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Recognizing the Members of Spectrum’s 2023 President’s Club

Since Spectrum Health Systems was founded in 1969—known then as Challenge House—we have been intently focused on offering the highest quality services to individuals seeking treatment for substance use and mental health disorders. Spectrum’s goal is to assist its clients in establishing and sustaining recovery, giving them the tools needed to lead healthy, productive, and ...

May 17th, 2023|

Spreading Crucial Awareness About the Dangers of Fentanyl

In recent years, fentanyl has become the predominant adversary in the opioid epidemic. Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues can be deadly in very small doses because of their powerful effects. The chemical composition of fentanyl also makes it much easier to traffic than other drugs, allowing it to saturate the illicit drug market across the country. ...

May 9th, 2023|

Spectrum Health Systems Issues Scholarships to Eight Employees Pursuing Nursing Degrees

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., a not-for-profit organization providing a comprehensive continuum of addiction treatment and behavioral health services throughout Massachusetts, announced today that it has awarded scholarships to eight employees pursuing licensed practical nurse (LPN) degrees to help further their careers and the delivery of care within the behavioral health field. “As we continue to ...

April 28th, 2023|

Observing National Minority Health Month

Addressing health equity is crucial to the advancement of health services. No person should ever face higher health risks because of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other attribute of their identity. Yet, disparities like these have long been observed in the health outcomes of minority groups, including rates of substance use disorder ...

April 25th, 2023|

Alcoholism Awareness Month: The Prevalent Dangers of Alcohol Misuse

Though alcohol consumption is considered more socially acceptable than the use of narcotics like cocaine or heroin, drinking is far from harmless. Alcohol can pose detrimental health and safety risks. According to the CDC, excessive drinking is the cause for more than 140,000 deaths each year in the United States. In acknowledgement of April being ...

April 11th, 2023|

Spectrum Health Systems Grants $137,000 to Thirteen Local Massachusetts Organizations

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., a not-for-profit organization providing a comprehensive continuum of addiction treatment and behavioral health services throughout Massachusetts, announced today it has issued $137,000 in grants to local organizations that work to support those in recovery. Spectrum established its Community Impact Committee in 2022, comprised of nine members, to provide financial relief to ...

March 30th, 2023|

Get to Know Kristin Nolan, Chief Behavioral Health Officer

Having started as a clinician in 2000, Kristin Nolan has deep roots with Spectrum Health Systems. Early on, she found the clinical work rewarding, but over time she began to feel like she could have a broader impact in the addiction treatment field by focusing her efforts on the operations side of things. Now serving ...

March 29th, 2023|

The Shifting Landscape of Telehealth Addiction Treatment

As the United States government searches for leverage in the battle against the opioid epidemic, several recent developments have altered the way medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), such as buprenorphine, can be prescribed. While some of these changes have increased accessibility to buprenorphine, others threaten to hinder access. With opioid overdoses continuing at a ...

March 14th, 2023|

Improving Outcomes for Pregnant People with Substance Use Disorders

When someone with a substance use disorder becomes pregnant, their circumstances can become complicated. They may be faced with decisions that they hadn’t anticipated, and the road ahead could be lined with physical and emotional challenges. But as with any other population, pregnant people have a right to recovery. And, despite the stigma and added ...

March 3rd, 2023|

Spectrum Health Systems Debuts Mobile Treatment Service Van

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., a longtime not-for-profit organization providing a comprehensive continuum of addiction treatment throughout Massachusetts, today announced the launch of its mobile treatment service, the first in the state to offer all three medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) – methadone, suboxone and vivitrol. “While several barriers to treatment access remain for those ...

February 28th, 2023|


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