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Addiction Treatment In Salem, MA

Substance use disorders don’t happen overnight, and they are chronic, lifelong illnesses. For the best results, consider a full continuum of care. From initial detox to inpatient treatment and long-term peer support groups, understanding the different phases of treatment is crucial for healthy living and lasting recovery.

Alcohol And Drug Detox Programs

When starting recovery, you may need to overcome physical symptoms of withdrawal. Detox represents this first step in the recovery process.

Medically supervised detox programs help you to remove drugs and/or alcohol from your body safely. They may use medications to ease withdrawal symptoms, which can often be painful and sometimes dangerous.

Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Inpatient or residential treatment programs offer a full-time, 24-hour-a-day residential setting. Residential treatment programs use evidence-based practices and an organized program that promotes recovery. Residential treatment programs are especially beneficial if you need structure, 24-hour support, and a supervised environment free of alcohol or drugs.

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Inpatient programs may offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). These programs can be gender-specific and may also address dual diagnosis.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment allows you to live at home and travel to the program daily or weekly. These are best if you have already completed residential rehab or have reliable support outside the program.

Regular outpatient programs meet for fewer than 9 hours a week. Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) meet for three or more days a week, and provide more than 9 hours of weekly therapy. Outpatient programs use evidence-based therapies and include support for learning substance-free coping skills.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) uses FDA-approved medications to help you recover from opioid and alcohol use. These medications assist the brain and nervous system to heal while you also receive evidence-based counseling and peer support.

MAT has been proven effective, but it isn’t a short-term solution. Studies of MAT programs using methadone show that programs should last for at least 12 months before they make a strong impact on long-term recovery.

Aftercare And Alumni Services

Recovery is a life-long process. Addiction studies show that relapse is a part of recovery. Aftercare and alumni programs continue to offer support for sober living after you completed a treatment program. An example is peer support groups, including 12-step meetings.

Length Of Addiction Treatment

There is no set length for addiction treatment because every person is unique. In general, residential treatment programs can be short-term, lasting three to four weeks or up to 30 days. Long-term residential programs may last six months or longer than a year. Other program lengths include 60-, 90-, and 120-days.

How To Pay For Treatment

The overwhelming majority of drug and alcohol treatment programs in Massachusetts accept private insurance. Many programs also accept MassHealth, which pays for every phase of addiction treatment and recovery, including acupuncture. Other options for payment include payment plans, self-pay, and even crowdfunding platforms.

Substance Use Trends In Salem And Essex County, Massachusetts

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings Report found that 19 percent of Essex County residents reported they were binge or heavy alcohol drinkers in 2018.

Other substance use facts from Essex County include:

  • Between 2016 and 2018, an average of 22 percent of fatal car accidents in the county were alcohol-related, the report showed.
  • In 2017, 21 Salem residents died of opioid overdoses.
  • By 2018, opioid overdoses took the lives of 20 Salem residents.

Most Massachusetts communities experienced a more significant decline in opioid fatalities between 2017 and 2018 than Salem did. Between June 2017 and June 2019, 710 people in Salem sought treatment for drug or alcohol use.

The Nearest Vertava Health Treatment Center: Swift River

Set in the lush forests of the Berkshire Mountains less than three hours west of Salem, Swift River offers an outdoor-oriented approach to drug and alcohol rehab and recovery. Swift River provides every service for recovery in a continuum of care, from detox to aftercare programs.

Our programs include an acclaimed wilderness therapy program and many evidence-based forms of counseling and experiential therapies, including recreational treatment, family and group therapy, and dual diagnosis services.

For more information about Swift River and whether it’s right for you, contact Vertava Health today.