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david

Caldwell, NJ

#1 Jan 18, 2009
carrier clinic belle meade nj GOOD OR BAD?
Medgal

Irvington, NJ

#2 Jul 18, 2009
david wrote:
carrier clinic belle meade nj GOOD OR BAD?
Give them about half-a-star, if they had to be rated.

Just transferred a family member over there with great effort, and initial relief. Was made many promises about cooperation, and all the great things they had available to patients. Pretty campus, not far from Princeton. It has been distressing to learn instead how much the staff and treatment team has been totally disorganized, inconsistent, ill-equipped, and arbitrarily changing rules and agreements at their whim, sometimes without notice, including for visiting hours. One doctor at times, has acted erratically over the past week, agreeing to write certain orders, failing to include them in the chart, and also canceling others at the last minute in spite of extensive arrangements made with her original approval, cooperation and encouragement. Her actions and conduct could have been carried out with much more thought and control, instead of behaving unprofessionally and causing costly damages to the family for her angry and abrupt cancellation.

Don't know if it is because it is summertime, and the staff takes such frequent and lengthy vacations. Sometimes, they hire outside temps for the contact support staff, who don't know the hospital's policies. Many times, won't even provide the very basics, including access to recreational therapy, supplies and personal products, although they boast about them on their website.

Heard some very good things about them before. Now, hearing from others that they are a notoriously difficult provider who doesn't work well with the rest of the mental health community, nor families of their clients.

Depending on why you are asking, please keep in mind and don't learn the tough way that they have extremely limited visiting hours for some units, and are very inflexible, regardless of any hardship it might cause for someone. You will also not be able to regularly check on your friend or family easily. Outsiders are not allowed to connect to the nursing station.

Hope that helps a little, and hope things over there improve, soon.
Avrum David

Asbury Park, NJ

#3 Oct 6, 2009
We were so relieved & hopeful that our cousin's admission to Carrier would be part of the answer that we were hoping for, sadly we were let down.
Our cousin who has been on the road to destruction since she discontinued her medications for her bipolar disorder was arrested & sent to jail again. Her only hope was Carrier & she was discharged within 3 days from admission to her crazy world. We were left in the dark, she has continued to threaten to kill her husband of 40 yrs., but Carrier said that she is not a threat to herself or others. Do not send your loved one to this facility, it is not what you have been lead to believe. We are waiting & wondering when the next shoe will drop, please pray for her.
Dorothy Duvall

United States

#4 Oct 22, 2009
I have a 17 year old nephew in there. I'm not happy with the way things are going. 1. Only the parent can see him. 2. No one is aloud to go to his room. This is red flag 1 !!
They keep changing their story on what is wrong. Oneday his doing pretty good. The next, he may never come out of the state he is in. The f____g Social worker calls up my Sister and gives her bad news, over the phone. Who on the hell is she, to be doing this? The doctor has about 10 min. To talk about him, and this is suppose to be a good! Hosptial?
Manda Franny

Annandale, NJ

#5 Oct 27, 2009
October 27th 2009-
I've been to Carrier twice, the Blake unit, twice and am going on my 3rd time in a few days but I will be (hopefully) in their duel diagnosis program. I guess that can tell you how well they work. The staff was very supportive (for the most part, at least) but I had a few problems with nurses and MANY MAJOR problems with the social worker/counselor I was assigned, the 2nd time I was in. She was a mess and uncharacteristically rude. Not something I'd expect in the person I am hoping to help me. I wanted to stay as long as I possibly could and luckily I have good insurance and should have been able to, unfortunately she did not fight for me to stay the 30 days I wanted to, and was discharged in less than a week. The first time I was in there, I only met with my counselor twice and I guess that was good, seeing as I didn't want to be in there...but I do look back and wish she was more interactive and supportive. The social workers/counselors are not helpful at all and don't seem to even want to be there, let alone help the patients with their recovery.
I was so upset and frustrated, feeling like I'd never fully recover, I said f**! it and actually left the facility to cop and get high. I do not blame Carrier for continuing my addiction but I do believe if I had more time to recover and get my life together, I would have had a better chance at being clean.
My first time in there, wasn't actually all that bad, either was the 2nd (but the 2nd wasn't too great). There was a lot of theft going on in there and it seemed like people came and went frequently...maybe a little too frequently? The staff didn't really do too much about the theft, and it continued until the one who was stealing left (was discharged, not kicked out), even though we all had a very good idea as to who it was. My room mate actually had their TOOTH BRUSH!!! stolen, and returned. Ew..
My second time there, a day before I left people were trying to get me in on getting money together (you are allowed to carry up to 20-30 dollars with you) and getting someone to bring heroin in. 2-3 days after I left, I found out that a girl actually did have her friend bring her drugs and that 3-4 people were kicked out. Very disorganized. The girl supposedly had her friend come and walk right onto the back yard type thing, not on a visitation day, just during a smoke break and sneaked her dope.
Manda Franny

Annandale, NJ

#6 Oct 27, 2009
^^ continued...

Again, they ARE very disorganized at times, and I feel like you don't really get situated for 2-3 days after being admitted, which is not favorable when most stays are only about 5-7 days. They also do not have your medication on hand, which is really hard if you're coming off a heavy heroin addiction and start going into full withdrawal at 1:30am and can't get your medication until 6:30am because the doctor isn't in. Even though the hospital with the medicine is no more than 40 feet away.(true story)
Carrier Clinic is maybe 2.5/5 stars. Blake unit seems to rely very much on structure (i.e constantly being in meetings, following a strict schedule, submitting to the staff and your superiors) vs. a therapeutic environment, which in some cases is good, but others bad. It depends on the addict. I personally have found that I need more sensitivity and therapy than "tough love". Hopefully I get into the duel diagnosis program and it works out better for me than Blake did.
I was in during the end of March/Early April of 2009 and end of June/Early July of 2009.
I hope this helped...it isn't a horrible place to be, and if you're like me and don't have many options, this is a decent place to detox at, but not necessarily recover at. My choices are Princeton house (can't smoke cigarettes and very unsanitary from what I've heard, there was an outbreak of the swine flu or something a few months ago) or Carrier, and again..I'll choose Carrier. Any rehab will work for an addict who WANTS to quit, though. Just get passed the people who may seem like they're trying to bring you down, and tough it out. It's worth it.
Manda Franny_cont

Annandale, NJ

#7 Oct 27, 2009
continued from above...
Again, they ARE very disorganized at times, and I feel like you don't really get situated for 2-3 days after being admitted, which is not favorable when most stays are only about 5-7 days. They also do not have your medication on hand, which is really hard if you're coming off a heavy heroin addiction and start going into full withdrawal at 1:30am and can't get your medication until 6:30am because the doctor isn't in. Even though the hospital with the medicine is no more than 40 feet away.(true story)
Carrier Clinic is maybe 2.5/5 stars. Blake unit seems to rely very much on structure (i.e constantly being in meetings, following a strict schedule, submitting to the staff and your superiors) vs. a therapeutic environment, which in some cases is good, but others bad. It depends on the addict. I personally have found that I need more sensitivity and therapy than "tough love". Hopefully I get into the duel diagnosis program and it works out better for me than Blake did.
I was in during the end of March/Early April of 2009 and end of June/Early July of 2009.
I hope this helped...it isn't a horrible place to be, and if you're like me and don't have many options, this is a decent place to detox at, but not necessarily recover at. My choices are Princeton house (can't smoke cigarettes and very unsanitary from what I've heard, there was an outbreak of the swine flu or something a few months ago) or Carrier, and again..I'll choose Carrier. Any rehab will work for an addict who WANTS to quit, though. Just get passed the people who may seem like they're trying to bring you down, and tough it out. It's worth it.
Manda Franny

Annandale, NJ

#8 Oct 27, 2009
sorry for double posts!!
Please Help

Cliffside Park, NJ

#9 Nov 10, 2009
I went to Carrier in May 2007 because I was going through a horrible divorce. My husband talked me into going there just to make sure my meds were ok. I was on a low dose of paxil and meds for rheum. arthitis at the time. He told me if i just went and let them tell what I was taking was ok he would stop the divorce and we would work it out. we were married 16 years at the time with 2 children under 12. I went and talked to the nurse she asked me lots of questions and I answered all very honestly. At the end she told me that she couldnt tell me if my meds were ok or if I would benefit from another antidepressant that she would call my insurance co to see if they would agree for me to stay the night to see a dr. the next morning(it was a Sunday night I was there) She then said to me, my sister and my husband she really didnt think they would say yes because I had no thoughts of hurting myself or anyone else but i had really great insurance so she would try her hardest for me. We waited in the lobby while she called. We thought we would be turned down anyone going through a unwanted divorce feels the way I did right? Well she came out and said they approved the stay! I really dint want to stay but she explained that I could be home the next day and be working on getting my marriage back on track. She had me go into the offfice to fill out the paperwork. She explained that she was the only intake nurse on duty that night and things were really hetic. Well she ran through all the paper work so fast! sign here here and here ect. By this time I was there for 4 hours already and was not to excited to be there but did want to save my marriage so I signed. I said goodby to my sister and husband and was taken to the floor. It was late by then and I was taken to my room showed around told the rules ect. went to bed. Monday morning I meet with the Dr. explained what was going on she said my feelings were normal really but I was on the lowest dose of paxil and she thought upping it to the next dose might help. I agreed I thought ok my husband will see that Im doing what he wanted and listening to the Dr. She said she wanted to have me stay the night to make sure the increase dose didnt mess with me. She explained that the rules were that for the first 24 hours paitents stayed on the floor for meals everything which meant I would be on the floor till the next morning because I came in so late the night before and by 24 hours nobody would be allowed off the floor. I didnt say a word about it it was the rules right but she didnt see why i had
to stay on the floor because she had no concerns about me. Right after I saw her she walked to the nurse and told her I had no restrictions and could go to the dining room for breakfast. Well I guess this dosent happen because the other people there were not happy. They questioned the nurses and me as to why I got off the floor in less then 9 hours!
Please Help

Cliffside Park, NJ

#10 Nov 10, 2009
Later that night my husband came to see me and informed me that he never intended to call off the divorce that he tricked me into the hospital and was going to court the next morning on a emergency hearing to take the kids from me. When he left I asked to speak to the DR. but she was gone so thay sent a nurse sup. to me I explained what happen and she looked in my chart told me the dr was sending me home in the morning but to be on the safe side she had me fill out a 48 hour relese form. The next morning the dr did let me go but my husband got to court before I could stop him and got the order from the judge because I was in a mental Hospital!! I went to court explained to the judge what happen ect. and was told to come back with a report from Carrier to prove what I told here. My children were taken away from me crying screaming and asking why! It took me weeks to get a report and when it came it said that I was in there because i was worried I was going to kill myself! It says nothing but lies. I think the nusre who called the insurance company said things to make sure I could stay thinking I would never know. It said nothing about the dr letting me off the floor early and it had the 48 hour relese the nurse had me sign with it and stated I signed myself out!!!I'm still fighting for my kids! I told the lawyers the judge everyone the truth but get nowhere. Instead they sent me to another dr that my husband got to pick for an evaluation but my husband got to go talk to the dr. too and gave him the report from Carrier so now the new dr. says I dont except my condition. Please if this or anything like this happen to you let me know or if you remember me there with you by getting off the floor early because alot of people were not happy with that please contact me. Thank You
Kris

London, UK

#11 Nov 18, 2009
david wrote:
carrier clinic belle meade nj GOOD OR BAD?
I was there myself, and as a rehabilitated person (with no help from carrier), i can say from first hand experience that place is a nightmare. patients are abused and generally mistreated. the staff is awful and gets physical with patients. the nurses pay no attention to serious problems.

it's really a shame what is allowed to go on there. and no one who has been there is ever believed because of their 'state of mind.' i think the police need to do some sort of investigation. it is designed to help, not hurt. all i saw was inaccessible doctors and a lack of professionalism. i can't believe i put my health in the hands of such incompetent people.
mike

Douglassville, PA

#12 Mar 11, 2010
Dont send your family members to this place unless u really hate them and want them to suffer. Kathy was a social worker there and she is a miserable person that should be a patient not an employee .her displaced aggression from what ever happened in her life is passed on to the clients and is just a social block that prevents the person from actually doing her job . The night staff is a bunch of haitians that take turns sleeping in the doctors rooms when there not there . The hygiene in this place is a disgrace . There keeping people who are batshit crazy in the wings where there are people who are just there for drug rehab which totally destroys the atmosphere of rehabilation . There draining these peoples insurance and not helping them cause there to far gone to be in this type of facility . The doctors dont even see a patient for more then 5 mins before making a complete diagnoses which seems so wrong and just so people know who the doctor is wojciech szulactzkowski is the name he goes by .
Scott in NJ

Bound Brook, NJ

#14 Jun 11, 2010
The worst run facility you could imagine. Zero coordination amongst the medical, social work, unit staff. Zero discharge planning. Terrible communication with the family. Do not send a family member here.
Outtathere

Lebanon, NJ

#15 Aug 16, 2010
This place is the worst on earth. I went in for a dependance on a prescription med. I came out 7 days later on more meds than I could count. They drugged me so bad, I could not find my way home. I was sick from those 'medicines' for months, so much so, that I lost my job. I had no idea their remedies were making me so ill. I have since, on my own, stopped taking everything so I write this 'clean and sober' if you will.
The staff is as nasty as can be. They seem to hate the patients. If you go there, get ready to sit on the floor waiting hours for meds, get ready to have your possessions stolen, etc. This place is so bad, I would not send my worst enemy there. I was also physically assaulted by another patient, right in front of the nurses, who said nothing, until one other patient spoke up loud and clear, and the blood was dripping down my neck from the assault. Their solution? Put is in different rooms. Great. The doctors cant speak English, they see you for ten minutes every two days if you are lucky. And the social workers are probably worse. One actually told me to go home, instead of trying to support me in being drug free. All the staff lied and changed rules. And when I got records after I got out, I read I was suicidal. Nothing could be further from the truth. This experience will follow me around in many ways for the rest of my life. I could go on and on. If you want a ticket to be abused, this is the place for you. HORRIBLE. And, you will NOT get better.
Unanomous

Merchantville, NJ

#16 Dec 28, 2010
Well I have to say that this place is somewhat disorganized but after landing myself there for the 3rd time for prescription addiction, I told the doc that I wanted little medication as possible and that they did. They weaned me off of the prescriptions and I left with 3 medications which now I'm just on 2. My doctor was very, very educated in drug addiction and I wouldn't have wanted any other doctor. The social workers were fine as well as the nurses, many of them gave me great guidance which assisted in my sobriety. I was always treated with respect by all of the staff and patients. I made great friends and I'm happy to say I've been sober and clean for 7 months and going strong! You definitely have to WANT to be there and participate totally to obtain the benefits. Food was great too! You can contact me if you're thinking of starting this wonderful journey of sobriety. I was at The Princeton House once and it was aweful!!!!!! Their outpatient program is excellent but inpatient was for the birds....bridge0522@gmail.com
maria

Jackson, NJ

#17 Jan 19, 2011
i was in carrier clinic when i was 15. i spent 6 mths there and every day of those 6 mths was pure hell. the staff cannot keep their patients under control at all. i was abused by patients everyday. mentally and physically. i was beaten badly by a patient who had glass between her fingers. i got stitches on my face and my head. that insodent could have been pevented. i told staff the night before it happened that she had glass and wanted to stab another patient (thats what she told me). the girl with the glass was my roommate and i told on her. she hid the glass in her bra n they never did a search on her. all they did was ask her to give it to them n she did. she said that was all she had and they took her word for it. i went to school the next day and so did she. i was walking back from school and she came up from behind me and started punching me with the glass between her fingers. i used to talk to a boy there and he told me that they strip searched him for having a porno magazine. hahah n they didnt search the crazy bitch with a weapon? hahah. thats exactly y i am taking time to write this. i wouldnt recomend carrier to anyone. thats only one out of many many insodents that could have been prevented by staff but wasnt. my mom took my ass right outta there. i was 15, a baby still, in the care of adults who couldnt ever protect me. unbelievable. carrier didnt help me the way it should have. im 20 years old now and still have the scars from all that happened to me there. ill never forget one day outta those 6 mths. the only 2 people i want to thank and who were good to me and listened and protected me was Aaron (my primary) and Tim. thank you both so much.
noname

Bridgewater, NJ

#18 Jan 31, 2011
david wrote:
carrier clinic belle meade nj GOOD OR BAD?
The worst place for any mental breakdown. Evil.
anon

Plainfield, NJ

#19 Mar 24, 2011
Do not, do not send loved ones here. Rather than helping me, Carrier Clinic made my life even more so in jeopardy. ECT at aged 20...I am successful these days only because I got out of the continual trap of the Carrier Clinic!! The better your insurance the more treatment they will determine that you need...
Fingersticks

Bridgewater, NJ

#20 Mar 31, 2011
They tried to keep me there and drive me insane my first night with tricks of the mind. They knew everything about me and used it against me in order to drive me away from my family. Very clever and evil doings went on and I would report them if I knew I had a chance but the doctors will always win because I put myself there. I went there for help and they tried to break me. That is the Truth. Do not send a loved one there ever. I still have cold sweats thinking about my stay there but who believes me. Nobody. I celebrate I made it out but wish I had the money to fight them. God will punish them all and I can't wait to see it whwn I'm done on earth. I will make sure they are all haunted if I go first. They turned me a little paranoid and I lost my credibility with my family and friends that are closest to me. They all are lucky I'm not insane because I would drag them all out of there by rope. I won after 13 days and got out but I know many would not last that first night. Cowards they all are taking advantage of people with problems. The abuse is for real and I will search for the right people to bring notice of this haunted house. I'm lucky my wife stuck with me through this but I know some people will lose their fight with no where to turn. Kiss my ass carier clinic and DR.G. Thanks for this post it helps me get this off my mind and hope someone will read it and react.
Dylan

Summit, NJ

#21 Apr 13, 2011
Horrible.

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