- Where Can I Find Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers in Massachusetts?
- Where Can I Find Medial Detox Centers?
- Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in Massachusetts?
- Why Choose AAC?
- Massachusetts Insurance (i.e. Medicaid) Treatment Facilities
- Massachusetts Packing List
- Massachusetts-Specific Alcohol State
If you’re looking for addiction treatment in Massachusetts, here are some of the more frequently asked questions about rehab within the state:
Where Can I Find Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers in Massachusetts?
If you are addicted to alcohol and thinking about getting help, there are many treatment options available to you. According to a 2017 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are 351 substance abuse treatment centers across the state which treated more than 58,280 people that year.1 Of those, 222 are designated as outpatient centers, 119 are residential (non-hospital), and 36 are inpatient facilities.1*
Within Massachusetts, the city of Worcester has 6 different treatment facilities available. Boston comes in second with 5 treatment centers, and Brockton rounds it out with 4 options. It appears that the highest concentration of rehab facilities are located on the east side of the state; however, Pittsfield on the western side of the state has 2 treatment options, as does the city of Haverhill in the north.
A part of the American Addiction Centers (AAC) portfolio of treatment facilities across the U.S., AdCare’s substance abuse treatment centers offer a cohesive, comprehensive and continuous system of care at multiple locations throughout southern New England accepting Medicare/Medicaid, commercial insurance and private pay patients.
AdCare is focused on 5 pillars of treatment: biological, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual. They also provide assessment, individual and group sessions, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention/stabilization, 12-step, and discharge planning and placement services. AdCare’s staff is comprised of highly-qualified physicians, nurses, clinicians, nurse practitioners, counselors, case managers, and placement professionals.
All of the drug treatment centers in Massachusetts, including their address and phone number can be found on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMSHA) website. This list includes both inpatient/residential as well as intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment.
Where Can I Find Medial Detox Centers?
There are 42 detox centers that offer outpatient settings, 8 residential, and 34 hospital inpatient detox centers in Massachusetts.1 Detox is the process of getting substances out of your body and helping you manage acute withdrawal symptoms from alcohol.2 These types of programs provide individuals with onsite physicians and 24-hour care to help gain management over alcohol withdrawal symptoms.2 However, medical detox is not a substitute for addiction treatment itself.
Depending on the magnitude of physical dependence, alcohol withdrawal syndrome may range from mild to physically dangerous. Symptoms may include irritability, anxiety, agitation, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, seizures and in rarer cases, delirium tremens.3 Alcohol withdrawal may be dangerous when done on your own; because of this, a supervised, medical detox center can help avoid unnecessary discomfort or life-threatening withdrawal complications.
Substance abuse rehabilitation begins next; it is the step immediately following medical detoxification. Substance abuse rehabilitation is a comprehensive set of services that can involve therapy, support, resources, and guidance that promotes recovery and supports a lifestyle that is drug and alcohol free.4
Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in Massachusetts?
Rehab can be quite costly, with factors such as insurance coverage, length of stay, services required, and treatment facility all contributing to the kinds of costs you can expect. However, you should never let cost stand in the way of receiving quality care.
Many programs offer scholarships, discounts, and sliding-fee scales to help offset the cost of treatment. Yet, even with these incentives, treatment can be very costly, and it is important to determine if rehab is covered by your insurance. Private and public insurance providers are accepted at many locations throughout the state.
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, and United Healthcare are some of the most popular providers in Massachusetts. Other private insurances that are accepted include the following:
- Always Health Partners.
- Beacon Behavioral Health Systems.
- Fallon Health.
- Harvard Pilgrim.
- Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP).
- Network Health.
- Value Options.
Why Choose AAC?
American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers a nationwide network of facilities, an alumni support system, quality care, and a 90-day promise. If a person relapses after completing 90 days of treatment at an AAC program, they can return for 30 days of complimentary treatment.
Additionally, AAC alumni from across the country host fun gatherings and events while alumni coordinators check-in regularly to ensure those recovering from substance abuse benefit from continued support.
Massachusetts Insurance (i.e. Medicaid) Treatment Facilities
Medicaid is a state and federally funded insurance program that covers over 72 million women, children, parents, and disabled adults.5 Although it is considered a public program, not everyone qualifies for coverage. Pregnant women and children, SSI recipients, and low-income families are eligible populations as well as other populations.5
Since 2013, the number of Medicaid enrollments in the state of Massachusetts has increased by over 19%.6 It’s important to note that you may encounter some out-of-pocket costs with Medicaid. Co-pays and deductibles are possible for both outpatient and inpatient services and are determined by the state you live in and other factors, such as family income.7
Substance abuse treatment services are covered under Medicaid. To ensure coverage, you can contact your Medicaid provider to identify programs covered under your plan. Eligibility may vary depending on state-specific requirements. To see if you qualify for Medicaid, you can complete an application in the Health Insurance Marketplace or visit your state’s Medicaid website.
Massachusetts Packing List
Once you have identified a treatment center and have completed the intake process (including insurance verification), you will be given an admission date and most likely a length of stay. It is important to remember to pack essentials and comfort items to help make your stay as seamless and comfortable as possible. You may want to check the weather forecast to get an idea of what to expect so you are prepared for the elements.
Massachusetts sees a wide variety of temperatures throughout the year, with the summer averaging around 82 degrees F and as low as 16 degrees F in the wintertime. You may want to consider packing:
- Heavy jacket and snow apparel for winter.
- Shorts, jeans, skirts, dresses and tank tops for warm weather.
- Tennis shoes, flip-flops and a pair of formal shoes.
- Sunglasses, bathing suit, hat.
- One set of formal attire for special events or outings.
- Alcohol-free toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sunscreen).
- Your driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
- A list of medications you are currently taking.
- Your insurance card.
- Laundry detergent.
- Special photos or mementos of family and friends, including names, phone numbers, and addresses to keep in touch while you are away.
- A journal.
Massachusetts-Specific Alcohol State
- Underage drinking cost Massachusetts residents $1.3 billion in medical costs, work loss, and costs associated with pain and suffering in 2013.8
- In 2017, there were 98,944 who sought substance abuse treatment within the state. Of those, 32.8% reported alcohol being their primary addiction.9
- There were 120 total alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the state.10
- Overall, in 2017, Massachusetts spent $5.6M on alcohol.11
Other ways to get help
- The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services
- AA Boston
- Massachusetts Narcotics Anonymous
- The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline
- New England Region Nar-Anon Family Groups
- LGBTQ Resources in Massachusetts
- Affordable Treatment Center Finder in Massachusetts
- Outpatient, Inpatient, Detoxification, Case Management and Support Groups for Substance Abuse Services in Massachusetts
. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), 2017 State Profile — Massachusetts.
. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2006). Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.
. MedlinePlus. (2019). Alcohol Withdrawal.
. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2006). Overview, essential concepts, and definitions in detoxification.
. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Eligibility.
. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicaid and CHIP in Massachusetts.
. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Cost sharing out of pocket costs.
. Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention. (n.d.). Alcohol Misuse And Abuse In Massachusetts
. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. (2018). Geographic Fact Sheets.
. Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. (2017). Massachusetts State Map.
. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Data and Maps.