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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 Rehab 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 Rehabs for illegal street drugs available in Massachusetts. The differences between the Drug Rehabs can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehabilitation Program 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 Treatment Center 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 Rehab 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 Facility 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 Treatment Center. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehabilitation Program without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Treatment Facility 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 Facility 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 Centers 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 Rehabilitation Programs 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 Rehabilitation Program 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 Rehab Program 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:
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council
    South Middlesex Opportunity Council is a Drug Rehab that is located at 230 Maple Street Marlborough, MA. 1752.
    South Middlesex Opportunity Council can be contacted by calling 508-480-0092.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Community Healthcare Inc
    Community Healthcare Inc is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 177 Shelburne Road Greenfield, MA. 1301.
    Community Healthcare Inc can be contacted by calling 413-774-3321.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males
  • North Suffolk Mental Hlth Association
    North Suffolk Mental Hlth Association is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 408 Meridian Street Boston, MA. 2128.
    North Suffolk Mental Hlth Association can be contacted by calling 617-569-6050.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, AIDS/HIV Patients, Females, Males
  • Gosnold Counseling Center
    Gosnold Counseling Center is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 111 Torrey Street Brockton, MA. 2301.
    Gosnold Counseling Center can be contacted by calling 508-584-5190.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Middlesex Human Service Agency Inc
    Middlesex Human Service Agency Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation 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
  • North Shore Medical Center
    North Shore Medical Center is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 490 Lynnfield Street Lynn, MA. 1904.
    North Shore Medical Center can be contacted by calling 781-477-3950.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug Rehab for Seniors
  • East Wareham Comprehensive Trt Center
    East Wareham Comprehensive Trt Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 3088 Cranberry Highway East Wareham, MA. 2538.
    East Wareham Comprehensive Trt Center can be contacted by calling 888-919-4474.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, 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, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Riverside Outpatient Center at
    Riverside Outpatient Center at is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 5 Sacramento Street Cambridge, MA. 2138.
    Riverside Outpatient Center at can be contacted by calling 617-354-2275.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • Addiction Treatment Center of NE
    Addiction Treatment Center of NE is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 77 Warren Street Brighton, MA. 2135.
    Addiction Treatment Center of NE can be contacted by calling 617-254-1271.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • SMOC Behavioral Healthcare
    SMOC Behavioral Healthcare is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 517 Winter Street Framingham, MA. 1702.
    SMOC Behavioral Healthcare can be contacted by calling 508-626-2586.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Residential Beds for Teens, Males
  • Berkshire CSS
    Berkshire CSS is a Drug Rehab that is located at 725 North Street Pittsfield, MA. 1201.
    Berkshire CSS can be contacted by calling 413-445-9463.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Psychological Services Center
    Psychological Services Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 135 Hicks Way Amherst, MA. 1003.
    Psychological Services Center can be contacted by calling 413-545-5943.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • South Bay Community Services
    South Bay Community Services is a Drug Rehab that is located at 607 Pleasant Street Attleboro, MA. 2703.
    South Bay Community Services can be contacted by calling 508-223-4691.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • May Counseling at Hyland Clinic
    May Counseling at Hyland Clinic is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 126 Cove Street Fall River, MA. 2720.
    May Counseling at Hyland Clinic can be contacted by calling 508-678-0041.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • St. Anns Home and School
    St. Anns Home and School is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 100 Haverhill Street Methuen, MA. 1844.
    St. Anns Home and School can be contacted by calling 978-682-5276.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • North Shore Counseling Center
    North Shore Counseling Center is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 900 Cummings Center Beverly, MA. 1915.
    North Shore Counseling Center can be contacted by calling 978-922-2280.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Lahey Health Behavioral Services
    Lahey Health Behavioral Services is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 298 Washington Street Gloucester, MA. 1930.
    Lahey Health Behavioral Services can be contacted by calling 978-283-0296.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Anna Jaques Hospital Two North
    Anna Jaques Hospital Two North is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 25 Highland Avenue Newburyport, MA. 1950.
    Anna Jaques Hospital Two North can be contacted by calling 978-463-1066.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Bournewood Hospital
    Bournewood Hospital is a Drug Rehab that is located at 300 South Street Chestnut Hill, MA. 2467.
    Bournewood Hospital can be contacted by calling 617-469-0300 x3301.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Boston Hamilton House Inc
    Boston Hamilton House Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 25 Mount Ida Road Dorchester, MA. 2122.
    Boston Hamilton House Inc can be contacted by calling 617-288-1584 x1005.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Males