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Acute Treatment Services

The ATS-Detox unit manages acute withdrawal and prepares patient to continue their recovery by alleviating acute physical and emotional dysfunctions that have resulted from their substance use

The ATS (Acute Treatment Services-Detox) unit is SSTAR’s original program. The program provides medically monitored detoxification and stabilization to individuals that are dependent on alcohol, opioids or benzodiazepines. The unit is licensed by the state of Massachusetts to treat substance dependent adults, age 18 and older. The program has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 2003. The treatment is voluntary, and patients can access services through SSTAR’s Triage Center (OTC), or be referred by their doctor or another health care provider. This is one of the few programs in the state that stabilizes pregnant women from opioids.

Treatment occurs in a multidisciplinary setting. Nurses oversee the physical aspects of the withdrawal process, administer medications as needed and refer appropriately when other health problems are identified. Patients are educated on the use of medication assisted therapies. Counselors run educational and motivational groups for the clients as well as meet them individually to assist with arrangement of ongoing treatment, including medication. The recovery specialist assists the nurse and counselors as needed and provides for general safety and order on the unit. Pregnant clients are all seen by a case manager who assures that they receive obstetrical care in a timely manner. All clients are seen by a nurse practitioner or physician who reviews the protocols and medical issues.

Contact Information:

Candice Rock, RN, BSN 

Phone number: 508-689-6186 

Email: [email protected]

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Walk-in to our Triage Center or call Inpatient office at 508-324-7763
The patient and admission decide together on the most appropriate protocol, primarily methadone or buprenorphine.
We use primarily phenobarbital. There are other protocols for special situations.
That is strongly discouraged. If there is no recent drug or alcohol use, the appropriate level of care will be determined at the Triage Center.
No, toiletries are provided on the unit.
Visitors are not generally allowed. Once a patient is stabilized, a therapeutic, supervised family visit may be arranged. This usually occurs after the acute treatment episode.