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Opiate Addiction Treatment Program



Addison Gilbert Hospital
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 1-978-283-0296
Fax: 1-978-283-2665
Email: cyenawine@hes-inc.org (Site Director)

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Opiate Addiction Treatment Program


Whom does this program treat?


    The Opiate Addiction Treatment Program is open to men and women who are suffering from a present, chronic opiate addiction.


    Admission to the program is based on a comprehensive assessment by the Opiate Addiction Treatment Team, which consists of addiction counselors, a nurse, and a physician.


    Daily early morning dosing is carefully monitored. All participants must also attend on-going outpatient individual and group addictions counseling. When clients have achieved some stability in treatment, they are eligible to serve on the Concerned Client Council.


How is a referral made?


    Referrals can be made by contacting the program and speaking with an intake worker directly.

    Telephone: 978-283-0296, ext. 213

    Facsimile: 978-283-2665


What types of treatment are provided?

    Opiate Addiction Maintenance Treatment:

    Methadone is available for any client who has been addicted to opiates for longer than one year and who has made unsuccessful medically supervised treatment attempts in the past to stop his/her opiate use.

    Opiate Detoxification:

    Methadone is available to an individual who is addicted to opiates, but does not meet the criteria for maintenance treatment. A gradual, planned decrease in methadone is administered and counseling is provided.


How does Methadone help?


    Methadone assists in withdrawing from narcotics with minimal discomfort.


    Methadone is not a cure for heroin addiction. It is a treatment.


    Methadone treatment can help a person to think, work, and sort out other life issues while cutting links to the drug scene.


    Some methadone programs are designed to reduce a person’s dose over time to assist them with detoxification. Others are intended to maintain a person over a period of weeks, months, or even years, until he or she feels secure that they can live a drug free life on their own.


What are the benefits of receiving services from the Opiate Addiction Treatment Program?


    • Assists in eliminating illicit opioid drug use

    • Enables participants to withdraw with minimal discomfort

    • Costs less than supporting a heroin habit

    • Removes the need for criminal activities

    • Reduces the mortality and morbidity associated with illicit opioid use

    • Reduces the risk of transmission of blood borne viruses, in particular HIV and Hepatitis B and C

    • Enables participants to lead a healthier life

    • Assists in achieving quality of life by improving physical and psychological health and social functioning

    • Helps preserve positive family relationships

    • Links clients to individual and group treatment, which assists in identifying and addressing other mental health issues.


Are there any other issues to consider in referring someone to this program?

    Yes. Methadone is not for everybody. Some people may do better with residential treatment programs or drug free detoxification.


    Consumers of the Opiate Addiction Treatment Program must consider the following:


    1. Clients must be committed to attend daily for dosing 365 days a year

    2. Clients must be willing to live a “drug” free lifestyle, including free of marijuana and benzodiazapines

    3. Methadone does not usually produce a “high”

    4. Participants are still physically dependent on methadone until the program is completed and a person remains drug free

    5. Methadone is a strong drug and can be dangerous if used incorrectly or in combination with other drugs



    Addison Gilbert Hospital
    298 Washington Street
    Gloucester, MA 01930
    Phone: 1-978-283-0296
    Fax: 1-978-283-2665
    Email: cyenawine@hes-inc.org (Site Director)



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