Introduction to Lynn, MA
The North Shore city of Lynn has a diverse population and a rich heritage. But the presence of organized crime groups has meant a three-decade-long drug problem. In the late 90s, Lynn along with South Boston and Worcester were already starting to see the effects of heroin. But the opioid ‘syndemic’, has led to a deepening of the problem.
Syndemic refers to the increasing presence of deadly and cheap synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Let’s briefly look at how the statistics have changed over the years.
Between 2010 and 2014, the number of lethal opioid-related overdoses in Lynn increased fivefold from seven to 35 deaths. During that same period, the number of non-fatal overdoses rose from 64 to 281. Lynn Police reported that 50 people died because of opioid-related overdoses in 2016 alone. The following year, 68 people lost their lives under similar conditions.
Lynn is not alone in its struggle with various kinds of opioids and illicit drugs. But while overdose deaths fell by over 8 percent in the commonwealth as a whole in 2017, the number of deaths in Lynn went up.
Compared to elsewhere in MA, Lynn had the highest rates of fatal opioid overdoses, premature mortality, and opioid-related inpatient hospital stays. The city also had the fourth-highest rate of mental health disorder inpatient hospital stays.
Back in 2014, it could take about four days to find someone with a substance use disorder (SUD) a bed at a detox program. The need for treatment is growing faster than the capacity to treat, both here and in other parts of the country. Still, if you or someone you know need help with a SUD, help is available and you will get a spot on a rehab program.
Lynn Alcohol and Drug Addiction Statistics
Here are three more interesting stats related to alcohol and drug addiction in this city.
- In 2017, heroin remained the primary substance of use amongst patients in Lynn rehab centers licensed by the BSAS. And alcohol was the primary drug for 31% of patients.
- Essex County has a 28-day treatment program with 84 beds available to people who have been arrested. This program has a promising completion rate. About 87% of men and 80% of women complete treatment for SUDs through it.
- Between 2013 and 2017, 52% of the population in Lynn had public health insurance. This percentage was much higher than the commonwealth overall where 35.5% of the population used public insurance and the rest used private insurance.
Lynn Alcohol and Drug Detox and Rehab Questions
The idea of seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one can be a daunting prospect. By the end of this post, you should have a much clearer idea about most of the services available in rehabs in Mass. Let’s start with three of the questions that often come to mind first.
Where Should I Go to Receive the Best Alcohol and Drug Detox in Lynn?
There are many reputable rehabs and detox centers in Massachusetts. Our facility in Canton is one of them. You can find a list of service providers as well as Addiction Resource Guides on Lynn’s government website, and a chat with your GP may help you hone in on the kind of info and help you require.
It’s worth noting that the best facility for you is one that caters to your unique needs. If a mental health condition contributes to your SUD, then you need to find a facility that treats co-occurring disorders. If you have an opioid use disorder, a rehab that offers maintenance therapy could be a much-needed breakthrough for you.
We recommend seeking treatment at a rehab using evidence-based treatment (EBT). EBT uses strategies that are underpinned by formal studies and have a track record of success. These protocols are supported by experts in the medical fraternity.
What Should I Look for in a Detox Rehab Facility?
Detoxing is a challenging process.
To make it past this hurdle in the recovery process, you need to find a rehab in Lynn that offers:
- A customized treatment plan drawn up for you and you alone
- Constant supervision by board-certified doctors
- Medication to make you feel better when you have withdrawal symptoms
If a facility checks these boxes, you’ll have a sound start to rehab.
But remember that detox is only the first step in treatment. You’ll want to find a facility that makes it easy to move on to therapy and holistic treatment after you’re physically stabilized. This could either be through the onsite provision of this next step, or links to other suitable rehabs.
Is Addiction Treatment Necessary for Recovery?
When your substance use reaches a stage where you suspect you need help, then treatment can be a life raft. In a residential treatment setting, the lack of alcohol and drugs gives you clarity and the chance to take stock of where you are and where you want to be. Good rehabs are shame-free and judgment-free zones where everyone’s goal is to get you to a more happy and healthy place.
You simply won’t find this laser focus elsewhere. Outside a rehab, you may have people who want to help you, but they don’t have the time and energy to do so in between work and other commitments. And with severe substance use, they won’t know how to even begin assisting you.
The tried and tested tactics shared in treatment, coupled with a positive habit-forming environment, give you a toolkit to tackle your addiction head-on. As a result, the odds that you can stay sober when you leave rehab are much higher than if you attempt to quit by yourself.
Types Of Rehab Programs in Lynn
Detoxing from an addictive substance can be a week-long battle, but it’s one you have to fight to begin your recovery journey. Some withdrawal symptoms can take months to go away. Your care team will prescribe meds to manage any residual discomfort. Detoxing strengthens your body so that you can start working on the mental aspects of addiction.
Solo detoxes are dangerous and often don’t work because people end up using to keep from feeling sick. If you’re going to go through withdrawal symptoms, you’ll want your struggle to count. Find a treatment program with a medically-monitored detox component – it’s the safest and most goal-oriented route to take.
Residential Inpatient Program
Inpatient treatment should last between three months and a year, but there are programs that are shorter or longer. That’s a long time to be away from home, but an extended stay in a therapeutic community is exactly what you need to hit the reset button.
Residential treatment usually includes one-on-one counseling, group therapy, optimal nutrition, and some relaxation. Your rehab may offer MAT too. Addiction is stressful for your body and mind, and inpatient rehab gives you a chance to breathe. Activities can include yoga, art, community service, and other healthy ways to unwind.
An inpatient treatment program also gives you the structure you need to find purpose again and make real changes in your life.
A residential program offering medication-assisted treatment (MAT) will give you meds to ward off cravings, keep withdrawal symptoms at bay, and block the rewarding feelings of substance use. MAT and behavioral treatment form an effective two-pronged approach to treat SUDs.
There’s medication to help with alcohol use disorders. And in the case of opioid use disorders, maintenance doses of methadone or other regulated opioids may work for you like they’ve worked for others when nothing else seemed to. Maintenance meds are safe and allow you to regain control of your life over a year-long period. It’s possible for you to attend standalone methadone or other MAT clinics.
Once you and your care team feel you’re ready, you may be able to taper your dosage and reduce your dependence. If not, MAT can be viewed in the same way that chronic meds for other diseases are. They are a tool to help you live your life in a symptom-free, happy, and productive way.
Lynn Sober Living
So you’ve completed your treatment program and you’re ready to leave the rehab. What next? For many, a sober living home provides just the right medium between freedom and structure. Your place at the house depends on your abstinence, first and foremost. There may be random drug tests to confirm your sobriety.
There are chores, rules to ensure harm reduction for other residents in recovery, and support group attendance is often compulsory. You can go to work or school and come back to a stable environment and housemates who have similar goals.
Aftercare Programs In City
Depending on the person, aftercare could mean going to a 12-step program, or it could mean regular outpatient and/or MAT sessions. Your care team should make your transition to aftercare as convenient as possible.
Having a sponsor or emergency contact can help in low moments and can prevent a lapse from becoming a full-blown return to addiction.
How To Use Your Insurance To Pay For Addiction Treatment
Whether you have public, private, or employer-funded insurance, you should have access to treatment for a SUD at your time of need. The exact nature of that treatment may differ depending on your insurer or plan. You’ll need to contact your health insurance provider to check what they cover on your particular plan.
The following insurance companies cover many rehabs in Lynn, MA, and beyond:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Maine
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Connecticut
- Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield New Hampshire
Most Popular Questions in Lynn
These are some of the most popular questions about addiction in Lynn, MA.
How Long Does Heroin Last?
A heroin high lasts for about half an hour. But the drug can be detected through standard urine tests between one and four days after it was last used. Hair samples may detect substances for up to three months after use.
What Does Alcohol ‘Blackout’ Mean?
Blackouts take place when you have a high level of alcohol in your system. They refer to an inability to form new memories due to intoxication. When the alcohol leaves your system, you likely won’t remember what happened while you were very drunk. With a partial blackout, some visual or spoken cues may help you piece events together.
An alcohol-related blackout is not like passing out. You can still function in other ways – for example, you can walk, talk, and drive.
When Do I Need to Go to Rehab?
If you’re asking this question, the answer is likely ‘as soon as possible!’.
The moment you recognize the following symptoms of addiction, you should make plans to get treatment:
- You struggle to control how much or how often you use.
- You’ve developed a high tolerance for your primary drug.
- When you stop using, you go into withdrawal soon after.
- Substance use has taken over your life and created major problems for you.
Why Choose Bedrock?
Bedrock Recovery Center is just 31 miles south of Lynn, in Canton. We provide unmatched support services in a modern home away from home. Our facility is accredited, offers MAT, and employs highly-qualified staff. We also use evidence-based practices to tailor treatment for our patients.
With Bedrock as your partner, you can be assured that your recovery will get off to the best possible start. Contact us for more info about our detox and inpatient offerings.
Popular Nearby States/Cities
There are many places in New England that have reliable rehab facilities. Some of these places are towns in MA and others are nearby states.
Directions to our facility in Canton, MA from Lynn, Massachusetts
- Community Needs Health Assessment – Northeast Hospital Corporation https://www.lahey.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/BH-AGH-FULL-REPORT-FINAL-9-13.pdf
- Lynn Struggles to Control Opioid Addiction as Mass. Leaders Gather to Discuss the Problem https://www.itemlive.com/2018/02/22/lynn-opioid-addiction-mass-leaders/
- Heroin Overdoses Kill Three Users in Lynn https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/03/09/heroin-epidemic-takes-its-toll-lynn/xyS2Oaa13Y72KXSOqvW2BI/story.html