What’s New at Norton Health Care?

Norton Health Care has been a leader in opiate addiction treatment since 2003. We have helped thousands of patients on their path to recovery with our unique and comprehensive recovery model. We are expanding to serve a wider area and adding to our services to better care for our patients. Here are some highlights: –…Read More

The Increasing Severity of the Opioid Crisis

So often, when I go to doctor’s offices in the community to talk about how we can all work together to combat the opioid crisis, I hear “We don’t do that here.” And I have to ask them what they mean. Do you not have patients who struggle with opioid dependence? And the answer is…Read More

Patient Demography

We were just looking at some of our patient demographics for 2018. This data covers all 3 of our offices: Norton, MA, Salem, NH, and our brand new office in Dover, NH. What I find most interesting is how far some of our patients travel to see us. To learn more about Norton Health Care…Read More

Community Connections

We are very grateful to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH for inviting us to speak at their Continuum of Care Meeting last week. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet you and appreciate the warm welcome into the Dover community. If your medical or mental health practice or community organization would like us to come for…Read More

Prevention: Teens & Opiates

Despite all the news and community efforts to treat and prevent opiate addiction, the best solutions begin in the home. Many people don’t understand the real risks associates with prescription pain killers following an injury or surgery. Don’t assume it is safe for your child to take prescription medications. Opiates are highly addictive in any…Read More

Heroin Addiction – Five Myths

Most heroin addiction starts with a legitimate pain prescription. The best treatment for heroin addiction is inpatient rehab. Recovery from heroin addiction is rare. Tough love is the only thing that works. Whites have recently become the majority of people with heroin addiction.

Buprenorphine Treatment

Taking Buprenorphine (suboxone and other brands) is a successful treatment option for many people  with opioid use disorder.  This discussion focuses on medical (non- psychological/neurological) aspects. Kidney and liver disease is relevant to many medications as these organs are involved in drug elimination.  Fortunately, with buprenorphine there is a good margin of safety with either…Read More

Congress Wakes Up To Opioid Crisis

This weeks post will be focused on new laws that are in the process of being put into place. Congress has finally taken time to address the issues of opioid dependence that has plagued the U.S.A. for years. These possible changes could not have come any sooner! In this article the current laws and bills…Read More

The Death of a Legend Comes as a Shock to All

The sad news of the death of singer and song writer Prince arrives at a critical time when our nation is struggling to come to grips with opioid addiction. Who knew that someone like Prince, a Jehova’s witness who lived a disciplined life – would be addicted to pain killers? Apparently, he successfully concealed his addictive cycles from his doctors and others. The reaction by the media…Read More

The Suboxone Solution: Can medication-assisted treatment effectively curb the heroin epidemic and save lives?

In this article written by Joe Sonka, the evolution of treatment for opioid dependence is analyzed. Where most addiction treatment providers stick to an “abstinence-only 12-step model,” others are transitioning to maintenance therapy of Buprenorphine/Naloxone. 12-step programs have been shown to be quite successful for treatment of alcoholism; however, opioid dependence hasn’t shown nearly the…Read More