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Behavioral Health at Atrius Health

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Addiction Stabilization Program at Atrius Health

About the Program

The Addiction Stabilization Program at Atrius Health is designed to help patients who have an Atrius Health primary care provider (PCP) and are struggling with opioid addiction. Examples of opioids include MS-Contin, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, heroin, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid addiction and, alongside a comprehensive treatment program, can make addiction recovery possible. Suboxone has two components: buprenorphine and naloxone which can help stop patients from using or misusing opioids.

Who Can Participate?

Patients who are 18+ years old and have an Atrius Health PCP are eligible. Please contact us Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to speak with an addiction recovery specialist and to confirm insurance coverage.

Harvard Vanguard Beverly
(978) 232-7053

Harvard Vanguard Kenmore (Boston)
(617) 654-7300

Harvard Vanguard Post Office Square (Boston)
(617) 654-7300

What Does Treatment Look Like?

Our team will contact you within 24/48 hours to schedule an initial evaluation which is done by an addiction therapist who gathers information and makes initial treatment recommendations. A toxicology screening will be conducted at the initial evaluation appointment.

Once the initial evaluation is complete, patients are scheduled within one week to meet with a provider for a medication evaluation to discuss medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone. During this visit, you will have an opportunity to discuss other medication options that may be useful for any coexisting mental health needs.

Next, you will be enrolled in group treatment. Weekly groups have a psycho-educational approach aimed to support and sustain your recovery.

Treatment structure

Weeks 1-4

  • Participation in a weekly Suboxone group
  • Weekly toxicology screening
  • Weekly appointments with a Suboxone provider
  • Other treatment as recommended by the team may include attending additional support groups such as Seeking Safety Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Abuse, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills, or Managing Your Anxiety. Individual treatment, as well as participation in community support or 12-step meetings, may be recommended.

Month 2-6
  • Participation in a weekly Suboxone group
  • Weekly toxicology screening
  • Bi-weekly/monthly appointments with a Suboxone provider in the form of a shared medical appointment (group visit)
  • Other treatment as listed during weeks 1-4.

After Month 6

The treatment team will meet with you to discuss current progress and treatment recommendations such as continuing in weekly treatment, transitioning to monthly groups or other resources.

What will your participation look like?

At Atrius Health, we are committed to helping people who are struggling with substance use. We ask that you are also committed to the recovery process in the following ways:

  • Regular and on-time attendance at all scheduled treatment appointments.
  • Provide a regular toxicology screening and/or breathalyzer screening upon request.
  • Participation in group and individual treatment, honestly and openly, including the disclosure of any relapses.
  • Refrain from substance use before attending appointments.
  • Adherence to Suboxone contract which you will sign with your medication provider.

If any issues with your treatment arise, our team will work with you to evaluate the situation and make any necessary adjustment to help you meet your goals.