Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI

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825 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence RI 02908

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Located in Providence, R.I., Roger Williams Medical Center is a hospital that provides behavioral health and substance misuse treatment, in addition to a broad range of other medical services. The center offers treatment in outpatient, residential and, partial hospitalization settings. Dual-diagnosis programming is available for those with co-occurring mental health conditions.

Roger Williams’ website states that it is the only hospital with a Level IV alcohol and drug medical detoxification program in the area. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 31.3 percent of rehabs in Rhode Island offer detox in an outpatient setting and 8.3 percent offer it in a hospital inpatient setting.


Staff at Roger Williams work one-on-one with clients and their families to create individualized treatment plans to address physical and mental conditions. Medically supervised detoxification services are provided with daily therapy.

Following detoxification, clients can be admitted to the facility’s partial hospitalization program (PHP). A 2017 SAMHSA survey indicates that 18.8 percent of treatment facilities in Rhode Island offer PHP. In PHP, treatment is offered five days a week for five hours a day.

Clients participate in individual counseling, group therapy, and addiction and recovery education. Clients will also be introduced to 12-step programming. In addition, clients with co-occurring mental health disorders may receive ongoing medication management.

Additionally, Roger Williams offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP). A four-week family program includes weekly supportive meetings and addiction education for family members.


Roger Williams Medical Center employs clinicians, physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, and support staff.


The facility has a 15-bed detoxification unit and a 12-bed inpatient dual-diagnosis unit. There is also a 12-bed geriatric psychiatry unit. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, the average number of designated beds in Rhode Island hospital facilities is 19.

According to Roger Williams' website, facility’s dual-diagnosis unit provides medical and mental care in a small, private setting. Outpatient treatment is provided at the Addiction Services Center.


The two alumni surveyed by both gave reviews that were mostly positive. In particular, both gave perfect five-star ratings for treatment effectiveness and meal quality and both respondents praised the staff’s level of experience and training.

Alum M.S. wrote that she made a “great decision” to attend treatment at Roger William. “All the staff are trained for addiction issues and if by any chance something went wrong with your health u are right in the hospital,” she wrote. Alum C.S. added: “It really helped me to learn about the disease of alcoholism and addiction.”

Despite giving positive reviews overall, the two alumni gave low ratings for exercise and leisure activities and holistic programming. They also gave more neutral ratings to the range of counseling options.

Roger Williams as a whole earned an average 4.1 out of five stars based on over 300 reviews on its Facebook page, which facility staff can manage.[1] Reviews on Google were less positive.[2] However, reviews on both sites were not necessarily applicable to the behavioral health or substance misuse treatment in particular.


Though has yet to receive any feedback from friends or family of clients, six loved ones gave highly negative reviews on Google. Two of the six gave reviews were specific to the substance misuse treatment. Both of these reviewers complained about long waits and trouble accessing treatment. "My daughter went here to get help with a drug addiction. She was there for 2 hours and they sent her home," Jon wrote in a representative review. Several loved ones also expressed feeling that the hospital cared more about money than patients.


Roger Williams Medical Center offers sliding-scale fees and financial aid for those who qualify. Free essential hospital care is provided to uninsured Rhode Island residents under the Federal poverty line.

According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 33.3 percent of rehab facilities in Rhode Island offer a sliding fee scale and 25 percent offer treatment at no charge for clients who can't pay.

[2] GoogleReviews

Published on December 2018

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had to purchase food daily. dealing with the patient's addiction and group counseling offers. have to pay for meals even though there all day.


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Commitment group come in to carry the message of hope. A woman's words have me the hope I needed to start my journey. They also offer a two week out patient program. It really helped me to learn about the disease of alcoholism and addiction. I was fortunate that I wanted to get sober, so I was open and willing to listen to suggestions. The staff and especially the out patient treatment helped me to start my journey on the right foot.


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Its in a hospital so you are very well taken care of Its only 2 weeks long It was a great decision to go there,all the staff are trained for addiction issues and if by any chance something went wrong with your health u are right in the hospital

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