Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Addiction Services

Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Addiction Services

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Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Addiction Services provides addiction and dual-diagnosis support to adults aged 18 and over. Services cater to residents living in Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop, Massachusetts in an outpatient setting. Treatment is offered through a structured Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that consists mainly of group therapy sessions using evidence-based techniques. Medication management is also available for those in need.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment at CHAOAS begins with a comprehensive intake assessment available on a walk-in basis on Tuesdays from 11:30 am to noon. After intake, clients are matched with an appropriate level of care. For those in need of more intensive support such as inpatient treatment, referrals to local facilities are provided upon request. Those in need of dual-diagnosis support are offered psychiatric medication management from an on-site psychiatrist.

IOP is a four-week program that meets on a weekly basis. Groups meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to noon. During groups, an LADC leads discussions addressing topics such as the disease of addiction, relapse prevention, clean living, co-occurring disorders, coping skills and anger management. Though groups are the main form of treatment, individual therapy sessions are also available. These sessions are scheduled as needed and typically last for about 45 minutes to an hour each.

Participation in a 12-step program is not mandatory at CHAOAS though AA/NA meetings are recommended. While there are no on-site meetings available, staff members refer clients to local community meetings upon request.

Staff at CHAOAS consists of LADCs, case managers and psychiatrists. The main techniques used for treatment are evidence-based modalities including DBT.

Extras

After completing IOP, clients can also attend additional groups which cover many of the same topics as a step down option. Typically this means attending one hour-long group a week for however long is deemed necessary. Groups are offered Monday through Thursday at various times throughout the day. These services are on-going and available at an extra charge. In addition to outpatient substance abuse groups, CHAOAS also offers a yoga/stress reduction group and a parenting group for those who wish to attend.

In Summary

In all, Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Addiction Services offers adults structured outpatient options in a range of intensities. The facility’s dual-diagnosis support is a plus, as are its supplementary treatment groups and aftercare counseling. While some with a history of relapse may need a more structured program, CHAOAS is still a great option for those in Massachusetts in need of basic outpatient help for addiction issues.

Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Addiction Services
26 Central St
Somerville, MA 02143

Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Addiction Services Cost: Varies by insurance. Reach Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Addiction Services by phone at (617) 591-6051. Find Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Addiction Services on Facebook and Twitter

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