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Embracing the Changing Healthcare Landscape: A Q&A with Sherry Ellis, Spectrum’s New Chief Operating Officer

In Massachusetts, and across the country, there has been an ongoing shift towards the integration of addiction and mental health services. Integrated treatment is when mental health services and addiction treatment are provided at the same time in one setting. Spectrum Health Systems has always believed that substance abuse is a complex disease and therefore requires a holistic approach that addresses all identified needs.

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What is Addiction?

Addiction, or a substance use disorder, is a long term chronic illness of the brain that is much like having asthma or diabetes. It is characterized by a compulsive use of a substance accompanied by negative consequences, and it can affect anyone: rich or poor, male or female, employed or unemployed, young or old, and any race or ethnicity.

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What to Do When Your Loved One Refuses Treatment

When someone you love says no to drug and/or alcohol treatment, feelings of hopelessness, frustration and worry are common and understandable. This type of situation can be extremely scary for friends and family of an individual suffering from a drug or alcohol problem.

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A Day in the Life at The New England Recovery Center™ Part Two: What to Expect at NERC’s Inpatient Addiction Treatment Program

In follow-up to our overview of the New England Recovery Center (NERC) detox program, we are offering a glimpse into a day in the life at our inpatient addiction treatment program at the Charles J. Faris Recovery Center - where clients typically go after a successful detox. Pursuing treatment for an addiction is a brave decision, and there are a number of complexities that go into choosing the right option. To help address common questions and concerns, we’re sharing what you can expect here with us.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Maintaining Sobriety

If you’re in recovery – or currently receiving treatment for an addiction – you’ve already checked the most important and difficult item off your list: taking care of yourself and turning your life around. As we head into 2017, our Vice President of Clinical Development, Dr. Romas Buivydas, offers some inspiration and New Year’s resolutions to consider for a happy, healthy and sober life throughout the year and beyond.


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Airing Addiction: Demystifying Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

There are many misperceptions surrounding drug addiction and the treatment methods used to help those afflicted. Faulty thinking and misjudgments further contribute to the harmful stigma those who are suffering from the disease face.


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A Day in the Life at The New England Recovery Center™ Part One: What to Expect During Detoxification

The New England Recovery Center™ (NERC), a subsidiary of New England’s leading addiction treatment provider, Spectrum Health Systems, provides medically monitored detoxification and inpatient addiction treatment in beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities, specifically geared towards individuals with private insurance.

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How Recognizing and Putting a Stop to Enabling Can Help Your Loved One Overcome Addiction

To enable is to give (someone or something) the authority or means to do something, usually out of love or to be helpful. While an enabler means well with their actions in most cases, when it comes to substance abuse, being an enabler can prolong a loved one’s addiction and allow them to push recovery further away. Most enablers don’t realize their actions could be hurting someone they love who is struggling with addiction, rather, they may feel that their actions are out of love, concern and protection.

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The Impact Addiction has on our Veterans

Dr. John Renner, a Spectrum Health Systems' board member and associate chief of psychiatry for the VA Boston Healthcare System, sits down for a Q&A

Veterans returning home from combat are at an increased risk for substance abuse. Many turn to substance misuse (drinking, drugs, or smoking) as a way to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 1 in 10 returning soldiers seen in the Veteran’s Administration (VA) have a problem with alcohol or other drugs.

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The Power of Treatment, As Told by an Anonymous “Thank You” Letter

One rewarding aspect of the work we do at Spectrum Health Systems is being able to see the positive impact that treatment can have on an individual’s life. We recently received an anonymous letter from a former client who sought help for a heroin addiction through our Residential Program (RP) in Westborough, Massachusetts. This client fought through the tough times and challenged himself/herself to pursue their dream of becoming an attorney. We couldn’t be more pleased to hear of this incredible accomplishment, as it gives hope to so many struggling with addiction disorders by showing that treatment and recovery can open many doors, and dreams never thought possible, can be attained.

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