Holy Family Hospital


Center for Behavioral Medicine

The Center for Behavioral Management at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen is a 47-bed, acute care, short-term stabilization program that provides inpatient psychiatric care for voluntary and involuntary patients 16 years of age or older. Based on need, patients are admitted to one of two secure units. Many of our caregivers are bi-lingual.

The center provides holding beds for adults who need continued assessment and treatment in a secure environment for up to 24 hours. Treatment includes assessment and monitoring by staff psychiatrists and a multidisciplinary treatment team, including social workers, nurses and other therapists. Admissions are accepted 24 hours per day.

The center offers a Dual-Diagnosis Assessment Track program for patients who struggle with mental illness and chemical dependency. Patients receive simultaneous treatment for both problems. We provide education on substance abuse and addiction, as well as psychotherapy and group therapy on family and women's issues. Alcoholics Anonymous programs are available, as well as groups dealing with self-esteem, guilt and shame. Patients receive medication education and learn about alternative therapies such as stress reduction and relaxation techniques. Family involvement is encouraged. Group therapies are designed to help concerned family members understand the complexities of these illnesses.

We also offer Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, a well-established, safe and accepted medical procedure for the treatment of mental and emotional conditions. The center works with other health care facilities, such as nursing homes and other hospitals, to make these services available to patients from other settings.

Holy Family Hospital also offers a full continuum of psychiatric services and programs, including:

  • Therapy and counseling
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Elder services


Center for Behavioral Medicine
Holy Family Hospital, Methuen
978-687-0156, ext. 2600 

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