Westwood Lodge

Name of Hospital: Westwood Lodge

City, State/Province, Country: Westwood, MA, USA

Number of Stars: 2.5

Comment: Forced everyone to take allergy medicine to help sleep even if you have no trouble and/or are on prescription sleeping pills. No consent or parental consent was provided for that. You have to wait a week to see someone to adjust any medication. People found plenty of ways to self harm, and shared pools of pills after not really taking them, which also went completely unnoticed. Half the day is spent watching music videos on TV. Periodically there are walks around a square of grass outside, ‘art therapy’ where you’re told over and over again that if you draw on yourself you’ll get ink poisoning and die “no really I know someone who had a brother who did” (sure you did, buddy. Science disagrees.), and once while I was there, therapy dogs visited. The entire experience taught me nothing other than how to lie and pass as a mentally healthy adult. We had to make up pretend acceptable coping methods and none were taught to us.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Adolescent inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations i.e. race/gender/sexuality that could have influenced your stay?: I don’t think any influenced my stay, but white female bi/pan faceblind

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