New England Medicine & Counseling Associates (NEMCA) is a mission-driven organization committed to treating all patients respectfully while providing affordable and reliable treatment for opioid dependence. We believe that every patient can recover from opioid dependence and our goal is to give everyone this opportunity in a nonjudgmental setting.
Everything we do at NEMCA is designed to support your recovery, while adhering to all state and federal guidelines.
Programs that provide structured counseling that is focused on substance dependency have better outcomes than do programs that provide little or no counseling. We offer both group and one-on-one counseling options.
Our program structure is based on a monthly design that allows those in recovery to live their lives while in treatment. We work with patients to find a time that best fits into their schedule. With your partnership, we will make a drug free life not only a possibility, but a reality for you and for those who care about you.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the gold standard for treating opioid dependence. It reduces annual mortality by one-third, reduces infections transmitted by IV drug use, and decreases health care costs.
Our opioid recovery program consists of a combination of counseling and medication. Our patients will see a physician at each monthly visit and will participate in a monthly group therapy session.
- Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) and Subutex (buprenorphine) treatment.
- Probuphine A six month slow release buprenorphine implant available to eligible patients.
- Vivitrol (naltrexone extended-release injection) A once-monthly, medication to help prevent relapse. Must be used with counseling.
NEMCA employs group therapy, medication management, and individual physician visits. By combining all of these treatments, patients relapse less and are better prepared for life after medication treatment.
Medication is an important tool to use on the path to recovery. Patients must work hard and participate on many levels. Therefore, every patient participates in either one-on-one counseling, or in a monthly group therapy session led by a specialized counselor, physician, or addiction specialist. These sessions are essential for building the skills needed for successful recovery.
We respect that the decision to enter recovery is not an easy one and takes an enormous amount of work on your part. NEMCA supports you in this decision. We also know that we can only help patients who are ready to take responsibility for their recovery.
Patients will be given a drug screen at each session. Random pill counts and random drug screens are also used to track patient progress and compliance with program policies.
Once patients are established with NEMCA, the commitment is once a month for a one-hour session. During this hour, a patient will see the physician, participate in counseling, and undergo a drug screen.
You are Not Alone!
NEMCA physicians, counselors, and staff work with patients to provide them with the support they need. Patients are able to take advantage of additional counseling hours if circumstances arise that jeopardize their recovery. NEMCA staff are dedicated to your recovery.
Call us for more information and begin your recovery with New England Medicine & Counseling Associates today!
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Opiate Recovery Program
Am I a good candidate for Suboxone, Buprenorphine, Sublocade, Probuphine, Vivitrol, or other treatments?
This will be determined by the physician during the evaluation of each individual patient. For patients seeking recovery, many options exist. The physician will discuss with the patient which form of treatment is the best for their circumstance and will work with the patient’s insurance as well to ensure coverage whenever possible.
Why did I test positive for an illicit substance when I didn’t use it?
Drug screening cups utilize extremely sensitive chemicals, which are not always specific. The drug screening cups can detect similar substances to the illicit substance which provides a false-positive result. When this occurs, a secondary send-out to confirm the results will occur to definitively demonstrate which substances were actually present.
Can I reach anyone after hours or weekends?
Some weekend clinics are scheduled, and messages are frequently checked, so it is possible to reach someone during these times. However, this is not always possible. If a patient has a medical emergency or a problem tolerating their medication, they should seek medical attention immediately. Patients should expect that staff will return all messages during regular business hours.
What happens if I lose my prescription?
Lost or stolen prescriptions are not replaced. However, in extreme circumstances, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Sometimes I can’t get a sitter to make my appointment / or my boss will not always let me out for my appointment. What can I do?
NEMCA desires to work with each patient regarding their unique situation. However, arriving on time for a routine appointment is expected. When situations arise, patients must call immediately to make additional arrangements. Notification within 24 hours is necessary to ensure that an alternative arrangement can be made in a timely manner.
Can I just come in early on the day of my appointment?
Providers are not always present at each location during an entire work day. In addition, providers have additional appointments with other patients throughout the day. This makes last minute changes or additions to the schedule difficult and/or impossible at times.
I don’t want people to see me at the clinic; can I have an appointment when you aren’t so busy?
If possible, alternative arrangements will be made for individual patients. These opportunities are very limited however. The vast majority of patients will be seen during normal clinic days and fully participate in group therapy.
Why do I have to attend group sessions?
Group therapy is important for long term recovery from substance use. The value of learning from others, and from supporting others, has been shown to dramatically improve long term abstinence and recovery.