Askia Academy at Dimock

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The Dimock Center - Askia Academy is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Dimock Center - Askia Academy is named for community activist Nate Askia, serves a maximum of 25 men in ongoing recovery for up to one year. Offering an Afrocentric model of care, the Askia Academy is a healing community, providing comprehensive support to men to prepare for self-sufficiency and ongoing recovery.

Askia Academy at Dimock Focus:

Mental Health

Mental Health Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and more. Mental health professionals at these facilities are trained to understand and treat mental health issues, both in individual and group settings.

Rehab Services:

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)

Methadone Maintenance Treatment or ORT (Opiate Replacement Therapy) is the use of methadone as a substitute for someone who is addicted to opioids (heroin, OxyContin, codeine, Dilaudid, Percocet and others), helping with the recovery process reducing the cravings for the opioids or used as part of the admittance process to a substance abuse treatment facility that requires complete abstinence.

Buprenorphine Detox and Treatment

Similar to methadone, buprenorphine is a drug meant to help with long-term treatment for opioid addiction. Those recovering from heroin addiction or other opiate addiction may be prescribed buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) to help wean the body off of opioids safely, over time. Buprenorphine helps lessen the discomfort and danger of detox and withdrawal.

Naltrexone

Naltrexone is often used along with psychiatric counseling and social support to treat individuals undergoing drug or alcohol rehabilitation treatment.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Askia Academy at Dimock offer?

Outpatient (OP)

They provide outpatient services for adults recovering from substance use disorders. Masters Level Clinicians, Licensed Social Workers, Psychiatrists, and a Psychologist form the programs’ clinical team which helps clients fully regain their lives and their well-being. Together, they help clients become fully engaged with the issues confronting them, providing them with the tools that support their ongoing recovery journey.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

It provides a structured, safe and committed environment critical to recovery. Led by a dedicated staff, the program is designed to help the whole person heal and to regain their health, and to help individuals move forward in their treatment and their ongoing recovery. Their focus on group services continues into their residential communities, creating bonds that build peer-to-peer support and develop relationships that help those in recovery continue on their healthy paths moving forward.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Askia Academy at Dimock Highlights:

Men are referred to their health center for primary and specialized care, and their children are connected to their Child and Family Services for enrollment in Head Start, early intervention and other services. The program is licensed and funded by the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.
They also offer Structured Outpatient Addiction Program (SOAP), which is a Day Treatment program for clients in early recovery. The program runs five days a week for 3.5 hours of treatment per day typically for 3 to 6 weeks.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is available for individuals with substance use disorders. Staff is comprised of a Physician, Nurse, and Medical Assistant who assist in treating substance use disorders with the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies. MAT Clinic follows a broad range of patients with histories of opioid addiction and dependence, alcohol use, and polysubstance use.
Private
Residential Area
Sober living home or Halfway house

Accreditation:

  • JCAHO

Payment:

  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Treatment financing available

Rehabs in Massachusetts

  • Sunspire Health - Spring Hill 250 Spring Hill Road Ashby, MA 01431
  • Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital 200 Springs Road Bedford, MA 01730
  • McLean Hospital 115 Mill street Belmont, MA 02478

Intake:

  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Treatment for Men
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Special programs for patients with HIV or AIDS