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Motivated Behaviors Unit

Director: Sarah Andrews, M.D.


Located on the third floor of the Meyer building, the Motivated Behaviors Unit (MBU) is an eight-bed unit that specializes in the treatment of patients with both substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders. The program provides alcohol/drug detoxification and substance abuse treatment concurrent with individualized psychiatric care.The MBU also accepts patients with behavior disorders in other categories such as paraphilias. 

Treatment Team

This service is directed by full-time attending psychiatrist working with a multidisciplinary team of psychiatric residents, a social worker, an occupational therapist, a substance abuse counselor, and nurses. Treatment is focused on acute detoxification and stabilization of psychiatric symptoms in substance abusing patients to prepare them for longer term rehabilitation treatment. Usual length of stay is 5-10 days. Patients are expected to be motivated and willing to attend group therapy since this is an integral part of substance abuse treatment. 

Treatment Schedule

The treatment schedule consists of daily morning rounds with a multidisciplinary team to discuss treatment goals, and eight hours of group therapy per day.  The attending psychiatrist and resident psychiatrist direct medical detoxification as well as acute stabilization of psychiatric conditions with  medications. Medical consultation is available for patients who have medical conditions as a result of, or co-existing with, their substance abuse.

Group therapy is conducted by members of the nursing, social work, and occupational therapy staffs and consists of dual-diagnosis education, relaxation training, development of coping skills, and relapse prevention.  Patients are also expected to attend 12-step meetings several times a week, which are located on hospital grounds. In addition to group therapy, patients are given written assignments to help them learn more about drug addiction and the recovery process.

A substance abuse counselor and social worker are available to assist with discharge planning.  Patients are encouraged to pursue long term substance abuse rehabilitation after discharge.  On admission, patients are given a resource list of residential and outpatient substance abuse programs and are expected to actively participate in the planning of their own aftercare.  


For further information regarding the inpatient admissions, go to Adult Psychiatry Admissions at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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