Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR) is a non-profit agency that provides social services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Stanley Street headquarters are in Fall River, Rhode Island, half an hour east of Providence, near Cape Cod. Fall River is a town with promise that’s faced hard times in recent years, as manufacturing jobs are increasingly outsourced. The effect has been increased poverty, job loss, and low educational attainment. All of these factors put people in the community at greater risk for developing substance abuse problems and depression. STARR provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services for men and women struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
STARR’s inpatient program is located at its Stanley Street headquarters, in Fall River. There are 20 beds in the detox unit, and 30 in the short-term residential program. Men and women are in gender-specific, fully furnished units where they share rooms and bathrooms in a dormitory setting. Three meals a day are included in the cost of the program.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment begins with detox. Clients spend three-to-six days here and during that time, counselors hold educational and motivational groups and meet one-on-one with each person to discuss his or her options. Once clients are detoxed and the decision has been made to move into the residential program for the next 10 to 21 days, there’s a psychopharmacological consultation, a psychiatric consultation and a psychosocial evaluation. It’s a lot of talking to professionals, but the point is to answer basic questions: is there a mental health diagnosis to make, and if so is a prescription appropriate to treat that disorder? If the answer is yes and a client begins medication in treatment, STARR counselors help with medication management throughout their stay.
The inpatient program is intensive; STARR only has clients in residence for one-to-three weeks. Clients receive individual therapy and participate in group therapy. Many groups center on educating clients about the disease of addiction, relapse prevention, high-risk behavior/HIV education and harm reduction. Clients’ families are involved to make sure that they, too, are educated about addiction and about what to expect from a loved one in early recovery. The principles of the 12 steps are introduced to clients during this time with an eye to aftercare planning. About 50 percent of clients follow up their inpatient residence with the Stanley Street Treatment and Resources outpatient program.
While many outpatient programs are a minimum of eight weeks, clients here stay for an average of four-to-six weeks in an attempt to get them back working and living with their families. The outpatient program requires some adjustments to a regular work schedule since the program runs Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm. Clients are invited to come at 8:30 am for a continental breakfast and socializing before morning group starts. There are two groups in the morning and then lunch, which is included in the cost of the program. Clients eat together on-site before continuing with a final group. The day officially ends at 1 pm, but the staff is available until 4 pm to meet for family or individual sessions. Clients have one individual session with their counselor per week, utilizing CBT and MET. All Stanley Street staff members working in addiction services are cross-trained in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and they are encouraged to get additional addiction certifications when applicable.
The ARISE program at Stanley Street helps families facilitate “invitational” interventions for addicted loved ones who are reluctant to seek help. In this method, there are no surprises. The addict knows exactly what is going on and is involved in all meetings and discussions. Together with the support of their family and concerned others they develop a recovery message and begin the journey of recovery. Stanley Street also partners with the Building Our Lives Drug Free (BOLD) Coalition: a community group dedicated to preventing youth substance abuse through awareness campaigns.
Stanley Street is there to help beyond addiction services; a domestic violence program, a women’s center, ambulatory behavioral health services, the list goes on. A primary healthcare facility for the community also operates out of the Stanley Street headquarters, offering healthcare, preventative medicine, and education; the treatment of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C is offered regardless of ability to pay.
Stanley Street Treatment and Resources typically has a waiting list for the detox and inpatient services. The administrative staff helps incoming clients figure out their payment plan; any form of state health insurance is accepted and most private insurance as well. This is a big and busy facility that encourages clients to get back on their feet, in their lives, and to hold on to their seats while they demonstrate how to live sober.
Stanley Street Treatment and Resources Location
386 Stanley St
Fall River, RI 02720
Stanley Street Treatment and Resources Cost
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