From Harvard to Hell...and Back: A Doctor's Journey Through Addiction to Recovery

A Havard-educated doctor loses everything, but gains his life. Now he brings the message of recovery to other addicts.

“This book is riveting and insightful, capturing the reader in the devastation of Dr. Sviokla’s addiction and the inspiration of his recovery.”

—David C. Lewis, MD, Founder of Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies

Your Addiction Treatment Center for Rhode Island

Medical Assisted Recovery of Rhode Island, specializes in substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling and suboxone addiction treatment. Led by renowned addiction specialist, Dr. Sylvester Sviokla, we provide individualized treatment programs that foster lasting results. Our programs help patients and their family members cope with the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.


  • Medical evaluation
  • Outpatient detoxification
  • Medication management
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Specialty Groups
  • Monitoring, including urine toxicology screens for Boards and legal agencies
  • Sobriety Maintenance Skills
  • ACOA – Adult Child of Alcoholic Treatment


Medical Assisted Recovery is an outpatient clinic providing services to adults (age 18 and over) who have a primary issue with alcohol or other drug abuse or dependency. Because drug abuse does not exist in a vacuum, we also supply education and support for family and other concerned persons.


We provide multidisciplinary assessment and evidence-based treatment of medical, psychological and sociological needs. Medical assessment may include the need for anti-craving medications as well as evaluation of mental health medications. Psychological evaluations focus on those disorders which often precede, are created by, or are exacerbated by substance abuse.  These might include depression, anxiety, ADHD, cognitive disorders, bipolar, as well as other mental health issues.

Personal and sociological needs are addressed to facilitate a contented and worthwhile, sober lifestyle. Our multidisciplinary staff develops each treatment plan and continues to review the patient’s progress during all phases of treatment.