Addiction Treatment Boosted By New Partnership
Two nonprofits have partnered to integrate addiction treatment for patients with substance use disorders.
The partnership should help many individuals with substance use disorders who currently use the services of both companies.
The contract is for a 20-year lease with renewal options for up to 60 years.
Lowell House will bring its residential and outpatient treatment services to LCHC, which uses medication-assisted treatment and connects patients with recovery coaches and social workers.
This partnership will help reduce opioid overdoses and fatalities, said Lowell House CEO Bill Garr.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced this month that although Lowell and the county both saw a decrease in overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017, 72 percent of overdose deaths occurred in homes in the past year.
When people use drugs alone at home their chances of receiving help diminishes, Ryan said.
Garr said that he believes a stigma toward addiction prevents people from seeking help.
Our main priority is the health of our community said LCHC CEO Sue West Levine. She added that this collaboration with Lowell House will allow them to remove barriers to addiction treatment.
Having one location for these services is a gift for our patients, Garr said.