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Cambridge, Massachusetts Addiction Treatment Options | Detox, Drug Rehab, FAQ

Published on September 22, 2020
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Addiction treatment centers in Massachusetts and all around Cambridge can help in different ways. A licensed recovery professional can assess your specific situation and help you decide which treatment option is best for you. 

Medical detoxification, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and therapy are some of the main options you will have in Cambridge, Boston, and New England.

How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Cambridge

In 2013, the Cambridge Public Health Department added the Cambridge Prevention Coalition program. The coalition includes Cambridge Public Schools, the Cambridge Police Department, the Cambridge License Commission, and many other members. 

This program has many great resources to help you find recovery services.

Additional ways to find drug or alcohol rehab in Cambridge include:

When choosing a treatment facility, it’s important for you or a loved one to look for:

  • accreditation from a non-profit state or national organization to ensure the rehab program has high-standards of quality care 
  • individualized treatment plans to provide the best care for you and your specific situation
  • licensed drug and alcohol counselors (LADC) who are licensed through the state of Massachusetts
  • family involvement, because loved ones are crucial component of support both during and after substance abuse treatment
  • treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders so that people suffering from dual diagnosis will be treated for mental illness and drug addiction at the same time

It’s also very important to consider program length, payment options, treatment goals, and substance abuse history when looking for a treatment center.

Cambridge Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

The Cambridge Prevention Coalition has been working for years to help family members and people suffering from addiction. They have helped create a network of widely accessible drug and alcohol rehab centers. 

Each of these rehabilitation centers will provide an assessment to decide which treatment services are best for your individual needs. They will look at:

  • your history of drug or alcohol addiction
  • your addiction rehab history
  • your concerns about co-occurring mental health disorders
  • your desire to work hard to get healthy

Your addiction goals and mental health needs will be a priority when deciding which level of care you will require.

Medical Drug And Alcohol Detox Programs

Withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can be very extreme and dangerous. Some people with substance use disorder may require a medical detox program to keep them safe, which may include:

  • 24/7 nursing care for monitoring your symptoms
  • addressing major complications and administering care for other health conditions
  • preparing you for the rest of your treatment journey by attempting to improve your physical and mental health

In the state of Massachusetts, you must be 18 years or older to be eligible for a detox program. You must also be at risk for acute withdrawal from alcohol or drugs.

Residential/Inpatient Drug Rehab

Inpatient treatment comes in a few different forms in Massachusetts. There are both long and short term programs, recovery homes, specialized residential services for both women and families, therapeutic communities, and youth residential treatment programs.

Benefits of inpatient treatment are:

  • living in a sober home away from influences and triggers that may contribute to drug abuse
  • building strong relationships with people who have substance use disorder and can relate to your hardships
  • being in a safe and structured environment that support addiction recovery

Every treatment plan is specific to each patient, and may last for 30 days or longer.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Outpatient treatment is an option for people who are not able to take an extended break from their normal lives. They are able to attend scheduled appointments for counseling and drug treatment.

Options for outpatient treatment in Massachusetts include:

If you choose outpatient treatment, it’s very helpful to have outside support from family and friends. 

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) may be used in Massachusetts drug treatment programs. It provides treatment that is medically monitored for opioid or alcohol addictions.

MAT recovery programs may include:

  • job assistance
  • counseling, group counseling, and therapy
  • drug and alcohol education
  • approved medications like methadone

MAT programs will have individualized care plans for their patients. These may be long- or short-term and may be included in inpatient or outpatient treatment.

Aftercare Support

It’s common for people suffering from addiction to need ongoing medication, medical advice, and other health and human services when finished with treatment.

Many treatment centers will include long-term aftercare such as:

  • sober-living housing
  • recovery coaching and support
  • counseling and therapy
  • other relapse prevention services

A case manager at the rehab facility can help connect you to community resources in Cambridge and surrounding communities like Brookline, Somerville, and Boston. 

Using Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Cambridge

In the city of Cambridge, you may use the state-wide accepted insurance options to help cover the cost of your treatment. MassHealth (Medicaid), Medicare, and private insurance are all available. Knowing what your plan covers is very important.

To learn more about your coverage you can:

  • call the phone number on your insurance card
  • directly contact treatment centers and ask about “in-network” insurance plans
  • contact the human resources department of the company you work for if they provide your insurance

Cambridge has many treatment centers that offer state-funded treatment to clients. If you see the BSAS logo or if the center is paid for by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health you may find treatment for little to no cost to you even if you do not have coverage.

Cambridge Drug & Alcohol Addiction Facts

Cambridge is lucky to have such a big support system for people with addiction although there are still deaths related to this every year. 

The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) did a study in 2017 which showed that in Cambridge:

  • 65.2 percent of people suffering from addiction were male
  • 71 percent were white
  • 45.9 percent had only a high school diploma or GED
  • 61.2 percent were unemployed
  • 50.3 percent of drug abuse involved heroin and 35.3 percent involved alcohol

2019 showed a drastically different opioid-related death rate at 14 people than the 27 residents who died 2016.

Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

At Ark Behavioral Health, we provide evidence-based care in the form of residential treatment, medical detoxification, and comprehensive inpatient treatment.

We have four centers in Massachusetts, including:

Please contact us to learn more about our treatment options and how we can help you or your loved one.

Cambridge, Massachusetts Addiction Treatment FAQ

How Do I Access A Drug Rehab Center In Cambridge?

Contacting an intake specialist at a treatment center is the first step in accessing services. They will conduct an assessment of your needs and get you started with an individualized plan.

The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline is also a good resource, which can help you get started and find a program paid for or licensed by the state health department.

What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Cambridge?

Many services can be offered for treatment such as medication, inpatient care, outpatient care, therapy, counseling, medical detoxification, and aftercare support/continuing care. 

Depending on your individualized plan, a professional will help you to decide which services are best for you. 

Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In Cambridge?

Yes. As an essential health need, addiction treatment should be covered by major insurance plans. It’s important to know and understand your coverage because some plans are different.

Can I Go To A Drug Rehab Center In Cambridge Without Insurance?

Yes. Some treatment providers are funded by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. They may be more limited, but they can provide safe and free services to uninsured patients.

Are There Walk-In Opioid Clinics In Cambridge?

Yes. There are at least three opioid urgent care centers near Cambridge. The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline Services Search can help you find these urgent cares.

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

Yes. If you see the BSAS logo you will find free or low-cost treatment. Contact The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services to find out which centers they fund and how they can help you.

Why Do I Need Addiction Treatment?

Addiction is a disease that is chronic and lifelong. It requires treatment services like any other disease and you deserve to be cared for during a very tough part of your life. With good structure and support, you can live a healthy and happy life in addiction recovery.

What Kind Of Treatment Is Best?

Every treatment will be specific to your situation. No treatment is better than another, just different. Some people will need more intense treatment, while some will do well with education and support groups. 

Contact a treatment center to find out which would be best for you.

How Long Does Drug Rehab Last?

The length of your treatment will be specific to your situation. Inpatient treatment can be 30 days, it may also be less or more than that. Outpatient treatment can last a couple of weeks or even several months. 

It will be up to you and your treatment provider to decide how long you will need it.

Where Are Your Treatment Centers Located?

Ark Behavioral Health‘s alcohol and drug rehab centers are located in:

Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
This page does not provide medical advice.

Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge Opioid Overdose Data Report
Cambridge Public Health Department - Cambridge Prevention Coalition
City Manager’s Office - Opioid Working Group Final Report
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - The National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report

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