Massachusetts Family Resources

Services for Massachusetts Families

Publicly Funded Family Intervention Programs

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services supports a number of Family Intervention programs across the state.

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.

NAMI Family Support Groups

Resources and support for parents of children with mental illness, including substance use.

Allies in Recovery

Free online learning platform for families whose loved one struggles with drugs or alcohol.

"I've heard from countless young people that the reason they got into recovery was because of a parent who fought for them when they couldn't figure out how to help themselves."
- Pat A., LPC, Master Addictions Counselor

Helpful Information for Massachusetts Families

Police station “Angel” programs

The Police-Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative began at the Gloucester Police Department. People struggling with opioid use who ask the police for help will be taken to the hospital and put into treatment, without arrest.

Naloxone locators / services

At Massachusetts pharmacies, Naloxone can be obtained with or without a prescription. All Massachusetts pharmacies that are licensed from the Board of Pharmacy must always have a supply of Naloxone kits. The Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution program is also available to teach individuals how to recognize an overdose and how to administer Narcan.

Medication for Addiction Treatment

Massachusetts funds a statewide buprenorphine helpline that assist in finding access to addiction medication near you. Call 866.414.6926 to get help. The SAMHSA Treatment locator can also be used to find Medication-Assisted Treatment practitioners.

Harm Reduction Services (Needle Exchanges)

Boston Health Care for the Homeless offers medical monitoring and support for 8-10 individuals at a time via its program Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT); AHOPE Needle Exchange in Boston provides safe needle access, Naloxone access and support; and The Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program provides harm reduction services by educating those interested in the administration of Naloxone.

Peer Recovery Coaches

Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline offers a recovery coach program. Coaches act as role models, peers and educators to those in early recovery. A similar program is also available from Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery.

Treatment & Recovery Services in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Visit helplinema.org or call 800-327-5050.

Involuntary Hold / Commitment Laws

Section 35 (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 123) permits the courts to involuntarily commit a person whose alcohol or other drug use puts themselves or others as risk. It can lead to inpatient substance use treatment for up to 90 days. Section 35 is an option of last resort and should only be used when all other treatment options have not worked for your loved one, and they are an immediate danger to themselves or others.

Hepatitis C Testing Programs

Primary Care doctors and community health centers offer hepatitis C, HIV and STD testing as well as vaccinations for hepatitis A and B. If your loved one doesn’t have a doctor, he or she can visit one of many community testing programs around the state. If they test positive, treatment options are available.

Marijuana Laws

The Medical Use of Marijuana Program registers qualified patients to access marijuana for medical use. For more information on state laws and regulations pertaining to marijuana visit www.mass.gov.

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