The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is committed to helping parents keep their children healthy. That is why we have created a video based on what works in the prevention of alcohol and other drug use. Clicking below will show you some steps other parents have taken to protect their children from injury:
You can also find brief youth-parent sketches to give you tools to help prevent underage drinking, prescription drug misuse and other drug use by visiting www.massclearinghouse.ehs.state.ma.us/category/ALCH.html.
The Strengthening Families DVD can be ordered at no charge. Other Resources can be downloaded or requested in bulk such as:
How to Find Help for Your Child:
The following professionals can direct you to services that will help you help your child.
- Health care professionals can assess your child's health
- School social workers, guidance counselors, and substance abuse counselors can guide you to services
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers resources to help answer your questions, and find treatment in your community. Assistance is available even if you don't have insurance.
The Institute for Health and Recovery
This service helps families of youth with substance abuse issues access publicly funded residential and other services offered by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS). Through a process of screening, assessment, and referral, families can establish and access appropriate care for their adolescents and receive support throughout the process.
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (English and Spanish)
The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline
The Helpline provides free and confidential information and referral for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns. The Helpline is staffed 7 days a week. This service helps people of all ages, and assistance is available in multiple languages.
Phone toll free: 1-800-327-5050
The Helpline website contains an interactive program that helps you identify services in your area.
Suboxone (Buprenorphine) Hotline, Office Based Opioid Treatment Program (OBOT) at Boston Medical Center:
The Hotline can make referrals and offer information on opiate and heroin treatment available in Doctors' offices statewide. Information regarding treatment options is available for both adolescents and adults:
Phone: 1-866-414-6926 or 1-617-414-6926
Brainline.org: Has information on getting help for someone with traumatic brain injury and substance use disorder:
Mass. Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services:
Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts
Brain Injury Help Line: 1-800-242-0030
This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.