Spectrum Health Systems is now providing clients with medication-assisted treatment services at its new Outpatient Treatment Center in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The 100 Plaistow Road address is Spectrum's eighth outpatient center located in Massachusetts.

"By increasing access to treatment services, we are able to assist more individuals in achieving sobriety, sustaining recovery, and fulfilling personal goals so that they can lead healthier, more productive lives," said Kristin Nolan, Spectrum's executive director of outpatient services. "In addition, with better access to treatment, local public services such as costly emergency, trauma and urgent care centers and hospitals can be used more efficiently and effectively," added Nolan. 

Spectrum's Outpatient Treatment Centers provide counseling and medication-assisted treatment to the rising number of individuals addicted to heroin and other opioid drugs, such as OxyContin and hydrocodone. Earlier this year, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared the ongoing opioid epidemic as a public health emergency. According to a 2011-2012 drug use survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 8.9 percent of Massachusetts residents between 18 and 25 are likely abusing opiates - the highest percentage among any age group.

Through its holistic approach, Spectrum's medication-assisted treatment program addresses the varied aspects of each client's personal well-being. All clients receive a complete medical evaluation, medical monitoring, daily onsite medication dispensing, a comprehensive clinical assessment, individualized treatment planning, educational services, and individual, group and/or family counseling.

Active treatment planning and support services are designed to help ensure sustained recovery. The core of Spectrum's treatment approach is client education and a cognitive-behavioral group therapy curriculum that fully supports client involvement in community self-help recovery groups.

The Haverhill location will soon offer same-day admissions according to a set schedule. The same-day admission process allows clients to complete the intake, physical exam, and toxicology requirement on the same day and, if appropriate, clients may also receive their first dose of medication.
For admissions information, please call 1.800.464.9555 ext. 1161.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider. The organization currently treats 45,000 individuals each year through more than 125 programs in community-based settings and correctional institutions throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa, Maine and Washington State.

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