Resources

Resources

The Greater Lowell Health Alliance is a valuable resource for health-related information throughout the region. Please click on each health priority area to expand the list of resources.

Note: The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or to promote individual organizations or services. The GLHA has provided resources available within the CHNA-10 area, including links to Internet sites maintained by third parties, and does not endorse the content, operators, or services of such organizations or sites.

Substance Use & Prevention

Tobacco

Inpatient Detox

  • AdCare Hospital (Worcester)
    800-345-3552
    Helping individuals and their families overcome the disease of addiction, “AdCare” stands for Alcohol and Drug Care. For over 35 years, AdCare Hospital has committed itself to helping individuals and their families cope with addiction one life at a time.
  • Community Healthlink Inc. (Worcester)
    508-860-1200
    Helping adults, children, and families to recover from the effects of mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness.
  • Danvers Center for NE Behavioral Health
     
    978-777-2121
    A detoxification and referral services to men and women from across northeastern Massachusetts and greater Boston.
  • Dimock Detox
     
    617.442.8800
  • Institute for Health and Recovery
    617-661-3991

    IHR’s mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, mental health problems, violence/trauma and HIV/AIDS.
  • Holy Family Hospital Behavioral Health Services
    978-521-3930
  • Lahey Health Behavioral Services, Tewksbury State Hospital
    978-259-7000
    A 32-bed inpatient detoxification service that treats and cares for clients (men and women, 18 and older) in need of medical detoxification from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines.
  • Spectrum Health Systems
    800-464-9555
    Originally known as “Spectrum House,” Spectrum was responsible for establishing one of the first therapeutic communities in the country for the treatment of drug abuse. Over the past forty-five years, Spectrum has become New England’s leading addiction treatment provider, providing a continuum of CARF accredited addiction and mental health treatment services.
  • SSTAR
    508-679-5222
    To provide a quality continuum of care and support to all people, especially those affected by addiction, by responding to their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs. SSTAR offers both inpatient and outpatient services, group and individual counseling, as well as primary healthcare services.
  • Tewksbury Treatment Center
     978-259-7000
    Tewksbury Treatment Center is a 32-bed inpatient detoxification service that treats and cares for clients (men and women, 18 and older) in need of medical detoxification from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines.

Outpatient Detox

  • AdCare Hospital
    800-345-3552
    Centrally located in Worcester, Massachusetts, AdCare offers nationally-accredited detox and inpatient  treatment at its hospital facility as well as outpatient services at clinics conveniently located throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
  • Lowell Community Health Center Substance Abuse program
    978-937-9700
    The Lowell Community Health Center provides treatment for children, adolescents and adults living with addiction. Experienced certified addiction counselors work with each individual to develop long-term goals and identify needs. Individual, group and family therapy session are available.
  • Lowell House
    978-459-8656
    Lowell House, Inc (LHI) is a private, non-profit agency providing comprehensive outpatient and residential addiction services. Our services provide a continuum of care that includes prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery for those at risk for specific substance abuse or addictive disorders and/or HIV.
  • South Bay Day Services
    978-452-1736
    A continuum of community-based services to children, adults and families in Massachusetts, offering Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse counseling, Day Treatment and Partial Hospital Programs and Early Intervention services.
  • Spectrum Health Systems
    800-464-9555
    Originally known as “Spectrum House,” Spectrum was responsible for establishing one of the first therapeutic communities in the country for the treatment of drug abuse. Over the past forty-five years, Spectrum has become New England’s leading addiction treatment provider, providing a continuum of CARF accredited addiction and mental health treatment services.

Family & Friends Support

  • Al-Anon/Alateen
    508-366-0556
    The primary purpose of Al-Anon/Alateen is to help families and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon and is for young people affected by another’s drinking. Members of Al-Anon/Alateen learn to live happily whether the alcoholic continues to drink or not. We learn that alcoholism is a disease and that we are not alone. By putting the focus on ourselves, we begin to reclaim our lives.
  • Habit Op-Co
    978-452-5155
    Located at  22 Olde Canal Dr. in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Habit OPCO Lowell Treatment Center provides medically supervised methadone and Suboxone (buprenorphine) maintenance treatment to individuals who are attempting to overcome an addiction to or dependence upon heroin or other opioids.
  • Learn 2 Cope
    508-738-5148
    A support group for parents and family members dealing with a loved one addicted to heroin, oxycontin and other drugs.
  • Veterans Center
    877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
    The Veterans Center offers a wide variety of services regarding substance abuse including individual and group counseling for Veterans and their families, substance abuse assessment and referral, and well as screenings and assessments for physical and mental health issues.

Community Resources

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
    978-957-4690
    A support group for parents and family members dealing with a loved one addicted to heroin, oxycontin and other drugs.
  • Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information
    800-327-5050
    The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline provides free and confidential information and referrals for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns.
  • Massachusetts Poison Control Center
    800-222-1222   
    (TTY: 1-888-244-5313)
    If you think someone had been poisoned, call right away. Do not wait for the victim to look or feel sick. Do not try to treat the person yourself. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 9-1-1 for an ambulance.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
    866-624-3578
    Offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a 12-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.
  • Narcan Programs
    800-327-5050
    These programs focus on prevention of drug overdose. They also provide trainings for family members and loved ones of addicts.
  • Suboxone Replacement Therapy
    866-973-4373
    Opioid dependence can affect your relationships. It can change the way you feel and how you behave. In order to recover, you’ll need to address those issues. With counseling and the Here to Help® Program, you can begin to set that process in motion.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
800-273-8255
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Information & Supportive Resources
Science of Addiction
20 Secret Signs of Addiction
Suicidal Thoughts and Alcohol Abuse: Tackling Both Problems Head On
Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
The Benefits of a Sober Summer and How to Achieve Them
7 Tips for Mothers of Adult Addicts
Addiction in the Waiting Room: How to Go to the Doctor in Sobriety

Reports
Reducing Substance Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works
The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence-Based Approach
Recommendations from the Governor’s Opioid Addiction Working Group
The action plan to address the opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth

Mental Health

  • American Association of Suicidology
    Resources, trainings, certifications and webinars dedicated to those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide.
  • American Training, Inc.
    978-685-2151 x6866
    Award-winning workforce development, day rehabilitation, education, and specialized housing plans help those who are unemployed, under-employed, at risk, people with disabilities, as well as those with limited marketable or language skills.
  • Arbour Health System
    978-703-2200
    A 41-bed satellite facility that offers inpatient hospitalization and partial hospitalization for adolescents and adults.  It is the largest private behavioral health system in Masasachusetts.
  • Bridgewell Counseling Service
    978.459.0389 and 978.256.1444
    With clinics in Lowell and Chelmsford, provides comprehensive behavioral health treatment and continuity of care to individuals with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.
  • Career Resources Corporation
    978-374-9122

    Serving adults and teens, ages 16-75, diagnosed with intellectual, developmental, emotional, and physical disabilities such as autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, mental health, stroke and other neurological disorders.
  • CDF- COSI Family Counseling Centers
    978-459-2306
    Provides services to Children, Adolescents, Adults and Elders.  Some of the services they offer are: Diagnostic Evaluations, Individual/Family/Couples Therapy, Psychiatric Assessments, and more.  There is a location in Lowell.
  • Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm
    978-475-4056

    Employing horses in a working farm environment, Ironstone Farm provides beneficial therapy for people with a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. The two primary programs are Challenge Unlimited and Ironstone Therapy – both using the horse’s unique ability to enhance a person’s movements and touch a person’s heart, inspiring strength, hope and encouragement.
  • Families for Depression Awareness
    Families for Depression Awareness is a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides.
  • Family Services Inc. Samaritans of Merrimack Valley
    978-327-6607
    Immediate and ongoing emotional support to those who are in crisis or have lost a loved one to suicide.  Educating caregivers, service providers, academics, those in government, industry and the general public about the public health problem posed by suicide and the best means to prevent it.
  • Living Waters Center of Hope
    978-323-HOPE (4673)

    A non-profit organization that offers four compassion programs: feeding/hunger relief, guest services and homeless outreach, educational support, and therapeutic recreation.
  • Lowell Community Health Center
    978-937-9700
    Offers a wide range of Behavioral Health Services for adults, adolescents and children.  They offer comprehensive care for individuals living with mental illness.  Clinicians work with individuals to determine their long-term goals and needs.
  • Lowell House Inc.
    978-459-8656

    Provides help and support for those who are on the path to recovery from substance abuse addiction and other related disorders. Services include individual and group counseling, residential programs, sober housing, and a structured outpatient addictions program.
  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    978-937-3087

    Child abuse and intervention programs, mental health treatment, and adoption services. Services are provided both in the home and through community-based locations across the state of Massachusetts.
  • Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell
    978-458-6282
    Focuses on the promotion of mental health, the prevention of mental illness, and the improved care and treatment of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.  Provides both direct and indirect services.
  • New England Index
    800-642-0249

    Improving the lives of people with disabilities and those that serve them by providing information and referral; technical assistance; training; online education; and technology services
  • North Star Guidance Center, Inc.
    978-458-6282
    Family-centered, community-focused practice providing individual, group, couples and family counseling in the Greater Lowell area.
  • Northeast Arc
    978-762-8352
    Helps people with disabilities become full participants in the communities north of Boston while also providing support for their families.
  • Northeast Independent Living Program
    978-687-4288

    A consumer-controlled Independent Living Center providing advocacy and services to people with all disabilities in the greater Merrimack Valley who wish to live independently in the community.
  • People Care Outpatient Clinic-Vinfen
    617-441-1800

    Offers a wide range of services designed to help people with psychiatric conditions, behavioral health disabilities, and substance abuse challenges regain their health. Services are offered at clinics in Lawrence, Cambridge, and Hyannis.
  • RARA (Recreational Adult Resource Association)
    978-453-5598
    Activities for developmentally challenged adults ranging from 18 years of age to senior citizens.
  • Renaissance Club of Lowell
    978-454-7944
    Serves adults with mental illnesses residing in Greater Lowell.  Provides a supportive community for individual recovery from mental illnesses.
  • South Bay Mental Health
    978-453-6800
    A continuum of care to children, adolescents, adults and their families.  Their goal of treatment is to encourage individuals and families to become self-sufficient and live as independently as their abilities allow.
  • St. Ann’s Home, Inc.
    978-682-5276
    A leader in special education and residential programming. St. Ann’s offers private day programs and child and adolescent residential services designed to nurture, rehabilitate and support those who are emotionally and or behaviorally disturbed.
  • The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise
  • YWCA of Lowell
    978-454-5405

    Offering programming in key areas such as racial justice, economic empowerment, domestic violence and violence against women, child care and military and veteran programs.

Maternal Child Health

  • Lowell Community Health Center- Family Planning Department
    Provides affordable comprehensive reproductive health services including: cervical cancer screenings, birth control services, testing and treatment of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), HIV counseling and testing, pregnancy screening, testing and treatment of urinary tract infections, colposcopy and breast exams. Teens receive confidential services, and parental consent is not needed.
  • Lowell General Hospital: Getting Ready for Your Baby Prenatal Yoga
    Learn stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques and modified yoga postures to help honor the body during pregnancy and the birthing process.
  • Mom 2 Be
    A website created by the Maternal Child Health Task Force to provided much-needed resources to expectant mothers and to the agencies that serve them.
  • March of Dimes
    Helping mothers have full-term pregnancies and researching any problems that may threaten the health of babies.
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
    A nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify.

Healthy Eating & Living

Additional Resources

Heart Health

 

  • Wellness Guide for Cancer Survivors
  • Financial Abuse Women’s Law.org
    “Know the laws section” gives information and recommendations on financial abuse.
  • How to Fix It Yourself
    This educator’s guide provides how-to articles, videos, and other resources to aid educators in teaching teens about tools, common home repair projects, and the fix-it vocabulary that will benefit them in adulthood.  That said, we recognize that people of all ages might find this guide useful.
  • Mesothelioma Group
    Includes a free Mesothelioma Guide (overnight shipping), Sections for Veterans, Patients and Caregiver with information on: about mesothelioma (overview, causes, prognosis, survivor stories, & more) treatment options, paying for treatment, and information specifically for veterans.
  • Mesothelioma Prognosis Network
    This organization provides free resources and works with individuals and their families to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups. They have created the most extensive prognosis support and information source online while working with patients in the US and Canada.
  • Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center
    Empower yourself with education, expertise and understanding to fight mesothelioma. Connect with others while raising awareness of the dangers and effects of asbestos, linked to cancers such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer. Unlike most cancers, mesothelioma is 99% preventable and the only scientifically proven cause is due to exposure to asbestos.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    1-800-799-SAFE (7233). National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
  • Resources To Live a Long and Happy Life
    Learn about women, men, child, teen and senior health, and the resources needed to live long and healthy lives.
  • Single Parents Network
    Provides a hub, that has collectively gathered single parent web sites, articles, information, government resources, online discussion forum support boards, books and so much more.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Thriving As A Newly Independent Woman
    Single Parent Advocate
    Non-profit organization committed to educating, equipping and empowering single parents with resources, practical assistance, emotional encouragement and social networking to better their lives, and those of their children.