For over 20 years, Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center has provided Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addicts in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Located in North-Central Massachusetts (home to Fitchburg State University), Fitchburg CTC is located a few blocks from the Nashua River and provides treatment plans that combine either Suboxone or methadone with group and individual therapy to treat the physical, emotional and mental aspects of addiction.
Fitchburg CTC is a member of the Acadia treatment network, an international group of behavioral health facilities operating a number of outpatient and residential facilities throughout the United States and United Kingdom.
Treatment and Staff
Prospective clients must be addicted to opioids for at least one year. The clinic performs a bio-psychosocial assessment on those eligible for treatment, then staff and clients decide which course of MAT they’re best-suited for: methadone or Suboxone. Once clients have successfully participated in 90 days of treatment and can prove that they have a stable living situation where their medicine can be stored safely, they may apply for take-home doses.
Clients also participate in a series of orientation sessions which acclimate them to the policies and procedures of the clinic. They must also participate in individual and/or group counseling for at least one hour each month while they’re in treatment. Most clients, however, attend group and individual therapy more often.
Fitchburg CTC’s treatment team is made up of physicians, physician assistants, nurses and CADC. The facility also has a phlebotomist visit every other week to do blood work on clients in order to identify any on-going health concerns. If any primary care issues arise, the treatment team helps clients locate medical treatment in the area. It also refers clients who need more intensive substance abuse treatment to nearby residential programs.
Therapy groups use CBT and other evidence-based modalities to explore relapse prevention, men’s issues, Fentanyl education and parenting issues. Fitchburg CTC also consults with a psychiatrist to support those with co-occurring disorders and refers clients in need of comprehensive dual diagnosis support to nearby mental health clinics. The center encourages clients to attend NA or other peer support meetings in the community.
Fitchburg CTC hopes that all of its clients will eventually not need MAT, and it works with them to create a treatment plan that culminates in tapering. However, clients are not pressured to taper on any set time-line.
Fitchburg CTC provides anonymous HIV testing to all members of the community as well as Narcan training. Clients can also participate in art therapy and attend a specialized Spanish language therapy group. Family therapy is also available for loved ones who wish to learn about addiction and recovery.
The Fitchburg CTC staff offers lectures and addiction education workshops in the community to help combat the state-wide opioid epidemic. Some clients may be eligible for transportation subsidies if they are having trouble getting to treatment.
For over two decades, Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center has provided clients with MAT for opiate addiction. The clinic actively adapts to the changing needs of Fitchburg’s addicts, with programs in administering Narcan, transportation subsidies and family and Spanish language services. The treatment team takes pride in helping each client meet their recovery goals, and it works to locate other supportive programs in the community to facilitate their health and productivity.
Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center
155 Airport Rd
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center Outpatient Cost: Private Insurance and Medicaid; Self-pay $532-$1,140 (30 days). Reach Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center at (978) 343-6300. Find Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center on Facebook
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