f you're looking for a stressful and dirty environment and a chance of being overdosed, you've found the right place.
According to one of MPI's very unprofessional nurses, management is no longer allowing unused vacation or sick time to be cashed out or rolled into another year. Employees must use or lose their time before year's end. Consequently, at any given point, half of the staff is out on vacation and replaced by what she termed "fly by night" incompetent temps. Because of the constant shifts in staff, there is extremely poor continuity of care. Connect with a counselor and two days later, he or she is replaced with a brittle and bossy fill-in.
I attended MPI for detox services only, but during my seven days there, I encountered inept nurses with control issues who refused to share vitals with clients or medicate them on time. Several of the nurses there backstabbed each other and the counselors repeatedly in front of clients. It was unprofessional at best and toxic to clients at worst.
My first three days in detox were uncomfortable but okay. This is most likely because I arrived just before the weekend. As soon as Monday arrived, someone repeatedly opened my door while I was resting, shook some kind of rattle and then violently slammed my door. Talk about passive-aggressive behavior. I can see perhaps doing this while a client refuses to participate during residential treatment, but not detox. Even when you’re sick and unable to keep your eyes open during detox, counselors expect you up to participate from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm. All the while, the nursing staff tells you that's not true, that it's okay to stay in bed while detoxing.
This is a sugar-free facility, which is ironic given that AA's "Living Sober" text suggests SUGAR as a way to combat alcohol cravings. Meals were fair, but palatable snacks were lacking. Even though the kitchen didn't supply enough food for all clients, nurses would swoop in and fill their plates high for a freebie at mealtime.
Clients are not allowed to bring in snacks or food from outside, yet some counselors say it's okay to buy candy during off-campus excursions to CVS. CVS? Are you kidding me? This is the LAST place I’d want to go while in treatment! Clients returned with bags of candy (that nurses would immediately toss in the trash) and complained of feeling unnerved by shoppers in line with copious amounts of alcohol.
The detox rooms were filthy. When I arrived, I discovered mucous on the walls and on my "clean" sheets. In addition, the sheets are far too short for the beds there. A particular client left his feces-ridden towels strewn about a shared shower for others to move. He also refused to pick up after himself everywhere he went. While the nursing staff knew this was happening, nothing was done to effectively address the issue.
Perhaps the worst part of my stay there related to a medical mistake whereby I was given an overdose of phenobarbital. I ended up being taken by ambulance to Oakland Kaiser ED--barely conscious and struggling to breathe. My husband spoke to Dr. Kayman (MPI's psychiatrist who’d just returned from vacation when I arrived). Dr. Kayman realized he had miscalculated my detox meds during intake. This led to HIS error in overprescribing phenobarbital for my detox. Yet, even after a drug screen ruled out my involvement, I was treated like a culprit throughout the remainder of my stay. The door slamming became more violent while I was recovering from being overdosed by Kayman.
MPI may have been great in the past, but this place currently has too many burned out nurses and "fly by night" counselors to offset its ghetto taste and feel.