Introduction to Plymouth
Plymouth, MA is known for being America’s hometown and the oldest municipality in New England. If you live there, you know all about its rich history and have probably toured its two state parks and natural beaches! But did you know that Plymouth is also a great place to find outpatient rehab close to home?
Opioids and alcohol are big problems in Plymouth, like much of New England… and the entire country! The county has responded in a big way—in 2011, the Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said that they were taking an “all-hands-on-deck approach to get out in front of the overdose issue.”
That translates to a greater focus on outpatient treatment access in Plymouth and the surrounding areas. The area’s response was so strong that despite a rising overdose number, Plymouth was chosen as one of eight towns or cities in the country to serve as a model response to the opioid crisis.
If you live in Plymouth, you have a rich network of evidence-based outpatient treatment available all around you. Not only is Plymouth County a hotspot for recovery resources, but it’s also within 50 minutes of Boston, giving you even more treatment access.
Read on to learn all about outpatient rehab in Plymouth, MA:
Plymouth, MA Alcohol and Drug Addiction Statistics
In 2019, there were 20 citizens of Plymouth who died from opioid-related overdose deaths, either in town or elsewhere. The same year, 24 people died from opioid-related overdoses within the city limits of Plymouth, including both residents and nonresidents.
In 2017, 1,026 people received treatment in Plymouth, and there were 1,110 new treatment admissions that year. 52% of them reported receiving prior mental health treatment, and 45% of them reported past-year needle use.
As for the primary substances of use, the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services reported the following substances:
- Heroin (45%)
- Alcohol (35%)
- Other opioids (7%)
- Cannabis (4%)
- Crack or cocaine (3%)
- Sedatives (2%)
Plymouth, MA Alcohol and Drug Outpatient Rehab Questions
Don’t worry if you have questions before entering alcohol and drug rehab. Learning more about rehab helps you know what to expect before it starts, so having questions is actually helpful (as long as you find the answers).
We’ve already answered some of the most common questions for you:
Where should I go to receive the best outpatient alcohol and drug treatment in Plymouth, MA?
You can find the best outpatient alcohol and drug treatment by deciding what’s important to you and finding a rehab that has those properties.
For instance, maybe you already know from prior experience that you do well with cognitive-behavioral therapy, so you want to make sure that you go somewhere that has it. Or maybe you’ve never been to rehab before, but you learned that evidence-based treatment is important, so you add it to your rehab checklist.
The right outpatient rehab is different for everyone, but you can find it with a little thought and legwork!
What should I look for in an outpatient rehab facility?
You should look for an outpatient treatment center that uses evidence-based treatment to treat addiction.
Evidence-based means that the treatment has been thoroughly tested by researchers and the medical community considers it safe and effective. In other words, evidence-based treatment works!
Not sure how to recognize evidence-based treatment? Some examples include:
- 12 Steps therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Family therapy
- Medication-assisted treatment
That’s far from a complete list of evidence-based therapies for addiction, but it does cover the most commonly-used ones that you might encounter in outpatient.
Is addiction treatment necessary for recovery?
Yes, everyone should go to addiction treatment for recovery. Treatment is critically important because without it, you’re trying to recover without coping skills or the ability to manage your symptoms. That’s why 90% of people who recover alone go on to relapse within a year.
Attending treatment (including outpatient) sets you up for a successful recovery and reduces your risk of relapse by up to 50%. If you’re serious about recovery, then you need to attend addiction treatment.
Types of Outpatient Rehab Programs in Plymouth, MA
The type of rehab program that you choose is almost as important as the outpatient center where you get treatment! There are a variety of outpatient programs to choose from depending on your stability and the level of care that you need.
- Partial hospitalization programs (also called day programs)
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Outpatient rehab programs
- 12 Steps programs
- Medication-assisted treatment programs
- Aftercare programs
Most people start with a high level of care (like day programs) and graduate to lower levels of care as their stability grows. Even if you start with partial hospitalization, you might end up attending intensive outpatient and outpatient rehab as your recovery progresses.
Here’s what you should know about each type of outpatient rehab program:
Partial Hospitalization or Day Programs
Partial hospitalization programs are the highest level of care, making them the best choice for anyone who has trouble maintaining stability on their own. Still, anyone can benefit from the added structure and intensity of day programs.
The level of care is similar to the care that you’d receive during inpatient treatment, but you have the freedom to return home in the evenings after your treatment sessions are done.
During a day program, your treatment may include:
- Education to help you take control of your disorder and give you power over it. This may include workshops, classes, and group sessions where you learn about substance use disorder and how to manage recovery.
- Behavioral treatment, including different types of therapy to teach you coping skills and help you take control over your thoughts and behavior. You may also receive counseling to help you work through personal situations that relate to your addiction.
- Medication-assisted treatment, which is the combination of medication and behavioral treatment to treat opioid use disorder or alcohol use disorder. Medication can eliminate cravings and reduce withdrawal.
Most day programs last 5 days a week and 30 or 40 hours per week. The time you spend attending partial hospitalization may be similar to the time you’d spend working a full-time job.
You should attend a day program for at least 90 days if you can. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that 3 months is the shortest effective length for any kind of drug and alcohol rehab. If you can attend a day program for even longer, by all means do!
Intensive Outpatient Programs
Intensive outpatient programs are a step down from day programs, offering inpatient-level care on a part-time basis. During intensive outpatient, you’ll receive addiction education, behavioral treatment, and potentially medication-assisted treatment (if you’re a candidate.)
The exact treatments that you receive during intensive outpatient vary depending on your needs and treatment plan, but they can include:
- 12 Steps therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Educational sessions
- Medication-assisted treatment
Like other forms of outpatient rehab, intensive outpatient programs should last at least 90 days. Attending longer rehab programs gives you more time to build a solid foundation before tackling recovery after rehab.
During your time at intensive outpatient, you’ll attend sessions on a part-time basis, which may include a time commitment of up to 30 hours a week. The exact time commitment varies depending on your treatment plan and stability.
It may change over time as you become more stable—for instance, many people attending intensive outpatient start at 5 half-sessions per week and go down to 2 or 3 sessions after a few weeks or months.
Outpatient Rehab Programs
Outpatient rehab programs are an option for people who want to attend outpatient rehab with some stability and independence.
These programs have the most flexibility out of all the structured outpatient treatment programs. Some people attend once a week, 3 times a week, or 5 days a week. It’s all dependent on factors like:
- How long you’ve been in treatment
- Your stability
- Your history of relapse
- Your history of co-occurring disorders
- Your treatment regimen, including medication-assisted treatment
With outpatient rehab, the sessions tend to be shorter compared to other types of structured rehab. You might attend outpatient rehab for just a couple hours a day (but it’s normal to attend for longer, too.)
Outpatient rehab is the best option if you need to keep attending to personal responsibilities while you attend rehab. Plenty of people put off getting treatment because they can’t leave children or work behind, but that’s not a reason to derail and delay your recovery.
12 Steps Programs
12 Steps programs are based on Alcoholics Anonymous, but they’re not just for people who live with alcohol use disorder. There are also specific 12 Steps groups that are part of Cocaine Anonymous, Crystal Meth Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous, and more.
There are over 200 12 Steps programs (called fellowships) throughout the United States. Worldwide, millions of people in recovery benefit from the programs and call themselves members.
Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs
Medication-assisted treatment programs combine medication with behavioral treatment to control long-term withdrawal and cravings. You may be a candidate if you’re living with alcohol use disorder or opioid use disorder.
The types of medication used in MAT include:
Many people continue to use MAT for months or years after they leave outpatient rehab. MAT is an effective, evidence-based way to manage your long-term recovery.
When you leave outpatient rehab, you should have a plan in mind for managing your long-term recovery. That can take the form of:
- An aftercare program, also called an alumni program, at your local outpatient rehab
- An informal plan that you create with your addiction care team
Your aftercare plan will include a combination of lifestyle changes and coping mechanisms that you can use to bolster your recovery. It may also include continuing medication or behavioral treatment.
How to Use Your Insurance to Pay for Outpatient Addiction Treatment
Your health insurance provider is required to pay for outpatient addiction treatment according to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The exception is if you have a short-term (temporary) policy, since those aren’t required to cover co-existing disorders like addiction.
The exact coverage and process for getting your treatment covered varies depending on your plan. Northeast Addictions Treatment Center can navigate the treatment coverage process for you by contacting your insurance company.
Most Popular Questions in Plymouth, MA
Still have questions about outpatient rehab? These are the questions that people ask the most often in Plymouth, MA:
What’s the process for starting outpatient treatment?
You’ll begin by meeting with your care team to discuss all of the following:
- Your treatment goals
- Your drug use
- Your mental health history
- Your medical history
- Any medications you use
- Previous experiences with rehab
- Any legal, family, or employment problems caused by your disorder
With that information in mind, your care team will work with you to create a treatment plan that’s just for you.
Can outpatient treatment centers prescribe medications?
Yes, outpatient treatment centers can prescribe medications. If you’re recovering from alcohol use disorder or opioid use disorder, you may be a candidate for medication-assisted treatment.
Is outpatient treatment as effective as inpatient treatment?
Yes, outpatient treatment is just as effective! A 2015 review found that partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatments have similar outcomes to inpatient residential programs.
Why Choose Northeast Addictions Treatment Center?
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center provides compassionate outpatient treatment at our Quincy, MA facility. Our approach includes evidence-based treatment and patient-first care to offer the best possible quality of care to people living with addiction and their families. Call us today to schedule your free assessment!
- Plymouth County fatal overdoses increase in 2019; Brockton shootings down
- Report Name: Geographic Fact Sheets Report Period: FY 2017 Data as Of: July 6, 2018
- Number of Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths, All Intents by City/Town 2015-2019
- Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs: Assessing the Evidence
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