Substance & Recovery Support - Western Mass Young Adult Resource Guide

Department of Mental Health Western Mass. Young Adult Resource Guide - Substance Use & Recovery Support

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Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline

The only statewide, public resource for finding licensed and approved substance use treatment and recovery services. Our goal is to give you the information and treatment referrals that are right for you. We refer to hundreds of treatment services funded or licensed by the MA Department of Public Health. We don’t sell anything and we don’t operate any treatment programs.  Our services are free and confidential, and we are committed to providing caring and non-judgmental support to anyone who needs help. Trained Helpline Specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options.  Anyone can use the Helpline, whether you’re struggling with substance use or care about someone who is. When you call or use the website, the Helpline will:

  • Assess your needs with simple questions
  • Provide referrals to treatment and recovery services
  • Help you access treatment
  • Answer your questions about addiction, treatment, and recovery

Learn more:

Massachusetts Substance Ue Helpline: 1 (800) 327-5050

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Program

The Quitline offers free programs and services, for youth and adults including two the Menthol Incentive program, and the Behavioral Health program. You can opt in for automated text messages designed for your age group and tailored by type of tobacco use and readiness to change for anytime support or countdown to quit.

Learn more: 

Text “Start My Quit” to 36072 or call 1-800-Quit-Now.

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) oversees the substance abuse and gambling prevention and treatment services in the Commonwealth. Responsibilities include: licensing programs and counselors; funding and monitoring prevention and treatment services; providing access to treatment for the indigent and uninsured; developing and implementing policies and programs; and tracking substance abuse trends in the state.


Phone: (800)-662-4357

Massachusetts Youth and Young Adult Substance Abuse Services Directory

This directory provides information on finding the right treatment, youth residential treatment programs, youth stabilization and detoxification units, recovery homes and high schools, and other resources. To access this directory, please visit  and click on the “Resource Guides” tab.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA's mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. NIDA’s website provides information on many drugs that are typically abused as well as information on related topics, fact sheets, and publications.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

(SAMHSA): Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator The Locator includes more than 11,000 addiction treatment programs, including residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment programs, and hospital inpatient programs for drug addiction and alcoholism. To find a substance abuse treatment program near you, visit the above link.

Once on the website, click on Massachusetts (MA) on the map, and then enter your city or zip code to find the programs nearest you.

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline The Helpline is a Massachusetts resource providing free and anonymous information and referral for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns. The Helpline is committed to linking consumers with comprehensive, accurate, and current information about treatment and prevention services throughout Massachusetts. Information on over 600 programs can be accessed through the Helpline website or visitors may call the Helpline 24 hours a day, every day, to talk with a referral specialist. Helpline services are anonymous and free. Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline: 1-800-327-5050

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; they are self-supporting through their own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution.

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Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts around the world. They focus on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. N.A.’s message is broad enough to attract addicts from any social class or nationality. When new members come to meetings, the N.A.’s sole interest is in that person’s desire for freedom from active addiction and how they can be of help.

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Recovery High Schools

Recovery High Schools (RHS) are public, regional programs, currently operated by a school district or educational collaborative for Massachusetts students ages 14-21 in recovery from a substance use disorder or dependency. The RHS programs offer an alternative education option where students can engage in a process of change and focus on their health and wellbeing while still working towards their high school diploma. 

Learn more about Recovery High Schools:

Liberty Prep, Springfield:

Residential Recovery Homes

The Impact Center

We are a safe, welcoming, peer-led center for young adults age 16-24 who are looking to connect to resources in the community. We help youth connect to community services including mental health, recovery support, housing, resume building and job opportunities. The Impact Center is a program of the Gándara Center and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and the Department of Public Health.      

  • 41 Taylor Street, Springfield, MA 01103
  • Phone: (413) 654-1566
  • Hours: Monday - Friday* 10am - 5pm*CLOSED on the last Friday of every month.


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