Finding free addiction treatment resources can be challenging and time-consuming. Below is a comprehensive list of free addiction treatment resources in the state of Massachusetts.
How to Start Your Search for Free Treatment Resources and Programs
Given the large variety of information on the internet, it can be extremely challenging to sort through what is relevant to you and your specific treatment needs. The best way to start your search for free treatment resources and programs is by checking out the information below.
State-funded programs are a great option for someone who cannot financially afford to enroll in private programs. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services oversees publicly funded programs based on mental health services for people who live in Massachusetts and are suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders. Massachusetts provides an Emergency Service Program Mobile Crisis Intervention for people who are suffering from mental health or substance use disorder crises. The phone number you can call at any time, toll-free is 1-877-382-1609. Make sure you have something to write with and on because you will be instructed to enter your zip code and then you will be provided with another phone number of the closest Emergency Services Program/ Mobile Crisis Intervention that serves you. This program provides you with crisis assessment intervention and stabilization services.
Local meetings can be a great source of support for someone working to overcome an addiction. In Massachusetts, there are tons of local meetings for Alcoholics Anonymousand many other 12-step programs.
Find Support Locally
The Executive Office of Health and Human Servicesin Massachusetts provides a plethora of mental health resources for people who are living in Massachusetts and are suffering from a mental illness. By clicking on the link above you will be directed to the Mental Health & Substance Misuse page. This website provides services and information to help you if you are in need of mental health assistance or substance misuse counseling. At the bottom there will be various links to take you to emergency crisis services, child, youth, and family services, adult community clinical services, substance use prevention, and more. If you are interested in applying for DMH services click on the link that says “Apply for DMH services.” You will be directed to a page with contact information, 24-hour emergency/crisis services phone number, and other information to help you get in contact with someone who can help you find support locally.
Local AA Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is a 12-step program for men and women who have a drinking problem, supporting each other to overcome their addiction. You can find a comprehensive list of local A.A. meetings through visiting Massachusetts A.A. Meetings.
If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will be provided with a list of ALcoholics anonymous Meetings in Massachusetts and their contact information.
Local NA Meetings
Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) is a 12-step program designed to help people who are addicted to narcotic drugs stop using drugs and find new ways of living. You can find a comprehensive list of
Massachusetts N.A. Meetingsthrough visiting the link provided. Click on the city closest to you to see a list of local N.A. meetings. Then, click on the location you wish to attend. The link will take you to a 24-hour addiction helpline in your area that will allow you to speak with a placement specialist. It will also provide the name of the location, address, meeting time, and contact phone number.
Faith-based meetings in Massachusetts help those who are struggling with their addiction find relief while supporting and strengthening their faith.
Other Options/Paid Options
10,000 Bedsis a scholarship that is geared towards awarding 250 addiction treatment scholarships each year to individuals who are in need of addiction treatment. You can apply for this scholarship by clicking on the link above.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)provides funding opportunities and grants to help people afford their substance abuse treatment. You can apply for one of these grants by following the prompts in the link above.
Medicareis a federally funded form of health insurance for people who are over 65 and or under 65 but have certain disabilities. Medicare is affordable health insurance that offers various plan options to best fit your needs. To find an affordable Medicare plan in Massachusetts click on the link above and enter your zip code.
Medicaidis a state and federally funded form of health insurance for people who are pregnant, disabled, or low income. Participants pay little to nothing for coverage. To check your eligibility and apply click on the website provided above.
Tricareis health insurance for military members and their families. Tricare covers substance use disorder treatments and is a great option for members of the military and their families to seek treatment for their addictions.
Not all insurance policies will cover all the necessary treatment services needed for a person to recover from their addiction. One option is to take out a loan to help pay for addiction recovery. A home equity loan is a loan that uses your home as collateral. These are considered low-risk and have favorable interest rates.
Private loans are sometimes catered specifically to those seeking finance for addiction treatment. These private companies offer affordable rates that take into account a person's treatment needs and recovery timelines.
Personal loans are another option. Personal loans are taken directly from a person’s bank account and are based on their credit history and other assets.
12-Step programs and non-religious
Secular Alcoholics Anonymousis like the 12 step A.A. program but without the Christian aspect to it. It is an agnostic version of the traditional A.A. program.
Cocaine Anonymousis a 12 step program for individuals wishing to overcome their cocaine addiction. Follow the prompts on the website to find local C.A. meetings near you. Due to Covid-19, all the Massachusetts meetings are canceled until further notice, but they have some online meetings instead.
Dual Recovery Anonymous
Dual Recovery Anonymousis a 12 step program to help people manage their dual diagnosis. The goal is to help those who are experiencing dual illnesses. This program is for people who are chemically dependent and suffering from emotional or psychiatric illness. It helps them recover from both their substance abuse and emotional or psychiatric illness by focusing on relapse prevention and improving their quality of life.
Smart Recoveryis an alternative to 12-step programs. This program uses cognitive therapy to change behaviors that trigger substance abuse. Click on the link above to find a program in your area.
Al-Anonis a group for family and friends of alcoholics to help them recover from the effects of living with a loved one who has a drinking problem. The link provided above will take you to a list of local meetings in the state of Massachusettes.
Nar-anonis a meeting for friends and family of addicts and recovering addicts. If you click on the link provided it will take you to their website where you can type in your location and it will populate local Nar-anon meetings.
Families Anonymousis a 12 step fellowship program for the family and friends of individuals with drug or alcohol issues. To find a location near you click on the link provided.
Recovery Advice When Money Is Scarce
Even if you are low on money, recovering from your drug addiction should be a priority. A lot of the 12 step programs that you can attend to aid in your recovery are volunteer lead and should be free. Many health insurance policies will cover some of your addiction treatment because the
Affordable Care Act (ACA)lists addiction as one of the 10 essential health benefits that are required to be covered similarly to other medical and surgical needs. Also, friends and family can be a source to borrow money from if you are having difficulty getting a loan or insurance is not covering enough.
Online Self-Help Forums
Smart Recovery Online
Smart Recovery Online(SROL) is an online community that offers daily online meetings, message boards, and a 24/7 live chat to help people overcome addiction. You can see a list of online meetings and register to attend them by clicking on the link above and following the prompts.
Self Recoveryis a private online addiction recovery program. This is a great option for those who have hectic schedules, family obligations, tight budgets, and fear judgment from others. This program enables the user to explore the causes of their addiction. You can enroll in their classes by clicking on the link above and following the prompts.
Life Process Program
Life Process Programis an online recovery service for drug and alcohol addiction. The program is an alternative to AA and other 12-step programs. It is self-paced and puts you in control of your recovery. This program is broken down into 8 online modules that consist of video files, reading materials, and exercises relevant to the topic of that module. You can register for this program by clicking on the link above and following the prompts.
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- Covered Services. Tricare.
- DRA Meetings in Massachusetts. Dual Recovery Anonymous.
- Families Anonymous. Families Anonymous.
- Find a Meeting- Nar-Anon. Nar-Anon.
- Funding opportunities. SAMHSA.
- Graykin Addiction Support. bmc.org
- Health benefits & coverage. HealthCare.gov.
- Local Meetings. Smart Recovery.
- Massachusetts A.A. Meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Massachusetts MassHealth (Medicaid). benefits.gov.
- Massachusetts Meetings. Secular Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Medicare. Massachusetts Medicare Plans.
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coverage. Healthcare.gov.
- Mental Health & Substance Misuse. Mass.gov.
- Meetings- United States. Cocaine Anonymous.
- Massachusetts NA Meetings. Drug Strategies.
- Al-Anon Meetings. Al-Anon.
- Online Program for Addiction Recovery. Life Process Program.
- Self Recovery- Online. Self Recovery.
- Substance Abuse and the Affordable Care Act. Office of National Drug Control Policy.