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Addressing Racial Disparity in the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic has ravaged communities across the United States, but the crisis disproportionately impacts the Black population. While overdose deaths have increased for all groups, the rate among Black Americans is particularly alarming, with significantly higher numbers and faster growth compared to other demographics. A Spike in Black Overdose ...

February 12th, 2024|Spectrum Corrections, Addiction|

What’s It Like to Work in Addiction Treatment?

Are you interested in working with individuals with substance use and/or mental health disorder? Seeing the stigma surrounding substance use disorder can make this profession appear daunting, however it can also be incredibly rewarding. Following a career path into addiction treatment and behavioral health, you’ll find yourself among a community ...

January 31st, 2024|News, Spectrum Corrections|

Group vs. Individual Therapy: Finding the Right Recovery Fit

In your recovery journey, finding the right support system is crucial. Two pillars of that support system are individual and group therapy, each offering unique benefits and challenges. Choosing between them, or even incorporating both, can be intimidating for someone navigating the path to healing. Understanding the Individual Experience Individual ...

January 19th, 2024|Spectrum Corrections, Treatment & Recovery|

The Key Role of Addiction Treatment Services in the Justice System

Despite widespread understanding of the disease model of addiction, substance use is still perceived as a criminal act. Every year, 1.16 million Americans are arrested for the sale, manufacture, or possession of illicit substances. Incarceration is a common punishment for drug-related crimes, with the National Institutes of Health estimating that ...

January 3rd, 2024|Spectrum Corrections, Treatment & Recovery|

Congratulations to Athena Haddon on her Salute to Excellence Award

An incredible amount of effort is needed in our mission to provide a comprehensive continuum of addiction treatment and recovery supports. That’s why Spectrum Health Systems is proud to employ individuals that are skilled, qualified—and most importantly—passionate about recovery. One employee that embodies these characteristics every day is Athena Haddon. ...

December 8th, 2023|News, Spectrum Corrections|

Making a Difference with Stefania Cunningham, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Stefania Cunningham’s tenure at Spectrum began 10 years ago. Originally joining as a per diem nurse, she now works as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based out of Spectrum’s Weymouth location, providing psychiatric services to clients throughout Massachusetts. In her time with Spectrum, she’s seen many changes and developments, both in ...

November 15th, 2023|News, Spectrum Corrections|

Breaking the Addiction Stigma

While cultural awareness around substance and alcohol use disorder have improved in recent years, there is still a substantial amount of stigma surrounding these topics. Despite well-established research identifying addiction as a disease, some still see it as a moral failing instead. The negative attitudes and stereotypes that stem from ...

November 10th, 2023|Spectrum Corrections, Addiction|

National Recovery Month: The Impact of Peer Recovery Centers

Peer recovery centers are crucial to the recovery community, serving as safe meeting places where people in all walks of recovery can both give and receive support. At these free centers, individuals participate in recovery meetings, find parenting and employment resources, learn helpful skills like anger management and financial planning, ...

September 29th, 2023|Spectrum Corrections, Treatment & Recovery|

How Spectrum’s Mobile Treatment Unit is Bringing Change Directly to Communities

Spectrum Health Systems’ pioneering mobile treatment unit has made promising strides since it began service in February. Seven days a week, this innovative vehicle delivers addiction treatment medication and other clinical resources to the Central Massachusetts residents that need them most. Years ago, the concept of using a vehicle to ...

September 6th, 2023|Spectrum Corrections, Treatment & Recovery|

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