Resources for Massachusetts Parents

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Concerned your child has a drug addiction?

The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have teamed up to provide, free of cost, Massachusetts families with support and information to help address a child's substance use. Whether your son or daughter is a teenager living at home or a young adult living independently, Parent Specialists from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids can help.

There are three ways to access the help you need: by phone, text, or email.

Call Now or Make an Appointment to Speak with a Parent Specialist

M-F: 9am-9pm ET
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TEXT HOPEMA to 55753

Text a Parent Specialist

Receive a response
within 24-48 hours

SEND AN EMAIL

Email a Parent Specialist

Receive a response
within 24-48 hours


  • "I was treated with respect and concern. I felt listened to and validated when I placed the call to this program. I feel more empowered and less of a failure as a mother because the person taking my call understood. That in turn helps me with parenting. I am very thankful for this program."
    - Helpline caller

CONNECT WITH A PARENT SPECIALIST FROM THE PARTNERSHIP FOR DRUG-FREE KIDS

Confidential One-On-One Support for Your Family

All communications are free and confidential.

The Helpine has trained and caring master's-level specialists ready to help any parent struggling with a child's drug or alcohol use. They are here to listen, help you find answers and make an action plan. Call, connect via live chat or email to get help.


How You Can Reach Us

Learn more about what separates the Helpline services from others you may see advertised. Services made possible thanks to the generous support of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' donors.

Parent Addiction Coaching call

Call 1-844-319-5999

Call Now or Make an Appointment with a Parent Specialist
from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
M-F: 9am-9pm ET

Translators available

Parent Specialists will listen to your story – the challenges, setbacks, obstacles and myriad emotions that often go along with a child's substance use.

Given that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and each family is unique, they'll propose a personalized course of action, offering the best tools and resources to help you help your child, yourself and your family.

In case specialists are busy helping another family, please use any of the following options to reach out or schedule an appointment for a later time.

Parent Addiction Coaching phone

Text HOPEMA to 55753

Text a Parent Specialist from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Receive a response within 24-48 hours

To allow Helpline specialists to provide the best help possible,
please include as many details as possible in your message, such as:

  • Your son or daughter's age
  • The primary drug you're concerned about
  • Whether or not your child has been to or sought treatment
  • Any questions you may have

Parent Addiction Coaching email

Send an email

Email a Parent Specialist from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Receive a response within 24-48 hours

To allow Helpline specialists to provide the best help possible,
please include as many details as possible in your message, such as:

  • Your son or daughter's age
  • The primary drug you're concerned about
  • Whether or not your child has been to or sought treatment
  • Any questions you may have

If you've searched online for help or treatment for your loved one, you've likely encountered what are advertised as free treatment referral services. These services are frequently affiliated with private, for-profit treatment providers. Those providers may indeed offer reputable treatment, but it's important to be well informed before engaging with a service that could be putting someone else's bottom line above the best interests of your family. We are a nonprofit, and our services are made available for the sole purpose of helping you find the best solutions for your child and your family.

The Helpline is not a crisis hotline.

If you are in need of immediate or emergency services, please call 911 or a 24-hour crisis hotline such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the National Domestic Violence hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).


Families Can Heal

A Massachusetts father shares his experience of facing his son’s prescription drug abuse and explains that while families can be torn apart by addiction, families can also heal.

  • "You were a safety net when I felt like I was drowning. You had resources to suggest and knew just what to say. Thank you for being there." – Helpline Caller


PARENT COACHING WITH THE PARTNERSHIP FOR DRUG-FREE KIDS

Parent Addiction Coaching callIf you're interested in receiving parent coaching, begin by calling to speak with a Parent Specialist.

Call 1-844-319-5999

While expert advice can and should be an important part of seeking help for your son or daughter struggling with substance use, it can be life-changing to talk with someone who has been in your shoes.

Parent Coaching is a peer-to-peer program from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, by which a parent seeking help and perspective on their child's substance use issues is paired up with another specially-trained parent volunteer who has also traveled the path of dealing with a child's substance use. By speaking with someone who has been there and walked in their shoes, parents can learn how to stay connected to their loved one and get the support and encouragement they need and deserve.

Parent Coaching takes place on the phone -- over the course of about five calls -- during approximately a six-week period. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' volunteer Parent Coaches are trained in collaboration with the Center for Motivation and Change Foundation for Change (CMCFFC) using CMCFFC's Invitation to Change Approach, a unique mix of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. These techniques are evidence-based approaches shown to set the stage for positive outcomes. Parent Coaches are there to listen, offer ideas and reaffirm to parents that they aren't alone in this struggle.

If you're interested in receiving parent coaching, begin by connecting with a Parent Specialist. Call 1-844-319-5999.

  • "The experience was so great. I don't know if I could have made it without my parent coach. It's so different to hear from someone who's gone through it. Just an amazing relationship and an incredible experience." – Helpline Caller


Support and Guidance for Parents of Drug Addicted Children

Get the ongoing support and information you need to address your son or daughter's substance use. Click on the titles below for quick links to additional resources from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.









GENERAL MASSACHUSETTS ADDICTION AND RECOVERY INFORMATION

Publicly Funded Family Intervention Programs
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services supports a number of Family Intervention programs across the state.

Learn to Cope
Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.

NAMI Family Support Groups
Resources and support for parents of children with mental illness, including substance use.

Allies in Recovery
Free online learning platform for families whose loved one struggles with drugs or alcohol.

Addiction and Recovery Information for Massachusetts Families

Police Station "Angel" Programs
The Police-Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative began at the Gloucester Police Department. People struggling with opioid use who ask the police for help will be taken to the hospital and put into treatment, without arrest.

Naloxone (Narcan) Locator Services
At Massachusetts pharmacies, Naloxone can be obtained with or without a prescription. All Massachusetts pharmacies that are licensed from the Board of Pharmacy must always have a supply of Naloxone kits. The Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution program is also available to teach individuals how to recognize an overdose and how to administer Narcan.

Medication for Addiction Treatment
Massachusetts funds a statewide buprenorphine Helpline that assist in finding access to addiction medication near you. Call 866.414.6926 to get help. The SAMHSA Treatment locator can also be used to find Medication-Assisted Treatment practitioners.

Harm Reduction Services (Needle Exchange)
Boston Health Care for the Homeless offers medical monitoring and support for 8-10 individuals at a time via its program Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT); AHOPE Needle Exchange in Boston provides safe needle access, Naloxone access and support; and The Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program provides harm reduction services by educating those interested in the administration of Naloxone. For more Massachusetts based services, review this interactive map.

  • "I've heard from countless young people that the reason they got into recovery was because of a parent who fought for them when they couldn't figure out how to help themselves."
    - Pat A., LPC, Master Addictions Counselor

Peer Recovery Coaches
Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline offers a recovery coach program. Coaches act as role models, peers and educators to those in early recovery. A similar program is also available from Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery.

AddictionTreatment and Recovery Services in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Visit helplinema.org or call 800-327-5050.

Involuntary Hold/Commitment Laws
Section 35 (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 123) permits the courts to involuntarily commit a person whose alcohol or other drug use puts themselves or others as risk. It can lead to inpatient substance use treatment for up to 90 days. Section 35 is an option of last resort and should only be used when all other treatment options have not worked for your loved one, and they are an immediate danger to themselves or others.

Hepatitis C Testing Programs
Primary Care doctors and community health centers offer hepatitis C, HIV and STD testing as well as vaccinations for hepatitis A and B. If your loved one doesn’t have a doctor, he or she can visit one of many community testing programs around the state. If they test positive, treatment options are available.

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws
The Medical Use of Marijuana Program registers qualified patients to access marijuana for medical use. For more information on state laws and regulations pertaining to marijuana visit https://www.mass.gov/medical-use-of-marijuana-program.


About This Project

A son, daughter or other loved one’s substance use can be one of the most challenging issues that any family will ever face. Fear, uncertainty, and outdated (and unneeded) stigma can create difficulty for any family.

In collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center is proud to offer this resource to Massachusetts families.

Families concerned about their child’s substance use come in all shapes in sizes: You may be the grandparent of a young teen who isn’t using substances, but whose friends are. You may be the mom of a son who is struggling with active opioid use. You may be the dad of a daughter in recovery. Whatever substance use related challenges your family may be facing, you can start finding help and support here.

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