new Lighthouse on Dewey serves about 700 people per week.
residence of the hospitalís president, the English Tudor mansion on
the campus of Aurora Psychiatric Hospital now is home to a variety of
The name says it
all: Lighthouse on Dewey. "It signifies a beacon, offering a way
out of addiction and substance abuse," explains Mark Palazzari,
the facilityís manager.
12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Parents of Addicted
Children, the Lighthouse also is the site of community education
events. It has programming seven days a week, serving about 700 people
per week. All meetings are free and open to the public.
the Lighthouse opened,) we had about 12 support groups meeting at
varying times and locations," notes Palazzari. "Now, itís
30 groups and growing.
pulled people out of some kind of dingy spaces. A closed cafeteria at
9 p.m. with the icemaker going off in the back isnít the most
copacetic environment when someone is going through a hard time."
meet in any of seven rooms, including the former great room with a
large, heavy conference table donated from the Foley & Lardner law
offices ó staff refers to it as the "Game of Thrones"
Thereís also a
library and a full-size kitchen, plus 85- and 40-person meeting rooms
in an addition to the 1924 structure. The Lighthouse now tops out at
6,000 square feet. Renovation and construction cost $2.1 million; the
facility opened about two years ago.
30-acre behavioral health campus, which offers both inpatient and
outpatient services, sits on a bluff above Hart Park in Wauwatosa. The
largest of its 14 buildings is Aurora Psychiatric Hospital.
misconception is that people go into treatment, leave and live happily
ever after," says Dr. Lance P. Longo, medical director of
addiction psychiatry at the Lighthouse. "Itís all about
maintenance, like for a person whoís diabetic or has any chronic
illness. People with addiction benefit from being tethered to a
nurturing, supportive, positive environment."
Aurora has plans
to expand its services on the campus, Longo notes, because
"alcohol and drug use, unfortunately, is not going to go