119 Massachusetts Drug Detox Centers
Massachusetts has the 32nd highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, with the number of overdose deaths per year nearly doubling since 1999. The majority of these deaths are due to prescription drug abuse. Nationwide, prescription drug deaths now outnumber overdose deaths from heroin and cocaine combined, as well as deaths from automobile accidents, making prescription drug abuse a truly deadly epidemic.
Massachusetts is taking a number of important steps to stop prescription drug abuse; the state scored an impressive nine out of 10 on the new policy report card issued by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Massachusetts has an active Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and requires mandatory utilization by prescribers. Doctor Shopping Laws prohibit patients from withholding information about prior prescriptions from their health care providers; prescriber education is also required or recommended. The state’s “Physical Exam Requirement” requires health care providers to physically examine patients or have a bona fide patient-physician relationship before prescribing a controlled substance.
As part of the state’s commitment to reducing prescription drug abuse, Massachusetts is also participating in Medicaid Expansion, which helps expand coverage of substance abuse services and treatment. The state’s “Good Samaritan Law” provides a degree of immunity for individuals seeking to help themselves or others after experiencing a drug overdose. Finally, Massachusetts’ ID requirement law permits a pharmacist to require an ID prior to dispensing a controlled substance.
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Sobriety Starts with Medical Drug Detox
Going “cold turkey” is not only nearly impossible, but also not a smart or safe way to discontinue drug use. Withdrawal symptoms from prescription painkillers, heroin and other drugs are not only physically difficult to manage, but may even be life threatening. This is why supervised medical drug detox is so important. The experienced addiction specialists and medical professionals in at a detox treatment center can help individuals safely discontinue drug use by managing withdrawal symptoms.
Massachusetts is home to more than 115 medical detox treatment centers providing comprehensive services. The Motivating Youth Recovery Program in Worcester, for example, provides adolescent treatment, dual diagnosis treatment for persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, addiction treatment for pregnant/postpartum women, and addiction treatment for individuals with HIV/AIDS. The Victory Programs Inc. Victory House/Recovery Home in Boston provides aftercare addiction treatment, including sober living facilities, as well as residential long-term inpatient treatment for more than 30 days. These programs are designed to help individuals safely detox from drugs under medical supervision, a critical first step to long-term sobriety.
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Nationwide, only one in 10 Americans with a substance abuse disorder is currently receiving treatment. Finding the right treatment program is one of the biggest barriers to treatment. If you or a loved one could benefit from medical drug detox, the compassionate team at RehabCenter.net can help. We understand the challenges and frustrations associated with finding the right treatment program. Our team is here for you; contact us today and take the first step towards long-term sobriety.