The Opiate Recovery Program


Opiates, or opioids, include prescription pain medication like OxyContin or Percocet (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone), and street opiate drugs such as heroin. Opioid abuse has drastically increased in recent years. If you’re struggling with opioid addiction or dependency, you’re not alone. With the right treatment and support, you can regain control of your life.

The opiate recovery program at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital’s Dewey Center offers medication-assisted treatment to provide a bridge between opioid addiction and recovery, as well as group and individual therapies. Participating in all aspects of the program can help you regain control, learn how to cope with life’s problems without using drugs, rebuild relationships with family and friends, and develop social support for long-term recovery.

What to Expect

The opiate recovery program includes these steps:

1. Admission & Partial Hospitalization: Once you’re admitted to the program, we’ll develop tailored treatment based on the biological, psychological, and social factors (biopsychosocial factors) that are unique to you, and we’ll create a plan for medication therapy. The partial hospitalization program meets daily and typically lasts 3 to 10 days. Your doctor and nursing staff will monitor you for symptoms of physical withdrawal while your therapist works with you to establish your program as you begin your recovery journey.

2. Intensive Outpatient Program: Therapy continues with the intensive outpatient program — a one-month program that meets for 3 hours, 3 times a week. Here the focus will be on learning the skills necessary to live opiate-free and identifying the changes you’ll need to make in preparation to wean yourself off of the medication.

3. Outpatient Monitoring: Next, you’ll work with an outpatient therapist in group or individual sessions. They will monitor your progress as you start using the skills you’ve learned to make the changes necessary to live opiate-free.

4. Routine Visits With Your Psychiatrist: Throughout the opiate recovery program, you’ll meet regularly with your psychiatrist to ensure your medication is working.

If needed, inpatient hospitalization is available.

Meet the Team

Our program can address co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions, and includes a team of board certified addiction psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, therapists and clinical nurses who will work with you to provide a customized treatment plan. Your team has expertise in the most current methods of addiction therapy and is dedicated to providing you treatment that is caring and confidential.

Some of Wisconsin’s top drug addiction doctors work at Aurora.

Admissions & Referrals

To learn more about our opiate recovery program or admissions, please call (414) 773-4312. For direct inpatient detox, residential care or partial hospitalization admissions, call (414) 454-6777.

A 28-day Residential Treatment Program, at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, which follows the same program philosophy and treatment approach, is also available. Please call (414) 454-6700 for information.

Alumni & Volunteer Services

Our alumni and volunteer services team connects you with a community of people who can relate to your struggles and successes. Substance abuse support groups also help you strengthen your recovery network. You can rely on long-term support from both our specialists and our former patients.

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