Hotlines and Helplines
211 24/7 Massachusetts hotline with real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages. Dial 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone.
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Access Locate openings in mental health and substance use disorder services.
Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline Statewide, public resource for finding licensed and approved substance use treatment and recovery services. Call 800.327.5050 to get help, 8am-10pm Mon-Fri and 8am-6pm weekends.
Network of Care Massachusetts New statewide comprehensive and searchable directory with information about more than 5,000 mental health, substance use and social service resources including program description, contact information, populations served, eligibility and fee information.
Veterans Crisis Line Free, confidential resource for Veterans in crisis and their families and friends, including Veterans not registered with the VA. Dial 800.273.8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone, or text 838255 to connect with a qualified VA responder.
SAMHSA COVID-19 Resources and Information The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country.
Resources for Self-Care
Hazelden Betty Ford: Tips for Staying Connected and Safeguarding Your Addiction Recovery.
SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak.
Shatterproof: How I’m Coping with COVID-19 and Social Isolation as a Person in Long-Term Recovery.
WHO: Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak.
Resources for Caregivers
Learn to Cope Online support forum open to families, friends and loved ones who have someone in their lives who is struggling with addiction.
Allies in Recovery Online support for families dealing with a loved one’s addiction, using the evidence-based CRAFT method (Community Reinforcement and Family Training); free for Massachusetts residents.
Al-Anon Family Groups Electronic meetings for anyone affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend.
Resources for Providers
SAMHSA has shared COVID-19 Guidance for Opioid Treatment Programs. In addition, they have released Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation
COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders According to the National Institute on Drugs (NIDA), because the coronavirus attacks the lungs it is a serious threat to those who smoke tobacco, marijuana or who vape. People with opioid use disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine use disorder may also be vulnerable due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. Learn more here.
Online Support Groups & Recovery Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup Directory of online audio/video meetings 7 days per week.
SMART Recovery Online community where participants help one another recover from addictive behaviors.
WEconnect and Unity Recovery Free online daily all recovery meetings.
Narcotics Anonymous Online meetings in various time zones using multiple platforms.
Herren Project Live online support groups and recovery meetings, moderated by trained clinicians.
In The Rooms Free weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues.
Resources for People Who Use Substances
Yale University Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19.
Harm Reduction Coalition: COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Programs
*Sources: Massachusetts Trial Courts, Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, Partners HealthCare