What People Should Look for in a Treatment Program

(U.S. Surgeon General’s 2018 Spotlight on Opioids)


  • Personalized diagnosis, assessment, and treatment planning—one size does not t all, and treatments should be tailored to you and your family.

  • Long-term disease management—addiction is a chronic disease of the brain with the potential for both recovery and recurrence. Long-term outpatient care is the key to recovery.

  • Access to FDA-approved medications.

  • Effective behavioral interventions delivered by trained professionals.

  • Coordinated care for other/co-occurring diseases and disorders.

  • Recovery support services—such as mutual aid groups, peer support specialists, and community services that can provide continuing emotional and practical support for recovery.

Service and Support Services in Massachusetts for Substance Use Disorders

There are a number of types of services and supports in Massachusetts for the treatment ad recovery of substance use disorders.

Below is an overview provided by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of MA.

To find out more about which specific programs are available to you, look under the Get Help tab of our website or contact the free MA Substance Abuse Hotline at 1-800 327-5050

Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services in Massachusetts
Service/Support Definition
Inpatient and Other Acute Care Care in hospitals and non-hospital settings for acute detoxification, stabilization, and other SUD treatment.
Intermediate Care Care provided as a step down from or alternative to acute care.
Residential Care Rehabilitation services with a planned care program in a 24-hour residential setting.
Community and Outpatient Care Care in an ambulatory setting such as a community health center, SUD treatment program, hospital outpatient department, professional's office, or patient's home. Case management, which consists or discrete services to manage SUD care or to coordinate with other health or social services, is often part of community and outpatient care.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Regulated use of medications to help lessen cravings and manage withdrawal.
Recovery Support Services Programs to help people maintain their recovery and support each other in recovery.
Recovery Learning Centers Peer support services sponsored by consumer-based networks.
Emergency Response Care and other services provided for substance misuese or SUD-related emergencies.
Source: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts