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Resources to support:

  • Skill development for individuals and organizations providing prevention, treatment and recovery services.
  • People experiencing addiction, their families, and their friends.
Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA)

The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) is a developmentally appropriate treatment for youth and young adults (12-24 years old) with substance misuse or substance use disorders.  A-CRA is an evidence based treatment developed by Chestnut Health Systems.The brief treatment model can be delivered in outpatient clinics, community... Read More

The American Psychiatric Association has created a new poster to help enforce the parity law and end discrimination. The poster clearly and simply explains the law and the steps to take when a violation is suspected. “Fair Insurance Coverage: It’s the Law.” Download the poster.

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 ASAM’s Practice Improvement and Performance Measurement Action Group Performance Panel submitted this report to the ASAM Board of Directors with the goal of the performance measures being adopted by the organizations that address population health as well as the health status of individual patients and the health care services rendered to patients. This would help addiction medicine become more relevant within the broader... Read More

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a professional society representing physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.  The resources on this... Read More

This guide is designed to help individuals, their families and friends, understand what to expect from Opioid Treatment. It is available to look at online, or to order in print format.

The Division on Addiction at the Cambridge Health Alliance, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has created the Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS), a virtual institute to advance addiction science, and addiction-related education and clinical services.  BASIS provides a forum for the free exchange of information related to addiction, and public access to the latest scientific developments and... Read More

The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services actively promotes practice improvement in prevention, treatment and recovery systems of care. To that end, BSAS has articulated a set of principles which inform practice. BSAS publishes Practice Guidance papers, built on these principles, which describe best practices as well as why and how practice in specific areas can be improved. These are intended to be used by BSAS substance abuse... Read More

This toolkit is designed for provider organizations in the addictions field, their executives, managers and human resources staff. It includes practical resources and information to guide and assist providers as they face workforce issues associated with substance use, misuse and recovery among employees.

Are you finding it difficult to stop using? If you've thought about cutting down or stopping, this site can help. If you are using narcotics, prescription pain medications, heroin, or any other opioid drug, this site has information about some of your treatment options and ways to locate a provider who can help.

There are a number of ways this tool can be used in practice to assist providers and patients to exchange information, engage in person-centered treatment planning, and support informed decision-making about personal treatment and recovery.

The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center (BMC) has designed a set of tools and resources to support organizations in understanding and addressing substance use disorders (SUDs).

The library is organized in five sections, including tips on engaging your entire organization, ways to educate managers, and sample policies and practices. There are 25 downloadable tools to support making strategy... Read More

The Family Engagement Inventory (FEI) is designed to assist professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, early education, and education to learn how family engagement is defined and implemented across these fields of practice. 

Family Members and Friends of People Experiencing Addiction

If you need advice and support on where to turn, there are many options.

Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.

Hazelden, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, helps individuals, families, and communities struggling with alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and drug addiction at all stages of the treatment and recovery process.

Join Together is a news aggregation service from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids that provides daily or breaking substance abuse and addiction news.

The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (JSAT) features original research, systematic reviews and reports on meta-analyses and, with editorial approval, special articles on the assessment and treatment of substance use and addictive disorders, including alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs, and nicotine. JSAT values high quality empirical research that is relevant for translation by treatment practitioners from all... Read More

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is a private, non-profit health agency dedicated to reducing the social, financial, and emotional costs of problem gambling.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Addiction Services provides links to look up licensed programs and counselors for treatment and prevention of substance use and addictions.

The Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) has a mission to organize recovering individuals, families and friends into a collective voice to educate the public about the value of recovery from alcohol and other addictions.

The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MASSTAPP) supports communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in addressing substance abuse prevention, offering technical assistance, capacity building, and resources to Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)-funded programs and other communities across the state.

This toolkit provides guidance in regards to the medical, psychological and social needs of pregnant women with opioid use disorders thereby improving maternal and newborn health outcomes. It has been developed to help maternal health providers advance the clinical interventions by offering screening, treatment engagement and coordinated care throughout the pregnancy and post-delivery.

This resource provides regularly-updated links related to: Understanding Addiction; Opioid Overdose; Opioid Drugs; Medications to Treat Opioid Addiciton; Opioid Prescribing; Pregnancy, Opioid use and NAS; Recovery; Data, Trends and Stats; and NLM Resource searches.

Introducing Boston Medical Center’s NEW Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) website! At, visitors can learn about the OBAT Nurse Care Manager Model developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), access free resources, and find out about the training and technical assistance offered by OBAT TTA to health care and social services providers looking to enhance their capacity to work... Read More

People Experiencing Addiction

Do you think you might have a problem with alcohol or other drugs (including tobacco)? Are you engaging in behavior that might be putting you or people you care about at risk for physical or emotional harm? Are you having problems in your social, work, or home life that you think might be related to your use of alcohol, other drugs, gambling, or taking risks?

There are many resources for anyone who wants to learn more... Read More

The Recovery Research Institute's aim is to present the evidence about addiction recovery and how you can achieve it on your own, by engaging with communities that support recovery, or by seeking treatment.

The mission of the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is to improve behavioral health through evidence-based prevention approaches.

The mission of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is to promote community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services for individuals and families in every community. CSAT provides national leadership to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high quality, effective treatment and recovery services.

This Quick Guide is based on TIP 52, "Clinical Supervison and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor."  It offers tips for clinical supervision in the substance abuse treatment field, and covers functions of a clinical supervisor, developmental levels of counselors and clinical supervisors, cultural competence, ethics and values, legal issues, and performance... Read More

SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework uses a five-step planning process to guide states, jurisdictions, tribes, and communities in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of effective, culturally appropriate, and sustainable prevention activities.  See also the resources from Community Toolbox.

Community Toolbox's Strategic Prevention Framework resources.

A collection of alcohol and other drug resources from the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016, an act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention (“the STEP Act”) established Voluntary Non-Opioid Directives. The form allows people to decline in advance any treatment option that includes opioids. Anyone can sign one of these Directives for themselves, and give it to their medical care providers. In addition, prior to discharge, Substance Use Disorder treatment... Read More