Drug and Alcohol Abuse Amherst MA

Drug and alcohol abuse typically occurs in response to life situations and may only be temporary, but generally needs to be interrupted before it leads to addiction. Life situations that can trigger drug and alcohol abuse include loss of a loved one, job loss, poor health, divorce, major move, exposure to trauma or abuse whether physical, mental or emotional. Any of these experiences or a combination thereof can result in a person increasing the use of drugs or alcohol to cope, relieve stress or escape.

Hairston House
(413) 585-8390
25 Graves Avenue
Northampton, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Grace House
(413) 586-8212
143 West Street
Northampton, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Residential beds for clients' children
Language Services
Spanish

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Northampton Veterans Affairs Med Ctr
(413) 584-4040
421 North Main Street
Leeds, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Halfway house, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Men

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Sisters of Providence Hospital
(413) 493-2741
1233 Main Street
Holyoke, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Gandara Residential Services For Woman
(413) 540-9881
507 Appleton Street
Holyoke, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Women, Residential beds for clients' children
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Community Healthcare Inc
(413) 584-2404
297 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Methadone Maintenance
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Cooley Dickinson Hospital
(413) 586-8550
10 Main Street
Florence, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Seniors/older adults, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Holyoke Hospital Inc
(413) 534-2626
575 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Behavioral Health Network
(413) 536-5473x130
40 Bobala Road
Holyoke, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Providence Behavioral Health Hospital
(413) 536-5111
1233 Main Street
Holyoke, MA
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, French, German, Portugese, Spanish

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse are serious problems that can have a negative impact on every aspect of your life. Drug and alcohol abuse is generally the precursor to addiction, but not always.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse is Situational

Drug and alcohol abuse typically occurs in response to life situations and may only be temporary, but generally needs to be interrupted before it leads to addiction. Life situations that can trigger drug and alcohol abuse include loss of a loved one, job loss, poor health, divorce, major move, exposure to trauma or abuse whether physical, mental or emotional. Any of these experiences or a combination thereof can result in a person increasing the use of drugs or alcohol to cope, relieve stress or escape.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse can lead to Addiction

Many of the events surrounding drug and alcohol addiction can be so traumatic that an individual uses drugs and alcohol to “check out” of life. In this event, the drug and alcohol use needs to be interrupted before it spirals into addiction. Generally family members, loved ones and friends will notice and encourage the person to get help. A good counselor or therapist can help someone address the underlying reasons for turning to drugs and alcohol. Support groups and journaling may be suggested to help move through overwhelming emotions the person is using drugs and alcohol to suppress.

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Mixing Alcohol and Medications

Combining alcohol with medications of any kind can have severe health consequences. Alcohol is a depressant and has the ability to react to other depressant-like medications whether over-the-counter or prescription medicines. Be aware that mixing a cocktail, a glass of wine or a beer can enhance a medication’s sedating effects. Medicines such as opiate painkillers, even the synthetic opiates, sleep medicines, sedatives, anti-anxiety, and over the counter liquid medications such as cough syrups and liquid laxatives combined with alcohol can cause synergism. Synergism means that the alcohol doubles or triples the effects of the medications. Some symptoms that might indicate a problem with synergism might be: memory problems, loss of coordination, unsteady gait or frequent falls, changes in sleeping habits, unexplained bruising, being uncertain about yourself, irritability, sadness, depression, unexplained chronic pain, changes in eating habits, problems breathing, problems finishing sentences, incontinence, lack of interest in activities.

Ask your physician and pharmacist any questions you might have before accepting any new medication, especially if you drink alcohol on a regular basis. Write down answers if you have to. Many liquid over-the-counter medications already have alcohol in them, such as Nyquil, some Robitussin formulas, some liquid laxatives, etc. Some formulas have up to 10% alcohol in them. Women tend to have less water in their body and less muscle mass than men; therefore levels of medications can affect them differently. Women should reduce their intake of alcohol when taking prescriptions or OTCs that have alcohol in them.

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