Financing/Health Insurance Accepted at Norton Health Care – Norton MA, Salem & Dover, NH…

We Are Now Accepting Health Insurance

Call us to find out if we accept your insurance and how much your plan may offset costs.

MA Residents
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

NH Residents
Anthem Blue Cross

At Norton Health Care your recovery is our priority. We understand that getting to all appointments and filling prescriptions are vital to preventing relapse. When you make your first appointment, our staff will clearly explain all payments for your treatment with us. Many of our patients are self-pay, although we are now accepting some private health insurance plans which may make a substantial difference in the cost of treatment. When you call, please inform our staff of your insurance coverage so we can give you a clear idea of all costs involved. Our preferred methods of payment are Debit Cards or Money Orders.

Your recovery is our highest priority.

If you need financing to ensure you never miss an appointment our partners at Enhance Patient Finance may be able to help.

Enhance Patient Finance offers:

  • Flexible low monthly payments
  • Quick credit decisions
  • Competitive & low interest rates
  • Simple application form
  • No pre-payment penalties

Just ask our staff for the simple application form.

Suboxone, Buprenorphine, Naloxone Clinic in Norton MA, Salem & Dover NH …

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is the first opioid medication approved under DATA 2000 for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based setting. Suboxone also can be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medicine for other medical conditions.

The primary active ingredient in Suboxone is buprenorphine.


Because buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, its opioid effects are limited compared with those produced by full opioid agonists, such as oxycodone or heroin. Suboxone also contains naloxone, an opioid antagonist.

Narcan (Naloxone)

Narcan (Naloxone) is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, codeine, and methadone.

The naloxone in Suboxone is there to discourage people from dissolving the tablet and injecting it. When Suboxone is placed under the tongue, as directed, very little naloxone reaches the bloodstream, so what the patient feels are the effects of the buprenorphine. However, if naloxone is injected, it can cause a person dependent on a full opioid agonist to quickly go into withdrawal.

Opioid (narcotic) addiction is biological, psychological, and social. Learn about signs of Opiate …

  • Physical symptomsinclude the need for increasing amounts of the drug, withdrawal, cravings, and sleep disturbance.
  • Psychological symptomsinclude a reliance on narcotics to cope with everyday problems. The inability to feel good or celebrate without using narcotics is another sign of addiction.
  • Social symptomsinclude less frequent contact with important people in your life, and absence from or neglect of important life issues and events. In some cases, there may be criminal and legal implications.

Do you believe you or a family member are suffering from an opioid addiction?

Also known as a narcotic addiction, the substances can range from illegal drugs or the abuse of prescription pain medications. Physical symptoms often include needing increasing amounts of the drug, sleep issues, uncontrollable cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Psychologically, someone suffering from addiction will rely on the drug to cope with everyday problems and cannot “feel good” without it. Socially, those addicted to opioids will often withdraw from social events and have less contact with close friends and family members. Additionally, legal and criminal problems may arise. At Norton Health Care, our experts are ready to help you, or a family member combat their addiction.

How do people become so easily addicted to opioids?

The chemicals in these substances trick your body and brain to feel like it is necessary to continually take it to survive. As your body begins to tolerate an opioid, increased amounts are needed to achieve the same effect, leading to dependency and abuse. There are several ways addiction can take hold, and it can be very unforgiving.

If I take an opioid, how can I avoid becoming addicted?

Opioids are often prescribed for valid reasons, usually for pain management. When these pain medicines are prescribed, it’s key to speak with your doctor to understand the dangers of these drugs and how to take them safely. Exploring non-opioid alternatives may be beneficial. These alternatives may be safer and provide almost as much pain relief.

What signs of addiction should I look for?

Possible signs of opioid addiction include:

  • Getting into trouble with the law, often resulting in criminal charges
  • Avoiding time with family and friends
  • Quickly changing moods
  • Sleeping at irregular hours
  • Changing of friends and socializing with different groups of people
  • Financial hardship
  • No longer interested in usual activities.
  • Lack of regular hygiene such as bathing or brushing their teeth
  • Often missing important events or appointments
  • Cranky or nervous
  • Random and increasingly absent from work or school
  • Eating habits noticeably changed
  • Overly energetic and talking fast to the point where they don’t make sense
  • Noticeable sadness and fatigue.

What should I do if I believe I (or a friend) is addicted to opioids? Where can I find help?

If you or a loved one recognize there could be an addiction problem, contact Norton Health Care today to set up an appointment for a consultation. Our experienced providers and staff will work with you one on one to chart the best path for your recovery. When talking to a loved one or friend, assure them that their addiction can be managed successfully. You should also stress that addiction treatment can take several attempts until the “right” treatment is found for them. Although popular on TV and in movies, an “intervention” is not recommended as these often backfire and can escalate into violence. The best way to go about it is to convince a person to visit with a physician.

What are common withdrawal symptoms from opioids?

Not all patients will experience all withdrawal symptoms. There are a lot of factors that contribute which symptoms they suffer and the severity. They can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Feeling cold
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tremors
  • Drug cravings

Withdrawal symptoms generally lasts three to five days, but in some cases, can be as long as ten days. Withdrawal symptoms are powerful and even dangerous. Doctors do not suggest a “cold turkey” approach as it can lead to stronger cravings and a dangerous relapse. The safest way to combat these symptoms is through supervision from a medically trained professional who will use support, counseling, and medicines to help a patient through this transition. At Norton Health Care, we offer a long term managed maintenance program that uses Suboxone to help taper a patient off from their opioid addiction.

Do you believe you or a loved one is suffering from an opioid addiction? Visit Norton Health Care today for an evaluation so we can determine the best path forward for you. Do you have questions about opioid addiction or would you like to make an appointment? Call our friendly staff today at (508) 285-8550.

Substance Abuse Counseling Centers in Norton MA, Dover & Salem NH …

Importance of Counseling

The primary goal of addiction counseling is to help the client achieve and maintain abstinence from addictive chemicals and behaviors. The secondary goal is to help the client recover from the damage the addiction has done to the client’s life. Participation in a self-help program is considered an extremely valuable aid to recovery. It helps recovering individuals develop a social support network outside of their treatment program, teaches the skills needed to recover, and helps clients take responsibility for their own recovery. In addition to encouraging clients to attend self-help groups at least three times a week and to locate a sponsor, our counseling program educates clients about the 12-step program and incorporates many of its concepts into the content of counseling.

Counseling goals include: 

  • Breaking through denial, staying away from negative people, places, and things
  • Taking a personal inventory; working on character defects; and spirituality in recovery are among the concepts addressed within the content of the counseling sessions.

Addiction Recovery Therapy

Our trained, para-professionals are available over the phone to provide support and guidance. They triage every call and each patient to a suitable professional Suboxone® provider. Our on-site psychiatrists and psychotherapist are available to address patient needs seven days a week, whether over the phone, in individual therapy sessions, or in family sessions on patient request. Relapse prevention means being available when patients need us most, and patient recovery is our highest priority.

Learn more about opioid addiction treatment Suboxone, one of the top treatments for opiate care…

SUBOXONE is the first opioid medication approved under DATA 2000 for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based setting. SUBOXONE also can be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medicine for other medical conditions.

The primary active ingredient in SUBOXONE is buprenorphine.

Because buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, its opioid effects are limited compared with those produced by full opioid agonists, such as oxycodone or heroin. SUBOXONE also contains naloxone, an opioid antagonist.

The naloxone in SUBOXONE is there to discourage people from dissolving the tablet and injecting it. When SUBOXONE is placed under the tongue, as directed, very little naloxone reaches the bloodstream, so what the patient feels are the effects of the buprenorphine. However, if naloxone is injected, it can cause a person dependent on a full opioid agonist to quickly go into withdrawal. SUBOXONE at the appropriate dose may be used to:

  • Reduce illicit opioid use
  • Help patients stay in treatment


  • Suppressing symptoms of opioid withdrawal
  • Decreasing cravings for opioids

History of Opioids

Opioids have been used for pleasure and for treating pain for almost 6 millennia.1,2Around 3400 BC, the Sumerians, in what is now the Middle East, referred to the opium poppy as Hul Gil or the “joy plant.”2

In 1300 BC, opioid use in Egypt spread to Greece and other parts of Europe.2 In ancient Greece, Homer wrote in The Odyssey that a daughter of Zeus served a grieving Odysseus a drink containing opium. In 460 BC, Hippocrates, the great Greek physician, used opium to treat everything from headaches and coughing to asthma and melancholy.1

Opium use disappeared from record in Europe for 200 years during the Holy Inquisition. The drug reappeared in 1527 when it was reintroduced for its medicinal properties by Paracelsus.2

Opioid abuse became prevalent during the second half of the 19th century, after the invention of the hypodermic syringe. Injecting opium allowed for a more rapid, potent effect. During the American Civil War, morphine was used to treat injuries, and opioid dependence became so common among the armed forces that it was referred to as the “soldiers’ disease.”1

In 1898, the Bayer Company began marketing a cough suppressant featuring a new ingredient called “heroin.”2

In part because it did not produce many of the side effects common to morphine, heroin was widely assumed to be nonaddictive—so much so that in the early 1900s, free samples of heroin were available by mail to recovering morphine addicts as a “step-down” cure.2

By 1914, however, heroin’s addictive properties were no longer in doubt. That year, the US government tried to curb heroin use by imposing a hefty tax on heroin. Then, in 1924, the government banned the nonmedical use of heroin, and in 1970 banned the medical use of heroin, as well.1-3

Despite the many changes in medicine over the past 6000 years, one thing that has not changed is that opioids are still regarded as highly effective, well-tolerated analgesics. Ongoing demand for pain relievers has led to the development of stronger, longer-acting medications, most of which are opioid based.

As the potency of opioid pain relievers has increased, so has patients’ risk of becoming physically or psychologically dependent on them—even when the medications are taken as directed.

In 2001, opioid dependence accounted for 18% of all substance abuse treatment admissions, exceeding cocaine admissions for the 5th consecutive year.4 At present, the number of untreated opioid-dependent patients in the United States is believed to be at least 1.2 million.5

Recognition of the urgent public health need for opioid-dependence treatment alternatives was one of the reasons SUBOXONE was developed in cooperation with the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

In 2000, Congress approved the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA 2000), giving physicians the right to use approved opioids to treat opioid dependence in their offices.6Prior to DATA 2000, this was illegal to do outside a hospital or clinic.

In October 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved buprenorphine for use in treating opioid dependence.7 France approved buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence in 1996, and Australia followed in 2001.8,9

Now approved in more than 30 countries, buprenorphine is marketed in the United States under the brand names SUBOXONE and SUBUTEX® (buprenorphine HCl sublingual tablets).

History of Opioids Timeline

4000BC Earliest recorded opioid use1
3400BC Sumerians call opium the “joy plant”2
1300BC Opium use in Egypt spreads to Greece and rest of Europe2
460BC Hippocrates recognizes the medical benefits of opium1,2
330 BC—AD 400 Opioid use spreads to Persia, India, and China2
1300 Opium disappears from Europe during the Inquisition2
1527 Paracelsus reintroduces opium to Europe for medicinal purposes2
1729 Emperor Cheng of China bans opium except for use as medicine2
1803 German scientist refines opium into morphine, “God’s own medicine”2
1853 Hypodermic needle invented, opium injection begins1
1874 Heroin developed—twice the potency of morphine1,2
1914 Harrison Act imposes hefty tax on opioids1-3
1924 Nonmedical opioid use banned in the US1
1965-1970 Heroin users in the US reach about 750,0002
1984 Vicodin® (acetaminophen/hydrocodone bitartrate) receives FDA approval (Vicodin is a registered trademark of Abbott Laboratories)10
1995 Oxycontin® (oxycodone HCl) receives FDA approval (Oxycontin is a registered trademark of Purdue Pharma L.P.)11
1996 Study shows that 2.9 million people have used heroin at least once in their lifetimes12
Same study shows that 87% of first-time heroin users are younger than age 2613
1999 Percocet® (oxycodone HCl/acetaminophen) receives FDA approval (Percocet is a registered trademark of Endo Laboratories, Inc.)12
SUBUTEX® (buprenorphine HCl sublingual tablets) approved in France for the treatment of opioid dependence8
2000 Drug Addiction Treatment Act is approved in the US6
2001 SUBUTEX approved in Australia for the treatment of opioid dependence9
2.5 million people in the US use opioid painkillers recreationally for the first time12
2002 SUBOXONE receives FDA approval in the US7
2003 The number of Americans who are abusing or have become dependent on heroin or opioid painkillers reaches 1.6 to 2.4 million14,15
SUBOXONE marketed for the first time for the treatment of opioid dependence

Community Outreach – Opioid Treatment Centers Serving Massachusetts …

Community Members

The opiate epidemic affects us all. In 2017 opiate overdoses claimed more than 2000 lives in Massachusetts. We all need to work together to save our communities and to save lives.

What Can You Do?

Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you encounter someone in your professional or personal life who is struggling with an addiction to opiates, be ready. Be informed, be prepared, be compassionate, and be discrete. Make sure that your staff is informed and equipped to help. Also, have information available for members of your community who may need help. We will bring brochures and flyers whenever you need them.

Set up a free info-session or seminar for your office, organization, or school:

  • Discover the science and history behind opiate addiction.
  • Learn how you can help a patient, client, or community member struggling with addiction
  • Find out about the latest and most effective treatments and medications
  • Have your questions answered by experienced doctors who specialize in opiate care

Help / Knowledge – Opioid Treatment Centers Serving Massachusetts

Opiate addiction effects more than just the person struggling with the addiction. The loved ones around an addict may be devastated, angry, confused or feel helpless. It is important that you are caring for yourself as you deal with this crisis in your family. Some family members may choose not to get involved at all, others may try to take control of the situation, still others may feel stuck picking up the pieces. There is not one way to handle these situations that works for everyone, but it is very important that you have the information and support you need to best help yourself, your family and your loved one struggling with addiction.

Referring Providers – Opioid Treatment Centers Serving Massachusetts …

Norton Health Care was established by Dr. Aafaque Akhter, a licensed psychiatrist who has specialized in opiate addiction treatment since 2003. Dr. Akhter has created a truly unique model with incredible results. Norton Health Care is growing. We now have 10 doctors on staff and are opening our third location with plans in the works for the fourth and fifth.

With so many Suboxone clinics available, why refer patients to Norton Health Care?

Norton Health Care offers many services on-site, close individual attention to each patient, and a comprehensive recovery plan. We have helped more than 3000 patients on their path to recovery. By growing as a self-pay clinic for over a decade, we were able to develop a truly unique and effective program.

Rehab Clinic at Norton Health Care in Massachusetts …

Do you think any of your family members are suffering from substance abuse? Are you looking for a safe place to attain a speedy recovery? Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your addiction problem. For most people, an initial decision is voluntary. One of the most common reasons behind substance abuse is that it makes you feel good. Usage of substance triggers the release of more dopamine, resulting in a happy feeling. Unfortunately, this is also what leads many of us to become a drug addict as our brains “re-wire” themselves in response to the presence of the addictive substance.

Norton Health Care has been transforming lives for years by supporting and treating people affected by opioid addictions. We understand it isn’t easy to walk on this path. Addiction not only has adverse effects on a person’s health, but it has also teared families apart. It can even impair the addict’s judgment making them more likely to commit a crime.

One must not just ignore substance abuse problems and must address and deal with it on an urgency basis. Treatment centers such as Norton Health Care offer rehabilitation facilities for patients attempting to overcome drug & health problems.

Norton Health Care provides a variety of different services for their patients. Those included are Subutex® treatment, Buprenorphine treatment, Methadone switch, holistic opiate addiction care, addiction recovery therapy and other medical treatment services. Norton Health Care is licensed for OBOT (office-based opioid treatment). Finding a Rehab clinic near your address can be very difficult at times but, with Norton Health Care’s convenient location benefit, help isn’t far anymore.

Suboxone doctors at Norton Health Care provides a respectful & comfortable environment for …

Are you or a family member suffering from opiate addiction? This can be a challenging condition to battle; however, the professionals at Norton Health Care in Dover, NH have helped thousands finally beat addiction. While it is common to treat addiction with methadone, that too can be difficult to quit. Suboxone has proven to be very useful in transitioning those addicted to opioid drugs which are currently on methadone to a point where they do not need anything to help them battle withdrawal symptoms. There are many advantages to suboxone compared to methadone. Come to our clinic today to see if this treatment path is right for you!

What doctor can prescribe Suboxone? Can any doctor prescribe suboxone?
Any doctor can prescribe Suboxone if they have the proper certification from the DEA. If not, they can apply for a waiver in order to prescribe suboxone to a patient. Our doctors at Norton Health Care are all certified to manage an addiction treatment with Suboxone.

How much does it cost to see a Suboxone Doctor?
Depending on your insurance carrier, addiction treatment may be partly or entirely covered by your plan. Please check with your insurance carrier for details about your coverage. If it isn’t covered or if you are uninsured, we have financing available to get you the treatment you need for your addiction. Ask our staff for a simple application for this option.

Do you need a prescription for Suboxone?
Yes, there is no over the counter version of this medication. However, unlike methadone which must be administered in a controlled setting at a facility, Suboxone can be attained with a prescription.

Can Suboxone be called into a pharmacy?
Yes, Suboxone can be called into a pharmacy. This is one of the advantages of this treatment method compared to methadone.

How much does generic Suboxone cost? How much does Suboxone cost without insurance?
The price for a generic version of Suboxone are subject to a lot of factors, but it is usually around $50. A single dose can cost upwards of $8 per dose.

Can Suboxone be prescribed for pain?
There are some circumstances where Suboxone may be prescribed for pain, but in general, it is not usually the best choice. A part of Suboxone blocks the effects of pain medication. Consult with your primary care doctor to see if this is the right choice for you.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe Suboxone?
Not all psychiatrists can prescribe Suboxone. If the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatrists certifies them and they apply for a special DEA license, then they will be able to prescribe it. Please contact Norton Health Care if you need to see either a psychiatrist or Suboxone provider.

Is Suboxone covered by insurance?
Insurance may or may not cover or partly cover Suboxone treatment. There are a few factors that go into that determination. We suggest checking with your insurance for details about this treatment plan.

Our clinic is located at 750 Central Avenue Unit Q Dover NH 03820. We are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 am to 8:30 pm. Questions about Suboxone treatment or would you like to make an appointment? Call our friendly staff today at (603) 834-9585.

Suboxone doctors at Norton Health Care provides a respectful & comfortable environment for …

If you or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction, the compassionate doctors at Norton Health Care are here to help. We provide comprehensive support for patients in recovery, including Suboxone prescriptions to help patients manage their condition while they receive the treatment and counseling they need to truly recover.

 What doctors can prescribe Suboxone?

Doctors must undergo specific training in order to become authorized to prescribe Suboxone. Once a doctor has completed training, they will be assigned a unique identification number by the DEA in order to precisely track the number of Suboxone prescriptions they write. Suboxone providers have an in-depth understanding of opioid addiction and how Suboxone can be used to help treat it. Doctors from many different disciplines including psychiatrists, doctors of internal medicine, and other specialists can undergo the necessary training to prescribe Suboxone.

How much does it cost to see a Suboxone doctor?

For patients without insurance, finding the care they need to overcome their opioid addiction can be difficult. An initial visit with a Suboxone doctor can cost approximately $300, with subsequent visits typically being less expensive. Norton Health Care proudly accepts Anthem Blue Cross insurance plans to help supplement the cost of Suboxone treatment and we work with Enhance Patient Finance to develop manageable payment plans for self-pay and uninsured patients.

Can my family doctor prescribe Suboxone?

Unless they have undergone the necessary training to write Suboxone prescriptions to treat opioid addiction, your family doctor will not be able to write a Suboxone prescription. At Norton Health Care, we provide access to doctors from multiple disciplinary backgrounds who are able to prescribe Suboxone for patients, so you can find a provider who works for you. Visiting a clinic specifically designed to meet the needs of patients suffering with addiction can also make it easier to access the other addiction care services you need to support your overall treatment success.

Do you need a prescription for Suboxone?

Yes, you do need a prescription from a certified doctor in order to use Suboxone. Suboxone is a highly regulated pharmaceutical drug and there are specific requirements for patients who take it as part of their opioid addiction treatment. One important requirement is that patients undergoing medication-assisted addiction treatment with Suboxone must also receive counseling as part of their addiction treatment.

Can Suboxone be prescribed by any doctor?

Suboxone can only be prescribed by a doctor who has undergone the certification training to become a prescriber. This means that doctors of many different specialties may prescribe Suboxone, but only once they are granted the ability to do so through rigorous training to understand the best methods of using Suboxone as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan.

Can Suboxone be prescribed for pain?

Suboxone can be prescribed to treat pain, but it is not recommended for long-term use by patients. Chronic pain management is best when it includes multiple protocols that support a patient’s long-term health and ability to overcome their pain in lieu of reliance on powerful pharmaceutical drugs like Suboxone.

How much does Suboxone cost without insurance?

The out of pocket cost for Suboxone not covered by insurance is approximately $1-2 per milligram, according to many sources. The cost of Suboxone can be substantial for some patients, depending on the dosage recommended by their prescriber. It is important to remember that Suboxone is one vital component of your opioid addiction treatment. At Norton Health Care, we work with our patients to create a payment plan that is manageable, allowing them to access the care they need without interruption.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe Suboxone?

Some psychiatrists can prescribe Suboxone, provided they have undergone the required training in order to do so. Psychiatrists are also trained to provide support and treatment for the underlying mental health aspects of addiction and can help patients to find long-lasting success in their opioid addiction treatment by providing essential ongoing support.

Is Suboxone covered by insurance?

At Norton Health Care, we accept Anthem Blue Cross insurance for patients with Suboxone prescriptions. However, most of our patient’s self-pay to cover the cost of their Suboxone prescription and we provide flexible monthly payments and low interest rates through our partnership with Enhance Patient Finance for patients looking for a simple payment plan to help them cover the costs associated with their Suboxone treatment.

If you or someone you love is in need of comprehensive and effective opioid addiction treatment in the Salem, NH area, trust the experienced and compassionate Suboxone doctors at Norton Health Care. We are dedicated to helping our patients overcome their addiction, so they can live a long and full life. Call us now or request an appointment online and take the first step toward a life free from the chains of opiates.

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