment goals. Inpatient services, for example, are often used to initiate recovery when medical detoxification is warranted.

Day programs, on the other hand, offer intensive treatment alternatives that enable individuals to remain active in their lives. Our residential program provides additional structure for patients who are having difficulty with abstinence.

Levels of care

  • Inpatient detoxification and rehab
  • Residential services
  • Day treatment
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Intensive outpatient
  • Women's recovery group
  • Evening treatment
  • Pre-contemplative groups
  • Relapse prevention group
  • Early recovery group
  • Outpatient programming
  • Support groups

Treatment methods

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and the Dewey Center offer a full range of treatment options for adults over the age of 18. The ultimate goal of treatment is to minimize the possibility of relapse and maximize each patient's ability to live without the use of addicting drugs.

Our programs utilize various approaches to achieve recovery goals including cognitive restructuring, relapse prevention training, effect regulation, wellness concepts and 12-step principles. Depending on individual situations, each treatment plan addresses issues such as withdrawal and biomedical conditions, emotional and behavioral health syndromes, co-existing psychiatric disorders, and family, work and community concerns.

Treatment services include:

  • Assessment
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy and education
  • Workshops and homework assignments
  • Medical supervision
  • Urine screens and breathalyzer tests
  • Support groups

Additional services

The flexibility of the Substance Abuse Program offers unique combinations of treatment options to provide the most complete and customized care possible. We offer treatment alternatives that fit with your schedule, including evening and weekend programming. Transportation services may be available for individuals in the partial hospital program.

Locations and admissions

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital/The Dewey Center
1220 Dewey Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Inpatient assessment and admissions: (414) 454-6777
Residential and outpatient programming: (414) 454-6707

Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center

Inpatient care

The Adult Behavioral Unit is a 24-bed unit for acutely ill psychiatric and substance abuse patients. Services begin with intensive evaluation provided by a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, primary care physicians, mental health counselors, alcohol and drug counselors, and registered nurses.

A multidisciplinary plan is formulated and patients are involved in services aimed at rapidly stabilizing their condition and preparing them for the next level of care. Alcohol and drug patients are detoxified. The daily program is structured and patients are involved in a variety of services including activity therapy, group therapy, educational groups, individual counseling, family counseling, and individual teaching.

Lengths of stay are relatively short (around five days on the average). Emphasis is placed through case management on discharge planning.