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Sometimes vodka becomes the most important thing in life, above family, friends, and work. Sometimes bank accounts run empty while the need for a new bottle of whiskey grows.

Addiction is a powerful and destructive force. When it consumes life to such a detriment that relationships fail, work suffers or becomes nonexistent due to being fired; it is time to consider treatment options.

Inpatient Rehab

There are several positive aspects to long and short-term inpatient programs.

One of the most frightening things about recovering from any dependency is the detox period. Participants in an inpatient program will have the benefits of a fully trained staff monitoring their progress. If needed, medical intervention will be readily available, and some detoxification programs will be able to provide pharmaceutical aid if deemed necessary.

The staff that will surround the patient during this critical time will be experienced and provide a safe support system. Once the patient completes the detox phase of treatment, the facility will offer an environment devoid of temptations and bad influences.

Outpatient Rehab

The alternative to joining an inpatient program is to pursue sobriety while living in mainstream society.

Patients can continue working or attending school while seeking professional help outside a residential facility. Support groups and therapy remain available, and the techniques of avoiding temptation are immediately put into practice as the patient works towards good health.

Friends and family can also contribute to lending a helping hand and, provided they are stable and positive influences, can encourage the patient to engage in productive behaviors.


Being able to pay for recovery is a concern to any addict seeking qualified help.

Public insurance, such as Medicare, will often cover some or all of the costs associated with recovery. While not all facilities accept public insurance, many do. Visiting is a great starting place to seek programs that work with public insurance.

Private insurance tends to offer a broader range of choice when it comes to selecting a treatment plan. Companies, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, are known to cover inpatient and outpatient options to varying degrees. It is vital to check with the specific plan the patient holds, as coverage will differ between insurers and policies.

Massachusetts Facility Options

Residents of Massachusetts who are seeking care have the benefit of many options.

With several locations, Advocates offers residential treatment for both men and women in the MetroWest and Central Massachusetts area. Should an outpatient program be preferred, they also provide both group and individual therapy, as well as aftercare for those convicted of driving under the influence. They accept both Mass Health and many private insurances.

Hope House Boston is the oldest residential treatment facility for adults in Boston. Its inpatient program is for men only and has three parts to improve the odds of a successful transition from a residential setting to life in the outside world. Hope House Boston also offers outpatient services for both men and women. Their programs have been licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Lowell House offers a variety of services, including gender-specific residential facilities. Its women’s inpatient program admits addicts over 18 years of age and is one of the few programs in New England to specialize in the treatment of women over 45 years old. The Department of Public health has licensed their outpatient clinic for both substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Participating in treatment is a brave step and one that is necessary to reclaim sobriety.