Department of Mental Health Young Adult Resource Guide Substance Abuse Resources

Department of Mental Health Young Adult Resource Guide - Substance Abuse

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Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line

The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line (BHHL) is here to connect you directly to clinical help, when and where you need it. Even if you’re not sure what kind of help or treatment you may need, we can help guide you.

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

Department of Public Health 250 Washington Street Boston, MA 02108

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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.
  • To find an A.A. meeting near you, visit the above link, click on the “How to Find A.A. Meetings” tab, and then visit the “Local Resources that provide A.A. Meeting Information” section and click on your state.

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
  • To find an N.A. meeting near you, visit the above link and click on the “Find a Meeting” section and select one of the options.

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