Austen Riggs Center

25 Main Street PO Box 962, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 01262
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About Austen Riggs Center

Philisophy

Patients have individual, psychodynamic psychotherapy sessions four times a week with a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist along with support and counseling from an interdisciplinary team that follows each patient from admission to discharge. The team includes a therapist, psychopharmacologist, substance abuse counselor, social worker, nursing care coordinator, a therapeutic community staff member, and others. Patients are admitted to an intensive evaluation and treatment period that is generally completed in six weeks. Most patients stay on in our continuum of inpatient, residential, and day-treatment services.

Specialization

Family Program

Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Highlights
  • The Austen Riggs Center is consistently ranked a U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospital” in Psychiatry.
  • Open and voluntary hospital-based continuum of care for adults (18+) with complex psychiatric problems.
  • Fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

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