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Arbour Health System of Massachusetts provides substance abuse and behavioral health treatment. AHS has seven residential facilities and twelve outpatient facilities, with outpatient care available to all age groups. The focus of outpatient treatment for alcohol and substance abuse is on dual diagnosis clients with co-occurring disorders. Those without dual diagnoses will most likely be sent to Arbour Hospital or Arbour-HRI Hospital. Both Spanish and English languages are available and there are specialized services for the LGBT community.

Accommodations and Food

The inpatient facilities has mostly shared rooms in a hospital-style setting. The maximum number of clients depends on the facility, ranging from 40 to 140 beds in total.  The duration of stay is approximately 9 to 10 days. Meals are provided by the full service cafeteria located in the facility, which caters to specific diets such as kosher, low salt, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and can also cater to specific food allergies. Personal cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices are not allowed in the facility. There is a community phone and television available for clients’ use during downtime. Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas.

Treatment and Staff

The residential programs are typically 30 to 90 days total, depending on the needs of the client. Residents will attend daily group therapy for six hours each day. Dual diagnosis treatment for clients includes medically monitored detox, pharmacological, group and individual therapy, relapse prevention, behavior management, coping skills and 12-step meetings.

AHS’ outpatient dual diagnosis treatment plan entails administration of Subutex to reduce withdrawal symptoms from opioids. Suboxone programs are available at Allston, Jamaica Plain, Norwell and Woburn and The Commonwealth Center in Brookline. The Suboxone program consists of medication management, individual/group/family therapy, Structured Outpatient Addiction Program (SOAP) and referral for community aftercare, all dependent upon each individual client’s needs.

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) program is available for clients who do not need residential treatment, but their drug and/or alcohol dependence is disrupting their jobs, families or social lives. This option meets three times a week, for three hour sessions. One hour of individual therapy is provided, in addition to several hours of group sessions. Group topics include relapse prevention, coping skills and 12-step work. Please see the website for the many locations offering IOP care.

An evening IOP program is available at Arbour-HRI Hospital in Brookline, providing evening group sessions for those with co-occurring disorders.

AHS’ individualized, structured outpatient program covers addiction as well as Suboxone maintenance. Outpatients attend therapy Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm for two weeks.

Aftercare is suggested to residents after completing the program. Upon discharge planning, it will be decided if partial hospitalization or outpatient group therapy is necessary.

The staff includes doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, therapists who specialize in co-occurring disorders and counselors (CADCs).


Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is available at AHS. This therapy uses a brief electrical pulse to the scalp while the client is under anesthesia. This treatment has been proven to permanently change brain patterns, reducing the symptoms of mental illness.

The Triangle Program provides specialized mental health care to the LGTB community.

In Summary

Arbour Health System is not your typical rehab facility. It provides specialized recovery services only for clients with co-occurring disorders as an additional service in their mental health facility. It is a no frills, very short stay program, but may be a god starting point for those who are very committed to seeking recovery.

Arbour Health System Location

49 Robinwood Avenue
Jamaica Plains, MA 02130

Arbour Health System Cost

Call for cost. Reach Arbour Health System by phone at (800) 222-2237.

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