Opiate Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts

No matter how you found our website, we’re glad you’re here. It means you’re taking the first step to get help for yourself or a loved one suffering from opioid dependence. 

Signs of Opioid Addiction

  • Having withdrawal symptoms when you do not have access to opioids
  • Experiencing difficulty stopping opioids
  • Missing work or school
  • Excessive drowsiness
  • Weight loss
  • Social isolation
  • A feeling of lightheadedness, slower heartbeat, nausea, headaches, blurred vision, and muscle weakness
  • Depression


Common opioid addictions include codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone. 

Brand names include Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Demerol, OxyContin, Percocet, and Roxicet. Opioid addiction often stems from a prescription given for chronic pain or recovery from surgery, but if you are experiencing the symptoms listed above, it is a sign that your opioid use has become a dependence. You may feel guilt or worthlessness, but know that you are struggling with a disease that is epidemic in our country. You don’t have to manage it on your own anymore; we are here to help ease the burden of opioid dependence and set you on the road to recovery.

Natural Opiates

  • Alkaloids contained in the resin of the opium poppy
  • Morphine, Codeine
  • Once referred to as “god’s own medicine.” Morphine was named after Morpheus the Greek god of dreams

Fully Synthetic Opioids

These are made by chemical synthesis, especially to imitate the effects of a natural product.

  • Fentanyl – 81 times stronger than morphine LD = .5 – 1mg
  • Demerol – pethidine
  • Dolophine – methadone
  • Ultram – tramadol
  • Davron – propoxyphene

Semi-Synthetic Opioids

These are chemical compounds, isolated from their natural opioid sources as the starting materials, to produce other novel compounds with distinct chemical and medicinal properties.

  • Dilaudid – hydromorphone
  • Hycodan – hydrocodone
  • Oxycontin
  • Percodan – oxycodone
  • Heroin – diacetylmorphine
  • Suboxone – buprenorphine

Endogenous Opioid Peptides

occur naturally, play a vital role in regulating myriad physiologic functions like pain relief (analgesia), euphoria induction, stress resilience, cardiovascular protection, food intake control, and many more

  • Endorphins are activated by exercise, excitement and orgasm
  • Enkephalin – regulates pain
    • Agonist – alters activity of receptor – activates
    • Antagonist – ability to bind to a receptor – blocks

History is long with many notable opioid users (see partial list below) and in today’s society many of our friends and loved ones suffer from a similar disorder.

  • Marcus Aurelius – The Roman Emperor initially used the drug for medicinal purposes, but likely became addicted to it at some point during his reign over Rome.
  • Charles Dickens – The author of A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol was addicted to opium for many years and used the drug heavily right up to the time of his death (by massive stroke).
  • Bela Lugosi – The star of hundreds of early horror films was a frequenter of several underground opium dens and also used morphine excessively during his life.
  • Florence Nightengale – It was discovered after her death that the most famous nurse who ever lived was a notorious opium user.
  • John Belushi – One of the greatest comedians of his generation, Belushi died of an accidental overdose on a powerful speedball – a dangerous mixture of heroin and cocaine.
  • River Phoenix – The up-and-coming young actor died of a heroin-speedball overdose outside The Viper Room nightclub in Hollywood. Phoenix was on his way to becoming a true A-list star in the film industry when he died.
  • Rush Limbaugh – After rumors would not subsist, the conservative talk show host was forced to admit he had a severe prescription drug addiction, including OxyContin and Vicodin.
  • Carrie Fisher – Screenwriter and Star Wars Trilogy Star, Fisher admitted in her autobiography that she had abused prescription painkillers repeatedly throughout her long and illustrious career.
  • Elvis Presley – The King of Rock and Roll died in the mid 1970’s from a drug overdose. An autopsy later found massive amounts of various prescription painkillers in his system when he died at his Graceland home.

Why Choose Lake Avenue Recovery?

When you choose Lake Avenue Recovery for treating opioid addiction you start with a brief assessment to determine the appropriate treatment that’s right for you.  If determined that your course of treatment requires medical supervision or monitoring, you will be guided to the care of trained medical staff to ensure your wellbeing throughout the process.  Levels of care may include Detoxification and Rehabilitation.  It is only after detoxing from opiates that you can learn to face life in recovery.

The next step involves setting you up with all the tools you need to start your journey to recovery. This includes:

  • An understanding of opioid addiction from the perspective of neuroscience
  • A treatment plan based on your unique Strengths, Need, Abilities, and Preferences
  • Working together to identify the root cause of your opioid dependence, helping you gain insight and make necessary changes in your life
  • Empowerment and trauma recovery
  • Individual, group, and family therapy to help you understand how your relationships impact your decision making
  • Distress tolerance, regulation, co-regulation and other active coping skills training
  • Medical Assisted Recovery (MAR), including onsite access to psychopharmacology
  • Experiential real-world exposure to the triggers most likely to cause you to relapse
  • Connecting you with your community and coordinating aftercare with skilled local providers

Addiction Treatment Options

Lake Avenue Recovery’s programs allow you to participate in treatment even if you cannot attend an inpatient treatment program due to family or work obligations. We offer day treatment, evening treatment, and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for opiate addiction. Depending on the program you choose, you will have access to a variety of wellness-promoting activities like yoga, meditation, Tai-Chi, massage, Qigong, acupuncture, and personal training, all at our beautiful waterfront location.

Comfort, Curiosity, Care, and Concern are the cornerstones of our opioid dependence recovery program. Using evidence-based therapies, wellness and self-care activities, and spirit-centered philosophies, we can help you recover from opioid addiction and bring the joy back to your life.

Get help today. Contact us at 888.926.9880.