Massachusetts’ Struggle with Addiction
To say that the national addiction epidemic is taking a huge toll on the residents of Massachusetts would be an understatement. The HBO documentary “Heroin: Cape Cod, USA” exposed the Cape’s harrowing drug problem to a national audience in 2015. Boston and the surrounding area have been hit particularly hard by this addiction crisis: In 2014, the city saw the highest rate of opioid-related deaths in its history, and hospitals seeing patients suffering from substance abuse jumped from 48.9 people per 1,000 Bostonians in 2008 to 54.8 in 2012.
But it’s not just Boston that’s getting hit hard by addiction. Christ Church Cambridge had to close its public bathrooms due to the number of heroin overdoses that were occurring there, and in 2014, the State Department of Public Health released statistics showing Ware had the highest number of per capita heroin deaths for towns of similar size. Worcester alone had 57 fatal opioid-related overdoses in 2015.
In early 2016, Springfield police raided a home with 9,000 bags of “Hollywood” heroin that was responsible for killing 8 people in towns like Holyoke within a week’s time. And due to the alarming number of deaths in the community, Gloucester decriminalized opiate and heroin use in 2015 to assist addicted people who were scared to seek treatment because of legal repercussions.
If you’ve found yourself hooked on opioids, alcohol, or any other addictive substance, you’re not alone: opioids killed an estimated 2,190 people in the Commonwealth in 2016, and over 380,000 Bay Staters abused or were dependent on alcohol in 2014. With these staggering numbers for such a small state, local rehabilitation centers can be a beacon of light to give hope to local residents who are suffering or know someone suffering from a substance use disorder.
A Woodland Haven for Healing
Sunspire Health Spring Hill provides trusted and nationally accredited clinical care for treating addiction. This facility focuses on giving patients the tools they need for lifelong recovery only about an hour and a half northwest from the Boston metro area. Set on 70 acres of woodland in Ashby, Spring Hill gives people compassionate, professional care and treats substance use and co-occurring disorders with an evidence-based, medically proven approach.
Located only two and a half hours from the Cape, Spring Hill provides rustic comfort for recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. This Massachusetts center is less than about hour from Worcester, Ware, and Lowell and less than two hours from Boston, Springfield, Cambridge, Gloucester, and Holyoke, making it easily accessible for most residents of the state. If patients arriving for treatment don’t have transportation available, the Spring Hill team works closely with them to arrange travel accommodations to ensure a hassle-free arrival to the facility.
An intimate and rustic space, Spring Hill is optimized to help patients focus on healing themselves wholly. In addition to its medically proven, evidence-based treatment, Sunspire Health Spring Hill offers an on-site fitness center and massages along with complementary therapies like equine therapy and yoga to provide a full continuum of care for patients. In its dedication to providing the best addiction treatment that Massachusetts has to offer, Spring Hill has a limited number of beds and a high doctor-to-patient ratio to ensure that every patient receives the individualized treatment that he or she deserves.
Meeting Patients Where They Are
In the spirit of providing personalized treatment, Spring Hill offers different levels of care to give patients the best possible treatment for their current situation. Each patient participates in an assessment over the phone before their admission to Spring Hill to determine which exact level they will be entering once the treatment process begins.
If deemed necessary from the assessment, medical detox will begin at one of Spring Hill’s trusted local partner facilities. Medical detox cleanses the body of the harmful effects of drugs or alcohol and gives patients the fresh start they need to begin the rest of their journey to recovery. During detox, patients are unable to contact family or friends to ensure they are focused on healing with no outside distractions.
Once detox is complete, patients begin residential treatment at Spring Hill. There, they meet with facility staff to be given an overview of the grounds and meet their peers who are also receiving treatment. During this time, patients also have an in-depth discussion with their care team so the staff members fully understand their needs for treatment and beyond in order to develop an individualized treatment plan for the best path to recovery possible.
Within the first few hours of arriving, patients will be fully immersed into life at Spring Hill. During their stay at the facility, patients live on campus and are immersed in a busy schedule full of clinical and complementary therapies along with workshops that will give them the tools they need to succeed in life once treatment comes to a close. Therapies at Spring Hill include but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, family therapy, recreation therapy and yoga practice.
Supportive Care in Treatment and Beyond
After the successful completion of residential treatment, which could take as little as 30 days or as much as 90 days or more, patients are given the option to step down to Spring Hill’s day program with the possibility of remaining on campus. This program is a less intensive level of care than the residential track, giving patients ongoing support and additional treatment as they gain more independence in preparation for an aftercare program.
Starting from the first day of treatment, Spring Hill’s Discharge Planners work with patients to discuss their goals for life after treatment and plan to make those a reality. This is commonly known as an aftercare plan. Patients may request to continue their care in a sober living community as they adjust themselves to lifetime recovery outside of Spring Hill, which staff can help them find either close to Spring Hill or closer to patients’ hometown communities. Patients in a sober living community are mostly independent, but still have the option to receive care based upon their needs.
In addition to aftercare planning and support, Spring Hill has a thriving alumni community for patients who have successfully completed treatment at any level. Monthly meetings are held for former Spring Hill residents who are able to come back to the facility to discuss how the center’s evidence-based and full-body wellness approach to treating addiction have changed their lives for the better. Alumni are also invited to speak to current Spring Hill residents every Friday to discuss their experiences at the facility and how they prepared each of them to succeed in life after addiction.
By offering trusted treatment for people and their families in Massachusetts who are suffering from addiction and then maintaining that support outside of the facility, Spring Hill provides a valuable local option to help people achieve lifetime recovery.
If you're a Massachusetts resident who's ready to recover, contact the Spring Hill staff today to learn more about how they can help you take your life back.