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Substance Use Services

Substance use services (SUS) support our commitment to the ideal of a treatment environment free from the use and influence of alcohol and other non-prescribed drugs.

A Network of Support

Although we do not admit or offer treatment to those whose substance use disorder (SUD) is primary, many of those struggling with mental disorders have co-occurring SUDs. We provide support to these individuals to help them maintain abstinence while in treatment at Riggs.
Many people who come to the Austen Riggs Center have struggled with substance use in the past. Because of the depth and intensity of the work that takes place here, we ask that you achieve a sustained period of abstinence prior to admission. Our substance use services acknowledge that maintaining sobriety requires a network of support.
Upon admission, certified substance use counselors provide an initial assessment and offer ongoing individual support. They help patients support each other by facilitating a weekly substance use group and by connecting interested patients to self-help groups in our local community.
Past experience indicates that substance use, particularly when it coincides with other psychiatric disorders, can seriously compromise self-examination as well as your ability to benefit from treatment. With this in mind, SUS provides ongoing opportunities for you to learn about the effects of substance use on yourself, others (including family members), and the community.
Our substance use counselors are integral members of our clinical teams and help reinforce our community’s commitment to maintaining an environment free from the adverse influence of alcohol and other substances.
When necessary, SUS also provides referrals to substance use programs and facilities that represent a level of care or services not available at the Center.

Your Treatment Experience

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

Admission Process

If other treatments haven’t worked, Riggs may be right for you. Unlike some other psychiatric hospitals in Massachusetts or elsewhere, our relational, patient-centered treatment approach addresses underlying issues, not just symptoms.

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