Addiction Medicine

Our integrated program provides both Behavioral Health and Medical Care for patients suffering from substance use disorders and is available at many of our Fair Haven Community Health Care sites. Staffed by board certified addiction specialists and Behavioral Health clinicians with advanced training in the treatment of substance use disorders, our services combine both medication and counseling for patients. All of our services are bilingual.

Behavioral Health services are provided through both individual sessions and group therapy. Services offered include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Image Guided Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other Behavioral Health Services

Medical treatment involves the prescription of many treatments known to be effective for substance use disorders, including medications and behavioral treatments for substance use disorders.

  • For alcohol use disorder these include a range of medications that can be taken orally, such as naltrexone, acamprosate, disulfiram, gabapentin, and topiramate, as well as long-acting injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol).
  • For opiate use disorder we care for adolescents, adults, and pregnant women (and their families) using buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), buprenorphine alone (Subutex), as well as long-acting injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol).
  • To reduce harm and provide the optimal safety for patients who use opioids and  may be at risk for overdose, we prescribe the opioid reversal agent naloxone, available in injectable or intranasal formulations.
  • We also use effective treatments including medications and behavioral treatments to treat patients who use stimulants, hallucinogens, sedative-hypnotics, marijuana, tobacco and other substances of abuse.

Care coordination is an important feature of the services we provide and all patients in our substance use disorder program receive care coordination consultations.

We work closely with community-based partners to facilitate additional treatments for those patients who will benefit. We have a strong working relationship with a local methadone clinic, the Multicultural Ambulatory Addiction Services (MAAS), located just two blocks from our main clinic site. We also partner with a needle exchange program that provides free, clean injection equipment to patients who are continuing to use injectable substances. The clean needle exchange program has standing hours in our community and is accessible by all patients at least once a week.