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Pegasus House in Lawrence, MA

Pegasus House in Lawrence, MA offers comprehensive residential treatment tailored for young women aged 18-25 recovering from alcohol, opioid, and other drug addictions.

Pegasus House Overview

Pegasus House in Lawrence, MA specializes in comprehensive treatment for alcohol, opioid, and other drug addictions. The program serves young women aged 18-25, providing a unique, structured environment that reinforces recovery through self-help skills, pro-social activities, and youth development.

Licensed by Massachusetts and accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Pegasus House ensures quality of care and adherence to professional standards.

  • Offers residential treatment tailored to young women, fostering a supportive community setting.
  • Incorporates a comprehensive, integrated treatment approach with various therapeutic modalities.
  • Provides medication-assisted treatment options such as methadone, suboxone, and vivitrol.
  • Includes amenities like a recreation room, meditation room, and basketball court.

Specializing in treatment for substance use disorders, Pegasus House caters to young women aged 18-25, addressing their unique developmental needs and cultural expressions.

  • 2+ Accreditations
  • SAMHSA Listed
  • 17 Conditions Treated
  • LGBTQ+ Allied
  • Insurance Accepted
  • 5 Levels of Care
  • Speaks English
  • 21 Therapies & Programs

Accreditations

State License

SAMHSA

Staff

  • Donna KivlinProgram DirectorOversees the Pegasus House program and ensures quality care for residents.
  • Virginia GomezChief of StaffLeads administrative operations at The Psychological Center, Inc.

Conditions and Issues Treated

Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment at Pegasus House

A combination of treatments is often needed to treat drug abuse. Some addictions can be treated with counseling and support groups. In other cases, drug abuse can lead to a medical problem and require medical treatment. Treatment for drug addiction typically combines counseling and psychotherapy with medication and behavioral therapies.

A combination of treatments is often needed to treat drug abuse issues effectively. In the case of drug abuse, there is no easy answer or one-size-fits-all cure.

Opioid + Opiate Addiction Treatment in Lawrence, MA

Opioid addiction has become a significant health problem in the United States. In 2015, there were 91 opioid overdose-related deaths per day, with a substantial increase in mortality rate in 2014.

When opioid addiction has reached a point where a person’s life becomes unmanageable, treatment options are available to help them get sober. Treatment that includes medical care with medications and counseling can help a user transition into sobriety.

Dual-Diagnosis

When someone in struggles with both addiction and mental or emotional illness, this is considered a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis treatment can include therapy for these issues to happen simultaneously, which will allow either of them to be treated effectively.

Sometimes people who have suffered from addiction disorder also suffer from co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc., making them “dual diagnoses.” Dual diagnoses require specialized treatment programs where drug and alcohol addiction are addressed along with psychiatric illnesses. Some rehabilitation facilities provide patients suffering from cooccurrences a program with highly integrated services and a clean environment with few distractions to help them succeed.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Aftercare Support, Drug Rehab, Dual-Diagnosis, Inpatient, Residential, with additional therapies available as listed below.

Inpatient treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction is an option that provides the addict with a supportive environment in which they can stop using. After detox, an inpatient treatment center provides a structured environment for the addict to recover from their addiction and begin taking steps toward a lifetime of sobriety.

This type of treatment is appropriate for addicts that are most in need of intensive care and supervision. This includes those who were unable to quit on their own, those who need more structure than they can get in outpatient treatment, and those whose addiction has led them into legal trouble or severe health problems.

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.

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program is only the first step. Then comes aftercare support. These services include sober living accommodations, career counseling, and AA/NA programs for those struggling with sobriety or who want help maintaining it after initial rehab at an addiction facility.

They can last up to a year or more depending on what’s needed most urgently after the earlier stages are completed.

Therapies & Programs

Because no single treatment is effective for all addicts, the goal of treatment and therapy should be to figure out what works best for each individual. Tolerance and withdrawal levels differ from person to person, affecting the treatment intensity required. Addiction treatment should aim to help addicts develop healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with their addiction and its underlying causes.

Family therapy is beneficial for people who are in addiction treatment services because it offers addicts the opportunity to work with their family members to better understand what led them to make choices that contributed to their addiction.

This type of therapy helps family members reach a deeper understanding of how they can best support their loved one during recovery. It also helps the addict better understand their own motivations and triggers that led them to turn to substance abuse.

Family therapy can help addicts in the following ways:

  • Assists family members in processing difficult feelings so they don’t blame or resent recovering addicts
  • Assists family members in understanding how addiction has impacted the addict and everyone who is involved with them
  • Allows the addict to take responsibility for their actions, while encouraging improved communication skills
  • Helps family members understand how to best support an individual in recovery so addicts don’t relapse again.

Group therapy can help build a stronger support system and give addicts in Lawrence, MA insight into their addiction that they gain through shared conversations. Group therapy occurs in a controlled group environment, exclusive of one on one meetings. This makes it safer for patients to feel comfortable sharing the struggles they’re going through and gaining perspective.

Trauma therapy is beneficial for people who are recovering from drug addiction because it helps them heal from past traumas that may have caused them to turn to harmful substances or led them to experience negative emotions that contributed to their destructive behaviors.

This type of treatment works by processing difficult experiences so individuals can learn how to process these events without having to turn to substances for coping.

Trauma therapy can help addicts in the following ways:

  • Helps individuals understand their experiences and emotional responses to difficult events, including why they turned to drugs or alcohol
  • Provides them with comfort and support while working through difficult emotions related to these traumatic experiences
  • Offers an opportunity for addicts to have a voice and be heard, which can improve their self-esteem
  • Can help them develop coping skills so they can better respond to triggers instead of turning to substance abuse.

Life Skills Services assist addicts in their recovery by teaching them healthy coping mechanisms that will aid them in becoming sober, focussing on helping people enter into, and maintaining long-term sobriety. Drug Treatment Centers provide Life Skills Services at varying levels of intensity, specific to the needs and requirements of each patient.

The benefits of Life Skills Services offered at Pegasus House:

  • Restores hope and empowerment — Helps addicts believe that recovery is possible and instills a new confidence in their ability to achieve a positive, drug-free future
  • Enhances family involvement — Encourages families to get involved in the recovery process and supports their understanding and encouragement of healthy behavior.
  • Increases patient’s compliance — Helps patients take responsibility for and ownership of their recovery and encourages continued progress
  • Reduces relapse rates — Encourages long-term abstinence and emphasizes the importance of establishing sober support systems.

It’s important to remember that malnutrition can affect your mood and energy level, which affects your desire to get sober. Good nutrition helps keep your body strong against the familiar ravages of drug use–tuberculosis, hepatitis, abscesses, infections, etc. — as well as the physical symptoms of withdrawal. If you’re eating right, you’ll have more energy for productive activities and will have more strength to fight cravings.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) has many benefits for drug addicts who also choose to quit smoking. It is an effective technique at this treatment center that provides smokers with the nicotine they are addicted to without inhaling carcinogens from cigarettes to wean them off entirely. You can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, irritability, bone loss, stroke, type II diabetes, fertility in women, an enhanced sense of taste and smell.

Patient Experience

Experiential Therapy at Pegasus House

Experiential therapy uses engaging activities to help patients access deeper, often hidden emotions. For example, the patient could role-play a problematic situation or engage in activities like drawing, painting, poetry writing, music composition, exercising, or journaling to help process intense feelings.

Experiential therapy is a type of therapeutic approach that focuses on having patients work through problems, issues, or emotions by engaging directly in some real experience. Experiential therapy occurs face-to-face with a therapist who helps these people to explore their feelings first hand.

It is based on the belief that to truly understand and gain insight into oneself and behavior; it is necessary and helpful to have real experiences with the issues involved. Some therapists have developed the experiential therapy approach as a way of treating addictive behaviors or dealing with impulses related to addiction. It comes from an existential school of psychotherapy called ‘experiential existential.’

Payment Options

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  • Self-Pay / Cash
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  • Medicaid
  • Military Insurance
  • IHS/Tribunal/Urban
  • State-Financed
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    Location & Contact

    Pegasus House Location and Directions
    Address
    482 Lowell street
    Lawrence, MA 1840

    Phone Number
    (978) 687-4257

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    Pegasus House Location and Directions
    Location

    482 Lowell street
    Lawrence, MA 1840
    (978) 687-4257

    Accepting

    Gender Female, Male

    Age Adults (20+), Teenagers

    Modality Family, Group, Individuals

    Listed October 25, 2021

    Updated June 24, 2024

    Lawrence, Massachusetts Addiction and Treatment

    Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of drug abuse in the country. More than half a million Massachusetts residents abuse alcohol while more than 1.5 million use illegal drugs each year. This drug and alcohol usage is the cause of over 8% of all deaths in the state. In 2017, Massachusetts ranked in the top 10 of the states with the highest opioid overdose rates.

    Lawrence, a vibrant city nestled along the Merrimack River, offers a rich tapestry of history, outdoor adventures, and cultural experiences. In 2022, Essex County reported 707 opioid overdoses, with over 85% involving fentanyl, highlighting the significance of the issue in the region. Despite this, the county witnessed a 5.2% decline in fatal overdoses from 2021 to 2022, indicating a positive trend in the fight against addiction.

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