Opioid addiction is a disease of the brain. Through overuse of opioids–whether prescribed medications or illicit drugs the chemistry of the brain is changed. It no longer is able to sufficiently produce its own opioids, known as endorphins, and therefore, signals a person to seek the drug in order to feel “normal.” Medication assisted treatment regulates the brain’s demand for opioids, allowing the person to learn skills to deal with triggers, life stressors, and cravings. The Recovery Stabilization Program, a six-month or longer medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, was designed based on this science. The expert treatment team is experienced, compassionate and non-judgmental. They know firsthand that treatment works, and they offer a stigma-free zone for those in recovery.
The Recovery Stabilization Program is led by Care New England’s (CNE) Butler Hospital and Care New England Medical Group physicians and clinicians who are specialists in mental health and substance use disorders. It is an outpatient service that provides people direct access to all of CNE’s substance use treatment services. Your recovery support team may include a physician, nurse, therapist, and case worker. They will transition you to different levels of care, such as inpatient, partial hospital or ambulatory detoxification, depending on your need. Your team will follow your care and fully support you regardless of what additional services are required as part of your recovery process.
For appointments or provider referrals contact Care New England’s Behavioral Health Services Call Center 24/7
P: 1 (844) 401-0111
Butler Outpatient Behavioral Health
20 Commons Corner Way
South Kingstown, RI 02879
P: (401) 294-6170
F: (401) 295-5255
Butler Behavioral Health | Providence
Butler Hospital Campus
200 Butler Drive | Duncan Lodge
Providence, RI 02906
P: (401) 437-8070
There are several paths that can lead to the Recovery Stabilization Program. For example:
During the extended treatment period, your recovery stabilization team is focused on medication regulation to address symptoms; group and individual therapies for skill development and coping strategies; and social services assistance, as appropriate, for overall health recovery. The goal is for patients to return to their primary care provider for with ongoing medication management, with the support of a therapist and other community services, as recommended.
Additionally, the Recovery Stabilization Program provides a direct link to any of CNE’s substance use treatment services to provide comprehensive care throughout your recovery. If there is increased risk of relapse or you do relapse, the team will coordinate transitioning you to one of our more intensive treatment programs. This may mean being admitted to Butler Hospital’s inpatient addictions unit, outpatient detoxification, or our Alcohol and Drug Addiction Partial Hospital Program. Your clinical team will work to find the treatments which are right for you.
Your treatment team will be led by a physician trained in medication assisted treatment of opioids. The doctor will work with you over the treatment period to determine what type of prescribed medication is right for you and establish the appropriate dosing levels. You will also be assigned a therapist, and in some cases, a nurse and case worker as well. In their various roles they will adjust your medications, conduct group and individual therapy sessions, and help you find community support services, as part of your health recovery journey. Should you be transferred to another treatment program, your team follows your progress and is connected to your clinicians to inform your treatment plan.
The outpatient program has two locations. In Providence, offices are on the Butler Hospital campus in the Duncan Lodge. In South Kingstown, Butler Outpatient Behavioral Health offices are located in South County Commons.