Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center Philosophy
We are a group of friends from the greater Boston community helping others to recover from alcoholism & addiction. We do not subscribe to a single treatment model because we believe each individual case needs to be examined uniquely. NEATC is an outstanding experience on an outstanding platform, trusted like drug & alcohol rehabilitation should be. Our innovative evidence-based approach proves case-by-case care for addiction is more crucial than ever.
Areas of Specialization
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
This facility literally saved my son's life. The moment I called Brendon I felt i was home. Thank you again NEATC.
As a parent I have nothing but praise for this program! The staff is amazing and this is the first place that my son has shown real promise in his recovery! They have worked well with us financially also so I'm not sure what the comment about them taking advantage is about. I can not praise them enough in my eyes. thank you so much for giving this mother HOPE!
My experience with NEATC has been unbelievable and i am very grateful that i made the decision to come back here. I feel as if i have a purpose in life now.
Coming to Northeast has been the most gratifying decision i have ever made. I will be forever grateful for the gift of sobriety that they have shared with me.
Great program for anyone than needs help with addiction! Life changing experience and a very unique approach to recovery. This includes therapy, groups, and sober living to the AA aspect of it, which has really helped many create a foundation for a successful life in sobriety. I've experienced all phases of the program and it really helps you get back into the real world gradually, so you can live life again along with the help of a strong community and network.
I can honestly say that without the tools NEATC laid out for me i would not be where i am today. My family is back in my life and i am back on my career path.
This program saved my sons life. After numerous attempts and treatment centers, he finally committed and went into Northeast ATC. The program and people there really do know how to help. I will be forever thankful to their dedication and compassion in helping my son on his journey of recovery.
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center was a very powerful influence of my sister's life. When she arrived, she was a mess..coherent only half the time and difficult to talk to. Drug and alcohol addiction had destroyed her life, and any semblance of normalcy was pretty much out the window. We didn't know where else to turn. A friend of mine, who had similar struggles with addiction had recommended Northeast to us. Having had little experience in this area, I wanted to send my sister to a place that had been a positive experience for someone I actually knew. After spending nearly three months in treatment, she left the treatment center with a renewed sense of purpose, with the support of her family and an amazing post-care support system. She shared with me some of her experiences while in treatment and how she was given proper guidance from staff on how to stay close to the people and places that were positive influences that would help keep her sober. She has since been attending weekly meetings with others and events that she claims have kept her sober during times where she worried about relapsing. This isn't just a treatment center, it's a place where people can have a chance to get their life back....where they can gain control and get on top of the triggers that have been ruining their lives. Thank you Northeast! You are a Godsend! I would recommend this facility to anyone struggling with addiction.
I went through this place as well, and my entire life changed in more and better ways than I ever thought possible. I have no idea where I would be if I hadn't came to northeast. This place saved my very life.
Meet the Staff
Kate Smith is a licensed professional and has worked in the mental health and substance abuse disorder fields for 10 years. Kate earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University, graduating magna cum laude from her class. She attained her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Barry University in an accelerated program. She has served as a therapist and supervisor in clinical programs for inpatient and outpatient services, as well as acute and sub-acute programs for substance abuse, mental health, and dual diagnosis. Kate has experience as a supervisor, consultant, speaker, and administrator. Kate believes that by offering a consistent quality of care to both the patients and families she serves, it makes the outcome much greater for success. Kate believes in the importance of the family in the recovery process and NATC’s commitment to supporting the family throughout the treatment process.
Amy received her Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency program at Brigham and Womens Hospital and Baystate Medical Center. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Ph.D., Clinical Director
Completed his doctoral studies at the California School of Professional Psychology where he worked closely with the preeminent psychologist and author Rollo May. He is on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and the Humanistic Psychologies. He is the recent recipient of the Rollo May Award, bestowed by the American Psychological Association for “independent and outstanding pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology.
Originally from Quincy, MA, Daniel studied Political Science at UMASS Boston and has worked in administration at the Massachusetts Division of Insurance as well as sales and marketing at Oracle. Being in long term recovery himself, he has been a strong advocate in the addiction community and has developed strong relationships in the field at the state and national levels. Daniel has helped facilitate addiction treatment for countless addicts and alcoholics over the years. He has extensive knowledge in the intricacies of both health insurance and addiction treatment industries. His compassion and determination for helping others makes him a strong asset to the Northeast team.
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ABOUT NORTHEAST ADDICTIONS TREATMENT CENTER
Located on a quiet street blocks from the Town River Bay in eastern Quincy, suburban south Boston, Northeast Addictions Treatment Center (NEATC) offers interventions and outpatient care at a variety of intensities for adults struggling with addiction. The facility can also assess and treat co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
NEATC doesn't subscribe to a single treatment philosophy; rather, the organization prefers to tailor its array of methodologies to suit the individual client. Those methodologies include evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and internal family systems (IFS) therapy; 12-step immersion; and recovery coaching. Therapy is offered in individual, group, and family or couple's settings. Holistic offerings include mindfulness and art therapy, and the center is equipped to provide trauma-focused therapy.
The most intensive level of care is a day treatment program, or partial hospitalization (PHP), though the facility does not at present detail how intensive the program is. The next step down in intensity is an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which involves attending three-hour sessions at least three times a week. An outpatient program requires attendance at least once per week, and aftercare services include referrals to further care as well as housing, job, and educational resources.
NEATC's staff includes an MD who's board certified in both internal and addiction medicine, a PhD level psychologist, and a master's level therapist. The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the facility one out of five stars for its staff's level of training and experience.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave very negative feedback, describing confusion about fees that left them with nowhere to go. "They told me it was a strong 12 step program but it is not," the reviewer, E.G., added. E.G. gave NEATC three stars for its connectivity and one star in almost all of the remaining treatment metrics, including its treatment effectiveness, family participation, counseling options, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders.
Secondary sites yielded mostly positive feedback at the time of this writing, with a stellar 4.9-star average rating based on 20 reviews on Google, and 3.29 stars based on seven reviews on Yelp.  All three of the negative reviews came from individuals who felt they received insufficient care from the facility.
However, the many positive reviewers repeatedly spoke of NEATC in glowing terms, describing their experiences at the facility as life-changing. "I went through this place as well, and my entire life changed in more and better ways than I ever thought possible. I have no idea where I would be if I hadn't came to northeast . This place saved my very life," D.L. wrote in a representative review on Google.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
While Rehabs.com has not received feedback from loved ones of clients at the time of this writing, family members of alumni posted glowing reviews to third party reviews sites, mentioning that NEATC had worked for their loved ones when other treatment centers had not.
Three out of the four loved ones posting about their experiences to Yelp cited live-changing treatment. Representative reviewer Megan, whose sister attended NEATC, wrote: "After spending nearly three months in treatment, she left the treatment center with a renewed sense of purpose, with the support of her family and an amazing post-care support system... She has since been attending weekly meetings with others and events that she claims have kept her sober during times where she worried about relapsing."
WHAT STAFF SAY
Two staff members posting on Glassdoor had left mixed feedback at the time of this writing: a two-star rating and a five-star rating. Both of the reviewers echoed alumni complaints cited above by writing that therapists had heavy workloads: "It is very fast paced! Might not be an ideal entry level position for someone unsure of their clinical skills," the positive reviewer wrote, while the negative reviewer spoke more strongly of burnt-out employees and a culture of fear. However, both reviewers praised their fellow clinical staff highly. "Great clinical staff, great patients," the two-star reviewer wrote.
According to NEATC's website, the organization accepts most insurance providers, and some PPO providers cover the entire cost of treatment at NEATC. The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the facility one out of five stars for its affordability.
Published on September 2017
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