If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, reach out to someone you trust
and utilize the resources below. You are not alone.
MA SUBSTANCE ABUSE INFORMATION & EDUCATION HOTLINE
Confidential, free resources M-F 8am-10pm, Weekend 8am-6pm
MA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HELP LINE
Confidential, free resources available 24/7
Call or text: 833-773-2445
HEALTH LAW ADVOCATES
Legal assistance for Substance Use Disorder Services
MA ORGANIZATION FOR ADDICTION & RECOVERY
Recovery advocacy group with a guide to local resources
LEARN TO COPE
Education, resources, and peer support for family members
PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS WITH RECOVERY PROGRAMS
Independence Academy - Brockton, MA
Liberty Preperatory Academy - Springfield, MA
Northshore Recovery High School - Beverly, MA
Ostiguy Recovery High School - Boston, MA
Rockdale Recovery High School - Worcester, MA
ADDICTION RECOVERY MANAGEMENT SERVICES (ARMS)
Massachusetts General Hospital - Boston, MA
NETWORK OF CARE
MA ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH
An online directory to help MA residents find information on behavioral health services and treatment
RI PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER
PREVENT OVERDOSE - RI
975 Waterman Ave, East Providence, RI 02914
JIM GILLEN TEEN CENTER
A non-clinical, peer based program, where youth can find a safe and substance free space to build community and develop a network of support
1280 North Main St, Providence, RI 02904
Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts
Rhode Island Student Assistance Services provides evidence-based programs in schools and communities to prevent substance use and promote mental health.
Some Rhode Island schools and organizations may have a specific counselor or program tied to RISAS.
RECOVERY HIGH SCHOOL
ANCHOR LEARNING ACADEMY
520 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906
Resource center to finding recovery homes
133 Mathewson St, Providence, RI 02903
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS - RHODE ISLAND
NAMI support groups for both individuals and families.
OHIO CRISIS TEXT LINE
Connection to a trained Crisis Counselor
The number will not appear on phone bills.
Text "4HOPE" to 741741
OHIO RECOVERY HOUSING
Resource center for finding recovery homes
B. RILEY HOUSE
LGBTQ+ sober living facility in Cleveland
ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
Coordinates mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services
COMMUNITY MEDICAL SERVICES
CARF-accredited substance use disorder treatment program
Substance abuse and addiction services
Downtown Wooster & North End Wooster: 330-264-8498
Prevention, intervention, treatment, and supportive services
How To Start
A Conversation with
Someone You Love
1. Pick your time and place.
Pick a setting where you and your friend both feel safe and supported.
2. Have the conversation.
Express concern, appreciation and caring. Don't make them feel judged.
Mention specific behaviors you've noticed and why they worry you.
Share personal connection to the issue, if relevant.
3. Extend support.
Offer to connect your friend with resources in the community.
If you have an article, book, etc. with information about addiction, offer it.
4. Ask for help.
You don't have to do this alone. Tell someone you trust about this conversation, and help your friend together.
Questions To Ask If You’re Concerned About Your Substance Use
Have you ever decided to stop drinking or using other drugs, but found you couldn't?
Has your alcohol, or other drug, use caused problems at home?
Do you drink or use other substances to lose shyness, gain self-confidence or cope with your mental health and emotions?
Do you ever have blackouts and/or hangovers?
Do you prefer to use alcohol or other drugs when you're alone?
Do you ever drink, or use other drugs excessively at a party because you're afraid you won't have enough?
Are your studies or work ever negatively affected by your use of alcohol or other drugs? Do you find yourself wanting to use alcohol or other drugs during your work or school day?
Do you ever get annoyed about classes or lectures about drug awareness?
Have you ever lost someone you love because of alcohol or other drug use?
Young People in Recovery
Life skills, peer supports and resources to help people recover from Substance Use Disorder and reach their full potential
National Institute on Drug Abuse (for teens)
The latest science about drug use and addiction; detailed facts about specific drugs and other related topics
With Al-Anon family groups: share experiences, strength, and hope with each other to find effective ways to cope with problems
The Seven Challenges
Specifically designed for counseling adolescents and young adults to help them recover from Substance Use Disorder
National Association for Children of Addiction
NACoA focuses on supporting the children of parents struggling with Substance Use Disorder.
Eluna Network & Camp Mariposa
Camp Mariposa is an addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth affected by the substance use of a family member.
NACoA: “Does Your Mom or Dad Drink Too Much?”
NACoA: “Alcohol and Substance Use Hurts Everyone in the Family"
NACoA: “Gratitude: Not Just for Thanksgiving. How to foster everyday gratitude in children living with parental addiction”:
AlaTeen has virtual meetings and a mobile chat feature specifically for teens aged 13 to 18 who have been affected by someone else’s drinking or substance use. Here’s the meeting link:
Frequently Asked Questions by Teens: https://al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/teen-faq/
AlaTeen Literature: https://al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/alateen-literature/
Teen Corner page with resources and blogs entries written by teens coping with alcoholism and substance use in their family: https://al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/
"Growing Up with the Family Disease of Alcoholism” Playlist: https://al-anon.org/blog/the-impacts-of-growing-up-with-the-family-disease-of-alcoholism/
For very young children, Sesame Street came out with a wonderful series for kids who have a parent in active addiction — to help them understand that it is not their fault. https://youtu.be/0sjZ8ngKDHI
Partnership for Drug Free Kids
Direct support for preventing and coping with teen drug and alcohol misuse; translates science of teen drug use and addiction for families
REST (Resources Education Support Together)
CRAFT (Community Reinforcement & Family Training) based educational meetings
Flyer for Zoom meetings here
12-step fellowship for the family and friends of those with drug, alcohol, or related behavioral issues
Beyond Addiction by Jeffrey Foote
Get Your Loved One Sober by Bob Meyers
Coming to Harm Reduction Kicking and Screaming by Dee Dee Stout
Allies in Recovery/CRAFT
Support for family members of those struggling with substance use to reduce substance use, get the loved one into treatment, and improve everyone's well-being
*To register for free, use the 2nd Act zip code (02205) and State of Massachusetts as sponsoring organization
For Community Members
Prevention and recovery services, education, training, and resources around alcoholism and other drug dependency
Policy work, training, news, resources, and campaigns toward creating safe, healthy, drug-free communities globally
Treatment, training and other resources around substance misuse and mental health services
Drug Disposal Locator
Find safe drug disposal boxes in your area to prevent misuse of old or unused prescriptions
Training and resources for learning how to respond effectively to an opioid overdose emergency
Advocacy & Prevention
Free resource for substance use, treatment and recovery
Faces & Voices of Recovery
Resources, training and data toward eliminating the stigma around addiction and recovery
Poetry, articles, and online resources for coping with addiction and recovery
Advocacy and rallies; a coalition to end the opioid epidemic
Confidential, free, 24/7 service available in both English and Spanish: information and referrals to treatment facilities, support groups etc.
National Harm Reduction Coalition
National Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces for dialogue and action that helps heal the harms caused by racialized drug policies. Naloxone sites and more can be found through their website.
National database of recovery housing, plus advocacy and other information
List and map of recovery schools across the country with links to school websites
International fellowship for anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem
Global, community-based fellowship for people to meet regularly and help each other stay clean
Fellowship for sharing experience, strength, and hope to help with overcoming marijuana addiction
12-step fellowship of people helping each other lead nicotine-free lives
Women for Sobriety
Abstinence-based self-help program for women facing issues of alcohol or drug addiction
Self-Management and Recovery Training is a recovery community for those seeking a self-empowering path to recovery