Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Haverhill Pavilion Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Haverhill Pavilion Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Drug Addiction Signs, Symptoms and Effects


Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of addiction is an important step toward getting help for yourself or your loved one. Haverhill Pavilion Behavioral Health Hospital in Haverhill, Massachusetts, is a source of accurate information, reliable guidance, and comprehensive solutions for adults and older adults who have been struggling with addiction.

Understanding Addiction

Learn about addiction

Those who struggle with a mental health disorder are at greater risk for developing an addiction. Abusing any type of substance, such as drugs or alcohol, will often lead to an addiction. The more you use a substance, the quicker you will build a tolerance to it, which means that it will take more of that substance to achieve the desired effect. As a tolerance is built, you will find that it is hard to control how much you use that substance. Soon, you become addicted to its effects. When you’re addicted to a substance, stopping use of that substance may bring painful and difficult withdrawal symptoms.

If you fail to address an addiction, the addiction will only get worse. Treating the addiction is the best way to manage addictive symptoms, and hopefully cease use of the substance altogether. Addiction is life-altering, as it affects you physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Addiction impacts not only you, but also those around you. But when you seek professional help for your addiction, you begin the journey to healing and wholeness.

Signs & Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of addiction

There are various signs and symptoms that can help you determine if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction. Because addiction is an all-encompassing disease, it affects not only your behavior, but also your physical and mental well-being. The following list of signs and symptoms of addiction is not conclusive, but it can aid you in determining your next step in seeking treatment:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Spending your money on the preferred substance
  • Continually using the substance despite its harmful effects on you or those you love
  • Using the substance even in dangerous circumstances, such as driving, working, or while watching your kids
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Failure to do basic self-care tasks (bathing, grooming, etc.)
  • Neglecting personal responsibilities in favor of using the substance (e.g., using grocery money to buy the substance)
  • Needing the substance to deal with stressful circumstances or painful emotions
  • Losing interest in hobbies you once loved
  • Trying to stop using the substance but being unable to do so

Physical symptoms:

  • Excessive talkativeness
  • Twitches or tremors
  • Itchiness
  • Elevated or slowed heart rate
  • Slurred speech
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Constipation
  • Bloodshot or watery eyes
  • Impaired coordination
  • Increase or decrease in energy levels
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Sexual dysfunction

Mental symptoms:

  • Constantly thinking about the substance and/or using the substance
  • Mood swings
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to focus
  • Dramatic changes in confidence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Short-Term Effects

Possible short-term effects of addiction

Failure to treat an addiction will lead to various short- and long-term effects. The effects of any addiction are vast and complex. Some effects are inconvenient, while others are fatal. The short-term effects of addiction can cause considerable harm and should not be viewed as temporary or inconsequential. Anyone who experiences any of the following effects of addiction should seek professional treatment:

  • Strained personal relationships
  • Family discord
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of hobbies and extracurricular activities
  • Physical injury due to reckless decisions while under the influence of a substance
  • Bad grades
  • Poor performance at work
  • Onset of co-occurring mental illness
  • Overdose
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts

Long-Term Effects

Potential long-term effects of addiction

If your addiction is further left untreated, you may be susceptible to more chronic, or long-term, effects. The longer you delay treatment, the worse these long-term effects can get. Some of the long-term effects of addiction can be fatal. The following are among the long-term effects of addiction:

  • Organ damage
  • Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and other blood-borne diseases
  • Cancer
  • Ruined relationships
  • Social isolation
  • Onset or worsening of co-occurring mental illness
  • Academic failure
  • Chronic unemployment
  • Financial problems
  • Homelessness
  • Arrest or incarceration
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Overdose
  • Death

Co-Occurring Disorders

Common co-occurring disorders among people who have addiction

If you are addicted to a substance, you may be at risk for developing a mental health disorder. The following is a list of common co-occurring disorders among people who have addiction:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder

When you seek professional care at Haverhill Pavilion Behavioral Health Hospital, you can receive comprehensive treatment for an array of addictions as well as any co-occurring disorders. If you believe that you may be suffering from an addiction, contact Haverhill Pavilion Behavioral Health Hospital for more information.

Effects of Addiction Withdrawal & Overdose

Withdrawing from addictive substances, and the risk of overdose

Effects of withdrawal: When you have an addiction, your body adapts to that substance’s presence. When you cease using that substance, your body may undergo a myriad of distressing symptoms, a process called withdrawal. Below is a list of common withdrawal effects from addictive substances. This list is not extensive, and will vary depending on the substance you are withdrawing from:

  • Strong cravings for the substance
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Cramping
  • Twitches and tremors
  • Muscle pain
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose

Effects of overdose: Anyone who displays any of the following symptoms may be experiencing an overdose:

  • Bluish tint to lips or fingertips
  • Seizure
  • Feeling confused or disoriented
  • Hallucinations
  • Dramatic changes in body temperature
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of overdose, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.