Located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Austen Riggs Center is a psychiatric hospital that specializes in the care of clients struggling with substance abuse and eating disorders as well as those in need of dual diagnosis support. Recently rated one of the best psychiatric hospitals by U.S. News and World Report, Austen Riggs believes in treating the individual over the diagnosis, and offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes residential, outpatient services and aftercare. Founded in 1919, the facility’s mainstay approach is based on the client’s regular and voluntary participation of psychodynamic psychotherapy sessions.
Accommodations and Food
Residents stay in “the Inn,” the primary residence situated on the hospital’s main campus. The home resembles an old New England inn offers around-the-clock supervision, and with only 40 clients at a time the environment is both communal and private. There are three floors with private and semi-private rooms as well as common areas. Private bedrooms typically have private bathrooms and semi-private rooms with shared bathrooms. The Inn is equipped with plenty of amenities like a meditation area, a library and a state-of-the-art gym.
The Inn is equipped with a dining room where residents enjoy buffet-style meals. Clients with specific preferences and restrictions can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
The goal of treatment at Austen Riggs is to offer a unique approach that is rooted in relationships and the client’s responsibility for their own treatment. To this end, clients are not accepted into the program until they have reached a sustained period of abstinence. The facility utilizes a “use and consequences” treatment approach that examines both the personal and interpersonal consequences of substance use.
Upon intake, clients undergo an intensive assessment that helps the staff determine the most effective treatment plan. From there, clients begin a six-week treatment phase that includes individual psychodynamic psychotherapy sessions four times a week with a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist in order to uncover and treat the root issues. In addition, clients meet with the nursing staff daily and participate in group therapy twice a day. The facility offers family therapy, encourages clients to get involved with local support groups, as well as holistic methods like meditation and yoga.
The Austen Riggs Center team is comprised of therapists, psychopharmacologists, addiction specialists, social workers, a nutritionist, physical trainer and a nursing team. For clients in need of dual diagnosis support, medication management is available.
Austen Riggs invites local artists to teach clients visual arts, ceramics, woodworking and the theatre.
The Austen Riggs Center is world-class psychiatric hospital with a comprehensive substance use disorder treatment program. The program spans a curriculum of residential, outpatient and aftercare. Founded in 1919, the treatment methods is time tested. For clients seeking a proven program and a vast, experienced and professional clinical and therapeutic team, Austen Riggs is a great option.
Austen Riggs Center
25 Main St
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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