Millwood Hospital is a comprehensive network of chemical dependency, dual diagnosis and psychiatric treatment facilities in south Texas, where it has been in business for over 43 years. In addition to the primary detox center in Arlington, Millwood operates the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Excel Center, also in Arlington, with three additional locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
There are 122 beds available at Millwood’s detox facility and treatment is offered to all ages and genders. This is a hospital facility so long hallways and bad lighting are the norm. Clients are separated by gender and sleep two per room with an adjacent bathroom. Meals are served in the cafeteria or in the client’s room, depending on the severity of the detox.
Treatment and Staff
The goal is to stabilize the clients who enter the Millwood Hospital medical detox program, both mentally and physically, over the seven to 10 days they spend in the unit. During this time they are under the care of some combination of seven full-time medical doctors who are assisted by several nurses and therapists.
Once clients have completed detox, they are directed to further inpatient treatment with other organizations, or to one of Millwood’s IOP programs. Often that means being admitted next door, to the Excel Center IOP, where treatment is offered Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 9:30 pm. Substance abuse clients spend three hours a day here for six weeks. Morning programming is dedicated to mental health clients, afternoons are for substance abuse clients and evenings are a combination of both. Treatment revolves around 12-step principles, solution-focused individual therapy and group therapy grounded in the techniques of CBT. The outpatient facilities employ an interdisciplinary team of social workers, mental health workers, psychiatric nurses and psychiatrists.
Millwood Hospital makes an effort to offer specific programming for specialized groups—like seniors and Christians. Licensed Christian counselors, who incorporate the Bible’s teachings into therapy, treat the faith-based IOP patients. A weekly family program is one of the features of this faith-based track. The senior program focuses on adults who’ve developed substance abuse issues later in life in addition to those struggling with some of the mental health side effects of aging. Aftercare programming is tailored in accordance with these groups.
Millwood also has several resources to the Tarrant County community at large. There are monthly programs offering education on a range of mental health topics, from long term financial planning for a loved one with addictions to dealing with children who have emotional or chemical dependency issues. “First Friday Hot Topics” is another monthly event where mental health professionals offer insight then Q&A sessions about current trends in the field.
The medical detox at Millwood Hospital appears to be sound in practice. An added advantage of this facility is that the outpatient program supports specialty groups, including dual diagnosis clients. It is certainly a viable option for getting clean and hopefully recovered.
1011 North Cooper St
Arlington, TX 76011
Millwood Hospital Cost: $6,300-$9,000 (7-10 days, detox); $9,000 (30 days, IOP). Reach Millwood Hospital by phone at (817) 261-3121. Find Millwood Hospital on Google+
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