Willowbrooke at Tanner is a behavioral health hospital in the western Atlanta suburb of Villa Rica, Georgia, and part of the larger Tanner Health System, a comprehensive collection of non-profit health care options serving western Georgia and eastern Alabama. The Willowbrooke campus provides acute inpatient treatment, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for those suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
Opened as recently as 2009, Willowbrooke is a 52-bed medical facility and one of the newest mental health options available in Georgia. They are a modern hospital with housing divided by wing though not by gender, with 28 beds for adults, 12 for seniors and 12 for children and adolescents. Clients sleep two to a room in twin beds, with minimal additional furnishings but plenty of personal space nonetheless. There are also rooms reserved for family visitation, group therapy and education, with private courtyards at the end of every wing—the children’s courtyard also includes a small playground. The nurses’ station is the central hub for all halls, and is easily accessible to residents should they need medical attention.
Clients have the opportunity to dine both in and outdoors. The hospital’s cafeteria provides hot and cold options in their buffet three times a day, with special diets and nutritional monitoring by dietitians also available upon request.
Treatment and Staff
Care provided at Willowbrooke is both individualized and holistic. Group therapy is a major focus, but these sessions do not involve the 12 steps; instead, Willowbrooke favors a slew of alternative therapies including equine, art and music, as well as more general use of therapy dogs. Residents also have access to a half-court gym complete with a climbing wall, along with private courtyards and koi ponds designed to help with meditation. The facility is also continuously developing their “brain lab,” which is an experimental treatment modality using biofeedback.
Clients go through detox and psychiatric stabilization (when necessary) in the acute care portion of the hospital. They remain there for up to seven days, and begin either a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient program once the treatment team decides they are ready.
Spanning anywhere from two to eight weeks, Willowbrooke’s PHP is an option created for those in need of more structure and medical management than a typical IOP. Its schedule runs from 9 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday. It also includes plenty of family involvement, as there are two therapists dedicated to keeping loved ones educated and regularly updated. The adolescent PHP is similar, though the amount of time spent in treatment decreases during the school year (to fit students’ schedules). Both a nurse and a psychiatrist oversee the PHP in addition to the therapists. The intensive outpatient program is a step down from PHP, though it offers much of the same therapy with less of a time commitment.
Though it isn’t actively discouraged, the 12 steps are not the basis of treatment at Willowbrooke. As a result, much of what might be considered supplemental at other rehabs serves as the core of many programs here. For example, interaction with animals and creative expression are used to treat psychiatric issues like depression, trauma and anxiety, and are a major part of the programming in all treatment tracks.
When it comes to staff, Willowbrooke has a serious advantage. As part of the greater Tanner Health System (which employs over 2,500 employees), there are plenty of doctors and specialists available for care. At least 34 specialties are represented and the total number of doctors spread across the facilities tops out at 250.
Finally, Willowbrooke also provides free aftercare services for PHP and IOP alumni, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, nutritional guidance, physical exams and medication management, all on an ongoing basis. There are also additional outpatient offerings available at Tanner Health System’s facilities in nearby Carrollton and Cartersville.
Aside from their rehabilitative programs, the Tanner Intensive Family Intervention program is available to help young children with behavioral and emotional problems, addiction-related or otherwise. Still, this is not a traditional intervention; it’s unique in that Willowbrooke’s therapists come directly to the child’s home to facilitate treatment, and work closely with the family to change problem behaviors.
Similarly, Willowbrooke also offers the Tanner Intensive Program for Behavioral Change (or TIP). This is another special offering offered for adolescent boys aged 12 to 17 who have compulsive sexual behavior issues. These young men undergo four months of treatment for four hours a day, five days a week on the Willowbrooke campus; meals and transportation to and from the facility are provided.
In all, Willowbrooke’s intensive programs are full of great resources for addiction and dual-diagnosis issues. Those looking for 12-step won’t find much of it here, but the facility makes up for it with an array of alternative and experiential therapies.
Willowbrooke at Tanner Location
20 Herrell Rd
Villa Rica, GA 30180
Willowbrooke at Tanner Cost
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