Residential Treatment in an Open Therapeutic Community
The goal of treatment at the Austen Riggs Center is to help individuals (aged 18 and older) take charge of their lives more fully so that they can experience more satisfying engagement in the outside world.
A psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program since 1919, the Austen Riggs Center provides effective and integrated treatment for individuals faced with complex psychiatric problems. Patients typically seek treatment at Riggs because they need a different treatment approach. Through debilitating symptoms, recurrent crises, self-destructive or suicidal behaviors, and social withdrawal, patients communicate their distress. They have generally been unable to use outpatient or other treatment modalities to make significant progress in their capacity to function adaptively. It is not uncommon for our patients to have multiple diagnoses and in some cases have been identified as “treatment resistant.” The Riggs community, which think of as including patients and staff, is a diverse group of individuals with varied life experiences. Patients come to the Austen Riggs Center from the United States, Canada and other countries.
Some of the more common diagnoses our patients arrive with include:
- Mood disorders (including major depressive and bipolar disorders)
- Personality disorders (the most common is borderline personality disorder, but often more than one of the following -- borderline, narcissistic, dependent, avoidant, or schizoid)
- Psychotic disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Substance use disorders in some degree of remission (not active use)
- Eating Disorders (if medical status and weight suggest they are not acute medical risks)
Now Offering Chat
Chat is available on the admissions page Monday - Friday from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. A member of the Admissions Staff is a click away from answering your questions.
James Sacksteder, M.D., Medical Director/CEO talks about the mission of the Austen Riggs Center and the unique treatment approach.
The Austen Riggs Center was featured on the thought leadership program shown on APA TV at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in May.
Eric M. Plakun, M.D., Director of Admissions and Professional Relations talks about the benefits of residential treatment.
Spencer Biel, Psy.D. describes his Fellowship experience at Austen Riggs.