Addiction Medicine

Substance Use Treatment

As Rhode Island’s largest health system, we offer a range of addiction medicine services, from inpatient acute care to long term recovery support services. Our clinical teams strive to provide a patient centered environment to explore, initiate, and sustain a patient’s journey towards recovery.  

Addiction Care Today (ACT) 

ACT: Addiction Care Today at Rhode Island Hospital offers walk-in and same-day appointments to make it easy for people who use drugs and alcohol to start treatment. Our mission is to provide non-judgmental care, guidance, support, and individualized treatment services whether your goal is to stop use, decrease use, or to use more safely. 

For more information, or to refer a patient, please call 401-606-8100.

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Rhode Island Hospital Inpatient Consultation Services 

The Addiction Medicine Consult Liaison Service at Rhode Island Hospital aids patients struggling with alcohol or drug use along the path of recovery by enhancing their motivation to make choices for the betterment of their physical and emotional health.

Consisting of physicians and independent clinical social workers that specialize in the treatment of substance use disorders, the service assists patients—any individual admitted to Rhode Island Hospital for primary medical, surgical, and trauma related conditions—with interventions inclusive of empathic support, education on condition, symptom, and medications for substance use disorders, as well as guidance in the navigation of available treatments both within our system as well as outside of it.  

The Consult Liaison Service helps patients:

  • Clarify their understanding of their alcohol or drug use
  • Identify strategies to aid in any decided change in their alcohol or drug use pattern
  • Access treatment recommendations, including initiation of medications and connections to community resources
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Newport Hospital Partial Hospital Program 

The Adult Partial Hospital Program at Newport Hospital provides intensive, short-term behavioral health treatment. The program features a new “track” with programming tailored to patients dealing with co-occurring substance use and mental health issues.

Patients participate in multiple groups per day, as well as speak to a therapist and a psychiatrist for individual sessions every day.

For more information, or to refer a patient, please call 401-845-1910.

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Recovery Center 

Our Recovery Center offers rapid access to treatment and support throughout the recovery process for you or a loved one who is trying to overcome a substance use disorder. Patients entering our program might be new to treatment, may have recently completed inpatient detoxification, or want to transition from a methadone program.

For patients with an opiate use disorder, we prescribe medications such as Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) in combination with psychotherapies and the supports needed to succeed in recovery.

The program serves adults 18 years old or older. To make an appointment, call 401-606-8530.

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Gateway Healthcare Substance Use Disorder Programs 

Gateway Healthcare—Rhode Island’s largest nonprofit behavioral health care provider—offers a range of treatments for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. 

Gateway programs include:

Gateway has numerous locations across Rhode Island and serves adults and children of all cultural and economic backgrounds.  

Learn more about substance use disorders treatment at Gateway

Bradley Hospital Co-Occurring Disorders Programs 

Bradley Hospital’s co-occurring disorders programs are designed to help adolescents who struggle with mental health and substance use issues and their families. Because these programs are offered on an outpatient basis, students may attend while they continue their schooling and put their new skills to work in their daily lives. 

  • The Wave Clinic provides evidence-based treatments including motivational enhancement therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies tailored to meet the needs of each youth and his or her family. For more information or to make an appointment, call 401-432-1119.
  • The Vista program provides more intensive care than is typical to adolescents who struggle with a wide variety of mental health issues. The program runs after school and provides three hours of comprehensive care three days per week. For more information or to make an appointment, call 401-432-1695.


FRIENDS WAY offers specialized bereavement groups for children and teens affected by suicide or addiction. The organization facilitates biweekly sessions in which children teens and young adults share their feelings and reactions to grief in an honest and open way. During the sessions they are also given the opportunity to express themselves through creative activities such as painting, drawing and clay sculpting. 

These support groups will allow participants to be vulnerable as they seek community after a sudden loss from suicide or addiction. Members will share common experiences, strength and hope with each other, while discussing complicated emotions, such as anxiety, shame, depression, and anger.

There is no fee for participation in our programs. All sessions are facilitated by a qualified clinician and professionally trained volunteers. For information on joining this program, please visit the FRIENDS WAY website or call 401-921-0980.