Medical Detox Facilities For Drugs, Meds And Severe Alcoholism In Massachusetts

Created On Tuesday, 18, November 2014
Modified On Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Like many other states in the nation, Massachusetts has begun to struggle with drug and alcohol addiction of the very worst kind. Now more than ever this issue has been getting progressively worse and worse as the years have gone by, culminating in Massachusetts having the single worst addiction problem in the entire Eastern sector of the nation. Sadly, this issue could definitely get worse though, and the responsibility for doing something about it rests on the shoulders of those who are addicted to this state and their family members and loved ones too. Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse, in general, is an ongoing crisis issue of the very worst kind, but it can be addressed with effective medical detoxification in Massachusetts. With this, proper help can be granted to those who need it, and progress can be made in the right direction. Those who are hooked on substances can finally ween down and go free from those addiction problems. Medical detox centers have the tools and the know-how to be able to really free people from their chemical dependency issues from drugs and alcohol. Currently in the state of Massachusetts are some medical detox centers and services, which are both government-funded and private. These drug rehab centers provide medically supervised drug withdrawal assistance.

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Substance Abuse Detox Programs Using Buprenorphine in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has seen many issues with heroin problems popping up all throughout the different cities and counties in the state. Drug prevention and education programs in the state have been doing their part to help spread the truth about heroin and heroin addiction, as it has been the cause of many overdoses. Heroin is a very strong opiate, especially if used in a very pure form, and the more the addict may be taking the more severe the withdrawals may be. Throughout the state of Massachusetts are numerous different drug and alcohol rehab and medical detox centers that are able to help treat opiate addicts and also help them through their withdrawals, which is one main reason why an addict will not want to become sober. The withdrawals can be very painful, and it can prevent addicts from getting clean and sober, but once they get over that initial hump the drug and alcohol treatment center will be able to handle the reasons why they started using drugs in the first place. In the state, there are some drug rehab centers that can administer Buprenorphine, which is an opiate treatment that prevents withdrawals from opiates and can prevent the effects of the drugs if an addict is still using them while on this drug.

It is a very common practice for a detox program to provide some type of counseling for their patients. Because the detox process can be quite arduous for a patient, some different therapy methods are used to help the patient through the whole process. Drug detox is a transition period into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, which will further treat the addiction and all underlying issues.

Substance Abuse Detox Centers Using Suboxone in Massachusetts

Throughout the state of Massachusetts are many different drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and facilities that are able to help addicts and people who have become physically dependent on drugs such as opiates and prescription medications. There are just over 12 different drug treatment centers and medical detox facilities that utilize Suboxone as part of the treatment process, as addicts who have been on these types of drugs over prolonged periods of time will require some different help to detox off of them and remain off of them while they handle the underlying issues of their addiction.

Suboxone is meant for long-term use, and if a person has been on it for long periods of time, there are some detox facilities available to help a user successfully wean off the drug and become completely clean off of all drugs. Suboxone is habit-forming, but if the drug is taken as directed by a doctor it can be an effective solution in helping opiate users remain clean and prevent any overdoses from occurring. Opiate addiction can impact a person's life in some very dangerous ways, and many users will see periods where they can simply not successfully get off of the drugs they are taking and will make several attempts at detox and treatment.

Suboxone is a drug made from Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine is the opioid medication and Naloxone is used to counteract the opioid medication so that the person taking it won't get the feelings associated with opiate medication such as pain relief. This combination makes the risk of abuse or addiction much lower. We advocate the use of suboxone in a detoxification setting. Suboxone can be used to help the body deal with the withdrawal from very strong drugs. We do not advocate suboxone maintenance, as we believe a person should be completely drug-free once they end treatment. The longer a person takes Suboxone, the higher the risk of dependency.

Medication-Assisted Treatment in Massachusetts

When struggling with opiate addiction, it is important to find the right type of help and treatment. Most opiate addicts in Massachusetts make more than one attempt at treatment before they become sober. One treatment approach commonly used is the process of medication-assisted treatment, which helps opioid addicts overcome the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. During detox at an inpatient or outpatient drug rehab center, the patient is given buprenorphine for the withdrawal symptoms. Through treatment and counseling, a patient may be prescribed suboxone to manage cravings. It is essential that the MAT is done in conjunction with therapy and counseling. Opioid treatment programs use MAT as well and are federally mandated to provide behavioral counseling with the medication. A lengthy inpatient drug rehab center provides the best options for opiate addicts to detox off the medication when they finish treatment. Being completely drug-free should be the ultimate goal for an addict, and this will make aftercare treatment much easier.

Is medical detox necessary for an opiate addict?

For the vast majority of opiate addictions, a medical detox process will be required, but each opiate user will go through their detox in different ways. Addicts who use heroin, or OxyContin, or other opioids will typically require a medical detox. The detox will normally administer other medications to assist in alleviating withdrawal symptoms, as this is what prevents most opiate addicts from becoming clean and sober.

Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in the first six months of 2019, there were 611 opioid-related overdose deaths. During 2018 the Department of Health estimated a one percent decrease in the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths when compared to 2017. From 2016 to 2017, it was estimated there was a three percent decline in the rate of opioid-related deaths. The data in 2018 represented an estimated 4% decrease from 2016. Of the 445 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2019, 92% of them had a positive screen for fentanyl. During the first quarter of 2019, heroin or likely heroin was present in roughly 30% of opioid-related deaths. Cocaine was present in 39% of these deaths, and benzodiazepines were present in 41% of the deaths.

The presence of amphetamines in the state has been increasing since 2017 and was found in 8% of all opioid-related overdose deaths. Many of these overdose deaths involve multiple drugs, such as alcohol and pain medication, or benzodiazepines, and alcohol. Unfortunately, most addicts are polydrug users, which means they are abusing more than one drug at a time. The first step and practical approach to helping someone addicted to opioids is withdrawal management or medication-assisted treatment. Withdrawal management effectively mitigates the withdrawal pain and discomfort, making it easier for a patient to transition to outpatient or inpatient drug treatment in Massachusetts.

However, any form of detox does not ensure sustained abstinence from drugs or alcohol. Anyone struggling with addiction must attend some sort of counseling therapy through an inpatient or outpatient drug treatment program. There are a variety of treatment methodologies to help people who are addicted to opioids. When searching for treatment options in the state, it is a good idea to consider all your options.


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on November 9, 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.

Dr. Rohit S. Adi, MD, DABAM

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on November 9, 2021

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Dr. Rohit S. Adi is certified in addiction medicine, through examination, by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. While in Louisiana, he worked as an emergency-room physician at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, but then transferred to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, where he works to this day. Holding numerous positions throughout his medical career, Dr. Adi has seen the devastating effects caused by drugs and alcohol. Having the ability to do something about the problem, he co-founded a holistic drug rehabilitation center in Louisiana, where he serves as the facility's Medical Director.