The Brien Center’s comprehensive network of substance use disorders treatment integrates clinical and psychiatric services into a well coordinated residential and outpatient recovery program.

We believe addiction is a treatable, chronic disease that can be successfully managed, much like diabetes, hypertension, or asthma. We believe in an integrated model of care, offering individualized, evidence-based programming that is client-directed, person-centered and strength-based. We provide a fully integrated continuum of care, beginning at any point in an individual’s recovery journey. Treatment may include:

• Successful transition from a detox center or hospital-based detox;
• A 24-hour Residential program; • Sober Supportive Housing programs;
• Intensive Outpatient Services (Day Treatment/SOAP);
• Outpatient services for individuals, groups, and families;
• Full reintegration into one’s community.

Each recovering individual participating in any phase of our addiction program is supported throughout their recovery by a compassionate team of professional providers, counselors and caregivers, and by their peers.


Keenan House for Men and Keenan House for Women – Recovery homes for individuals in early recovery from alcohol and substance use. Keenan House for Women can also accommodate pregnant and postpartum women with their infants.

Supportive Housing – A safe, affordable, and sober environment designed to reduce the chances of relapse and to promote adaptive living skills. (Minimum 90 days recovery)

Safe Harbor – A housing and reunification program for families impacted by substance use.


The Brien Center’s comprehensive outpatient programs and services include:

  • Assessment of substance use disorders
  • Evaluation and treatment of co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use)
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Specialized addiction groups (attendance at groups is arranged through referral by one of The Brien Center’s addiction professionals):
    • Access Group – This group allows rapid access of persons served to a group facilitated by a trained counselor to hear about services and levels of care and to ask individualized questions. Recovering individuals are “triaged” or connected with services based on their needs and preferences.
    • Day Treatment/Structured Outpatient Addiction Program (SOAP)– This early recovery program follows detoxification and consists of psycho-educational groups, videos and discussions, community self-help meetings, and individualized treatment plans to help individuals maintain sobriety.
    • Enhanced Outpatient Program – This program is designed to follow the Day Treatment program in our continuum of care for substance use disorders. The program focuses on relapse prevention and “living sober” skills. This program also offers enhanced treatment for working individuals.
    • Men’s and Women’s Relapse Prevention Groups – These gender-specific groups offer a balanced approach to addressing “living sober” lifestyles and incorporate gender-specific addiction and recovery topics for everyday living.
    • Skillful Recovery Group – This group explores mindfulness-based skills for recovering individuals who seek to learn healthy ways of dealing with environmental stressors, powerful emotions, urges and cravings. The group is intended for participants that have achieved a foundation in recovery. (12 week modules)
    • Anxiety and Substance Use Disorder Group – The focus of this group is to help clients find more adaptive ways of dealing with anxiety without the use of alcohol and /or drugs. The group focus draws on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). (Eight-week program.)
    • “Seeking Safety” Group – This is a curriculum-based group that addresses the dual role of trauma and substance use disorders in participants’ lives. (10- or 12-week group.)
    • Suboxone Recovery Groups – These groups are designed to provide guidance and support for people on Suboxone who seek skills in avoiding relapse and adapting to the use of replacement therapy. We offer both mixed-gender and gender-specific groups in this ongoing program.
    • Court Ordered Addiction Services: The following Brien Center programs are licensed and approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
      • First Offender Driver Alcohol Education Program, a program for individuals referred by a Massachusetts Court following a first conviction for driving under the influence (D.U.I.). Second Offender Aftercare, an approved one-year aftercare treatment program for second offenders of D.U.I. Individual treatment plans are developed and appropriate services provided based on an individual’s needs. Requirements of the program include abstinence from all substances of abuse and self-help involvement.
      • Our court program also offers evaluations, treatment planning and individualized, structured treatment for court-referred individuals whose crimes are alcohol and/or drug related.
  • Medication Assisted Therapy, including Buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) and Vivitrol—consultations and evaluations are available at Brien Center locations and at area hospitals.
  • Transitional Services Program (TSP) – Brien Center clinicians work to assess individuals stepping down from inpatient psychiatric/detox hospitalization or another level of care to help coordinate intensive outpatient services.
  • Consultation and training services for agencies, institutions and community related to substance use disorder issues and resources.

Ultimately, with the ongoing support of The Brien Center’s extensive outpatient program, individuals in recovery reintegrate into the community and return to school, work, and/or other life-affirming activities.

Our Addictions Program is staffed by trained, licensed mental health and substance use disorder therapists and certified substance abuse counselors as well as by direct care staff.

All Brien Center outpatient services are licensed by the state of Massachusetts and are immediately accessible. Services are provided based on each client’s need and preferences.

Payment options include MassHealth/Medicaid, private insurance carriers, HMOs, self-pay on a sliding fee scale, and contracts with the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

Information and Intake: 413.499-0412