Facts and Stats About Drug Addiction in Massachusetts
The entire northeastern United States is caught the grip of America’s opioid epidemic. In many ways the impact of heroin addiction in Massachusetts is more severe than many other parts of the country.
Here are 5 sobering statistics about drug addiction and overdose in Massachusetts:
– In 2017, there were over 2,000 fatal opioid overdoses in Massachusetts
– An estimated 1.3% of the adult population in MA is addicted to opioids
– Emergency room visits related to heroin or fentanyl increased by 73% from 2014-2017
– The rate of overdose death for 18 to 25 year old’s tripled between 2011 and 2016
– Opioid addiction cost the state economy $4.8 billion in 2018
Why Look at Drug Rehab Options Beyond Massachusetts?
For many individuals struggling with addiction, comfortable opioid detox and lasting recovery are difficult goals to achieve without leaving the state. No one should feel ashamed or embarrassed about looking at rehab options outside of their local area; it’s an intelligent choice that can make a huge difference in recovery.
In fact, there are many advantages to leaving Massachusetts and exploring addiction treatment elsewhere.
Clients seek out drug rehab outside of the state for many reasons including:
– Freedom from familiar triggers and stressors associated with their home environment
– Access to specialized addiction therapies not available locally
– Anonymous care, free from judgment or stigma
– It is well-established that there are higher success rates due to longer stays in treatment programs away from home
By exploring addiction treatment options beyond Massachusetts, individuals can take advantage of comfortable opioid detox services, comfortable residential environments and lasting recovery strategies that will hopefully last a lifetime. Making this brave decision could be the best thing you ever do for yourself or your loved one. But lets dig a little deeper.
Why Leaving Massachusetts for Drug Rehab Just Might Save Your Life
If you live in Mass or someone you love does and either of you is caught up in the spiral of addiction, then you know just how difficult it can be to escape those people, places and things that almost always seem to lead you back to using. The fact is, you can go to the best drug rehab in MA and get the best addiction treatment Massachusetts has to offer. If you leave treatment and head right back home and move through the same neighborhoods and hang around the same people, the chances of staying sober can be depressingly slim.
Most people know that drug rehab by itself can’t “cure addiction” anymore than insulin can cure diabetes. Staying sober requires the willingness to change your entire life. Not just 30-60 days of it. Return to the same old places around the same old people and it’s only a matter of time before the same old habits catch up with you. It may sound dramatic to say that leaving Mass for drug rehab could save your life, but it may well be true depending on your drug of choice and the stage of addiction you are in.
5 Reasons Why Going to Drug Rehab in Another State is a Smart Idea
1. Cold feet – Let’s face it, sometimes people leave drug rehab early or AMA (Against Medical Advice) and it’s almost never for a good reason. Being in treatment in another state usually makes the temptation to bolt a lot less appealing.
2. Lower relapse rate – People who go outside their local area for addiction treatment have significantly lower rates of relapse than people who stay close to home when they leave rehab for a number of reasons.
3. More and Better Treatment– There are no guarantees, but generally speaking your health insurance goes further down here in Florida. Most of the time you can get more days either in treatment or in a a supportive sober environment. It’s also not a secret that the best drug rehabs in the country are found in Florida and here is none which offers more comprehensive mental health treatment than Sylvia Brafman. If you or the person you love has a co-occurring mental health disorder, that’s all you need to know.
4. New environment – A new location can provide much needed distance from all of the triggers and temptations that come with being in familiar places and around old so-called friends. There’s no overestimating just how much it improves your chances for success if you just put some distance between yourself and certain people, places and things. The more space and time, the better. We recommend staying away from Massachusetts for as long as 6 months to a year or more if you can.
5. Better ‘People, Places and Things’ – It’s not just about getting away from the bad. It’s about getting closer to the good. Embed yourself in a solid, established recovery community like ours in South Florida and reinvent yourself. Don’t even think about going home until you have some solid months of sobriety behind you and you are working a program of recovery.
The Help You Need is Here
Are you ready to make a change in your life and break free from the chains of substance abuse? Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center is here to help. Our comprehensive dual-diagnosis mental health program can provide you with the support and knowledge you need for lasting recovery. We understand that everyone’s journey looks different, so we offer several unique features that you rarely see in other drug rehabs including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, genetic testing and our Career Launch Program headed by co-founder and former Wall Street executive, Jaime Blaustein.
But we consider our Family Program the crown jewel of the SBMHC treatment experience. Our Family Program is second to none and is designed to help your entire family heal and rebuild relationships for a stronger, healthier future. We provide a safe space for families to discuss their struggles, build communication skills, gain insight into addiction and explore strategies for lasting change.
We want everyone who visits Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center to have a new beginning. Our caring and compassionate staff will support you every step of the way as you work towards your goals and find lasting recovery. We’re dedicated to helping our patients reclaim their lives and experience long-term sobriety. Take the first step toward a healthier future—Contact Sylvia Brafman now at (954) 758-4174