Providence Center - Child and Family Services

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Providence Center - Child and Family Services is located in The Charles E. Maynard Building in Providence, RI. Providence Center - Child and Family Services support children and teens who are experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges.

Providence Center - Child and Family Services Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Providence Center - Child and Family Services offer?

24 Hour Clinical Care

At certain points in the recovery process, it’s important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

When more intense services are needed to treat acute behavioral, emotional or social problems, the partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs allow teens to address issues and focus on learning the skills needed to manage emotions and behaviors. Intensive Outpatient programs are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school).

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. Outpatient counseling services can help children who have social and emotional concerns as well as their parents or caregivers. These services emphasize treatment that reduces symptoms and helps the client to meet his or her individual goals and achieve success.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Children and families are unique. Each has its own strengths and challenges. When families come to The Providence Center for help in dealing with difficult matters, they take the time to understand the dynamics of the family. Then, together, they develop a plan for success.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Recovery is possible when people are connected to supports after treatment—services that remove barriers that clients may face in achieving mental and physical wellness. These include peer recovery coaches who help people new to recovery navigate treatment, and wraparound services that provide assistance with finding safe and affordable housing, arranging consistent primary medical care or securing meaningful employment.

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

In addition to individual and family counseling, group treatment is also used when their clients agree that this would be the most effective way to reach their goals. Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). Appointments for child counseling programs and services are available during the days and evenings.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Providence Center - Child and Family Services Highlights:

Their compassionate staff will help parents and caregivers understand their child’s issues and give them hope for a successful future.
Academic pressures, new relationships and influences from friends or family can result in emotions and behaviors that are difficult to manage. The Providence Center’s programs for teens ages 12 to 17 offer solutions. Services help teens develop coping skills, manage their emotions and behaviors and improving communication skills. The result is better school performance, positive behaviors and improved relationships with family, friends and teachers.
Multisystemic Therapy services address the complex clinical, social and educational challenges for adolescents who have been court involved, have a history of out-of-home placement and/or exhibit high-risk behavior. MST focuses on the family’s strengths to develop solutions and identity a support network and helps adolescents make positive improvements.
Teen Assertive Community Team (TACT) provides case management and support services for teens in the Greater Providence area with co-occurring mental health and substance use needs. This program offers daily individualized, recovery-focused support for clients age 12-21. TACT is a child-trained, multi-disciplinary group consisting of a manager, master’s level clinician, case managers, vocational/educational specialist, nurse and psychiatrist.
For children who have behavioral, social or emotional difficulties or delays, entering kindergarten “ready to learn” or being successful in a day care or Head Start program can be difficult. The Early Childhood Institute offers a wide range of therapeutic services that help children from birth to school age reach their social, emotional and behavioral potentials.
Incredible Years is a 14-week evidence-based program designed to guide parents, teachers and children in promoting the emotional and social well-being of children ages 2-8. Incredible Years focuses on enhancing parenting skills, knowledge of child development, reinforcing positive behaviors and building upon relationships between a parent and child.
Anchor Learning Academy is Rhode Island’s first recovery high school for students in recovery from substance use. This unique learning environment combines academics with clinical services to address the educational and recovery needs of students. The supportive learning environment allows students to meet the academic requirements of their local school districts while remaining committed to their recovery from substance use.
The Providence Center School Is A Unique Special Education School Located In Providence For Children In Grades Pre-K Through 12 Who Are Experiencing Acute Behavioral And Emotional Symptoms. The curriculum is designed to support students’ academic goals and while providing therapeutic services that help build the skills necessary for managing their emotional and behavioral symptoms.
Residential Area
Sober living home or Halfway house


  • CARF


  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

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  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Children And Teenagers
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children