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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.

Life. Worth. Living.

December 11, 2012 - 1:27pm
Reflections of a former Herrington Recovery Center patient who is now enjoying recovery and a New Years Eve free of intoxicants.

In the past, the end-of-the-year holiday frenzy had provided many opportunities for me to socialize and usher in the New Year with bubbly bliss. I anticipated the playfulness, waiting for that all so important midnight kiss; proceeded by the ball dropping in New York’s Times Square and Dick Clark’s count down.

However, as 2011 came to a close, I did not feel the end of year frenzy. In fact, I completely escaped the frenzy of the holidays even before Christmas. I was admitted to Herrington Recovery Center on December 14th. Never did I imagine that I would lie in prey to this viperous disease, spending the holidays in rehab. With the pangs of loneliness all too real, a willingness to surrender is what I felt.

To my surprise, New Year’s Eve brought forth an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I’m grateful for sobriety, a clean year ahead and good friends, along with the supportive staff at HRC. I’m grateful for an alumni association who spent time, energy and thought into making sure the residents at HRC had a night to remember this past New Year’s Eve. Yes, I’m proud to say I “remembered” this one! Not only because my mind was free from chemicals but because we had so much fun. The night started off with the cooking talent of Mike, who prepared tenderloin steaks and twice baked potatoes which melted in our mouths. Following the gourmet meal was a serious pool tournament, where Andy methodically schooled all the other sharks in the house, winning the first annual HRC pool trophy. The weather was unseasonably warm. The sky was clear. And many stars were visible outside, as well as in the house when the singing talent emerged after the Karaoke machine came out! Stars, like John A and John H, belted out Tom Dooley.

No, this year we did not watch the glamorous “ball” dropping in New York or experience that joyous midnight kiss. But we did have an amazing night of fellowship, fun, laughter and most of all sobriety! I’m so very grateful for my continuing recovery.

The Herrington Mcbride Alumni Associations is hosting the 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. The inaugural event in 2012 was so successful we can’t wait to bring in 2013 with a gourmet meal, followed by games and fellowship.

December 6, 2012 - 4:10pm

Teen AddictionThese days it seems like you turn on the TV, read the paper or go online and the news is focused on tragedy stemming from drinking and drug use by kids and teens. Unfortunately this drinking and drug use starts and ends someplace. Typically it is in the home of adults who either don’t know or care how drinking or drugs might affect a young person. Sometimes, these people even want these kids having parties at home as they can ensure their safety.

Many believe that underage drinking is a “rite of passage” and “everyone does it”. However, continuous research warns that teens that drink are far more likely to engage in violent behavior, suffer sexual assault, fail in school, be involved in a car crash, suffer depression and even commit suicide. These dangers are not new and are only getting worse with the resurgence of heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, all of which can be found at a good number of these house parties.

Chemical dependency, also known as addiction or substance use disorders, are harder for youth to combat. Combined with peer pressure, this makes it easier for young people to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Users admit they had their first experience with a certain intoxicant, or becoming intoxicated for the first time at one of these house parties. While it is quite rare for a person to spend their entire life free of any alcohol or drug use, these house parties contribute more than most people realize to the epidemic of cases of addiction in the U.S.

Teens that remain abstinent until the age of 21 are 5 times less likely to develop addiction. However, reality is that 75% of teens associated with drinking, relate the behavior to their parents.

What this really means is that parents who do not educate their teens about alcohol and/or drug use could be contributing to the growing problem of addiction in young people, teens and adults.

The other issue that parents face all over the country is a myriad of “social host” laws which can impose sharp penalties on parents responsible for allowing underage drinking on their property. Several of these cases seem to be occurring constantly and in the news on a regular basis. Parents don’t plan to have accidents happen, but they do, and these laws effectively make parents responsible for not only their own children, but those which use substances illegally on their property.

Rogers Memorial Hospital offers detoxification treatment and residential treatment for addiction in Kenosha, West Allis, and Oconomowoc. If you feel like you or someone you know may have a problem with addiction, please seek help. The faster addiction is treated and corrected the better life will become for the person.

November 20, 2012 - 3:18pm

Residential. Day Treatment. Inpatient. Outpatient. Partial. Acute Care. And the list of treatment program types goes on. The decision to enter a more intensive treatment program is a big decision for individuals and families. But what type of treatment is right for you? What is the difference between day treatment and partial? We attempt to explain the difference.

Inpatient - Short term (3-7 days) intensive treatment in a 24-hour care in a safe and secure unit of the hospital. The focus is to stabilize symptoms and plan continued treatment of the illness. The restrictive setting helps individuals break the ‘cycle’ of their illness.

Residential - Long-term care, typically 30-90 days in a home-like setting. Patients must be medically stable, however their behaviors have become habitual or addictive they benefit from 24-hour supervision and treatment. Rogers’ four residential centers are at our Oconomowoc location.

Partial - For all age ranges, think of it as spending a ‘part’ of your day at Rogers. Programming is offered 5 days per week, for 6 hours each day for a range of psychiatric symptoms and diagnosis, including eating disorders, dual diagnosis, depression and anxiety.

Day Treatment - Morning or afternoon ‘day’ sessions are offered for children and adolescents, ages 4 to 18. Includes 12 hours per week of programming, split into four 3 hour sessions. Provided in a safe and secure setting that allows patient to remain enrolled in their school for part of the day. Learn more at

Intensive Outpatient - Same as day treatment.

Outpatient - Typically the first or last aspect of treatment. An individual sees a treatment provider for one to three hours per week for ongoing support. Rogers works closely with these providers to maximize gains made during your stay.

If you are still confused as to the type of treatment that may work for you, call us! Our online screening is available 24/7 a week. In addition, Rogers’ outreach professionals can assist you in programming to fit your needs.

November 15, 2012 - 1:39pm


Psychiatric Care ProfessionalsBehavioral health issues are part of the fabric of our human existence, but few people understand them and even less people understand how they can be treated. People who suddenly find themselves in the middle of a crisis having to do with mental health issues don’t know where to turn. They end up visiting a primary care physician or a psych ward at a local hospital. Sometimes this is all that is needed, other times, the patient and/or family need more specialized or depth of care than a primary care provider can give.

In these situations, primary care providers may ask themselves two questions. How do I know when it is time to refer my patient? Or why are providers consistently choosing Rogers Memorial Hospital? The main reasons based on feedback Rogers receives are:

  • Excellent communication with the primary care provider
  • Overall consistency and rich history of being leaders in behavioral health
  • Experts in the field who not only understand behavioral health, but lead the way in helping treatment evolve into something that works better and better over time.
  • Structured programs using proven methods of care like: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and OCD and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) informed care for eating disorders.

Effective referral begins with a good consulted-consultant relationship that includes familiarity with each other’s needs and idiosyncrasies. The process will, in part, hinge on expectations and knowledge each has of the other.

Referral for psychiatry

  1. Substance use has reached an unhealthy level. Treating the symptoms of addiction is not typically something a primary care provider would refer for. However, when addiction becomes more prominent in a patients ill-health, specific substance-use disorder treatment may be needed.
  2. Medication administration. There are times when a primary care provider or general practitioner may not feel comfortable or be qualified to administer certain types of medications, such as Suboxone(buprenorphine).
  3. Drain of resources. Psychiatric care often has different billing, insurance, patient satisfaction and other requirements that can be time consuming in a small primary care practice. Because this is our focus, Rogers is prepared for nuances and understands the approaches specific to behavioral medicine.
  4. Changes in weight or sleeping patterns. When major depression sets in or an eating disorder takes over a thought process, changes in normal living can happen with little or no medical explanation. Providers have learned that this “red flag” may be time to get a specialized behavioral health provider in the loop.
  5. Physical symptoms manifested from mental illness. When a healthy patients show symptoms such as ulcers and/or high blood pressure, that cannot be otherwise medically explained, a general practitioner may refer to Rogers.
  6. Family dysfunction. A physician may refer to a psychiatry specialist when family problems may interfere with diagnosis and/or treatment.
  7. Confirmation of a mental health diagnosis. The primary care provider understands their patients well and symptoms of mental illness are clear. The provider strongly believes in the diagnosis, however, depending on the severity of the condition they may seek a specialist for a second opinion.
  8. Proper assessment. There are situations where care providers must be board certified and licensed in order to render a diagnosis or rule out certain types of mental illness.
  9. Continuum of care. There are situations where a stepped down continuum is needed for proper treatment of a mental illness. Treatment may start off very intensive and as the patient recovers less intense treatment is needed.

The number one reason why Primary Care Providers refer to Rogers?

  1. Concern for a patient’s well-being and safety. Today there are many specialists providers can refer to in situations that may be beyond their particular expertise. We work closely to facilitate relationships with other health care professionals to support them and their patients in these sometimes difficult situations.

Rogers Memorial Hospital has an outreach staff communicating with primary care providers the depth and breadth of the services available to patients and families.

Visit our "Healthcare Professionals" pages to contact one of our outreach professionals.

November 8, 2012 - 2:20pm

Eating Disorders Conferences - NEDAAs Manager of the Eating Disorder Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital, attending conferences helps reinforce the reasons why I chose this career path. Just like any career, it is an ever changing community and interacting with other program managers and directors helps all of us understand what is happening globally in the treatment of eating disorders. They are great learning experiences, that I hope aid me in better serving both the patients I care for and Rogers Memorial Hospital.

I like to think of these conferences as a friendly competition where we all have a similar, united goal: to help individual’s battle eating disorders and find their footing. To help them re-create their identity free from the haunting and controlling illness.

Attending workshops and presentations to gain knowledge that I can bring back to Rogers and share with other clinical staff is something else I take advantage of at conferences. The community there is one attended by clinicians and advocates, but also by individuals in recovery, friends and family. The energy surrounding this advocacy and support is always amazing to see, but more importantly you can feel it.

When I return to the Eating Disorder Center at Rogers I feel re-energized. I embrace my role as a leader and educator, appreciating the opportunities I have to learn more about the treatment and journeys individuals with eating disorders take. I am excited to use what I learned and figure out how to relate all that information back here in Wisconsin, at Rogers and with our patients and their families.

November 6, 2012 - 1:19pm

Eating Disorder Hope –’s mission is to provide information and resources for patients and families. Since 2005, their philosophy of promotes ending eating disorder behavior and pursuing recovery. Eating Disorder Hope has a very robust social media presence, as well as the following programs in order to assist both people in recovery and families who support those recovering:

Monthly Newsletter - Eating Disorder Hope sends out a monthly newsletter with articles ranging from scientific information about eating disorders studies to inspirational stories of recovery.

College Hope Program - College Hope is a national effort to promote Eating Disorder Awareness and Recovery on college campuses. In order to share ideas between schools and provide easily accessible resources for eating disorder treatment and information, Eating Disorder Hope is gathering resources and counseling center information from different schools to publish for students seeking help.

Article Directory - Eating Disorder Hope has a large group of articles ranging from educational to inspirational which helps patients and families to understand eating disorders and what body image really means to people with an eating disorder.

Events Directory - The eating disorder events and conferences calendar is a unique tool for people who seek real time treatment information to use to find speakers and events about eating disorders. This directory indicates if an event is for the general public or for professionals only.

Rogers Memorial Hospital sponsors Eating Disorder HOPE, contributing the increased awareness ending of eating disorders and collaborating to provide good information resources for individuals with eating disorders and professionals alike.

November 5, 2012 - 9:32am

Eating Disorder Treatment ResourcesAfter recovering from a ten-year-long battle with various eating disorders, Johanna Kandel founded The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness in 2000. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, The Alliance has brought information and awareness about eating disorders to more than 160,000 middle school, high school, and college students nationally and internationally. In addition, The Alliance offers information to those who are seeking information about eating disorders treatment, community awareness, and professional training:

Community Education - The Alliance is committed to increasing education and awareness through educational presentations at public and private elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, graduate programs, Social Service Agencies, Youth Groups, Healthcare Programs, etc.

Professional Training - The Alliance offers professional training in areas of diagnosis, treatment, advocacy, working with various age groups, co-occurring disorders and the like is available to educators, mental health practitioners, all healthcare providers and other community groups and agencies.

Junior Advisory Committee - The Alliance offers the Junior Advisory Committee as a liaison for students in high school or college to act as advocates for teens and young adults as a school ambassador. School ambassadors promote the interaction between The Alliance and the school body. This also helps to promote stigma reduction and greater involvement in the youth, teens and young adults in the work of The Alliance.

The Alliance also publishes the U.S. Eating Disorders Treatment Referral Guide for colleges which gets disbursed to several thousand schools in the U.S.

November 2, 2012 - 8:00am

Eating Disorders information and treatmentMulti-service Eating Disorder Association – (MEDA): MEDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. Since 1994, their mission has been prevention of the continuing spread of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection. MEDA is a national level resource and support network for clients, loved ones, clinicians, and educators and the general public.


  • Mentor the community in its understanding of eating disorders.
  • Empower Individuals to live free of body, food, and weight obsessions.
  • Develop eclectic and diversified treatment teams for clients and loved ones.
  • Assist individuals and their loved ones by offering the training and support needed for recovery.

MEDA also has a variety of resources available for patients and families looking for information:

Educational Presentations - These presentations are aimed at school professionals, students, teachers, and families and while most of these are really geared toward eating disorders, the focus is around how individuals can increase body confidence.

College Networking – MEDA has a strong presence in colleges around the country. These networking opportunities are for students, faculty, clinicians, health educators, and others to discuss prevention and treatment of eating disorders and body image within the college community.

Support Groups – MEDA’s support groups, called Connect to Recovery (CTR), are led by individuals who are supervised and trained by an LISCW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker), many of which are in recovery from and eating disorder or have higher training in the field.

November 1, 2012 - 10:37am

eating disorder resources and informationThe National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. - (ANAD): Since 1976, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. has had a mission to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, specifically anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Their mission is to advocate for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors, and to promote eating disorder awareness, prevention and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families and professionals.

ANAD has a variety of resources that patients and families can chose from in order to gain valuable information about eating disorders, treatment, and recovery:

Support Groups – ANAD offers support group accreditation in every state and internationally, Rogers Memorial Hospital is accredited by ANAD for its eating disorders support groups in Milwaukee and Madison.

Online Forum – Being exposed to un-edited web content can be graphic, however, this is a great tool for people looking for the experiences of others who have had eating disorders and family members or friends with eating disorders.

Scientific and Medical Advisory Board – ANAD has corralled some of the top eating disorders physicians to assist in producing ANADS eating disorders studies and information including Rogers very own Dr. Theodore Weltzin, MD.

ANAD is also very active in issues relating to insurance coverage and has detailed information for people who have been denied coverage and provides information on how to appeal and coping with coverage issues.

ANAD continues to be a source of education, hope, and inspiration to those affected by eating disorders and even those that encourage real health in all people. ANAD is a beacon of hope that recovery is possible and wellness is attainable. As more and more people are affected by eating disorders, or disordered eating, this message is imperative.

October 31, 2012 - 10:32am

Eating disorders require treatment and there are thousands of people in the U.S. who have made it their life’s work to make treatment more effective, make recovery easier and readily available. There are very strong organizations related to the treatment and care of eating disorders that help patients and families not only find a path to recovery, but also resources to stay healthy and keep those who remain in recovery on the right path. This 5 part series will focus on some of the resources available to patients and families that help make a difference in the treatment of eating disorders:

National Eating Disorders Association – (NEDA):

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA campaigns for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. NEDA works with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance. NEDA has several programs that serve the public:

Helpline Services - Information & Referral HELPLINEresponds to many thousands of requests for help by phone, fax and email each year and is staffed by volunteers and professionals looking to assist those seeking answers.

Education and Prevention - NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of mostly volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers, students, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment. This event is national in scale and includes several regional and city-wide events that all work together.

Media and Legislative Advocacy - Toolkits are available for download on the NEDA website in book-form, which have a variety of information on issues surrounding eating disorders which can prove to be highly valuable for parents, educators, coaches, and anyone who can assist someone with an eating disorder.

Family and professional Conferences - NEDA is responsible for a national conference on eating disorders which attracts thousands of people from around the nation who desire to learn, advocate, treat, and assist patients and families. This conference offers CE events, Training, and networking opportunities.

Join us over the next several days to highlight other resources for individuals and families looking for information about eating disorders and recovery.


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