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In Massachusetts and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in Massachusetts believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten Massachusetts families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in Massachusetts who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Rehabilitation Programs to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in Massachusetts must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across Massachusetts, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Rehab Programs for illegal street drugs available in Massachusetts. The differences between the Drug Rehab Programs can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Treatment Facility is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Rehab Facility option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right Massachusetts Drug Rehabilitation Program for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Treatment Program in Massachusetts will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Rehabilitation Center. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehab Center without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehab Center that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehab Program in Massachusetts, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Rehabilitation Program should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Rehab Facilities for illegal street drugs in Massachusetts:

  • Massachusetts Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Treatment Facilities or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • Massachusetts Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Treatment Centers are often scheduled around work or school.
  • Massachusetts Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Rehab Center for illegal street drugs in Massachusetts. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • Massachusetts Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • Massachusetts Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • Massachusetts Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Treatment Center while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • Massachusetts Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in Massachusetts:
  • Fall River Deaconess Home School
    Fall River Deaconess Home School is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 603 Rock Street Fall River, MA. 2720.
    Fall River Deaconess Home School can be contacted by calling 508-674-4847.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Court Appointed Services, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • CHD
    CHD is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 494 Appleton Street Holyoke, MA. 1040.
    CHD can be contacted by calling 413-532-1456 x301.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Square Medical Group
    Square Medical Group is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 124 Watertown Street Watertown, MA. 2472.
    Square Medical Group can be contacted by calling 617-916-5069.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Dimock CSS Womens Renewal at Dimock
    Dimock CSS Womens Renewal at Dimock is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 55 Dimock Street Roxbury, MA. 2119.
    Dimock CSS Womens Renewal at Dimock can be contacted by calling 617-442-8800.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Females
  • Brightside for Families and Children
    Brightside for Families and Children is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 1233 Main Street Holyoke, MA. 1040.
    Brightside for Families and Children can be contacted by calling 413-539-2467.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • New Horizons Medical PC
    New Horizons Medical PC is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 1180 Beacon Street Brookline, MA. 2446.
    New Horizons Medical PC can be contacted by calling 617-202-9222.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Court Appointed Services, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Phoenix House OP Services of
    Phoenix House OP Services of is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 15 Mulberry Street Springfield, MA. 1105.
    Phoenix House OP Services of can be contacted by calling 413-739-2440.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Whitman Counseling Center
    Whitman Counseling Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 288 Bedford Street Whitman, MA. 2382.
    Whitman Counseling Center can be contacted by calling 781-447-6425 x241.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors
  • North Charles Mental Health
    North Charles Mental Health is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 54 Washburn Avenue Cambridge, MA. 2140.
    North Charles Mental Health can be contacted by calling 617-864-0941.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Court Appointed Services
  • Eastern Middlesex Alcoholism Services
    Eastern Middlesex Alcoholism Services is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 12 Cedar Street Malden, MA. 2148.
    Eastern Middlesex Alcoholism Services can be contacted by calling 781-321-2600.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Males
  • Brook/Pavillion Annex
    Brook/Pavillion Annex is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 558 Waverly Oaks Road Waltham, MA. 2452.
    Brook/Pavillion Annex can be contacted by calling 617-855-3109.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services
  • UMASS Memorial Marlborough Hospital
    UMASS Memorial Marlborough Hospital is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 157 Union Street Marlborough, MA. 1752.
    UMASS Memorial Marlborough Hospital can be contacted by calling 508-481-5000.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • New Chapters
    New Chapters is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 33 South Sixth Street New Bedford, MA. 2740.
    New Chapters can be contacted by calling 774-202-4820.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Males, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Marthas Vineyard Community Services
    Marthas Vineyard Community Services is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 111 Edgartown Road Oak Bluffs, MA. 2557.
    Marthas Vineyard Community Services can be contacted by calling 508-693-7900 x310.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Steward Holy Family Hospital
    Steward Holy Family Hospital is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 70 East Street Methuen, MA. 1844.
    Steward Holy Family Hospital can be contacted by calling 978-687-0156 x2213.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • SUPPORT
    SUPPORT is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 1601 Washington Street Boston, MA. 2118.
    SUPPORT can be contacted by calling 617-425-2000.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Prevention and Recovery Center
    Prevention and Recovery Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 330 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA. 2138.
    Prevention and Recovery Center can be contacted by calling 617-499-5051 x4212.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Middlesex Human Service Agency Inc
    Middlesex Human Service Agency Inc is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 365 East Street Tewksbury, MA. 1876.
    Middlesex Human Service Agency Inc can be contacted by calling 978-863-0048.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Advocates
    Advocates is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 21 Catharine Street Worcester, MA. 1605.
    Advocates can be contacted by calling 508-755-8088.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Brigham and Womens Hospital
    Brigham and Womens Hospital is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 221 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA. 2115.
    Brigham and Womens Hospital can be contacted by calling 617-732-5500.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish