MHSA - Answer House
Drug Rehab Center in Boston, Massachusetts
Basic information about this treatment center.
A Boston, MA drug & alcohol rehab since 1978, MHSA - Answer House treats addiction and underlying causes to help patients recover and live a clean and healthy life. Currently offering 6 individualized treatment options, this Non-Profit treatment center will help you or a loved one achieve sobriety. MHSA - Answer House’s Massachusetts location is Non-Profit and accepts most private health insurance. Fortunately, self-pay is an option.
Comprehensive substance abuse and addiction treatment programs in Boston, MA help you or a loved one return to a healthy, productive life.
License + Accreditation
Conditions and Issues Treated
A detailed list of the primary issues commonly treated.
Alcoholism, Dual Diagnosis, Gambling Disorder, Internet Use Disorder, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Opiod Addiction, Opioid Addiction, Substance Abuse
Getting sober on your own is not only dangerous during the initial detox, it is also more likely to result in a relapse later on. Addiction treatment centers provide a monitored environment where you will get the medical attention you need, as well as the emotional support to overcome drug or alcohol abuse.
Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment
Using both legal medications and illegal substances in order to maintain an addiction is substance abuse. Illegal substances can become addictive after a single use. If you are obtaining legal medications illegally, you may be suffering from substance abuse.
Fortunately facilities like MHSA - Answer House in Boston, MA are here to help.
Alcoholism Treatment at MHSA - Answer House
Going through alcoholism treatment is a unique process. Alcohol literally changes the way the brain thinks over time. It teaches the brain that in order to survive, the brain requires alcohol. When you opt to stop drinking, your body will revolt. Being in an alcoholism treatment center like MHSA - Answer House in Boston, MA helps you slowly wean down the amount of alcohol you consume and retrain your brain to function on its own.
Opioid + Opiate Addiction Treatment
Opioid addiction treatment facilities in Massachusetts, like MHSA - Answer House cover both illegal and prescription opioids abuse. Most plans include detoxification and subsequent medications to ease the process. Behavioral therapies and counseling are also necessary to resolve the root cause of addiction.
Levels of Care Offered
MHSA - Answer House offers a variety of treatment.
This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Aftercare Support, Drug Rehab, Dual-Diagnosis, Inpatient, Long Term (>30 Days), Outpatient, Residential, Sober-Living / Half-Way, with additional therapies available as listed below.
Treatment for substance abuse does not cease after an individual successfully completes a detox or rehabilitation program. A vital follow-up treatment service is aftercare support provided to individuals at MHSA - Answer House in Massachusetts after they attain initial sobriety.
Aftercare support often takes the following forms: 12-Step Programs, Outpatient Treatment Programs, and Support Groups. The most effective aftercare programs are tailored to meet an individual’s specific needs and circumstances.
Inpatient rehabilitation aims to treat severe addictions and co-occurring disorders. Depending on individual requirements, the duration of the stay at MHSA - Answer House ranges from four weeks to six months. Massachusetts inpatient recovery guarantees that the patient resides in an environment free of drugs.
When someone in Massachusetts struggles with both addiction and mental or emotional illness, this is considered a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis treatment can include emotional trauma, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression. Getting treatment for these issues must occur at the same time to treat either of them effectively.
An Outpatient Rehab Program is a part-time drug rehab program for treating individuals in Boston, MA with mild addiction or mild-to-moderate drug withdrawal symptoms. It generally requires about 10 to 12 hours every week. Doctors can administer on-the-spot medication to ease withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, increased heart rate, and even depression. Groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can be used as a part of outpatient treatment to help maintain sobriety.
Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient’s individual requirements.
Boston, MA Sober-Living / Half-Way House
A sober living home in Boston, MA, also known as an SLH, is much like a halfway house. It is halfway between a drug or alcohol treatment facility and living at home. There are some specific rules and regulations residents must follow, like attending mandatory meetings, and household chore-type activities.
Therapies & Programs
The methods used to care for each individual at MHSA - Answer House.
12-Step Facilitation, Aftercare/continuing care, Anger Management, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Contingency management/motivational incentives, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Discharge Planning, Employment Counseling or Training, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Health education services other than HIV/AIDS or hepatitis, Hepatitis education, counseling, or support, HIV or AIDS education, counseling, or support, Individual Therapy, Intervention, Life Skills, Matrix Model, Naloxone and overdose education, Nutrition Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Substance Use Counseling, Trauma Therapy, Vocational Training or Educational Support
12-Step Program Facilitation
The 12-step program is a part of substance abuse treatment. In this program, peers help each other to achieve the goal of abstinence. It was initially developed by the founders of Alcoholics anonymous. Due to its huge success, the 12-step program is included as a part of other substance abuse treatments.
The 12 steps guide at an individual level. It begins with the individuals accepting that they are addicts, and they understand its consequences. It is followed by focusing on the recovery process and making amends for hurting others. The program provides the benefit of cognitive restructuring, which refers to the process of change in the negative thoughts that leads to long-term benefits.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on the underlying thoughts and behaviors that caused the problem of addiction in the first place and may cause a relapse. Negative feelings are common in substance abuse disorders, and if not recognized, they can cause co-occurring disorders.
CBT involves strategies that help to change the thinking and behavioral pattern by cognitive restructuring. In simple terms, it helps to remove negative thoughts and provides long-term benefits. Also, CBT promotes self-awareness, self-control, and healthy ways to respond to negative thoughts. It can be administered as a mono-therapy as well as a part of combination therapy.
Treatment programs include individual therapy for the greatest chances of success. Customized individual therapy is counseling involving you and your MHSA - Answer House counselor. Individual therapy leads to greater peace and understanding about your triggers for addiction.
Family Counseling + Therapy
Results have proven the positive impact of family therapy on a recovering patient’s journey to sobriety. Patients at MHSA - Answer House in Boston, MA who receive generous support from their loved ones have better chances of completing their recovery process and maintaining their sobriety.
When family members are more proactive and involved in the treatment procedure, it encourages the patient to advance his or her progress. Moreover, it shouldn’t be ignored that genetics play a role when it comes to addiction, so it’s better to approach the problem as a unit. Also, with proper education, family members can help an individual avoid addiction triggers and guide him or her in making lifestyle changes necessary for his or her sobriety.
Group therapy may occur on an inpatient or outpatient basis and involves groups of clients who have no pre-existing relationships outside the group. Group therapy differs from support groups in two primary ways: group therapy is a kind of psychotherapy and is moderated by a professional therapist at MHSA - Answer House.
Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy (REBT) allows the opportunity for quick results for addicts. MHSA - Answer House provides patients in Boston, MA the resources to use a ‘rational self-counseling’ technique to cope with their emotions. It seeks to help them move forward without having to deal with ongoing treatment throughout their lives.
It has been said that unhealed trauma is the root of most addictions. Trauma therapy is a way of addressing trauma while in a safe situation in order to heal. Healing past traumas and introducing coping strategies are strong foundations for sustained recovery from addiction. This may involve individual or group counseling or both, in a Boston, MA facility. Other forms of therapy have been proven to assist in healing past traumas.
Contingency Management / Motivational Incentives
Contingency Management is a type of behavioral therapy rooted and based on the concept of operant conditioning. This type of treatment offered by MHSA - Answer House in Boston, MA intends to give positive compensations in response to a patient’s behavior. It can be inferred that this treatment has been effective in curing and lessening a scale of profound issues.
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