Austen Riggs Center
25 Main Street PO Box 962, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 01262
Patients have individual, psychodynamic psychotherapy sessions four times a week with a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist along with support and counseling from an interdisciplinary team that follows each patient from admission to discharge. The team includes a therapist, psychopharmacologist, substance abuse counselor, social worker, nursing care coordinator, a therapeutic community staff member, and others. Patients are admitted to an intensive evaluation and treatment period that is generally completed in six weeks. Most patients stay on in our continuum of inpatient, residential, and day-treatment services.
- The Austen Riggs Center is consistently ranked a U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospital” in Psychiatry.
- Open and voluntary hospital-based continuum of care for adults (18+) with complex psychiatric problems.
- Fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.
Family ProgramResearch shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Residential TreatmentResidential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Meet the Staff
- Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhDMedical Director & CEOAndrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is medical director and CEO of the Austen Riggs Center and an associate clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He is an associate clinical professor at the Child Study Center, Yale University. He is an adjunct associate professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the former co-director of the Sackler Parent-Infant Program at Columbia University, former director of the MRI Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and former director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. While in New York, he also had a private psychoanalytic practice.
- Margaret Parish, PhDDirector of Patient CareMargaret Parish, PhD is the Director of Patient Care. A clinical psychologist, she provides and supervises psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and group consultation. She studies and writes about the interface between psychoanalysis and social systems, including in therapeutic communities, and has conducted seminars in psychopathology and social psychology. She is Past-President of the Board of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, Boston’s A. K. Rice affiliate, and has served on staff in a number of group relations conferences. Her previous roles at Riggs include being a treatment team leader, the manager of the community center, and a consultant to outside organizations through the Erikson Institute Consultation Service.
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