Resources

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.

MASSACHUSETTS

HELPLINE 

MA SUBSTANCE ABUSE INFORMATION & EDUCATION HOTLINE 

Confidential, free resources M-F 8am-10pm, Weekend 8am-6pm 

800-327-5050 

ADVOCACY 

HEALTH LAW ADVOCATES 

Legal assistance for Substance Use Disorder Services 

888-211-6168 

MA ORGANIZATION FOR ADDICTION & RECOVERY 

Recovery advocacy group with a guide to local resources 

moar-recovery.org/resources 

SUPPORT NETWORKS 

LEARN TO COPE 

Education, resources, and peer support for family members 

learn2cope.org 

508-738-5148 

 

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

617-643-4699

massgeneral.org/psychiatry/treatments-and-services/addiction-recovery-management-service

RHODE ISLAND

HELPLINES 

RI PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER 

401-942-STOP 

SAMARITANS HELPLINE 

401-272-4044 

PREVENT OVERDOSE - RI 

401-414-5465 

CRISIS CENTER

BH LINK

975 Waterman Ave, East Providence, RI 02914

401-414-LINK (5465)

https://www.bhlink.org/

COMMUNITY RESOURCES 

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

https://teenanchor.providencecenter.org

RI CARES 

Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts 

RISAS 

Rhode Island Student Assistance Services provides evidence-based programs in schools and communities to prevent substance use and promote mental health. 

401-732-8680

 

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

401-432-7279

info@anchorlearningacademy.org

RECOVERY HOUSING 

RI CARES 

Resource center to finding recovery homes 

133 Mathewson St, Providence, RI 02903 

401-475-2960 

SUPPORT NETWORKS 

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS - RHODE ISLAND 

NAMI support groups for both individuals and families. 

401-331-3060 

OHIO

HELPLINE 

OHIO CRISIS TEXT LINE 

Connection to a trained Crisis Counselor

The number will not appear on phone bills. 

Text "4HOPE" to 741741 

RECOVERY HOUSING 

OHIO RECOVERY HOUSING
Resource center for finding recovery homes
ohiorecoveryhousing.org

614-453-5133

 

B. RILEY HOUSE
LGBTQ+ sober living facility in Cleveland
brileysoberhome.org

216-417-4831

 

SUPPORT NETWORKS
ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
Coordinates mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services
adamhscc.org

216-241-3400

 

COMMUNITY MEDICAL SERVICES
CARF-accredited substance use disorder treatment program
communitymedicalservices.org

855-203-6352

 

ONEEIGHTY
Substance abuse and addiction services
Downtown Wooster & North End Wooster: 330-264-8498
Millersburg: 330-674-1020

 

RECOVERY RESOURCES
Prevention, intervention, treatment, and supportive services
recres.org/WhatWeDo
216-431-4131

 

HOW TO DO A SIMPLE INTERVENTION

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.

HOW TO CHECK FOR SIGNS OF SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

  • 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?

 
 

For Teenagers

Young People in Recovery

youngpeopleinrecovery.org

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)

teens.drugabuse.gov

The latest science about drug use and addiction; detailed facts about specific drugs and other related topics

Alateen

al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen

With Al-Anon family groups: share experiences, strength, and hope with each other to find effective ways to cope with problems

The Seven Challenges

sevenchallenges.com

Specifically designed for counseling adolescents and young adults to help them recover from Substance Use Disorder

National Association for Children of Addiction

nacoa.org/families/just-4-teens/

NACoA focuses on supporting the children of parents struggling with Substance Use Disorder.

Eluna Network & Camp Mariposa

elunanetwork.org/camps-programs/camp-mariposa/

Camp Mariposa is an addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth affected by the substance use of a family member.

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:

 https://al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/alateen-electronic-meeting/

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

For Parents

Partnership for Drug Free Kids

drugfree.org

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)

resthelps.org

CRAFT (Community Reinforcement & Family Training) based educational meetings

Flyer for Zoom meetings here

Families Anonymous

familiesanonymous.org

12-step fellowship for the family and friends of those with drug, alcohol, or related behavioral issues

Recommended Books

  • 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

alliesinrecovery.net

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

Al-Anon

al-anon.org

Resources, support, and hope for friends and family members of alcoholics

COSA-NCADD

cosancadd.org

Prevention and recovery services, education, training, and resources around alcoholism and other drug dependency

CADCA

cadca.org

Policy work, training, news, resources, and campaigns toward creating safe, healthy, drug-free communities globally

SAMHSA

samhsa.gov

Treatment, training and other resources around substance misuse and mental health services

Drug Disposal Locator

safe.pharmacy/drug-disposal

Find safe drug disposal boxes in your area to prevent misuse of old or unused prescriptions

Naloxone (Narcan)

getnaloxonenow.org

Training and resources for learning how to respond effectively to an opioid overdose emergency

 
 

Advocacy & Prevention

Addiction Search

addictionsearch.com

Free resource for substance use, treatment and recovery

Magic Stream

magicstream.org/addict.htm

Poetry, articles, and online resources for coping with addiction and recovery

Faces & Voices of Recovery

facesandvoicesofrecovery.org

Resources, training and data toward eliminating the stigma around addiction and recovery

Fed Up!

feduprally.org

Advocacy and rallies; a coalition to end the opioid epidemic

Advocacy.jpg

Photo by Stefy Hilmer

 

Harm Reduction

National Helpline

800-662-HELP

Confidential, free, 24/7 service available in both English and Spanish: information and referrals to treatment facilities, support groups etc.

National Harm Reduction Coalition

harmreduction.org

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.

Recovery Residences

narronline.org

National database of recovery housing, plus advocacy and other information

Recovery Schools

recoveryschools.org

List and map of recovery schools across the country with links to school websites

Treatment

Alcoholics Anonymous

aa.org

International fellowship for anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem

Narcotics Anonymous

na.org

Global, community-based fellowship for people to meet regularly and help each other stay clean

Marijuana Anonymous

marijuana-anonymous.org

Fellowship for sharing experience, strength, and hope to help with overcoming marijuana addiction

Nicotine Anonymous

nicotine-anonymous.org

12-step fellowship of people helping each other lead nicotine-free lives

Women for Sobriety

womenforsobriety.org

Abstinence-based self-help program for women facing issues of alcohol or drug addiction

Smart Recovery

smartrecovery.org

​Self-Management and Recovery Training is a recovery community for those seeking a self-empowering path to recovery

You are not alone.