Worcester, Massachusetts, is a pleasant city located not far from Boston. It was listed as one of the best cities in the U.S. in 2020. Despite this lauded notation, Worcester and the state of Massachusetts struggle with benzodiazepine addiction and overdoses.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017 Mortality report notes 2,168 deaths due to drug overdose. The National Vital Statistics Reports from the CDC for the year 2017 (Page 4) reported 6,647 deaths due to alprazolam (Xanax), 2,055 deaths from clonazepam (Klonopin), and 2,025 deaths from diazepam (Valium).

In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Health 2017 report indicates that roughly 0.2% of those admitted for substance use treatment said benzodiazepines were their primary drug of use. The same report states that 18% of those admitted for addiction treatment said they used benzos in the last year (2016).

Youth are also at risk for drug addiction. A state report on the perception of substance use and access found that 35% of high-school students think most of the children their age use other illegal drugs (Page 20). Around 18% of eighth-graders think most of their peers use other illegal drugs (Page 24).

Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs that mostly treat anxiety or insomnia. They are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the country and also one of the most addictive. If you live in or near Worcester, there is help readily available to help you become free from benzodiazepine addiction.

Serenity at Summit Drug Rehab in Worcester, MA

Serenity at Summit Drug Rehab in Worcester, MA

Benzodiazepines vary in when they start working and for how long. Alprazolam is listed as an intermediate-acting drug with a duration of action of 11 to 12 hours. It is also a drug that is more often counterfeited by drug dealers and their sources, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Clonazepam and diazepam are considered long-acting drugs with a duration of one to three days, per the RxList. It is easy to comprehend how someone can become addicted to benzodiazepines, and many do. Fortunately, drug rehab in Worcester is near and can get you on your way to ridding benzodiazepines from your body and life.


The first step in drug rehab at Serenity at Summit is an initial assessment, which will determine what your most urgent needs are. Once that is complete, you may be admitted into medical detox, where you will be cared for 24/7 by medical personnel as your body goes through the process of ridding benzodiazepines and other toxins from it. This is called Acute Treatment Services (ATS) at Serenity.

Withdrawal from benzodiazepines can be difficult for most people to bear. It is a central nervous system depressant, and drugs in this classification can be quite dangerous in withdrawal. Rebound from the symptoms it treats can occur and be more intense than before. Psychosis, delirium, and seizures are possible when going through benzodiazepine withdrawal. Our medical and addiction professionals are there to ensure you are safe and comfortable.

Detox alone will not help you sustain abstinence from the substances you’ve been abusing. Most individuals will also need behavioral therapies and educational sessions to fully reach their goal of becoming free from drug use.


Inpatient or residential treatment will follow detox. This next vital step in drug rehab at Serenity at Summit will entail staying at the facility and undergoing therapy and educational sessions focusing on long-term strategies to end drug abuse. At Serenity at Summit, this is called Clinical Stabilization Services (CSS).

This treatment modality involves evidence-based therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, individual, group, and family therapy sessions, stress management, and holistic therapies. Residential (CSS) treatment is best for you if you have medical conditions that need immediate treatment, psychological needs that are urgent, or you entered drug rehab intoxicated. No matter how you come to us, we are here to care for you.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

The partial hospitalization program (PHP) at Serenity at Summit is an intensive outpatient level of care providing a secure, structured environment for therapy and allows you to go home when therapy is done for the day. This allows you to maintain family relationships, jobs, or school requirements. PHP is five days per week for four to eight hours a day and is best for you if your substance use and/or mental health disorder(s) are interfering with your daily responsibilities. PHP usually comes after residential treatment and combines the benefits of residential treatment and outpatient treatment.

PHP is a good option for those who have just left drug rehab or residential treatment but still do not feel completely “stable” when functioning outside of a rehab center. It is also beneficial for you if you’ve had several periods of addiction and/or overdose or have trouble managing drug cravings. You will still have a significant amount of support from the rehab facility but can live at home. This step in drug rehab is a transition step back to your regular routine.

Benzodiazepine Rehab in Worcester, MA FAQ

Benzodiazepine Rehab in Worcester, MA FAQ

Questions usually arise whenever someone is seeking benzodiazepine rehab, and we are glad to provide answers to the questions most frequently asked by those who contact us. We understand that there are barriers to seeking treatment, such as cost and transportation, and we offer some suggestions for that below. If you have questions other than these, you are welcome to call or email us.

How long is rehab?

Every person who is admitted to benzodiazepine rehab is an individual with specific needs. As such, each person’s treatment plan is tailored to what their needs are, including length of stay. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports results from a study that indicated 30 to 90 days or longer of rehab is needed to be fully effective. This doesn’t mean that your stay will be 90 days or more, nor does it mean it will be shorter. The treatment plan implemented when you are admitted will likely determine how long rehab will be for you.

Does Serenity at Summit provide transportation?

The short answer is yes. We do provide transportation to and from our center. If you are coming from out of state, we can arrange to pick you up and take you back to the airport, bus, or train station. If you are local, we may be able to come and get you if you let us know where. The fares for air, bus, and train travel are yours to cover. If you have outside medical appointments, we can transport you there and back to our facility. If there are outside support meetings or activities that we attend as a group, we provide transportation for those.

How much does drug rehab cost?

We know the cost of drug rehab can be a real deterrent to getting the help you need. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are several options for paying for drug rehab, such as private or commercial health insurance, payment plans arranged with us, and loans. Generally, though, drug rehab can range from a thousand dollars to a few thousand dollars or more. 

Don’t let that deter you from reaching out to us. Our goal is to be sure you get into drug rehab and start turning your life around.  Don’t let money get in the way of helping you overcome addiction.

Do I have to travel?

There are real benefits to going to drug rehab away from home, even if away is a few hours from our facility. You will be far from the triggers of your substance abuse, like people, places, and things, and can focus solely on yourself and your well-being. If traveling to us is preventing you from seeking help, give us a call so we may offer some solutions.  Travel is required no matter where you are coming from, and there are various ways of reaching us. If you need assistance in arranging travel, we can help with that.

What insurance carriers does Serenity at summit take?

We accept most of the major insurance plans and are in-network with some of them. The Affordable Care Act plans sold on the federal Marketplace are required to cover mental health and substance use disorders. These are considered essential health benefits. You will need to call or email your provider and ask about what they cover. Some example questions to ask:

  • Do you cover behavioral health treatment, counseling, or therapy sessions, and if so, how much of the cost of a session is covered?
  • Do you cover inpatient services, such as medical detox and residential treatment, and if so, how much?
  • Do you cover outpatient treatment services, and if so, how much?
  • What medications do you cover under substance use disorder treatment, and how much?

For more suggestions about working with your health insurance provider, click here. There are some very good insurance-related questions to consider.

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