- Addiction Statistics
- Treatment Questions
- Choosing a Rehab
- Rehab Programs
- Getting Started
Made up of scenic forests and brimming with a rich historic past, New England is a beautiful part of the country. It’s made up of six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Unfortunately, however, this beautiful region has some of the highest rates of addiction and overdose in the nation.
New England Alcohol and Drug Addiction Statistics
New England has been hit hard by the addiction epidemic. Here are some alcohol and drug addiction statistics for the region:
- Alcohol is the most widely abused drug in New England. Opioids are the second most abused drug in the area.
- From 2016 to 2019, 10.3% of young adults (18 to 25) were addicted to drugs and 15.2% to alcohol.
- Between 2002 and 2014, drug overdose mortality rates more than doubled in every New England county.
- According to the CDC in 2015, three New England states were in the top 10 for fatal overdoses: New Hampshire (#2), Rhode Island (#5) and Massachusetts (#7).
- The 20 New England counties with the highest overdose rates have the following in common: poverty, high disability rates, high unemployment and widespread decline in manufacturing and manual labor jobs.
New England Alcohol and Drug Outpatient Treatment Questions
It’s perfectly natural to have plenty of questions since getting addiction treatment is a big decision and it can feel overwhelming. You’re responsible for choosing the program that best meets your needs, so here are some of the most common alcohol and drug rehab questions for New England:
Where should I go to receive the best alcohol and drug outpatient treatment?
New England includes six states, making it a pretty big region. Although huge sections are rural, there are also densely-populated areas, especially near the coast. This gives you lots of outpatient treatment options in these parts of New England.
Ultimately, you should choose your outpatient program based on your needs and not where it’s located. In fact, many recovering addicts were more successful when they actually left their hometowns and received treatment somewhere else. This allows you to focus on your recovery and break free from temptation and old habits.
Your outpatient rehab must be safe, comfortable and medically supervised. Northeast Addictions Treatment Center in Quincy, MA fulfills all these requirements.
How long is outpatient treatment in New England?
This all depends on what you need. In most cases, longer treatment equals greater success. Plus, if you attended inpatient, then your outpatient should at least be as long. For instance, if you did 90 days of inpatient, you should do at least 90 days of outpatient. However, it’s even more effective if you stay for up to six months. Time after time, studies have shown that longer treatment equals stronger recovery.
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center offers Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). This treatment program includes three hours of therapy three days a week (for a total of at least nine hours weekly). We also offer a more intensive outpatient option: the Day Treatment Program. With this treatment, the patient attends the rehab three to five times a week for about four to six hours each day. Both of these programs can last as long as you need to manage your addiction.
What should I look for in an outpatient program?
First and foremost, you need to always feel safe, comfortable and valued. Plus, the right program will offer the right tools for your recovery. For instance, make sure that it offers:
- An introduction to 12-Step meetings to help you build your recovery.
- Mental health treatment (also known as dual diagnosis treatment).
- Counseling, individual therapy and group meetings to address all aspects of addiction.
- Coping skills to resist cravings, manage stress, break habits and avoid relapses.
- Tools for building support networks to keep you in recovery.
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center offers every one of these features in both their Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Day Treatment Program.
Is addiction treatment necessary for recovery?
This is a common question, but if you could quit drinking or using on your own, wouldn’t you have done it by now? In other words, if you’re reading this guide, it’s highly likely that you’ve already tried. Remember, there’s no shame in asking for help. In most cases, addiction is too powerful to beat without treatment.
In fact, recent studies show that:
- The relapse rate after one year is about 90% without proper treatment.
- There is a 40 to 50% reduction in this risk if the patient gets proper treatment.
Simply put, real addiction treatment increases your chances for success. Northeast Addictions Treatment Center is an innovative outpatient program that’s structured to help you succeed.
How to Choose a Drug Rehab Center
If you’re looking at outpatient programs in New England, there are several key things to consider.
Your outpatient program should absolutely have accreditation. This is when objective third-parties review programs and make sure they meet standards for safety, care and effectiveness. Every aspect of the program will be inspected including staff, safety, operations, policies, record-keeping and even billing. This entire process usually takes anywhere from six to 18 months and programs must pass regular check-ups.
There are multiple benefits to an accredited program, including:
- Insurance companies will more likely cover treatment.
- The facility and program will have higher standards of safety.
- Staff are required to continuously meet high standards of patient care.
- The facility must be HIPAA compliant so your records will be 100% confidential.
- The program will use evidence-based treatments (EBTs).
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center has accreditation from four major organizations:
- Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) - The program must pass a rigorous review process and meet high standards of safety and care. BSAS also manages licensed alcohol and drug counselors (LADCs).
- The Joint Commission (JCAHO) - The program must use EBTs and the staff must pass background checks. Northeast Addictions Treatment Center has a gold seal of approval from JCAHO.
- Shatterproof - The program must also use proven EBTs and provide general education to increase awareness about the disease of addiction.
- Legitscript - This allows a program to advertise on Google. It keeps vulnerable patients safe from online scammers and requires staff background checks, complete medical licensing and transparent business practices.
This is one of the most important features to consider in a treatment program. Evidence-based treatments (EBTs) are proven treatment methods. They’re supported by peer-reviewed research, clinical practice and recovery experience. In other words, they have a proven track record of being effective and safe. This ensures that you’ll get the best treatment possible.
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center offers the following EBTs:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- The 12-Step Program
- Transcranial Neurostimulation (TCNS)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Customized Rehab Programs
Everyone has their own reasons, causes or triggers for drinking or using. Treatment that works well for one person may be totally ineffective for another. As a result, the treatment center should have a customized rehab program to meet your specific needs. It doesn’t have to be a “one size fits all” program – you can get treatment that works best for you.
As you can see above, Northeast Addictions Treatment Center gives you multiple EBT options. That means that you can develop a customized treatment plan that works best for you. When you start the program, just make sure you discuss this with your treatment team.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
When addiction is coupled with mental health issues, this is known as a dual diagnosis. In most cases, one will make the other worse, especially if they’re not both treated.
The right facility will treat both your addiction and mental health, otherwise known as dual diagnosis treatment. This includes therapy, group meetings, counseling, and/or medications for depression, anxiety or PTSD.
Credentialed Treatment Professionals
The rehab staff must have the proper education, training and/or licensing. Remember, you are trusting them with your health and recovery when you’re at your most vulnerable. Your health and safety are extremely important, so it should never be taken lightly.
The rehab staff can include doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and/or LADCs (also known as addiction counselors). These are the people who will be treating your withdrawals and mental health as well as teaching you coping skills and how to live a sober life. Your chances at success are increased if they’re fully credentialed.
Continuum of Care
Recovery is an ongoing process – you have to play the long game if you want to succeed. Addiction is a chronic condition that won’t be cured overnight. Your sobriety is like a car engine that needs regular “tune-ups” and maintenance. As a result, you need to choose an outpatient rehab that’s in it for the long haul with you.
This is where the continuum of care comes in – you can receive regular care at the treatment center. You’ll be faced with stress and temptation after you leave the program. This means you need a “safe space” you can return to and get the support you need to manage your addiction.
Family programs can keep you sober and focused by strengthening the bonds with your loved ones. Structured family programs offer:
- Active education about addiction and recovery.
- An environment of compassion and empathy by strengthening communication.
- A safe space for everyone to share their thoughts, feelings and perspectives.
- The ability to resolve ongoing or past conflicts.
- A way for you to make and/or receive amends to and from loved ones.
Selection of Therapies and Treatments
It’s important to always remember that addiction is complicated and highly destructive. The best outpatient programs offer a selection of therapies and treatments. This gives you options when choosing the best treatments for your situation.
It’s helpful to think of it like a “recovery toolbox”. If you’re building something complex, like a house, then you need multiple tools at your disposal. Addiction is no different! There’s no “one size fits all” solution, so it’s best to have a recovery toolbox where you can use the right tool for any given situation.
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center is a state-of-the-art outpatient facility located in the heart of New England in Quincy, MA. We meet every one of these requirements and can offer you a variety of treatment methods to best suit your needs.
Types of Rehab Programs in New England
There are different types of rehab programs available in New England.
In many cases, this is the first step in recovery. It’s the body’s process of detoxifying and flushing out the drugs and alcohol. It may trigger withdrawals that range from uncomfortable to dangerous. As a result, it’s usually best to undergo medically-supervised detox with various medications that can help with the process. However, this usually only happens in severe cases of alcohol or opioid addiction.
For some patients, it’ll be necessary to undergo detox before they start an outpatient program. You should consult with a treatment professional to determine if it applies to you. Northeast Addictions Treatment Center does not offer a detox program, but our treatment team can happily refer you. Once you finish detox—which is usually 3 to 10 days—then you can start our outpatient program.
Residential Inpatient Program
This is frequently the next step after detox. Unlike outpatient treatment, residential inpatient treatment is when you live at the facility. For some recovering addicts, this is extremely helpful as it allows them to focus 100% on recovery. These programs are usually between 30 days and six months.
Of course, the downside is that it is more expensive. As a result, insurance companies don’t always cover inpatient treatment, especially for first-timers. Additionally, inpatient treatment means that you can’t continue a semi-normal life on the outside. You’d have to take a leave of absence from school, work, and daily activities like parenting. For many people, outpatient is the better treatment option.
Outpatient Treatment Program
An outpatient treatment program means you live elsewhere and get treatment during the day. Depending on the program, this can be daily, on the weekends or a few days a week. It’s more flexible, less drastic and more affordable than inpatient treatment. Plus, insurance companies are more likely to cover outpatient treatment, especially for first-timers.
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center only offers outpatient treatment. We have two basic programs to choose from:
- Day Program - This is our more intensive program (also known as partial hospitalization). At 30 to 40 hours per week, it’s basically a full-time job: you attend treatment Monday through Friday for six to eight hours a day. For patients with more severe cases, this is the preferable program.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) - The IOP is our less intensive and more flexible program. However, it’s just as comprehensive and uses the same EBTs and methods, just for fewer hours per week. The minimum requirement is three days a week for three hours a day, although some patients decide to stay longer.
If you’re unsure which is right for you, be sure you contact our compassionate and experienced intake team and discuss your options. We’re happy to give you any guidance you may need and help you start your new, sober life right away!
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program
There are plenty of medications that can help you in your recovery. As a result, the best treatment programs will offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT). It’s becoming more common in recovery, with nearly 50% of treatment centers in New England offering some form of MAT.
A MAT program can help in the following ways:
- Ease detox and withdrawal symptoms to keep you comfortable and/or safe.
- Offer dual diagnosis treatment for conditions like depression, anxiety and/or PTSD.
- Block the effects of and curb cravings for opioids and/or alcohol to reduce relapses.
MAT programs offer you a comprehensive recovery toolbox and they’re extra effective when combined with therapy. As a matter of fact, the best MAT programs require therapy or counseling. Northeast Addictions Treatment Center offers MAT plus therapy/counseling to our qualifying patients.
How To Use Your Insurance to Pay for Addiction Treatment
While it’s true that outpatient is less expensive than inpatient, it still costs money. However, insurance companies can cover some or all of your treatment. This is because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires them to treat addiction like any other health condition.
Additionally, insurance companies are more likely to pay for outpatient versus inpatient rehab, especially for first-timers. Ultimately, it depends on your plan, so you’ll have to find out what’s covered. You can do that by:
- Contacting your insurance - Give them your Member ID Number from your insurance card and ask if they’ll pre-approve treatment at a given rehab. It’s possible that they’ll first require a referral.
- Contact the rehab - Treatment centers frequently have staff who specialize in coverage and can help you find out what will be covered.
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center works with a variety of different insurance companies. If you’d like, you can fill out an insurance verification form and we’ll help you determine your coverage. We appreciate that cost is frequently a concern for our clients, so we’ll work with you to get the treatment you need at the price you can afford.
Most Popular Treatment Questions in New England
Here are some common questions for people seeking treatment in New England.
How do I start outpatient rehab?
Contact Northeast Addictions Treatment Center and our intake team can work with you to determine your coverage. We’ll examine your medical history in order to make your treatment safe and effective. We’ll also discuss if you need a detox program before you start our outpatient treatment.
Why should I go to outpatient treatment?
Diseases are best treated by medical professionals, including addiction. If you had cancer or diabetes, would you just stay at home and hoped it improved? Probably not! You’d try to find the medical help as soon as possible. This means that you should get help for your addiction right away.
When should I start outpatient treatment?
Right away! The sooner you start, the better your chances at success. Remember, addiction is a progressive disease that only gets worse over time. Leaving it untreated can be incredibly dangerous and may even result in a fatal overdose.
Why Choose Northeast Addictions Treatment Center?
Do you live in New England? Do you need outpatient treatment? Northeast Addictions Treatment Center is the perfect choice for you. We’re centrally located in Quincy, MA, just 30 minutes south of Boston and one hour north of Providence. Our state-of-the-art facility is beautiful, peaceful and serene. It’s the perfect place for your recovery.
- We are fully accredited and even have a gold seal from the Joint Commission.
- All of our employees undergo background checks and are fully licensed.
- Your health information is 100% confidential as we are fully HIPAA-compliant.
- We offer two programs: Day Program and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
- We’re a MAT program with fully credentialed doctors who can prescribe what you need.
- We offer fully customized treatment plans with a strong continuum of care.
Contact us today and start your new, sober life right away!
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