St. Elizabeth's Comprehensive Addiction Program (SECAP) in Brighton, MA

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736 Cambridge Street
Brighton MA 02135

St. Elizabeth's Comprehensive Addiction Program (SECAP) Philosophy

At St. Elizabeth’s Comprehensive Addiction Program (SECAP), individuals seeking substance abuse treatment receive compassionate, evidence-based care in a well-equipped clinical setting. As Boston’s longest running hospital-based addiction treatment program, St. Elizabeth’s has access to some of the most advanced medical resources and specialists, allowing SECAP to provide patients with the highest level of substance abuse care. Services include medically-supervised detoxification, as well as outpatient support including but not limited to medication-assisted therapy, group and individual counseling, family education, and community-based prevention.

Areas of Specialization

  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

  • Outpatient
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

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Founded in 1976, St. Elizabeth's Comprehensive Addiction Program, commonly known as SECAP, is Boston’s longest-running, hospital-based addiction treatment program along with being one of the only 25 (7.1 percent) in the state. Located in the urban neighborhood of Brighton, SECAP offers both outpatient and short-term residential services to adults. If necessary, this is one of Massachusetts' 34 (9.7 percent) facilities that offers medically monitored detoxification as a Level 4 certified inpatient detox program. SECAP also offers medication assisted treatment.


Like many hospital-based residential facilities, SECAP’s residential services are designed to stabilize clients and transition them into the outpatient program. Components of the short-term program (one to four days) include group therapy, meditation, individual therapy, and discharge planning. Treatment is evidence based.

For medications, the facility utilizes symptom-triggered protocols. This is where clients only take medications when symptoms are present, as opposed to a regular schedule.

Outpatient treatment is individualized and structured to serve the specific needs of young adults, women, and older adults. Programs are tailored to fit different stages of recovery — the intensive day program, which lasts one to two weeks, is designed to assist those in early recovery, while the evening program focuses on relapse prevention and psychoeducation. Components of the outpatient program include individual therapy and group counseling.

Outpatient medication assisted therapy is led by physicians. Clients participate in therapy and are prescribed medications such as Suboxone, naltrexone, and antabuse.

SECAP strongly encourages the involvement of families, offering family education programs and referrals to halfway houses and community-based programs such as Al-Anon.

Once a client completes an outpatient program, they may choose to attend SECAP’s specialized aftercare groups and services for ongoing support. Aftercare services and groups include one-on-one addiction counseling, gender-specific groups and peer counseling dedicated to opiate recovery, early motherhood, relapse prevention, and trauma.


SECAP’s treatment team includes medical doctors and nurses trained in substance abuse.


Nurses provide 24/7 care and supervision for the in-patient program. The program takes places at a hospital, so a clinical setting should be expected.


Five alumni to date reported positive experiences with this facility to The alumni polled on treatment effectiveness gave it four- and maximum five-star ratings.

One reviewer noted a lack of holistic activities, however, and mentioned feeling restricted by the hospital’s religious approach: “It was a Catholic hospital my counselor was a priest and I am a humanist,” the alum wrote. This individual gave just one star out of five for exercise and leisure opportunities, but did provide a perfect five-star rating for the level of staff support.

Another former client, M.A.F., agreed with the other alumni that accommodations were high-quality and praised the staff. “They call you out on your stuff so don't think you're going to pull the wool over their eyes - they are experienced and focused,” the alum wrote.

The two most recent reviews submitted by former clients to both referred to this facility as a "very good program.**

The hospital as a whole earned three out of five stars based on 132 Google reviews to date.[1] None of the comments touched specifically on addiction services, but feedback for the entire hospital frequently noted difficulties with the billing department but pleasant experiences with the staff and services.


To date, SECAP received moderate ratings from the three loved ones surveyed by, who reported excellent accommodations, quality meals, and immaculate facilities.

Loved ones gave three out of five stars or higher for staff experience. Staffers were described as “awesome” and “attentive.” One anonymous reviewer, who liked the program overall and said it was worth the cost, noted that it could improve in family participation. Indeed, the three family members to rate this metric gave a five-, a two-, and a one-star rating.

In citing facility weaknesses, another loved one commented, "Lack of aftercare options." This individual indicated that they would not recommend treatment at this facility, though the other other survey respondents indicated that they would.


According to the hospital’s website, most private insurance plans are accepted.


In addition to the services offered by the hospital itself, St. Elizabeth's is affiliated with the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force, which offers support groups, educational sessions, and annual fundraiser benefits.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on December 2018

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18 months and counting and all thanks to Secap


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A very good program and the nurses and staff are the best. The only problem I and many other patients had was with dr, she is the most difficult doctor I have ever dealt with. How they allow her to work there will always be a mystery to me.


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Very good program. The staff were excellent and treated us with respect and dignity. The rooms are shared but there is plenty of privacy. The meals are fine typical hospital food but not bad. There is a common dining room with cable tv and free snacks, ice cream popsicles PB and Jelly fruit crackers, sandwiches juice etc in the fridge. Of all the places I could have gone I’m glad I picked SECAP it was a great experience and really got me on the road to recovery. They kept me very comfortable through my detox as well. The IOP is a good stepping stone to consider as well, and I would recommend SECAP to anyone.


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I attended their IOP day program which was rich in information, a strong sense of community and overall a very positive experience. The team there is friendly, respectful and yet firm. They know what is needed to begin your journey into recovery and there are to provide you with the support, information and resources to be successful. They call you out on your stuff so don't think you're going to pull the wool over their eyes - they are experienced and focused. A great team and I highly recommend the program.


I was there a couple of years ago, and the care was so nice. I threw up after maybe 10 minutes and everybody treated me with respect and never looked down on me. I've had a relapse lately and called for a bed. They took all my info and were ready for me to come in.


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St. Elizabeth's offers a great rehab program, but hospital administrators seem more concerned about patients' payment methods/ability to pay. On-site staff/clinicians are awesome though.


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A good facility that was worth the cost but could use better family participation.


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Great staff, attentive , makes each person feel cared for. Family member went through treatment there , great experience for him.


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It was a Catholic hospital my counselor was a priest and I am a humanist. I attended a 2 week outpatient program.

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