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Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services

Offering expert, compassionate care for more than three decades, Butler Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services (ADTS) program is a pioneer in alcohol research and treatment.

In addition to the highly skilled care we provide for patients seeking addictions treatment, some of the nation’s top researchers are at Butler Hospital. They are constantly working to create new medical interventions for identifying and treating substance abuse. These top scientists consult with colleagues around the world and conduct some of the most groundbreaking research, which they make available to our patients. We know there is hope for all to not simply survive, but to thrive in life.

We’re changing how addictions are treated and managed

We help people detox from alcohol, heroin, cocaine and other drugs. Then our integrated team helps people understand the causes of their addictions and develop strategies for overcoming the need for alcohol or drugs. This includes understanding how thoughts, moods and behaviors are connected, developing skills in mindfulness and feelings management, and defining values and setting actionable goals for long term recovery. For some, their drug or alcohol abuse may also have an underlying behavioral health challenge such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Butler is able to provide care to patients with dual diagnoses that is second to none as a nationally recognized mental health institution. 

The right care in the right environment

Our team of professionals works together with each patient to guide the person to the proper services, whether it’s intensive inpatient or outpatient treatment, ambulatory detoxification, partial hospital services or getting connected to other services in the Care New England health system and the community. Psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, psychologists and mental health workers are ready when the person is ready to begin the process of addressing the chronic conditions of addictive behaviors in combination with underlying behavioral health diagnosis. ADTS integrates comprehensive psychological and medical evaluations for identifying and treating substance abuse problems. Our program of services also addresses the effects of life experiences, such as growing up in a chemically dependent family, being sexually and physically abused, and other traumas.

Inpatient hospital program
For the initial steps of their sobriety journey, the inpatient hospital program offers the intensive medical attention some need to better ensure continuing on the recovery path. For people who are medically addicted to alcohol or other drugs and require detoxification with intensive medical supervision, Butler’s inpatient program is a safe withdrawal management program that introduces psychological therapies at the same time. It is also ideal for people who do not have the support at home necessary for a safe detox on an outpatient basis.

Partial hospital program
Butler Hospital was the first in the country to demonstrate that alcohol and drug abuse can be treated in a less restrictive, more flexible setting through a partial hospital program. The program combines comprehensive treatment in conjunction with a patient’s life at home and in the community. A five-weekday program, patients participate in a variety of clinical and social activities designed to teach people the skills necessary to take control of their life and overcome their need for alcohol or other drugs. In the evening and on weekends, they remain comfortable at home. This helps put treatment in the context of their day-to-day life and eases the transition out of the treatment program.

Outpatient detoxification program
To offer people who will benefit from medically safe ambulatory withdrawal management (ASAM Level 2WM) for alcohol, heroin, and opioid or other prescription medications, Butler Hospital offers ambulatory detoxification services. This program is for people who are able to travel back and forth from home, have home-based support and do not have medical or psychiatric conditions that require an inpatient level of care.

Transitions of care
Staff members develop an aftercare plan for patients — whether moving from the inpatient or partial hospital programs — and work with clinicians in other Care New England service areas and community agencies to create a plan for ongoing recovery. Additionally, if patients are not responding to current treatment or whose problems are determined to be outside the expertise of Butler Hospital, our case managers work to create a smooth transition of care. The guiding force of Butler Hospital is hope — regardless of diagnosis.

Services for adolescents, young adults, adults and seniors include:

  • Crisis intervention including inpatient and outpatient detoxification, as appropriate
  • Comprehensive assessments and evaluations to determine the appropriate environment for treatment
  • Medical and medication consultations to identify the medical consequences of substance abuse
  • Specialized on-site assessments for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sexual abuse, neurological and neuropsychological problems, and occupational problems, as needed
  • Individual sessions with addiction psychiatrist as part of all treatment services
  • Group sessions with addiction specialists that incorporate such therapy modalities as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Family consultations and therapy sessions with or without the substance abusing individual, as recommended
  • Twelve-step self-help programs including on-site AA, Al-Anon and NA, and off-site NarAnon, AlaTeen, AA and NA, for ongoing support to prevent relapse
  • Discharge planning for a smooth transition of care to the next level of appropriate addiction services

When you’re ready, we’re ready

When you or someone you know is ready to commit or re-commit to recovery, call 401-455-6214 (inside RI long distance, call 800-433-6888; outside RI, call 800-272-9699), and our patient assessment team will assist you in determining which of the ADTS programs is the right one.

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