Help Beyond Addiction – Clinics Adding Medical Care to Treatment for Substance Abuse

Every Friday, Stephen rises early and drives from his Dorchester home to a little yellow wooden building alongside Interstate 93 for his methadone dose, a cherry-flavored liquid he picks up at a window in the lobby.

But unlike in most methadone clinics, now he can also seek other forms of treatment there – for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other common health problems. The clinic recently added a primary care doctor to its staff on Friday mornings, allowing Stephen to have his first regular doctor’s appointment in 20 years.

Source: The Boston Globe – September 10, 2011

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