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Helpful Resources



Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)

BSAS oversees the statewide system of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services for individuals, families, and communities affected by gambling and substance addiction



The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline

(800) 327-5050

The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding licensed and approved substance use treatment and recovery services.  Their goal is to give you the information and treatment referrals that are right for you.  Their services are free and confidential, and they are committed to providing caring and non-judgmental support to anyone who needs help.

**Helpline hours are from 8am-10pm Mon-Fri and 8am-6pm weekends



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Congress established the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 1992 to make substance use and mental disorder information, services, and research more accessible.


SAMHSA’s National Helpline

(800) 662-HELP (4357)

TTY: (800) 487-4889

Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this lifeline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.


SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

Find alcohol, drug, or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country.


SAMHSA’s Buprenorphine Physician & Treatment Program Locator

Find information on locating physicians and treatment programs authorized to treat opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers.


SAMHSA’s Opioid Treatment Program Directory

Find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers.



National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers.  NIH’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. 

This involves:

-Ensuring the effective translation, dissemination, and implementation of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder.

-Strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, social, and behavioral mechanisms involved.



National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

(800) CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works 24/7 to protect American from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.  CDC increases the health security of our nation.  To accomplish their mission CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when those arise.



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.  The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.


Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)

(617) 423-6627

(877) 423-6627 (toll free)

Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)’s mission is to organize recovering individuals, families and friends into a collective voice to educate the public about the value or recovery from alcohol and other addictions.



Learn to Cope

(508) 738-5148

Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.



Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.  It is a nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere.  There are not age or education requirements.  Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.


Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership.  NA was founded in 1953, and members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries today. 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 addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle



Families Anonymous

(800) 736-9805

Families Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior or someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. 




Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By applying the Al-Anon principles and sharing common experiences, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.



Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.  By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations.


Al-Anon Family Groups of MA

(508) 366-0556

or email

Meetings every Wednesday night from 7:30 to 8:45pm in the church basement at St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill Street, Reading, MA 01867.





Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of their addiction. At Nar-Anon family groups, members share their experiences, strength, and hope.



Narateen is designed for teen Nar-Anon members.  Teens can find support from other teens at Narateen as well as share experience, strength and hope.




Institute for Health & Recovery

(617) 661-3991

(866) 705-2807 (toll free)

Institute for Health & Recovery offers behavioral health services for adults, youth, and families struggling with substance use or mental health issues.  IHR’s mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for families, individuals, youth and pregnant and parenting women affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges as well as other health issues.




Greif Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP)

Greif Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP) was created to offer understanding, compassion, and support for those who have lost someone they love through addiction and overdose.  Meetings are held throughout the United States and parts of Canada.




Center on Addiction

(formerly known as the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse- CASA)

Center of Addiction focuses on alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and addiction, and assembles the skills needed to assess the impact of all addictive substance in all sectors of society.


Right Turn

(781) 646-3800

Right Turn’s mission is to transform lives impacted by addiction with creative arts therapies and proven, evidence-based, comprehensive and personalized behavioral healthcare.  Right Turn does more than treat the substance use disorder; they understand the complexity of co-occurring disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and other underlying mental health and psychological issues. Right Turn also offers support groups and an array of services to educate family members about addiction and mental health.



Faces & Voices of Recovery

Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery. 



Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is committed to helping families whose child is struggling with substance abuse.  They empower families with information, support and guidance to get the help their loved one needs, and advocate for greater understanding and more effective programs to treat the disease of addiction.

Parents Toll-Free Helpline

(855) DRUGFREE (855-378-4373)

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Parents Toll-Free Helpline provides support and helps parents whose children are misusing drugs or alcohol take effective action to support their loved one.

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