Substance Use & Recovery

Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. In many cases, this leads to relationship and financial problems, and potentially a fast decline in quality of life. This page features resources that you can explore anonymously if you, or a family member, is contemplating recovery.

Watch the videos below to learn more about understanding substance use and to discover treatment options.  You will also find resources and support for family members whose lives are impacted by a member of the household .


Massachusetts Substance Abuse Help Line

The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment, recovery, and problem gambling services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Trained Specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options. Available 24/7, 7 days a week at 800.327.5050. Visit their website below.

Visit the MA Helpline Website

SAMHSA National Helpline

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service 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. 800.662.HELP(4357)

Visit the National Helpline Website

Make the Connection

Watch Veterans and their family members share real stories of strength and recovery, find useful information and local mental health resources, and explore ways to show your support.

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Resources for Family Members

Learn to Cope

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.

The organization has grown to include over 10,000 members, and has become a nationally recognized model for peer support and prevention programming.

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Allies in Recovery

Allies in Recovery is a web-based program that focuses on educating family members and loved ones affected by substance use disorders. It provides comprehensive and useful trainings on a variety of topics using the principles of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). Allies in Recovery offers education, tools, and a support network to help family members and loved ones.

The state of Massachusetts has purchased memberships to Allies in Recovery. Membership is FREE to any resident of Massachusetts. You will need a Massachusetts promo code to complete this registration, send an email to: info@alliesinrecovery.net to receive the code.

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