Help & Information
Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Below are some organizations that provide help and support to Massachusetts residents. Please also the the Get Help link in this section of our site.
The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline
The Helpline is free and confidential. It links callers and online visitors with comprehensive and current information about treatment and prevention services throughout Massachusetts.
Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 10:00pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Language interpreters are always available.
Programs for Individuals with a Substance Use Disorder
The primary purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous is to carry its message of recovery to those seeking help. AA serves as a source of personal experience and provides an ongoing support system for persons in recovery. Individuals with substance use disorders (alcohol or other drugs) can attend open AA meetings. Meeting locations and times are listed by city/town on the website.
NA offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for those who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. The website includes a meeting search by state and town.
SMART Recovery - Self Management for Addiction Recovery
SMART Recovery sponsors group meetings, daily online meetings, online message board, and a 24/7 chat room for individuals seeking addiction recovery support. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® (1: Building and Maintaining Motivation 2: Coping with Urges 3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors 4: Living a Balanced Life) helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors. The website includes a meeting search by state and town.
A New Way Recovery
85 Quincy Avenue – Quincy
Stairway to Recovery
142 Crescent Street – Brockton
These peer to peer recovery centers are a safe place of support and resources for those 18+ (and their family members) in recovery from various types of addictions.
The Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS)
The Addiction Recovery Management Services (ARMS) provides rapid access to information and support combined with outreach and care management for youth ages 15 - 25 and their families suffering from substance-related problems.
ARMS supplements the traditional inpatient and outpatient continuum and bridges the gaps in disjointed systems of treatment with leading expertise and high quality care management.
Building on the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) medical, clinical, and addiction research resources within the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine, ARMS facilitates comprehensive, research-informed, care maximizing the chances for youth recovery.
Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach
Assertive Continuing Care (A-CRA/ACC)
857-415-9898 or 857-445-8521
The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach and Assertive Continuing Care (A-CRA/ACC) program is a 3-6 month outpatient service for Norfolk County youth ages 14-22 with DSM-5 substance-use disorders. The overall goals of the A-CRA program are to reduce substance use and dependence, increase social stability, improve physical health, and improve life satisfaction.
Families are included in the treatment plan. A-CRA includes guidelines for three session types; adolescents alone, parents/caregivers alone, adolescents and parents/caregivers together.
A-CRA/ACC emphasizes rapport building, positive reinforcement and home and community reintegration. Additional support includes referrals and introductions to recovery coaches or trained volunteer recovery support specialists.
Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)
Children’s Hospital – Boston
The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Boston Children’s Hospital provides national leadership in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of substance use and disorders in children and adolescents.
Adolescent Structured Outpatient Addiction Program (SOAP)
Arbour Counseling - Norwell
Program services include psychosocial evaluation, monitoring and treatment; behavioral assessment, treatment and recovery planning; group and individual counseling on substance abuse topics; aftercare and discharge planning and family therapy when necessary. The Adolescent Structured Outpatient Addiction Program (SOAP) provides community based outpatient treatment for adolescents and operates Monday – Friday from 4:30pm – 7pm.
Bay State Community Services - Quincy
Provides community based outpatient treatment for all ages. The Intensive Recovery Program for adolescents operates M/W/F from 3pm to 5pm for 4 weeks.
Hingham Wellness is an evidence-based intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) for individuals with psychiatric conditions, such as mood and anxiety disorders, along with co-occurring addictive disorders. Provides community based intensive outpatient treatment for adolescents and operates Monday – Thursday 4:30pm – 8:30pm for up to 3 months. Private pay.
Learn to Cope Support Group
Learn to Cope support groups are anonymous and membership is predominantly parents of children with addiction to prescription drugs and heroin. Their mission is to support with kindness, care, compassion and empathy. Treatment resources, meeting chapters, locations and times are available on the website.
Al-anon, (adult support) and Alateen (teen support) groups focus on coping with the effects of a family member or friends’ substance use disorder. Meeting locations and times are listed by city/town on the website.
AdCare Hospital Family Informational and Support Meetings
AdCare Outpatient - Family Informational & Support Meetings are available at the Quincy outpatient site located at 1419 Hancock Street on the first Thursday of the month at 6pm. Meetings are open to those who are concerned with the problem of alcohol or drug abuse. It is not necessary to have a family member or friend enrolled at an AdCare facility to attend.
Intervention Services – Referrals for Intervention Services for persons who are having difficulty addressing alcohol and drug use on their own can be arranged with AdCare staff specializing in the ARISE® Model of Intervention.
SMART Recovery® Family & Friends
SMART Recovery® Family & Friends Online sponsors a science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon. Volunteer Facilitators provide online meetings that provide resources and support for those affected by the addictions of a loved one. A weekly SMART Recovery® Family & Friends meeting is held at McLean Hospital – visit the website for additional information.
Grief After Substance Passing (GRASP)
GRASP was founded to help provide sources of help, compassion and understanding for families or individuals who have lost a love one as a result of addiction. Meeting locations and times are listed by city/town on the website.
Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)
617-423-6627 or 1-877-423-6627 (Toll Free)
MOAR’s mission is to organize recovering individuals, families and friends into a collective voice to educate the public about the value of recovery from alcohol and other addictions.