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An Inside Look: Clinical Stabilization

Detoxification is often a necessary first step for individuals seeking help for an addiction. Once detoxification is completed, it’s very important to continue treatment for a period of time in order to build a solid foundation for sustaining long-term recovery. Spectrum provides a range of continuing care options, including two programs offering clinical stabilization services (CSS).

CSS is designed to stabilize clients, engage them in treatment and facilitate placement to the next level of care. These services are available to privately insured individuals and Department of Public Health (DPH) clients.

The typical length of stay for clients in our clinical stabilization program ranges from 14-18 days for those with private insurance and up to 28 days for Medicaid recipients. Length of stay also depends on the needs of each client.

Upon admission, clients undergo a medical evaluation to ensure that they are medically stable and eligible for program participation – that is, having no substances in their system and not experiencing any withdrawal symptoms.

During program participation, clients attend two group sessions per day for an hour each, seven days a week. These educational sessions cover a variety of topics including overdose prevention, how to resist cravings, coping skills and relapse prevention. In addition to group sessions, we require each client to meet individually with their counselor for at least one hour per day. Interdisciplinary team meetings are held at least two times per week to review and evaluate each client’s treatment plan and assess their progress. We also encourage family involvement throughout the treatment process.

Spectrum recognizes that lasting recovery is an ongoing process and that treatment is only the first step to a permanent lifestyle change. Therefore, one of the most important components of the CSS program is the development of a continuing recovery plan to support the individual during early recovery and beyond.

Our seamless continuum allows clients to remain onsite while transitioning from inpatient detoxification to clinical stabilization to residential treatment, as needed. Spectrum also operates a network of outpatient treatment centers across the state, as well as peer recovery support centers in Worcester, Marlborough and Lawrence.

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog featuring information about our residential treatment programs.

If you or someone you love needs help for an addiction, Spectrum Health Systems provides the support you need, when you need it. Learn more on our website or call us at (800) 366-7732 for inpatient services and (800) 464-9555 extension 1161 for outpatient treatment.

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