Opioid Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts

Opioid addiction treatment has become an increasingly necessary thing in the United States.

In the past decade, the U.S. has been in the midst of a war with opioids as they have caused the loss of thousands of lives.

In Massachusetts, from 2016 to 2020, there were more than 2,000 deaths per year attributed to opioid overdose.

So why are we losing so many to opioids and how can we work together to stop this rate of death?

Knowing how and where to get help is the first step.

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs often used to treat pain, but they can also be highly addictive. They include prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, heroin, and synthetic drugs like fentanyl. Their increased misuse in the last few decades has led to the nationwide opioid crisis.

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While often used for valid medical reasons, opioids can be dangerous if misused. Not only can they be addictive, but the misuse of prescription painkillers can eventually lead to the misuse of heroin or more powerful synthetic opioids that have a high risk of overdose.

Without professional opioid treatment, someone misusing these drugs could be putting their life in danger.

Opioid Side Effects

Opioids exist to decrease pain and separate the mind from the body.

While they are utilized medically and have much success with their intended purpose, they can have unwanted side effects as well. This is especially true when they are taken recreationally.

Side effects of taking opioids include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight loss
  • Heartburn
  • Blurred vision
  • Back pain
  • Chest pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Itchiness
  • Shaking
  • Unusual dreams

More serious side effects include:

  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Drowsiness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Death

Opioid Withdrawal

After an extended period of opioid misuse, the body will become accustomed to having an influx of the drug within it. Abruptly stopping consumption of the drug will lead a person to feel distressed and uncomfortable. These are common withdrawal symptoms.

How long someone has taken opioids, how they consumed them, and the amount they took are all things that will affect how severe their withdrawal symptoms will be.

Each person has different symptoms and will feel them for different lengths of time.

Withdrawal symptoms range from mild to severe but are generally not seen as life-threatening (especially with medical supervision).

They include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation (irritation)
  • Tremors
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Cravings
  • Impaired breathing

Opioid Detox Program

When overcoming an addiction to opioids, detoxing your body and mind from the substances you’ve consumed is a major step.

Often for a period of a week to two weeks, your mind and body will go to war and create havoc from their desire to have more of the substance they’ve become accustomed to.

Because of the discomfort and overall danger of withdrawal symptoms, medical supervision is recommended. Medications may be used to ease the withdrawal symptoms.

An opioid detox program will slowly wean the body off of these drugs to avoid any serious health complications.

Our medical staff will determine the right tapering schedule for clients to ensure that the opioid detox is done safely and will monitor withdrawal symptoms throughout the opiate detox process.

Depending on the client, our team may also use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to block the euphoric (feel-good) effects of opioids and reduce cravings.

Opioid Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts

At Vertava Health Massachusetts, we use the best and most proven forms of evidence-based treatment for those struggling to overcome opioid addiction.

Following the American Society of Addiction Medicine guidelines, we also use measurement-based assessments to deliver care that is tailored to meet a client’s specific needs. We use these measurement tools to monitor progress made by clients throughout treatment and to ensure our initial assessment is correct.

If at any time our measurement tool shows us a client is not on the right path toward recovery, we are then able to revise and set them on the correct path.

Treatment should never be about turnaround time. It‘s important that each person who enters treatment is given ample time to reach recovery in a way that suits their needs. Addictions have a negative impact on many areas of a person’s life, and rehab should take all of those impacts into consideration and work to heal ALL of them.

Our Massachusetts facility works to not only provide a safe, comfortable, and healing environment for our clients but also offers a wide range of treatment options and services that allow us to give the most comprehensive care possible.

Our treatment methods include:

  • Individual counseling sessions
  • Support groups
  • Mental health therapy
  • Relapse prevention education class
  • Family therapy
  • Alternative treatment programs, such as yoga and meditation

The goal of treatment in our facility is to not only provide clients with the ability to overcome their opioid use disorder but also to help them obtain the skills necessary to achieve long-lasting recovery.

Inpatient and Outpatient Care

Opioid treatment looks different from person to person.

It’s important that each person needing treatment be given a plan of attack that suits their needs. For some, this requires a stay within a treatment facility for four or more weeks (inpatient). For others, outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization may be the best option.

Everyone comes from a different situation, and because of that, there must be different options to give everyone a chance.

For those whose work life, family life, or any other aspect of their life cannot be put on hold, outpatient treatment is a great option.

In outpatient treatment, you have the flexibility to recover from your addiction with the freedom to return home at the end of the day. While in inpatient treatment, a client will live in and not leave the facility for the extent of their treatment.

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In outpatient or partial hospitalization, a client will regularly commute to the facility from their own home. With the guidance of medical professionals, clients will take part in regular programming and therapy similar to that offered to those in inpatient treatment.

The goal, regardless of your program, is to help you build your relapse prevention skills and create a support system for extended recovery.

Call Vertava Health Today For Help

If you or a loved one is among the thousands of Bay Staters who are currently battling an opioid use disorder, we want to help.

There is reasonable fear with taking the step of admitting you need help and then making the call to a stranger to ask for it. We get that, and we want to make this journey as easy and comfortable as possible for you.

With many locations throughout the U.S., we at Vertava Health envision a happier and healthier future for our country and Americans everywhere. In Massachusetts, we are located in Cummington (within the Springfield area).

To talk with our admissions team in Massachusetts, give us a call at (844) 906-0978.


Can you cure opioid addiction?

Recovery from opioid addiction is possible. The work we do at Vertava Health is to make sure you or your loved one is given the best chance of recovery from an opioid addiction.

What is the best treatment for opioid use disorder?

Using a mix of evidence-based treatments and alternative methods of treatment will best set up a person for recovery from opioid use disorder.

Evidence-based treatments include one-on-one counseling, family therapy, and group therapy.

Alternative treatments include yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.

What do they give you for opioid addiction?

Treatment for opioid addiction may include a period of detox before treatment begins.

During detox, it is possible that medications will be used to help ease the withdrawal symptoms experienced when detoxing from opioids.

Depending on the client, our team may also use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to block the euphoric (feel-good) effects of opioids and reduce cravings. Our MAT program at Vertava Health Massachusetts offers Suboxone, Vivitrol, and methadone for opioid addiction.