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Massachusetts Addiction Treatment

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are 675 addiction treatment options located in Massachusetts. Over 100,000 people living in the state were admitted for addiction treatment in 2017.

With many people struggling and hundreds of treatment options to choose from, learn more about treatment and substance use in Massachusetts.

How To Find And Choose Addiction Treatment In Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) overseas addiction treatment. This agency can help you find treatment and also licenses treatment professionals and recovery services, tracks substance use data, and develops substance abuse treatment policies.

To find treatment in Massachusetts, you can also:

To choose an addiction treatment program in Massachusetts, look for:

  • accreditation from state or national oversight organizations, which means treatment adheres to a high-standard of quality care
  • individualized treatment plans that are created for you after an assessment of your needs
  • evidence-based services that are proven to work through research and scientific study
  • licensed alcohol and drug counselors (LADC) who have completed a thorough state-licensing process from the BSAS
  • family involvement that includes loved ones with therapy, counseling, and education
  • treatment for co-occurring disorders that address a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental health issues at the same time
  • a full continuum of care, from medical detox programs to residential treatment and aftercare support, where you can
  • transition from one level of care to the next

Other things you should consider when searching for treatment include program length, payment options, and the level of care that aligns with your treatment goals and substance use disorder history.

Massachusetts Drug And Alcohol Treatment Programs

Massachusetts’s BSAS details a range of substance abuse programs that are available in the state, from prevention services to residential services, ambulatory services, and aftercare support.

The Massachusetts drug rehab program you attend will likely be based on an individual assessment of your needs, which will take into account:

  • your alcohol or drug addiction history
  • your drug or alcohol rehab history
  • your co-occurring mental health issues
  • your overall health and willingness to change

Based on this assessment, you’ll have access to several levels of care that best meet your addiction and overall mental/behavioral health needs.

Medical Detoxification

Before you can begin addiction treatment in earnest, you must stabilize your body and mind. To help keep you comfortable and safe during the withdrawal process, you may be advised to attend a medical detox program.

Detox programs may provide:

  • medical support and supervision
  • IV fluids and nutrition
  • comfort measures
  • medications to alleviate symptoms, if necessary

Due to the range in severity of withdrawal symptoms, it’s recommended to receive professional care as you detox alcohol or drugs from your system. Once you finish detox, you’ll enroll at a treatment facility that best aligns with your needs and goals.

Inpatient/Residential Drug Rehab

Inpatient or residential treatment in Massachusetts provides short-term and long-term care in a supportive therapeutic environment. You’ll live in a residential rehab facility for the duration of the program, and have access to a variety of recovery services that may include:

  • individual counseling
  • group therapy
  • evidence-based behavioral therapy
  • integrated care for mental and behavioral health
  • wellness classes and activities
  • holistic care approaches like yoga or meditation

These services will be organized and structured around your individual treatment plan, and you may stay in the facility for under or over 30 days.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Outpatient treatment is an ambulatory service that allows you to live at home and travel daily or weekly for treatment.

Outpatient treatment programs in Massachusetts include:

PHPs are the most comprehensive form of outpatient care available, and a standard OP may simply offer education and access to support groups. IOPs are somewhere in the middle and provide multiple hours of counseling and therapy each week.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in Massachusetts provides medically monitored treatment services for patients with opioid or alcohol addiction.

MAT programs likely include combination of:

  • approved medication like disulfiram or buprenorphine
  • counseling and therapy
  • education
  • job assistance

MAT programs may be available on both a long-term and short-term basis, as well as be included in many inpatient or outpatient treatment programs.

Aftercare Support

Addiction is a chronic, lifelong disease that requires continual support after finishing a treatment program. Aftercare services offer various resources and supports that may include:

  • recovery housing
  • vocational services
  • education
  • self-help support groups
  • case management

A case manager can help connect patients and their families to community resources, ongoing support systems, and other services that promote long-term recovery.

Using Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, you can use private insurance, MassHealth, and Medicare to help cover the cost of addiction treatment. To start, it’s important to know which kind of insurance you have.

To learn about your insurance coverage for addiction treatment in Massachusetts:

  • call the back of your health insurance card
  • call a local treatment provider
  • contact your human resources department if you have insurance through your job

Using your insurance to cover treatment depends on the particulars of your plan and which treatment providers are “in-network” with your coverage. Going to a provider that’s in-network helps lower your out-of-pocket expenses overall.

Insurance carriers that may cover addiction in Massachusetts include:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Beacon Health
  • Cigna
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Health New England
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • MassHealth
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare

Contact us or your insurance carrier to learn more about insurance coverage in Massachusetts.

If You Don’t Have Health Insurance

If you don’t have health insurance, some treatment providers in Massachusetts offer state-funded services to those without coverage. This means some treatment options may be free or of little or no cost to you.

To find state-funded treatment options, look for providers who feature the BSAS logo or are paid for by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Massachusetts Drug And Alcohol Addiction Facts

In 2017, it’s estimated that up to seven people died every day from a drug-related overdose in Massachusetts.

Other substance use and treatment facts from Massachusetts include:

  • in 2018, 2,241 Massachusetts residents died of a drug-related overdose
  • of all drug overdoses in 2018, 88 percent involved at least one opioid
  • in 2018, 1,991 Massachusetts residents died of an opioid-related overdose
  • almost 20 percent of adult residents report binge drinking in the previous month
  • 13 percent of residents report using marijuana in the last year
  • residents between the ages of 25-34 report binge-drinking more than any other age group
  • over 46 percent of addiction treatment patients received prior care for mental health
  • the majority of patients in drug rehab are between 26 and 40 years old

Projected data also indicates that more 1,900 Massachusetts residents died from an opioid overdose in 2019.

By the first quarter of 2020, more than 100 deaths were confirmed to involve opioids. The Massachusetts Department of Health estimates there are likely hundreds more during the same timeframe. Learn more about the current opioid statistics in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Drug Rehab Centers At Ark Behavioral Health

Ark Behavioral Health operates four treatment centers across the state of Massachusetts. We provide all levels of evidence-based care, from medical detoxification to comprehensive inpatient and residential treatment.

Our addiction treatment centers include:

To learn more about how you can attend treatment with us, please contact us today.

Massachusetts Addiction Treatment FAQs

How Do I Access Addiction Treatment In Massachusetts?

To access services, from detox to residential care, call a treatment provider to connect with an intake specialist.

An intake or treatment specialist will answer your questions and conduct a simple assessment. Once you connect with a treatment specialist, you’ll be placed in a treatment center as quickly as your needs require.

You can also contact The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline, which is a state-funded resource to help you access treatment that’s paid for or licensed by the state health department. In Massachusetts, you can receive any level of addiction treatment you need.

What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Massachusetts?

Addiction treatment uses medical/clinical care combined with other services that help you develop life skills and coping mechanisms. It can involve therapy, counseling, and medication, which may all work together to help you stop using substances and live a healthier life.

The treatment process, which can be called a full continuum of care, may include:

  • substance use assessment
  • medical detoxification during the withdrawal process
  • inpatient or residential rehab
  • outpatient rehab
  • medication-assisted treatment
  • aftercare support/continuing care

Keep in mind, no single treatment method works for all, so your treatment plan will be individualized and tailored to your needs. Work with a treatment provider to learn which services are best for you.

Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In Massachusetts?

Yes. As an essential health need, addiction treatment should be covered by major insurance plans in Massachusetts. However, every insurance plan is different. It helps to know the kind of coverage you have, which could be a private health insurance plan or a MassHealth plan.

Call your insurance carrier or a treatment provider to determine coverage for treatment. Before you call your insurance carrier, know what kind of treatment you need. To figure out which treatment is best for you, contact a treatment provider to receive an assessment of your needs.

Can I Go To Drug Rehab In Massachusetts Without Insurance?

Yes. Some treatment providers in Massachusetts offer state-funded or free services to patients without insurance. However, your treatment options may be limited and must be funded by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

Are There Walk-In Opioid Clinics In Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, there are three Opioid Urgent Care Centers (OUCCs) available. These walk-in centers assess your medical, behavioral, and substance use needs, and may provide medication-assisted treatment, opioid overdose reversal kits, and other services.

There are OUCCs located in Boston, Worcester, and Fall River.

Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In Massachusetts?

Yes. If you don’t have health insurance, you may receive free services from a treatment provider that’s funded by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

Why Do I Need Treatment For Addiction?

Like other chronic ailments, addiction is a lifelong disease that requires treatment and support.

Drugs and alcohol affect how the brain functions, and treatment helps to stabilize your brain, change your thinking and attitudes about use, and develop coping skills so you can have a healthy life within your family, workplace, and community.

What Kind Of Addiction Treatment Is Best?

Addiction affects everyone differently, and there is no one method of treatment that works best for everyone. You’ll find out what treatment is best for you after you receive a comprehensive substance use assessment from a treatment provider. Contact us to learn more.

How Long Does Drug Rehab Last?

Residential or inpatient drug rehab in Massachusetts can last under or over 30 days. Outpatient treatment can last from several weeks to several months. The exact length of your treatment depends on your treatment provider and other factors related to your overall health needs.

Where Are Your Treatment Centers Located?

Ark Behavioral Health treatment centers are located in the following cities:

  • Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Canton, Massachusetts
  • Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • Ashby, Massachusetts
Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
This page does not provide medical advice.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - 2018 Drug Overdose Death Rates
Massachusetts Department of Public Health - A Profile of Health among Massachusetts Adults, 2018
Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Data Brief: Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths among Massachusetts Residents
Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Massachusetts Deaths 2017
National Institute on Drug Abuse - Massachusetts: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms

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