Dimock Community Health Center

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Dimock Community Health Center is located in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Dimock Community Health Center heals and uplifts individuals, families, and their community. The Dimock Community Health Center serves communities in Boston and across the state, providing comprehensive, culturally-competent Health and Community Care, Behavioral Health Services, and Child and Family Services to more than 17,000 people annually.

Dimock Community Health Center Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Alcoholism

The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

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.

Medically Assisted Detox

Acute Treatment Services (ATS) is a 35-bed medically monitored detox unit for alcohol and opioid use disorders located on The Dimock Center’s main campus. The Dimock’s ATS Medical Director, Nurse Manager, Clinical Supervisor, Nursing staff, Recovery Specialist and Case Managers work together as a comprehensive patient-centered team to assure that each individual receives a safe, medication-assisted withdrawal within a respectful environment. Their detox services have served the community for more than 40 years and admit more than 3,000 clients annually.

Opioid Dependence Treatment

Opioids are any drugs based on the chemical composition of opium. An opiate is a synthetic (man-made) version of an opioid, also known as a narcotic. Opiate pain medications include prescription painkillers, like Oxycodone, OxyContin, and Percocet. Other opioids include morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin. Dependence or addiction to opioids is treated in a similar fashion to other drug and alcohol addictions, with an eye towards helping the body detox safely before other treatment commences.

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.

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 Dimock Community Health Center offer?

24 Hour Clinical Care

At certain points in the recovery process, it’s important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

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

Their patient-centered treatment team assures that each individual receives a save, personalized medication-assisted withdrawal within a respectful environment. During the clients’ stays of up to 14 days, all aspects of clinical treatment are considered and a treatment plan is developed to assess next steps. Clients are then referred on to a less intensive level of care for further treatment.

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.

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

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.

Couples Treatment

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and dysfunctional eating patterns. Many psychologists and other mental health professionals consider eating disorders to be food addictions, meaning food is being used in an addictive way (similar to drug or alcohol addiction). Certain substance abuse treatment programs will have treatment for eating disorders as one of the services offered. An eating disorder may also present as a co-occuring disorder or dual diagnosis alongside drug and alcohol addiction.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Dimock Community Health Center Highlights:

The Dimock Center’s Behavioral Health Services exist to help individuals and families in our area heal and grow to their full potential within a community setting. To that end, Dimock is the largest provider of substance abuse, mental health and developmental disability services within a community health center setting in Massachusetts. The Dimock Center’s comprehensive care approach to patients enables our Behavioral Health clients to have access to all of the Health Center and Child & Family support services that we provide.
Their Behavioral Health Center team offers extensive and comprehensive experience and understanding. Members of their team have extensive credentials, and are willing to go the extra distance to enable their client’s best, healthier selves.
Behavioral Health Services handles over 22,000 client visits annually and has a staff of more than 160 physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, case managers, recovery specialists and administrative staff committed to making a difference in the lives of the individuals who depend on Dimock every day. Their linguistic capabilities include Spanish and Haitian Creole.
The Child and Family Services Division supports Dimock’s mission by providing, “accessible, comprehensive, innovative and culturally competent” education and support services to children, families and individuals from pre-birth to adulthood – designed to promote optimal development and economic stability. Programs in the Division include: Early Head Start – center-based and home-based services to expectant families and children birth to 3 years; Head Start – center-based services for children ages 3-5 years; School Readiness – center-based child care for children ages 4 months to 5 years; Early Intervention – services for children birth to 3 years with disabilities and/or developmental delays; and Adult Education – basic education, pre-GED, GED and career-readiness education for adults.

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, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is allowed as part of the treatment
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children
  • Special programs for patients with HIV or AIDS