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Named after the colonial-era religious leader and founder of Rhode Island, the Roger Williams Medical Center is the only facility in the state offering medically-supervised detox for the most severe physiological effects of addiction. It is affiliated with the Boston School of Medicine and also provides outpatient treatment for substance abuse and dual diagnosis and a family support program for close relatives and significant others of clients.

Accommodations and Food

The facility for dual diagnosis support has 12 beds and the detox unit has 15 beds. Rooms are single- and double-occupancy, depending on a client’s privacy needs. To maximize safe and thorough detox, visitors are not permitted during this phase and clients aren’t allowed to use cell phones or any other electronic devices.

Residents in these two units can order meals from a menu of healthful foods prepared daily and delivered to the room at scheduled times. Though caffeine is prohibited, smoking and sugar consumption are allowed.

Treatment and Staff

For patients seeking medically-supervised detox or dual diagnosis support, Roger Williams offers intensive treatment in a hospital setting that begins with an assessment by a physician. Clients are given the choice of medically-assisted or non-assisted detox, and Suboxone is available for opioid withdrawal. Two licensed addiction specialists are on staff  to monitor progress. Certified nursing assistants (CNS) take vitals, LCSW staff ensure all clients are informed about community resources and mental health professionals (MHP) conduct group sessions. All 12-step groups are conducted in the hospital setting. The average stay for most detox clients is between three to seven days, after which they proceed to the outpatient program.

In its dual diagnosis unit, Roger Williams addresses substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The first step here is an assessment and meeting with a mental health specialist, from which an individualized treatment plan is created. All residents attend group and individual therapy, which is overseen by the hospital’s mental health professionals.

When inpatient is complete, clients may participate in two weeks of a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and 45 days of ab Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Outpatient treatment consists of five hours a day of therapy during the week. Clients are introduced to the 12-step process, are educated about the disease model of addiction and receive counseling. A team of clinicians, nursing professionals, psychiatrists, physicians, and support staff provide individualized care for each client.

Between five and 10 staff members are stationed on each unit at all times to make sure clients’ needs are addressed. Their credentials include CNA, LCSW and MHP.


Roger Williams Medical Center offers a special four-week family support program in the hospital’s behavioral health day room from 5:30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays. The program was implemented to make it easier for clients to transition into their home lives after treatment.

In Summary

Though Providence still has somewhat of a colonial feeling harking back to the days of Roger Williams, the Roger Williams Medical Center employs the most cutting-edge resources for treating clients with substance abuse and their families through detox, dual diagnosis support and IOP.

Roger Williams Medical Center Location

825 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI 02908

Roger Williams Medical Center Cost

$20,000 (30 days). Reach Roger Williams Medical Center by phone at (401) 456-2363. Find Roger Williams Medical Center on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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