Roger Williams Medical Center Addiction Medical Treatment Center

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825 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

Treatment Effectiveness 4
Accommodations & Amenities 3.5
Meals & Nutrition 4


Tucked away in Providence, the capital of the nation’s smallest state, Rhode Island is the Roger Williams Medical Center. This medical center has been a fixture in the community for as long as many can remember. Since its creation, it has provided cutting edge end innovative medical treatment to the Providence community. They pride themselves in having a number of firsts in the fields of research, treatment, and diagnostics. The medical center is affiliated with Boston Medical Center, which makes it a teaching hospital. You have all of the benefits of academic medicine including access to specialists, clinical trials, and some treatments not available in other hospitals. The Roger Williams Medical Center, Addiction Medical Treatment Center is no different.

They are known for their personalized service and small town feeling to highly advanced addiction treatment. They have a strong ethical background and have made ethical standards a major part of their overall treatment policies. This ethical background includes regular training programs and reporting to the state and federal levels.

They have a 15 bed alcohol and drug detoxification unit, a 12 bed dual diagnosis unit, and an outpatient services center for those who cannot use residential treatment due to work, school, or family obligations. Each of these centers work together to provide you with the best possible treatment services.

The whole process starts with an intake appointment to find out which services are right for you. This appointment is usually available within the first three days after your initial call. You can choose to attend detoxification services, partial hospitalization, residential treatment, or outpatient treatment as a part of one of our programs.

All of the addiction treatment programs have access to the award winning Roger Williams Medical staff. While you are in addiction treatment or detoxification, they can treat any other medical issues that might arise. Although each program can function independently, they often intertwine to make a more complete and individualized treatment program. Individualized treatment may be the key to treatment success because each person responds to treatment in a different manner.

Since detoxification can be a physical and emotional ordeal, the detoxification experts tailor the program to your needs. This way you go through detoxification in the safest and most comfortable way possible. Emergencies or medical issues that come up during detoxification can be handled immediately by the medical staff or be referred to the main hospital depending on the severity.

The Roger Williams Medical Center, Addiction Medical Treatment Center does not discriminate on age, race, gender, gender identification, religion, culture, or ability to pay. They offer a wide variety of financing options in order to make treatment as easy on your wallet as possible.

The Addiction Medical Treatment Center is located at 877 Chalkstone Avenue, in Providence, Rhode Island. It is easily accessed via I 95, Highway 44, and Pleasant Valley Parkway. It is a part of the overall Roger Williams Hospital and Medical Center Complex.


The Addiction Medical Treatment Center is attached to the Roger Williams Medical Center making one of the biggest amenities access to care. Not only will you receive the state of the art detoxification and addiction treatment you need, you can also receive award winning medical care at the same time. They offer treatment for almost every condition or medical emergency right there and have access to the University of Boston Teaching Hospital staff if needed.

The detoxification and addiction treatment service centers are small 15 and 16 bed facilities. This gives you a small hospital or care center environment with the technology of a full hospital. They have stately appointed semiprivate rooms with semi private bathrooms. Each room has a small amount of storage space for each patient. Their common areas are spacious and designed for recreation as well as therapy.

The treatment rooms are calming and well furnished for comfort and relaxation. They also offer recreational programs and exercise programs for longer term residents. The nutritionally balanced meals are also available for residential clients along with nutrition and dietary counseling.

The treatment center monitors your overall health as well as your addiction and detoxification progress. This way they can help you regain your health after it was ravaged by your addiction. This is their holistic treatment. You will also have access to social services and case mangers to make sure that you get your life back on track.


Therapy is an essential part of the Addiction Medical Treatment Centers addiction treatment and detoxification program. Their therapists practice a wide variety of techniques to help you through your addiction and into recovery. Some of the therapies that they use most often are:

  • Group therapy – this type of therapy allows you to get together with people in similar situations as you. During group therapy, the therapist acts as a guide to help you and the group discuss different aspects of your addiction. Group therapy can help you feel less isolated during treatment, get new ideas on how to deal with the problems associated with addiction and recovery, and allow you to listen to the stories of others and share your own. Group therapy can also be a learning experience. Some groups are designed like classes or lectures where you can learn new techniques for dealing with cravings and similar issues or they can be skill and self esteem building exercises.
  • Individual therapy – during individual therapy, you will work one on one with your therapist in order to determine the cause of your addictive behavior. Once you know the cause, you can correct it and hopefully keep it from happening again. Individual therapy can also help you deal with the consequences of your addition. You learn new ways of thinking and behaving as well. One of the most important things you gain from individual therapy is the ability to recognize, eliminate, cope with or avoid your triggers or the things that make you crave drugs or alcohol.
  • Family therapy – family is an important resource when it comes to addiction treatment. Your family is one of the most solid support structures that you have. During family therapy, a therapists works with you and your family to help find new ways of interacting and dealing with each other. This can help cut down on arguments and help you and your family heal from the damage your addiction did.
  • Relapse prevention therapy – relapse prevention is one of the more important therapies you will participate in. When you leave detoxification and treatment, you will be tempted to relapse back into your drug or alcohol use. Relapse prevention therapy can help you avoid these circumstances or deal with the situations as they come up. Although there is no guarantee you will not relapse, there are ways you can make it easier to resist the urge.

The Addiction Medical Treatment Center may offer more types of therapy depending on your individual circumstances. Each of these therapies can be combined in different ways to make a more comprehensive individualized treatment program.


The Roger Williams Medical Center, Addiction Medical Treatment Center specializes in the detoxification and treatment of individuals suffering from a variety of drug and alcohol addictions. Some of the addictions they treat include:

  • Alcohol addictions
  • Methamphetamine addiction
  • Amphetamine addiction
  • Prescription opiate and heroin addiction
  • Prescription sedative addiction
  • Cocaine and stimulant addiction
  • Club drug or hallucinogen addiction
  • Marijuana addiction

Although these are not the only addictions that the center treats, these are some of the main ones. They also treat dual diagnosis patients or co-occurring disorders. Dual diagnosis is a very common occurrence when an addiction is present. Dual diagnosis simply means you have another mental or medical condition that is caused by or causes the addiction. Many people who suffer from addiction find that the addiction is the result of self medication. Dual diagnosis treatment treats both disorders at the same time.

The Roger Williams Addiction Treatment Center also specializes in medical detoxification. While you are in the detox phase of treatment, you will be monitored by medical personnel. This is due to high risk withdrawal and detox. Although most detoxification is not dangerous, there are some symptoms such as high blood pressure and stroke that can occur when you stop drugs or alcohol suddenly. Medical monitoring can catch the symptoms early and keeps you safe and comfortable through the worst portions.

You can also find a comprehensive medication assisted treatment or medication maintenance program at the center. During your addiction treatment, you may receive medications that prevent or negate the withdrawal symptoms. This can help you by allowing you to feel normal during detoxification instead of incredibly ill. Medication assisted treatment is a combination of medications such as methadone and therapy.

Medication maintenance treatment is also available. Medication maintenance treatment is very similar to medication assisted treatment and is useful when you suffer from a chronic pain disorder as well as an addiction. During medication maintenance, you receive a medication such as methadone or Suboxone to treat both the withdrawal symptoms and the chronic pain. You can stay on medication maintenance for as long as you need to.


A Board of Directors and a leadership team govern the hospital. The Board of Directors consists of:

  • Sheri L. Smith, Ph.D. – Board Chair
  • Andrea Doyle, M.D.
  • Charles E. Maynard
  • Cynthia M. Alves, M.D.
  • Lisa A. Ranglin, PMP
  • Louis J. Mariorenzi, M.D.

The members of the leadership team are:

  • Demetra Ouellette President
  • Addy Kane Senior Vice President, Financial Operations
  • Cheryl Holt Dunnington, RN, BSN, MS Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer
  • Dan Janicak Chief Financial Officer
  • Darlene Cunha, MMHC, BSN, RN, ACHE Vice President, Operations
  • Kara Magiera Vice President, Outpatient Services
  • R. Otis Brown Vice President, Marketing & External Affairs
  • Richard Kropp Interim Vice President, Human Resources

These two teams are backed up by a full staff of licensed and certified doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, counselors, case managers, social workers, dietitians, and support staff. All of the staff is required to continue their education through classes so they are up to date on the latest treatment techniques and styles.


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    Treatment Effectiveness 4
    Accommodations & Amenities 3.5
    Meals & Nutrition 4

    The Roger Williams Medical Center Addiction Treatment program helped me end my addiction. I was in the dual diagnosis program while I was there. They understood that the reason I was drinking all the time was because I couldn’t handle the depression I was feeling. They got me into a program where I could get the help that I needed for my depression and get me off the alcohol.

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