The Boston Public Health Commission operates Transitions, a short-term residential substance abuse treatment facility located in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It provides evidence-based therapy methods for adults who are 18 and older. This facility caters to clients who are in the beginning stages of their sobriety, having recently come out of an intensive program and need a safe environment that is conducive to their health. This program offers group and individual therapy and psychoeducation in addition to case management services.
Accommodations and Food
The residential quarters dedicated to the Transitions program are on the campus that houses the Boston Health Commission. Located in a large, three story building that recently underwent significant renovations that included new flooring and appliances. The first and second floor is dedicated to the Transitions program, which is co-ed, and has 48 beds, while the top floor operates a men’s only program. Also included on campus are medical facilities, classrooms and a center for childcare, and the clients participating in treatment have access to these services.
Floors separate the men and women in this program, and the bedrooms are shared. There are common areas, like a living room and dining area, and several bathrooms throughout. The Boston Public Health Commission provides all food and the clients cook for themselves.
Treatment and Staff
Transitions is short-term, usually 30 days or less, and serves as a safe place for clientele that are newer in their recovery to receive support while learning life skills that will acclimate them back into their communities. These programs are individualized as clients work with their counselors on goal plans for treatment and discharge.
Daily group therapy sessions that cover relapse prevention, stress management, identifying triggers, making healthy choices and coping skills and explore the root of addiction during psychoeducation classes. There are also weekly individual sessions where the client and therapist assess progress in treatment and begin to design an aftercare plan, that may include referrals to a sober living facility, or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Additional programming includes and connection to a support community, like AA.
There is also HIV/AIDS education, assistance in smoking cessation, and clients work with their case managers to provide reunification with family members as a method of additional support once they leave the program.
The Boston Public Health Transitions program has provided many clients as a good launching place into a life that is free of drugs and alcohol. This facility brings the benefit of providing the support of the larger organization in addition to serving as a supportive environment by offering outside resources for continued success.
Boston Public Health Transitions
201 River St
Mattapan, MA 02126
Boston Public Health Transitions Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Boston Public Health Transitions by phone at (617) 534-9150.
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