What We Treat
Issues with addiction and substance use are unique to the individual. The struggles that you face will always differ from the struggles of another person. At East Coast Recovery Center, treatment starts with specialized programs designed to address the specific substances that are causing problems in your life.
From marijuana dependence to opioid and alcohol use disorders, our specialized and compassionate medical staff has experience treating a wide range of substance use and will meet you wherever you are in your journey toward recovery.
Alcohol Use Disorder
As described by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a chronic relapsing brain disorder characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.
While alcohol may not get the same attention from the media that other substances receive, alcohol use disorder remains an issue in Norfolk County. According to county health rankings, 21% of adults in Norfolk County engage in heavy or binge-drinking on a regular basis. The nationwide alcohol use numbers suggest that alcoholism is hardly just a local issue.
Research from NIAAA also estimates that 15 million people in the United States suffer from AUD. Approximately 5.8 percent—or 14.4 million—adults in the United States ages 18 and older had AUD in 2018; this includes 9.2 million men and 5.3 million women.
Adolescents can be diagnosed with the disorder as well, and research found that in 2018, an estimated 401,000 adolescents ages 12-17 were determined to have AUD. Many of these people require treatment programs to help them quit.
At East Coast Recovery, we believe that everyone has to find their own path to recovery, and we encourage participation in sober fellowship organizations such as AA, NA, and other groups which support you in your recovery journey. We also offer effective court-ordered programming for DUI citations.
Heroin and Opiate Use Disorder
The issue of opiate addiction is impossible to ignore. It's prevalence over the last few decades has impacted numerous lives and torn communities apart. In 2019, 132 citizens of Norfolk County lost their lives to opioid overdose. When speaking about avoidable drug overdose, even one death of a community member is too many.
When you think of the main culprit behind the opioid epidemic, the blame is typically placed on the widespread use of prescription opioid painkillers. While the overprescribing of these addictive drugs is no doubt a contributing factor to the opioid epidemic, there remains another illicit drug that has a stranglehold on many people in Massachusetts and along the East Coast: heroin.
Unlike many prescription opioid drugs which have legitimate medical uses for pain management, heroin has no medical uses and is solely synthesized and used for its effects as an intoxicant.
At East Coast Recovery, our community-based approach to addiction treatment can provide you or a loved one with the tools they need to recover from opiate use disorders.
Within the last couple of decades we’ve seen the rise of the drug fentanyl grab media attention due to its increase in popularity as both a powerful painkiller prescribed by doctors as well as a widely-distributed intoxicant street drug.
In Massachusetts, fentanyl has become a major problem and the cause of a large number of opioid overdose deaths. The standard toxicology screen ordered by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Massachusetts when an overdose is encountered includes a test for the presence of fentanyl. Among the 1,873 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2019, 94% of them had a positive screen result for fentanyl. Since 2014, the rate of heroin, or likely heroin, present in opioid-related overdose deaths has been decreasing while the presence of fentanyl is still trending upward.
At East Coast Recovery, our approach to the treatment of addiction to this particularly powerful opioid drug can help you quit the use of fentanyl once and for all.
Heroin, Opiate & Fentanyl Abuse has extreme dangers
If you or a loved one are ready for rehabilitation from Heroin & other illicit opiates Call today or “contact” us.
East Coast Recovery Center is ready to help!
Of all of the substances that can cause addiction, cocaine is perhaps the most glorified in popular media. The reality of the drug is far more sinister than portrayed by popular images of rock stars and Hollywood elite indulging as a sign of wealth and glamour. The impact of cocaine trafficking extends far beyond movie stars, wreaking havoc on the streets of cities all across the country.
Cocaine, in its different forms, is used by more people than you may realize. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), 15% of Americans have tried cocaine at least once in their lifetime. While trying the drug once doesn’t necessarily mean that these people developed an addiction, this statistic helps paint a picture of the widespread availability of the drug.
Use of the drug remains prevalent in Massachusetts, with an average of over 7% of people aged 18 to 25 reportedly having used the drug from 2014-2015. In fact in 2014, according to the NSDUH, about 913,000 Americans met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria for dependence or misuse of cocaine during that 12-month period. Further, data from the 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report showed that cocaine was involved in 505,224 of the nearly 1.3 million visits to emergency departments for drug misuse. This means that over one third of drug-related emergency room visits involved cocaine.
At our treatment center you’ll be surrounded by a compassionate network of peers and licensed medical professionals, offering support at every turn to help you or a loved one kick cocaine for good.
Xanax® and Benzodiazepine Addiction
Benzodiazepines, commonly referred to as benzos, are a class of drug that includes Xanax and other anti-anxiety medications. They have the potential to be incredibly psychologically addictive and have been identified as one of the top five drugs associated with polysubstance overdose deaths in Massachusetts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that 37.6 prescriptions for benzodiazepines were written per 100 persons in the United States in 2012. This rate is even higher when talking about prescription rates in Massachusetts alone, where it was determined that there were 48.8 prescriptions written for benzodiazepines for every 100 persons.
Along with these staggering prescription numbers, the rates of drug overdose deaths caused by benzodiazepines have increased steadily between 2001 and 2014. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that there were fewer than 1750 deaths due to benzo overdose in 2001, but by 2014, nearly 8000 people lost their lives due to benzodiazepine use.
At East Coast Recovery Center, our compassionate team and community atmosphere will help you achieve victory in your battle with benzo addiction.
We all have a perception of what a person addicted to meth may look or act like, but unfortunately a lot of these thoughts and opinions are shaped by resources that may not be concerned with helping those in need. TV shows like Breaking Bad give us a perception of meth that is not going to coincide with 99% of the public’s experience when it comes to methamphetamine.
There are a lot of reasons for this, obviously, but one of the most important is that the number of people struggling with meth addiction in the United States means it’s a much more common problem than TV or movies may present. According to a 2017 survey, nearly two million people in the United States said they had used meth in the previous year.
This means meth use is much more prevalent, and you may be surprised to know whose lives are being impacted by the drug. It also means there is a strong possibility of meth addiction for each of those who are using it regularly, or even for someone who only uses it once. Meth can be incredibly addictive and quickly lead to dependence, which can then lead to addiction.
At East Coast Recovery Center, we understand the stranglehold that meth addiction can have on your life. We’re here to help you achieve victory in your battle with methamphetamine addiction.
Across the last handful of decades, marijuana’s perception has changed from once being an illegal substance that could land you behind bars to being legalized for medicinal and recreational purposes across the United States. In the last decade specifically, we have seen some states approve of marijuana use in recreational and medical settings while also adding a special tax to it. Think of this in the same way that some states tax alcohol or tobacco products.
However, simply because it's legal doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with some baggage. Using anything in excess—even if it is legal—is usually unsafe and can lead to some serious consequences.
Marijuana is a drug, and therefore it can become addictive. Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance in the US today. Because it has become so common, many people believe it is impossible to become addicted. A common question related to these changes in the brain that can be attributed to substances like weed is: is it addictive?
Yes, marijuana can be considered addictive.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), reports that around 30% of the people who use weed—or cannabis— in excess will become addicted and continue to show some level of misuse. Some of this is related to the ingredients or components of the substance. Some of it is more to do with the “perfect storm” of risk factors that play a role in addiction.
If you feel as though your marijuana use has become an addiction, East Coast Recovery Center's community approach to treating your dependence on marijuana can help you drop the habit for good.
At East Coast Recovery Center, we provide family therapy and resources to teach families how to be there for their loved ones, how to communicate effectively, and how to build boundaries to work toward healing themselves and each other. Take the first step and call 781-805-3427.
- Is addiction classed as a disability?
Drug addiction in and of itself is not classified as a disability. If you have severe physical or mental problems other than your drug addiction that are disabling, and the problems would exist even if you stopped taking drugs, you can qualify for disability benefits. This is true even if your drug addiction caused the physical or mental problems in the first place.
- Which hormone is responsible for addiction?
There is no hormone that is responsible for addiction. Studies have shown that people with high levels of dopamine in the brain, and a low sensitivity to it, may be more likely to take risks and thus be more prone to addictive behavior.
- What is drug therapy?
Drug therapy is any use of medications to treat mental or behavioral illnesses. Drug therapy is usually combined with other kinds of psychotherapy. The main categories of drugs used to treat psychological disorders are anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, and antipsychotics.