Substance Use Disorder Treatment at Lynn Community Health Center
At LCHC, our staff is trained in the biological and social causes of substance use disorder (SUD), and we rely on the lived experience of our peer recovery coaches and our patients to guide our program development. You will receive respectful, compassionate support for the medical, behavioral (including medication), and social needs that are unique to individuals with SUD.
Services available for patients with SUD & in recovery:
- Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)
- Group therapy with your peers
- Individual therapy and behavioral medication as needed
- Support with social needs (housing, etc)
- Peer recovery coaching
Your recovery program will be designed around your unique situation and needs. You are worthy of respect and support on this journey.
For information or to schedule an appointment, please call 781-780-4555.
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”“We want people to know that they can come in here regardless of where they are in their recovery, whether that is ready to stop, has stopped, not sure they are ready to stop. Here, if you are coming and willing to work with us in all directions, we will help you.”
Jentina Mitchell, BH Integrated Clinician, Orange Team
“Everyone on the team is very nonjudgmental. Everybody here will do anything to help whoever. I have never seen anything like it, meeting people where they are at.”
Ielish Barbati, RN Case Manager, Orange Team
“The fact that we have [wrap-around service support] in Lynn is something really big and amazing. A lot of our patients that have gone through trauma and have been trying to get their lives back, they need this, and they need the support.”
“We are here for the patient, no matter what, no matter where they are at. We have received calls when they are in trouble, and they know they can trust us. It is an open door.”
Jannet Aceto, Community Health Worker, Orange Team
Article by Martha Bebinger, NPR
“A lot of people are very judgmental,” he says. “They like to say, ‘That person’s not going to amount to nothing.’ If you don’t give somebody a chance, how are they going to make it in life?”
Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)
Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), or Pharmacotherapy, is the use of medications in combination with other behavioral and support services to provide safe and effective treatment of substance use disorders. There are several different kinds of medications that can be used; your providers will work closely with you to determine the best medication for you.
is a mixed opioid agonist–antagonist that displaces full receptor agonists like heroin and methadone and stays on the receptor a long time to block heroin, methadone and other opioids from binding to those receptors. Because buprenorphine both stimulates the opioid receptors in the brain, and at the same time blocks the receptors from being activated, this helps alleviate cravings and withdrawal symptoms making it easier to refrain from using. Sublingual buprenorphine is available on all primary care teams at LCHC. Buprenorphine also comes in a long-acting injectable form that is currently available on specific teams at the health center.
is an antagonist that binds to and blocks the opioid receptors in the brain. Naltrexone can reduce the likelihood of use because the individual won’t be able to experience the drug effects and is less likely to try using the drug. Naltrexone comes in a pill and monthly injectable form. The extended-release injectable naltrexone is approved and effective for both opioid and alcohol use disorders.
is a full opioid agonist that binds to and activates the receptors in the brain to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings when someone stops using a drug. LCHC does not prescribe methadone at this time, but we can help refer patients if they would prefer this medication or have chronic pain that is unable to be controlled with buprenorphine or non-opioid medications. We also offer medications for alcohol, nicotine and other substance use disorders.
Needle Exchange and Narcan
Narcan (Naloxone) is a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. It is administered as a nasal spray. A community health worker can teach you how to use the Narcan and supply you with a kit (2 doses per kit). It is free and confidential.
Free and confidential needle exchange is available on the Pearl Team. The team offers clean syringes, supplies for safe injection, and access to Narcan.
You do not need to be enrolled in SUD treatment at LCHC to use our Narcan or needle exchange services.