Residential Treatment

Residential Treatment:

Rogers is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital, nationally recognized for specialty residential treatment programs for eating disorders, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders for children, teens and adults.

A Parent’s Perspective

We are honored to share this note written by a former patient’s father who shared their experience when the family arrived for treatment at the Child Center. At the Child Center, this family met the treatment team led by Dr. Stephanie Eken and began the treatment that would help them get their daughter back.

And so began the first step of a 12-year-old’s journey, from the psychiatrist’s office in November to the parking lot of Rogers in January. A family journey that took us from fearing the unknown to embracing the present and knowing that the future is not destined to be a repeat of the past.

Stories of mental illness go back as far as time, but I never expected that we would be the ones writing the next story.

“I am tired of being defined by my medicine. I want to know who I am.”

And so began the first step of a 12-year-old’s journey, from the psychiatrist’s office in November to the parking lot of Rogers in January. A family journey that took us from fearing the unknown to embracing the present and knowing that the future is not destined to be a repeat of the past.

December’s hopeful anticipation of tethered meds and school collaboration quickly deteriorated. Doctor visits were becoming more than weekly and the fear of the unknown became increasingly challenging.

In the first days of January, options were becoming more and more limited. Then the good news came, “They have a bed! We have a date!”

Getting to Oconomowoc was an initial challenge. Getting our daughter in the front door at Rogers was life changing.

A cold, sub-zero January morning, we had made it to the parking lot at Rogers. Mom got out of the car and went inside to alert the staff. Our daughter was outside in the car waiting with me. It was to be our toughest transition.

I got out of the car and invited her to follow. Emotions were tense and our daughter was stuck in the car, unable to transition and deteriorating emotionally. It was cold, and we were both without jackets. “We both go or we both freeze. Rogers is our friend, and they can help. I’m cold too, and we are both tired.”

In a moment, which seemed much longer, the staff from Rogers came out to the car in the same instant that our daughter took her steps out of the car and started heading inside.

Ten weeks later, we watched in awe as our daughter left Rogers empowered with her new self-discovery.

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