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Getting Started at Riggs

To help you be more comfortable as a new patient at Riggs, here are some tips for what to bring with you, and a brief look at what to expect on your first day.

What to Bring?

Riggs patients compiled this list of items for incoming patients. Some are practical items you may not think to bring; others are suggestions to help you feel more comfortable here. In the spirit of managing patient expectations, our Admissions staff is happy to answer any questions.

Suggested Items to Bring

  • Seasonal appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Robe, sandals/slides/slippers, toiletries, and a shower caddy
  • Personal device(s)–cell phone, tablet, laptop computer, and associated chargers (cellular service is limited in Stockbridge but there is WiFi in all campus buildings)
  • Hair dryer
  • Clothing hangers
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Laundry detergent–High Efficiency (“HE”) detergent REQUIRED! (front load high efficiency washers; label on detergent must read “HE”)
  • TV (you may bring your own for your room, however, there are several entertainment centers in the patient residences and the Community Center)
  • Writing supplies
  • Athletic/fitness attire
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sporting gear (bike, scooter, snowshoes, yoga mat, etc.)
  • Books (there is also a library in the main residence and a local library in town)
  • Hobby items (knitting, crochet, musical instrument, etc.)

Items Provided by Riggs

  • Linens–sheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets
  • Towels
  • Tissues (Kleenex)
  • Bar soap
  • Cleaning supplies–vacuum, mop, sponges, garbage bags, gloves, cleaning solutions; you are responsible for keeping your room and bathroom clean
  • Access to public computers and printer
  • Wireless Internet (WiFi) access
  • Device charging cables at charging stations
  • Electric car charging station (Tesla only)–please bring adapter if needed

Your First Day at Riggs

Even your personal tour of our campus can provide only a glimpse of what to expect as a patient here. Naturally, it will take time to settle in, but here is a brief outline of your first day.
  • Once admitted, you may meet with a patient sponsor—another patient who has volunteered to help you get acquainted with Riggs
  • You and your family may have lunch at the Inn with a patient sponsor, to experience the setting more fully and meet other patients
  • You move into your room in the Inn
  • You and your family members meet with the Business Office to discuss financing the stay, make the prepayment, and sign a guarantee of payment form
  • In the afternoon, you meet your psychotherapist and psychopharmacologist
  • Later in the day, you meet with a member of the nursing staff

Your Treatment Experience

While your treatment will reflect your own choices, all of our residential treatment programs start with intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy as the core, and include a range of complementary elements.

Contact Us for More

For more information on long-term residential treatment at Riggs, or answers to any questions, please feel free to contact us.