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Alcohol and Drug Inpatient Treatment Unit-FAQs

What is the schedule for a typical day on the Alcohol and Drug Inpatient Treatment Unit?


Therapeutic group

Breakfast on the unit

Afternoon walk with staff

Morning walk with staff

Discharge preparedness

Community meeting


AA meeting

Therapeutic group/AA meeting


Evening walk with staff

Afternoon walk with staff

Relaxation activity group

How will the staff at Butler help me feel safe while in the hospital?
Safety is our priority. To assist you in staying safe, the unit uses a checks system in which a staff member checks on you frequently throughout the day. Staff also ensure that the environment is safe through frequent unit safety checks. Staff are always available to talk about any safety concerns you have.

Will I get to go outside?
As you progress with your treatment, you will be able to go to the gazebo or on walks on the hospital grounds with staff during the daytime.

Can I smoke?
Butler Hospital is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. Smoking is not permitted in the buildings or on the grounds. If you smoke or use tobacco products, the hospital will provide medications that may aid in smoking cessation or help to manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms. We appreciate your cooperation with our smoke-free policy.

Can I use the phone?
A pay phone is available for your use during free time and non-group time. The staff phone can be used for family and treatment-related issues. Cell phones are not permitted on the unit because of patient confidentiality.

Will I have a roommate?
You may have a roommate and may share a bathroom. There are no private rooms.

What can I bring with me onto the unit?
You may bring personal belongings and hygiene products. For safety reasons, please speak to staff regarding restricted items. Staff will check any personal belongings that are brought to the hospital by a patient. Gifts and packages that are brought to the hospital for a patient will also be checked.
Items patients should not have:
  • Medications not prescribed by a Butler physician.
  • Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs. (Non-compliance with this rule is grounds for asking a patient or visitor to leave the hospital.)
  • Sharp or breakable objects and plastic bags.
  • Large sums of money and other valuables, such as jewelry.
  • Flammable liquids, including nail polish and lighter fluid.
Items patients should have:
  • Basic toiletry items (kept at the nurses' station).
  • Casual clothes, a set of pajamas, and a bathrobe.
  • A small amount of money for use in the vending machines or for special unit activities.
What happens when it’s time for me to leave the hospital?
Social workers are available to help you prepare for discharge, and staff will review your follow-up plan with you before you leave. You will receive prescriptions for medications ordered by your doctor along with a discharge instruction sheet with follow up care plans and appointments.

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