Swift River opens outpatient addiction treatment center on South Street in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD — Swift River, an addiction treatment center with a campus in Cummington, is now offering programming in Pittsfield.

The center's intensive outpatient program, which opened Wednesday, offers flexible group sessions, therapists, and recovery coaches three hours a day, five days a week. Its partial hospitalization program offers full schedule of sessions, counseling and activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

"We're offering all kinds of programming to help people with their individual recovery needs," said Patrick Rathbun, the center's clinician. "They're working on the things that are important to them."

Swift River has the capacity to house 112 patients for detox and residential services in Cummington. The Pittsfield location offers the next step in care for people looking to maintain their recovery in the community. It serves people who have already completed the residential treatment, but people can also enroll directly into the programming.

About 15 to 20 percent of the residents at the main campus are Berkshire County residents, according to CEO Matt Love. The outpatient center, located at 2 South St., can currently serve 60 individuals, and the company has plans to increase that number next year, Love said.

Last year, 40 Berkshire County residents died from apparent opioid overdoses. Thousands more died around the country. Rathbun said that Berkshire County may not have a need any greater or less than the rest of the county, but the need is here.

To address the opioid epidemic locally, health care providers and nonprofits have turned to community-based programming to assist residents who are have either completed residential treatment or don't have access to it.

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Swift River's new programming incorporates evidence-based practices, like mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy, into the treatment, Rathbun said.

"With the [intensive outpatient program] we also have some job training components," he said.

Swift River took its first Pittsfield patient in early September, Love said.

The company has also partnered with Sober Steps Recovery Homes to offer sober housing to some of their patients.

The cost of the services is adjusted to meet the needs and services of each patients, and Love said it wasn't possible to give an average out-of-pocket cost.

"Typically most folks go through insurance," he said.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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