Substance Abuse Prevention

  • Community Resources

    Pembroke Hospital
    199 Oak Street
    Pembroke, MA 02359
    Intake Dept: 800-222-2237 OR 617-390-1320

    McLean Hospital
    ART Program (Acute Residential Treatment) – an intensive short-term treatment program in Middleborough for adolescents ages 13-19, with emotional and behavioral difficulties often complicated by alcohol and drug use.

    State Resources

    Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline

    The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)

    Other Resources

    Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline
    Caron Treatment Centers
    Learn to Cope
    Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative (PYDC)

    Signs that you or someone you know may have a drug or alcohol addiction (from

    Psychological signals:

    • Use of drugs or alcohol as a way to forget problems or relax
    • Withdrawal or keeping secrets from family and friends
    • Loss of interest in activities that used to be important
    • Problems with schoolwork, such as slipping grades or absences
    • Changes in friendships, such as hanging out only with friends who use drugs
    • Spending a lot of time figuring out how to get drugs
    • Failed attempts to stop taking drugs or drinking
    • Anxiety, anger or depression
    • Mood swings

    Physical signals:

    • Changes in sleeping habits
    • Feeling shaky or sick when trying to stop
    • Needing to take more of the substance to get the same effect
    • Changes in eating habits, including weight loss or gain

    Choosing a Treatment Center (from

    If you or someone you care for is experiencing difficulties due to their alcohol and/or other drug use, here are some questions to consider when selecting a service or treatment program:

    • Does the provider or program accept your health insurance? If not, will they work with you on a payment plan, have a sliding scale, or find other means of payment for you?
    • Is the program state licensed, and are staff licensed professionals trained in addiction treatment?
    • Does the program offer a full range of services needed to support an individuals recovery process, including help for substance abuse and mental health problems if applicable?
    • Does the program provide treatment services that are appropriate and sensitive to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, culture, and physical abilities?
    • Will there be ongoing assessment of an individual's treatment plan to ensure that it meets their changing needs?
    • Are services or referrals offered to family members to support their understanding of addiction and the recovery process? How does it help guide them in supporting the recovering individual?

    Be especially scrutinizing as you identify a program that meets your specific needs.

    Call 800-327-5050 to speak with a trained referral specialist from the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline.