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The Ambulatory Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center
The Ambulatory Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital provides partial hospital and acute residential care for chemically dependent individuals who have undergone detoxification. Our trained and experienced staff provides educational and process-oriented group therapy sessions to assist individuals through the early stages of recovery. We offer special expertise in treating individuals whose substance abuse is complicated by psychiatric illness. Services are offered both at McLean's Belmont campus and at McLean's Naukeag program in North Central Massachusetts, in the town of Ashburnham.
The program's goal is to help patients achieve and maintain abstinence, reclaim a sense of self worth and learn to manage the stresses of an active life without returning to substance dependence.
In-depth assessment of each individual's unique situation allows for a treatment approach that is personalized and comprehensive. Recognizing that individuals vary widely in terms of motivation for treatment and life circumstances, the staff is committed to developing flexible strategies for achieving treatment goals.
Partial hospital treatment is available for individuals who need intensive treatment but can commute to the program on a daily basis. Partial hospital patients are expected to attend groups addressing early sobriety issues and relapse-prevention skills from 8:30 am to 2 pm, seven days a week. Patients are assigned a case manager and a psychiatrist who work closely with them throughout the treatment process. By attending groups during the day and spending their evenings at home, partial hospitalization provides an opportunity for individuals to test, in community life, the lessons learned in the treatment program.
Acute residential treatment provides more structure for individuals who are not yet stable enough to live in the community or whose home situations are not supportive to recovery. Residential patients have access to non-medical staff until 8 pm daily and are provided two extra groups per day. In order to participate in the program, residential patients must be able to independently administer psychiatric medications.
Center StaffThe Ambulatory Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, public health specialists, nurses and addiction counselors. The staff is committed to working collaboratively with referring physicians and mental health addiction professionals.
- Expectation of Abstinence
- Understanding Chemical Dependency
- Relapse Prevention
- Introduction to Recovery Networking
- Dual Diagnosis Education
- Medication Management
- Case Management and After-Care Planning Assistance
- Recovery Life Skills
- Individual Support from Substance Abuse Counselors
- Family Education
Clients Must Be
- Age 18 or older dealing with ongoing issues of addiction or dual diagnosis.
- Medically stable and cleared for ambulatory level of care.
- Psychiatrically stable and able to maintain safety in an unlocked setting.
- Able to hold and self-administer medication, handle self care and function independently.
- Responsible for their own transportation.
- Cognitively capable of participating in and benefiting from the treatment of either four or six group therapy sessions per day (partial hospital and residential levels of care, respectively).
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks McLean Hospital the nation's top psychiatric hospital. McLean is the largest psychiatric clinical care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare, one of the Northeast's leading health-care systems.
For further information or to refer clients to the Ambulatory Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Center at McLean Hospital, please call 617.855.3505 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm. Other substance abuse services are available at McLean's Naukeag program in North Central Massachusetts, in the town of Ashburnham. Please call 800.230.8764.
McLean Hospital accepts Medicare, Blue Cross and many other private health insurance plans.