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Addiction in Franklin County

New drug treatment option in Greenfield

Friday, August 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Options for addiction treatment in Franklin County continue to tick upward, with a program new to the county set to open next month. Clinical and Support Options is preparing to open an intensive outpatient addiction treatment program, an “IOP” in treatment and insurance parlance. It will be run out of the nonprofit mental health agency’s Arch Street office. The IOP is a three-hour daily session, to run afternoons … 0

Narcan training set for Monday as overdoses spike in east

Friday, August 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — A distribution and training in the use of opioid overdose antidote Narcan is scheduled for Monday in the RECOVER Project office at the corner of Federal and Osgood streets. Opioid Education and Awareness Task Force coordinator Maris Hebble called attention to the training this week in light of a recent spate of apparent overdoses in Worcester, where the state Division of … 0

Addiction treatment bill mandating automatic insurance coverage signed by Gov. Patrick

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spurred by the ongoing heroin and opioid painkiller problem in the state, a wide-ranging emergency bill intended to increase access to addiction treatment by removing insurers from the early decision-making process, among other measures, cleared the Legislature Friday and was signed into law Wednesday. The bill, S.2142, passed both houses of the Legislature and arrived on the governor’s desk last week for his … 0

Sharing pain, sparing drugs

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of soul music legend Ray Charles, spoke Wednesday about her early life and struggles with addiction to an assembly of Turners Falls High School students. Charles and husband Michael Steptoe described … 0

Police: Woman’s heroin habit drove her to steal

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police say a local woman told them she stole to support her heroin habit after her arrest in connection with several car break-ins. Amanda Richmond, 25, of Deerfield St., was arrested on three counts of breaking … 0

Rehab, recovery programs absent or overwhelmed

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

“Exquisitely plastic” is how Dr. Ruben Baler, a scientist and lecturer for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, describes the human brain. The brain can bounce back from a lot, even heroin. Most of the time. “You want … 0

Pushing recovery: help if you want it or not, from jail, courts

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Some believe the only path to lasting recovery is for the user to hit rock bottom and choose to stop, that recovery can’t be coerced. Others believe that it can at least be prodded. Voluntary or involuntary, most … 0

Recovery: outpatient help for intertwined addiction, mental health problems

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

“Two years ago ... just two years ago, having a 14- or 15-year-old come in, identifying right at the time of intake (as) addicted to heroin, that just wasn’t a story we were seeing,” said Amy Olson, director of Clinical and Support Options’ Greenfield outpatient mental health clinic. … 0

Slave to drugs for a decade

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lance Rice marked his first full year of sobriety since middle school this February — at the age of 24. “I never want to use again and you know, I just want to be happy. I spent the … 0

Insured often wrestle with insurers to get longer rehab care

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Addiction treatment runs primarily on insurance and tax dollars. The state Department of Public Health funds programs like ServiceNet’s three Greenfield and Orange residential treatment homes — where patients pay what they can, often donating food stamp benefits to feed the group — and it backs The RECOVER … 0

Can hospital adjust to provide detox-like care?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — There is the potential for something that could approximate a detox program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. BFMC Clinical Pharmacist Ed Tessier, with a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, addiction medicine specialists and case managers from across the Baystate Health system, is … 0

Finding detox and rehab — too little, too far

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Whether in a medical setting or a bedroom, detoxification is the first step in recovery, it is the several days during which the body gets through the worst of the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal from heroin or opioids is not itself life-threatening. It can be, however, exceptionally … 0

A cautionary tale: Addiction devastates families when children succumb

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Greg is struggling to help two children try to recover from their addiction. “My biggest fear is them being dead. I know people that are dead from it, personally, and if not death then a life of misery … 0

What are some signs of addiction?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Here are the possible signs or symptoms of prescription opioid or heroin abuse, compiled in part by the Woburn District Court Probation Department’s Heroin Education and Awareness Task Force: ∎ constricted, pinpoint pupils ∎ nodding out ∎ vomiting … 0

Recovery is what she does

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Melissa O’Malley begins each day with prayer and continues it with 12-step meetings and recovery groups at The Grapevine on Chapman Street and The RECOVER Project at the corner of Federal and Osgood streets in Greenfield. Recovery is … 0