Substance Abuse Assistance

Resources for Substance Abuse Education, Information & Support.

If you suspect someone has overdosed please call 911.


Recognizing an Opiate Overdose
The person will not wake up.  No response to yelling, blue lips or fingernails. Clammy, cool skin.  Shallow, slow breathing.  Seizures of convulsions.  No response to knuckles being rubbed or on breast bone.

Overdose Risk Factors.
Using alone.  Surviving a past overdose.  Mixing drugs such as opioids, benzos, and alcohol.  Change in drug purity.  Weight loss, health issues or a period of non-use.

For Treatment.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association).
Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Hotline:
phone: 800-327-5050 tty: 888-448-8321
MOAR(Mass Organization of Addiction Recovery).

Support for Family & Friends.
Learn to Cope:
508-801-3247
Nasal Narcan Responder Training:
800-327-5050
Al-Anon/Alateen: Massachusetts
508-366-0556
Alanon:
888-425-2666
Families Anonymous.
The Addict's Mom.
Drug Free.
Wicked Sober.

For Information of M.G.L. Chapter 123-Sec 35 
(Involuntary Commitment)
Section 35 or contact your local district court Civil Clerks Office.

Recommended Reading.
Addict in the Family by Beverly Conyers.
It's Not Okey to Be a Cannibal: How to Keep Addiction from Eating your Family Alive by Andrew T. Wainwright.
Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction & Recovery by William Cope Moyers.

Inpatient Detox/Treatment:
Lahey Health Behavioral Services Treatment Centers
Also offers some outpatient services.
Tewksbury at State Hospital - 978-259-7000
Danvers - 978-777-2121
Boston - 617-247-1001
AdCare Hospital
(Door to door transportation provided)
Boston: 617-227-2622
Worcester: 800-345-3552 or 800-252-6465
Community Healthlink Inc
(Transportation from local train station)
508-860-1200
Institute for Health & Recovery
(Intake for multiple inpatient services for adolescents and families with children).
617-661-3991
Spectrum Health Systems
(Transportation from local train station)
800-366-7732
Dimock Detox
617-442-8800 Extension 1320
SSTAR
(Also provides services for pregnant women)
800-937-3610 or 508-324-7763

Outpatient Detox/Treatment
CleanSlate Centers
800-NEW-START
AdCare Hospital
(Door to door transportation provided)
Boston: 617-227-2622
Worcester: 800-345-3552 or 800-252-6465
Spectrum Health Systems
(Transportation from local train station)
800-366-7732
Caritas NORCAP
(Also has inpatient services)
800-331-2900
Veterans Center
(Also has inpatient services & provides door to door transportation)
781-687-2347
Urgent Care - 781-687-9700

Community Support