Prescription Drug Addiction

Getting hooked on prescription drugs can begin in unintentional ways. Were you prescribed painkillers for back pain? After a car accident? Whatever the reason, if it isn't controlled and monitored correctly, it can lead to serious consequences..

Are you living with prescription drug abuse in Massachusetts? You’re not alone. Synthetic and prescribed opioids caused 1,649 deaths in 2017. That’s compared to around 400 heroin deaths in the same period!

Heroin was the most-used drug in Massachusetts for a long time, but that’s not the case anymore. Today prescription drugs are even easier to get than heroin.

You don’t have to be part of a growing overdose statistic. There’s help available at Northeast Addictions Treatment Center.

We’re one of the premier treatment options in Massachusetts. We specialize in compassionate treatment for every patient who walks through our doors!

About Northeast Addictions Treatment Center

You’re in good hands at Northeast Addictions Treatment Center. We’ve served the Quincy and Boston areas since 2016. Every day, we help people overcome prescription drug addiction using proven methods.

Prescription Drug Treatment That Works

Not sure why you’re abusing prescription drugs? We’re here to help you figure it out.

We build every treatment plan to help you understand yourself and keep you on your new path. We use a combination of therapy types to help your recovery.

Personalized Treatment Plans

We know that no two patients are the same, and we won’t treat you that way. Your needs are our first priority in every step of the treatment process.

Daily check-ins mean that you can ask questions about your treatment any time you have them.

Convenient Quincy Locations

Ready to find help for prescription drug abuse? Come visit our Massachusetts outpatient facility located in Quincy.

We’re close to Boston for easy access wherever you are. We welcome local and traveling patients alike!

Prescription Drug Abuse in Massachusetts

You’ve probably heard the most about opioid abuse in Massachusetts. Like elsewhere in the United States, opioids are abused more than any other prescription drug.

Some opioid prescriptions include:

  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Tramadol 
  • Vicodin

Opioids aren’t the only prescriptions that people abuse in this state. Others include:

  • Amphetamines: Amphetamines treat attention disorders and sleep disorders. They’re considered stimulants. They include Ritalin and bupropion. 
  • Benzodiazepines: These drugs are used to treat seizures and panic disorders. They include Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Seresta. 
  • Cannabis: It’s possible to abuse prescribed medical cannabis. Even though cannabis doesn’t cause dependence, you can still become psychologically addicted if you abuse it. 
  • Hypnotics: Hypnotic drugs affect your consciousness. They’re normally used to treat insomnia. They include Lunesta, Ambien, and Sonata. They can cause physical dependence. 

All of these prescription drugs are prescribed more often lately. Opioids are the exception because the dangers are being recognized. However, Massachusetts is still dealing with a surplus of black-market prescription drugs.

Some shocking local statistics include:

  • Babies were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (drug withdrawal) five times more often in 2014 than in 2010
  • Doctors wrote 40 opioid prescriptions per 100 people in 2017
  • Prescription opioid overdose death rates stayed steady between 2017 and 2018

Why Professional Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment is Important

The most important part of recovery is treatment. Rehab teaches you new strategies to avoid falling back into old patterns.

Up to 88% of patients relapse after detoxing from prescription opioids. You don’t have to be part of that number.

Professional treatment gives you the tools you need to succeed in recovery. Here’s how:

  • It helps you unlearn bad coping mechanisms. It’s easy to turn to drugs after a hard day or a personal crisis. Treatment teaches you better ways to deal with stress—without drugs. 
  • It gives you a new environment that’s focused on recovery. Pulling away from your old environment makes it easier for you to commit to getting better. 
  • It teaches you resilience. Almost everyone relapses at least once. The goal of recovery is to avoid relapsing, but also to get back on the horse if you fall off. Treatment teaches you how. 

That’s not all. Treatment can make the early parts of recovery easy by providing structure. You also have access to care all the time so if you have questions or cravings, you know where to turn.

Professional treatment is important because it’s your crutch—and it’s okay to have one! You wouldn’t expect a person with a leg injury to relearn to walk without help. So you shouldn’t expect yourself to relearn to cope without drugs alone.

How Can Our Treatment Center Help You?

Our treatment center in Massachusetts is conveniently located in Quincy. If you’re local to the Boston area or looking to travel into a major airport, we’re close by.

We’re waiting for you! Enjoy the tranquility of Massachusetts nature while you focus on changing your life.

At Northeast Addictions Treatment Center, you can expect:

  • Custom treatment plans: No two treatment plans should be the same! You are an individual and your treatment plan with us reflects that. We’ll learn about your history so we can build a treatment plan that fits your needs. 
  • Daily access to help: Regular check-ins give you a chance to ask questions. This helps you stay involved in your care. It also puts your mind to rest if you’re having a hard time in treatment.
  • Medication-assisted treatment:  Some patients who are getting treatment for opioid or alcohol abuse qualify for MAT. This is the use of prescriptions (such as Suboxone) to treat cravings. This can make treatment more effective! 
  • Social support: Simply having company that knows what you’re going through is a huge help. It’s common to feel isolated going into rehab, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Group therapy gives you a chance to connect. 
  • Therapy: Different types of talk therapy help you learn new coping strategies in recovery. Some common ones include cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). 

You’re not alone fighting prescription drug abuse. Over 18 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2017. That number includes hypnotics, opioids, benzos, and more.

But you don’t have to keep being part of that number. Call Northeast Addictions Treatment Center today to talk about how we can help you!


Can I afford prescription drug addiction treatment?

Often times, your health insurance plan can cover a majority of the cost of your treatment from prescription drug addiction. Not sure where to start? We can help verify your insurance plan and point you in the right direction, even if it’s not with us.

Can I force a loved one to go to rehab for prescription drug abuse?

If you live in the state of Massachusetts, there is a law that passed, known as Section 35. Under this law, it “allows a qualified person to request a court order requiring someone to be civilly committed and treated involuntarily for an alcohol or substance use disorder”.

How can I stage an intervention for prescription drug addiction?

If you have tried talking to your loved one about their issue with prescription drugs and still can’t get them into treatment, give us a call. We can talk you through the steps needed to hold an intervention and can even send a certified interventionist to help assist you during this process. There is some planning that goes into place in order to conduct a successful intervention.

How do I talk to a loved one about prescription drug addiction?

Talking to a loved one about prescription drug addiction treatment can be tough. It’s important to go about it in a healthy way, without them feeling judged or pressured. Here are some tips on talking to a loved one about addiction treatment.

What does prescription drug treatment look like?

Treatment for prescription drug abuse often comes in multiple stages. The stages are dependent on what substance(s) an individual is using and how often. Typically, treatment consists of detox, inpatient/residential treatment and/or intensive outpatient treatment. This process usually takes on average 90 days. An individualized plan will be made for each patient by their clinician and therapist.

Ready to make a change? Talk to a specialist now.