Drug Rehabilitation Centers in Essex County, Massachusetts

Created On Wednesday, 08, September 2010
Modified On Monday, 08, November 2021


Essex County has a problem with alcohol and other drug abuse which cannot be denied, and this will be proven by the statistics we will mention later on. For those struggling with an addiction, the best thing to do is to go through a treatment program, but it may not be that easy for everyone. Sometimes, companies may have random drug tests done on their employees to find out if any of them have issues with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. This helps ensure that anyone who has an addiction can get the help they need to recover and be able to go back to work drug-free.

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Essex County, MA

First, there is the issue of alcohol-impaired driving, which is very dangerous and sadly way too common. It has cost so many lives in the past years, with 32 deaths between 2014 and 2018, which is equal to 22% of all driving deaths. Excessive drinking is also quite present in Essex County, as in 2017, 21% of the adult population reported either heavy or binge drinking. Another problem that has led to a lot of deaths in the county is drug poisoning, and the drug overdose death rate for the 2016-2018 period was at 904 deaths per 100,000 population, which is the second-highest rate of all Massachusetts counties. One of the good things in Essex County is that the prescribing rate for opioids is relatively low, with 35 prescriptions per 100 people in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and this means that overprescribing doesn't seem to be an issue. That being said, prevention is still very important, because it helps ensure that this does not worsen in the future, limiting the damage being caused.

Essex County's Programs to Prevent Substance Abuse

For Essex County, there are a few programs and services that help prevent further damage from happening. First, there is the Essex Drug Diversion Program, which was established by the Essex District Attorney's Office, offers the chance for non-violent offenders who have been charged for drug-related crimes to go through treatment instead of being prosecuted. Some restrictions apply, but it helps the offender go to the root of his addiction and make him into a contributing member of society. After completing the program, the clients are offered continued care, and their needs with regard to housing, education, and employment will be looked over, so they are not completely left to their own devices. The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services also provides a list of prescription dropbox locations where people can safely dispose of medications that they are either not using anymore or that are expired, and quite a few of them are in Essex County. These two services offered to the community help greatly in the prevention of substance abuse, and in creating a safer environment.

Here is a list of the different treatment centers in Essex County, Massachusetts. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

List of Treatment Centers in Essex County, Massachusetts


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on November 8, 2021

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.