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Addiction Support and Resources



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The purpose of the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) Grant Program is to implement local policy, practice, systems, and environmental change to prevent the use/abuse of opioids, prevent/reduce fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses, and increase both the number and capacity of municipalities across the Commonwealth addressing these issues.

The programs is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to address the issue of opioid use and abuse, and fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses in Massachusetts. Interventions are consistent with evidence-based practices of SAMHSA, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), and Department of Public Health (DPH).

Each city meets monthly police, fire, school, healthcare, business, city officials, health department, behavioral health, and others to:

  • Train providers and prescribers on risk factors for opioid misuse and addiction, medication diversion, and effective use of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).
  • Provide training to behavioral health staff at identified treatment sites on how to educate clients in treatment of overdose risk, recognition, response, and prevention.
  • Provide information and training to users on the risk factors for overdose, overdose prevention, and overdose management, addressing the risk factors of mixing drugs, previous overdoses, and lowered tolerance.
  • Increase access to Naloxone to reduce fatal opioid overdose incidents.

Provide advocacy after an overdose to increase treatment involvement and enhance post-overdose care.

Year Funded: 
Cluster Communities:  

Since 2007
Lynn, Peabody and Salem
Michele Desmarais, Director of Public Health | 781-598-4000

Treatment Resources For Substance Use Disorders

Levels of Care and Local Resources for Substance Use Disorders
Information Current As Of March 2015

The treatment of substance use disorders can be very complex; there are many levels of care and the treatment network can be challenging to navigate.  Substance use disorders are chronic and require long term treatment and a continuum of care.  There is no one treatment that is ideal for everyone; treatment must be individualized to the person’s specific needs and will often include involvement in additional services to support other challenges that they face, such as services for mental health issues, vocational needs, housing needs, medical care, and legal concerns.  Below is a list of some local treatment programs in Essex County and the greater Boston area. 

This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all programs.  For additional resources, you may contact any of the resources and services using labeled tab above.

Massachusetts 24/7 Helpline | Mass Substance Abuse Website

    • Or call (800) 327-5050
    • TTY Users (800) 720-3480

Treatment Locator |

    • This is a web based treatment locator, including types of services by location
    • Select “Find a Treatment Center”, then
      • Select a Service Category
      • Select One or More Services
      • Choose Area Search Type
      • Click Search

Learn to Cope |

    • This is a support network that offers education, resources, peer support, and hope to parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.  Also included is the provision of information on overdose, overdose prevention, and opioid overdose reversal training on the use of nasal naloxone.
    • Peer to Peer Parent Support Group Every Thursday, 7 - 8:30 PM, Salem Hospital, Davenport Conference Room 102A. Cost: Free

OUTPATIENT TREATMENTOutpatient treatment is provided in an office setting by professionals specializing in substance use disorders that includes assessment, participation in regularly scheduled individual, group, or family therapy, often in conjunction with participation in self-help groups.  Services are typically available to individuals who are dealing with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Project COPE, An Affiliate of Bridgewell |

66 Silsbee Street | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 581-9270, ext. 4107 for receptionist

Eliot Community Human Services |

95 Pleasant Street | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 581-4460

South Bay Mental Health Lynn |

181 Union Street, Suite J | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 244-1950

South Bay Mental Health Salem |

35 Congress Street, Suite 214 | Salem, MA
Phone:  (978) 542-1951

Lahey Health Behavioral Services |

800 Cummings Center, Suite 266T | Beverly, MA     
Phone:  (978) 921-1190

North Shore Medical Cnt. Salem Hospital |

81 Highland Avenue | Salem, MA
Phone:  (978) 354-4550

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT TREATMENT - Intensive outpatient services (including partial hospitalization programs) are provided by professionals specializing in substance use disorders and include regularly scheduled sessions in a structured program with a minimum of 9 treatment hours per week.  Day and evening programs are available.  This level of care is typically recommended for individuals who have a higher likelihood of relapse without close monitoring and support who may lack a supportive environment, but are able to manage their recovery with enhanced structure and support

Lahey Health Behavioral Services |

800 Cummings Center, Suite 266T | Beverly, MA
Phone:  (978) 921-1190

Bayridge Hospital Partial Hospitalization Program (for individuals with co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses and substance use disorders)

60 Granite Street | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 599-9200

MEDICATION ASSISTED OPIOID TREATMENT (METHADONE, SUBOXONE, AND VIVITROL)  - Methadone and Suboxone treatment is generally provided in outpatient settings and includes both dosing monitored by medical personnel, regular drug testing, and behavioral health care.  Vivitrol is a once monthly injection used to reduce cravings associated with alcohol and opiate addiction.  It is most effectively provided in conjunction with behavioral health services


Habit OPCO - Lynn |

11 Circle Avenue | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 595-2413

Lahey Health Behavioral Services |

111 Middleton Road | Danvers, MA
Phone:  (800) 323-2224

Community Substance Abuse Centers (CSAC)

172 Newbury Street | Peabody, MA
Phone:  (978) 535-9190

Spectrum Health Systems |

184 Broadway, Suites 17 and 18 | Saugus, MA
Intake:  (800) 464-9555, ext. 1161


Lynn Community Health Center (also Vivitrol) |

280 Union Street, 2nd floor | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 780-4984

Salem Family Health Center (also Vivitrol) |

47 Congress Street | Salem, MA
Phone:  (978) 744-8388

North Shore Medical Cnt. Salem Hospital |

81 Highland Avenue | Salem, MA
(978) 354-4550

Peabody Family Health Center (also Vivitrol)  |

89 Foster Street | Peabody, MA
Phone:  (978) 532-4903


Psychiatric Associates of Lynn

170 Oxford Street | Lynn, MA
(781) 268-2200

HKD Treatment Options |

84 Highland Avenue | Salem, MA
Phone:  (978) 744-2999

DETOXIFICATION PROGRAMS Detox programs last anywhere from 3-7 days.  Detox centers provide care to minimize physical withdrawal symptoms and to keep individuals safe while stopping alcohol or other drug use.  Programs offer different detox medications and ideally will incorporate counseling and group therapy during detox to help with the psychological distress that the individual may experience as well.  These programs will also work with people to find post-detox treatment programs or to create a follow up treatment plan.  Detox only removes the drug from someone’s system and is not “treatment” for a substance use disorder or mental illness.  Detox may also be provided on an outpatient basis

Lahey Health Behavioral Services – Danvers Treatment Center |

111 Middleton Road | Danvers, MA
Phone:  (978) 777-2121

Lahey Health Behavioral Services – Tewksbury Treatment Center |

365 East Street | Tewksbury, MA
Phone:  (978) 259-7000

Lahey Health Behavioral Services – Boston Treatment Center |

784 Rear Massachusetts Avenue | Boston, MA
Phone:  (800) 763-5363

Dimock Detox |

41 Dimock Street | Roxbury, MA
Phone:  (617) 442-9661

POST DETOX OR TRANSITIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES (TSS) – Formerly referred to as “holding programs”, post-detox or transitional programs are for individuals who have completed a detox.  They are short-term residential programs that accept people from detox facilities.  Caseworkers make referrals to other programs such as halfway houses and assist residents in getting to interviews for placement at other programs.  Also referred to as stabilization, the goals of the programs are to provide short-term clinical and support services, maximizing the potential for successful recovery, and providing the client with an understanding and acceptance of the need for continued treatment to prevent relapse. 

Lynn Transitional Support Services |

100-110 Green Street | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 593-9434

Tewksbury Transitions (Men only) |

365 East Street | Tewksbury, MA
Phone:  (978) 851-8776

New Hope Transitional Support Services |

61 Redfield Road | South Weymouth, MA
Phone:  (617) 878-2550

Women’s Hope Transitional House (Women only) 

12 Chamblet Street | Dorchester, MA
Phone:  (617) 442-7800

CLINICAL STABILIZATION SERVICES (CSS) – Clinical stabilization services provide short term residential treatment, stabilization and comprehensive discharge planning for clients who either do not qualify for medically monitored detoxification or have already completed detox.  The program includes a comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, health education and monitoring, aftercare planning and follow up.  Length of stay ranges from 14-30 days

Post Detox Step Down - Clinical Stabilization |

111 Middleton Road | Danvers, MA
Phone:  (800) 323-2224

THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY (TC)Therapeutic communities are highly structured programs, typically for 6 to 12 months, but sometimes longer.  Individuals in this type of program include those with relatively long histories of drug dependence, involvement in serious criminal activities, and seriously impaired social functioning.  The focus of the TC is on the re-socialization of the individual to a drug-free, crime-free lifestyle

Meridian House |

408 Meridian Street | East Boston, MA
Phone:  (617) 569-6050

HALFWAY HOUSE OR RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS – These programs are long term (about 6-9 months) residential substance use treatment programs.  They offer housing, meals, and meetings in a safe and structured community environment with the goal of having each resident work on his or her recovery and learn the skills needed to establish a better quality of life.  All halfway houses include drug testing and case management services  and many allow individuals to work or seek work while in the program.  Some programs are gender specific.  Note:  These programs rarely take people “from the street”.  They must be referred directly from a TSS, post-detox, or CSS facility to ensure  they are medically cleared.

Project COPE, an affiliate of Bridgewell |

(Women only; includes beds for pregnant and postpartum women and their infants)

66 Johnson Street | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 584-8490

Ryan House (Men and Women) |

100-110 Green Street | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 598-1270

Lowell Recovery House (Men/Women) |

102 Appleton Street | Lowell, MA
Phone:  (978) 459-3371

Link House (Men only) |

37 Washington Street | Newburyport, MA
Phone:  (978) 462-7341

Salvation Army (Men and Women) |

209 Broadway, Route 1 | Saugus, MA
Phone:  (781) 231-0803

SOBER HOUSING – Sober housing provides a longer stay than a halfway house with less structure, while maintaining a sober and safe living environment.  Sober housing serves as the interim between the halfway house and returning to an individual’s former life or full independent living.  Sober housing often requires drug testing, house meetings, 12 step meetings, and involvement in outpatient counseling; overnight guests are not allowed and there is a weekly pay systemNote:  Sober housing is not regulated and it should be noted that not all facilities offering “sober housing” are safe.  Research on available sober housing environments is strongly advised.  The facilities included on this list are known to include the elements listed above.

Bridgewell |

534 Essex Street | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 599-3646

Rise Above

53 Lawrence Street | Salem, MA (Women only)
110 Eastern Avenue | Lynn, MA (Men only)
Contact:  Nicole White (781) 771-8199 or Justin (781) 389-5579

Sober Crossings

292 Chestnut Street | Lynn, MA
Contact:  Scott or John (888) 762-3703 or (781) 780-3807

Inn Transition (Families) |

42 Washington Street | Peabody, MA
Phone:  (978) 531-9951

Grace House (Men only) |

181 North Common Street | Lynn, MA
Phone:  (781) 913-2913

ADOLESCENT SERVICES – Outpatient and inpatient services are available for youth dealing with substance use disorders or related high risk behaviors.  A printable full statewide Youth and Young Adult Substance Use Services Directory is available.

Outpatient : Lahey Health Behavioral Services |

800 Cummings Center, Suite 266T | Beverly, MA
Phone:  (978) 921-1190

Youth Stabilization and Detoxification Programs

The Castle (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered)

Highpoint Treatment Center | Brockton, MA
Phone:  (508) 638-6000

Youth Residential Treatment Programs

Lahey Health Behavioral Services |

Danvers, MA           
Phone:  (866) 705-2807

Pegasus House (Females, ages 18-25)

Psychological Center
482 Lowell Street | Lawrence, MA
Phone:  (978) 687-4257

HARM REDUCTION PROGRAMS– These programs are based on a Commitment to public health and human rights.  Harm reduction accepts, for better or for worse, that licit and illicit drug use is part of our world and works to minimize the harmful effects on individuals and the community.  Harm reduction does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit drug use.  Harm reduction services play a crucial role in the continuum of care for individuals who are using or experiencing relapse and keeps individuals connected to care and support them throughout their process.  Services provided by all harm reduction programs include:

  • HIV testing/Hepatitis C testing/STI testing
  • Overdose Education and Naloxone (Narcan) distribution
  • HIV and Hepatitis C risk reduction supplies
  • Referrals to substance use treatment and transportation
  • Risk reduction counseling for substance users
  • Resources for families and loved ones of substance users

Healthy Streets Outreach Program (also provide proper syringe disposal, medical case management, and referral to medical care and mental health care)

100 Willow Street, 2nd floor
Lynn, MA
Phone:  (339) 440-5633

Boston Needle Exchange Program (also provide syringe exchange)

Boston Public Health Commission
775 Albany Street, 1st floor
Boston, MA
Phone:  (617) 534-3976

Cambridge Needle Exchange Program (also provide syringe exchange)

359 Green Street
Cambridge, MA
Phone:  (617) 599-0246

Download This Guide | PDF Format Here

Other Resources
New England Addiction Outreach | Facebook Page
Mass.Gov Opioid Overdose Prevention Resources Page

MASS CALL2/ Project Cope
As a Mass CALL2 Community, the Lynn Public Health Division works with Project COPE  to reduce fatal and non-fatal drug overdose in the community through strategic planning and outreach.  These efforts are made possible through partnerships with key stakeholders, such as substance abuse service providers, law enforcement, emergency responders, physicians, pharmacists, parents, and members of the recovering community.

Partnership for Success II
Lynn Public Health Division will be implementing a program in 2013 aimed at drug abuse prevention.  Specifically, the program will work towards preventing prescription drug abuse among youths aged 12-17, and young adults aged 18-25.

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What You Should Know About Bed Bugs

A recent nationwide increase in infestations concerning bed bugs has resulted in a need for this notice concerning how to deal with bed bugs. It outlines preventative measures that may assist in helping to control this unfortunate situation and also lists several facts and circumstances that will help to educate residents on how to control this infestation problem.


  • Bed bug infestation has nothing to do with one’s housekeeping. Spotless homes many times are subjected to infestation as well as units in need of cleaning.
  • Generally cluttered conditions make for safe havens for bed bugs and make the extermination process extremely difficult.
  • Existing extermination methods are very time consuming and are often times required to be done several times to eliminate the problem.
  • Extreme infestations can result in a need of the tenant to discard furnishings, beds, box springs, and in isolated instances residents are required to get rid of all of their belongings (TVs, phones, etc.).
  • Bed bugs hide in bedding, carpets and baseboards, in the folds of curtains and drapes, inside and underneath drawers, and behind loose wallpaper.
  • Generally, clothing can be saved by washing in HOT temperatures. Persons must take great care in the transporting of infested clothing to washing facilities in order to not spread the problem. Double, tightly sealed, plastic bags are recommended for assisting in transportation of infested clothing.
  • Dead bed bugs are capable of hatching new babies. Therefore, vacuuming any dead bedbugs after any extermination process is a MUST! It is suggested the bag type vacuums that allow for careful disposal of the bag again in double, tightly sealed plastic bags is the way to go.
  • Consistent vacuuming of carpets and furniture is a good preventative measure. Again please practice proper disposal techniques that are previously outlined above. 
  • BED BUGS are a tough critter to exterminate. Often times, repetitive treatments are necessary.


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Residents Affected By Fires

There have been a number of fires in large apartment buildings in the City of Lynn in recent times. It is important that tenants and landlords understand their rights and obligations.

You should know:

- All landlords' insurance policies for multi-unit residential buildings must provide up to $750 in relocation benefits to tenants. (Mass. General Law, c. 175, Section 99, clause 15)

- Landlords upon written request must disclose the name of the insurance company. (Mass General Law, Chapter 186, section 21)

- Tenants should not be charged rent for the period the unit is uninhabitable and — if the tenant can't come back — the landlord must return the security deposit and last month's rent, or both.


PLEASE get renter's insurance. It is a much smaller price to pay for a rental policy than to lose all of your personal belongings. Landlords are under no obligation to compensate their tenants for their personal belongings lost in a fire. In most cases, tenants are only allotted the $750 relocation benefit as mentioned above.


Download our new 2014 Rodent Control Program flyer in both English and Spanish.

Rodent control is only effective if everyone does their part. Follow these tips to make sure rodents are not being welcomed into your neighborhood:

Remember, if rats cannot feed, they cannot breed!

Store garbage in City of Lynn authorized plastic containers with tight lids so rats can't get in.

City ordinance states that trash stored outside must be in waterproof and airtight rodent resistant containers

Place trash outside shortly before pickup- don’t leave plastic garbage bags outside.

City ordinance states that trash may not be placed out earlier than 5pm on the day before collection or later than 7 AM the day of collection. Official overflow plastic bags can only be placed out on collection day if placed on top of barrels, any they may not be placed on the ground. .

Do not leave pet or bird food out. Remove uneaten pet food when pet is done feeding, and do not leave pet food containers outside. Bird feeders should not continue to be used if you observe rodent activity in your area.

Don’t give rodents a place to stay!

Abandoned cars must be removed from private property by the owner, and unused tires must be removed

Abandoned buildings must be adequately boarded. Buildings not boarded should be reported to Inspectional Services

Abandoned appliances (washing machines, stoves, and old refrigerators, etc.) should be removed and properly disposed of, instead of being stored on the property

Tall grass and weeds should be kept cut short enough to prevent rats from nesting and hiding

Stacks of lumber provide places for rats to nest and breed. Lumber should be stacked 12 to 18 inches above ground and away from walls or fences

For more information, visit

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  Download the 2014 Rodent Control Guide (PDF Format)

The SafeLink Wireless Phone

SafeLink Wireless makes wireless telephone service more affordable by offering Lifeline service for qualified customers. Qualified customers will receive a free SafeLink Wireless handset and free monthly Minutes with no commitments, contracts, or bills. If you need additional Minutes, you can buy TracFone Airtime Cards at any TracFone retailer (Walmart, CVS, Kmart, Target, Radio Shack, Walgreens, Rite Aid stores, Family Dollar and Dollar General.

Click here to visit their website for more information.

Safe Routes To School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.

SRTS programs examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. As a result, these programs help make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing transportation choices thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.

Walk and Bike to School Days

Communities across the country use International Walk to School Day and National Bike to School Day to give visibility to the importance of safer and improved streets, healthier habits, and less traffic — one community at a time. 

The first National Walk to School Day – called Walk Our Children to School Day – was held in 1997. Since then, it’s come a long way.  In May 2012, the first-ever National Bike to School Day was celebrated across the USA. Join families, schools and communities as they walk and bicycle to school for these events each year.

SAPC | Environmental Strategies to Reduce Underage Drinking

The SAPC grant is a grant focusing primarily on underage drinking and marijuana use prevention. We just finished a needs assessment, and we are in the process of making a strategic plan. Click here for detailed information and further resources.

The Lynn Public Health Division works in partnership with Girls Inc. of Lynn to reduce underage drinking by decreasing the availability of alcohol to minors from licensed outlets in the community, older friends, relatives, at home, parties, and from strangers. This initiative also works to improve negative social norms around underage drinking, the perception of alcohol use by minors, as well as disapproval by community members.

The City of Lynn's Tobacco Regulations | CLICK HERE

North Shore/Cape Ann Tobacco Alcohol Policy Program (NS/CA TAPP)
A program of Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Program (MTCP)

NS/CA TAPP is a 15 community collaborative comprised of the host community of the City of Lynn and also, Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Manchester, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott and Wenham.

NS/CA TAPP offers Boards of Health assistance in promoting policies to reduce tobacco and nicotine access, initiation and exposure to second hand smoke. Also, provides education and enforcement of local, state and federal law that govern tobacco and nicotine products. Additionally, help those who are trying to quit using tobacco and nicotine products find program that can assist in quitting.

Additional Resources | CLICK HERE

Joyce Redford, M.Ed., NS/CA TAPP Director
Peter King, NS/CA TAPP - FDA Compliance Officer
Office (781) 586-6821

Visual Mile Markers Encourage Getting Physical

Campaign to Increase Physical Activity and Overall Wellness among Area Residents Regular physical activity reduces the risk for many chronic diseases, helps to maintain a healthy weight, and strengthens muscles, bones, and joints. Diseases that may be avoided with regular physical activity are diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, cancer, obesity, asthma and injuries related to falls.

 good health

In response to the rising rates of chronic diseases, the Healthy Lynn Partnership at the Health Division of the Inspectional Services Department launched a Walking and Jogging Project to increase physical activity among the residents of Lynn, Nahant and Swampscott.  Implemented by Health Intern Jenn Schumann, and with support from the Lynn Department of Public Works, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation the project includes ¼ mile marker medallions along Lynn Shore Drive covering approximately 3 miles. 

Dubbed The Nahant, Swampscott & Lynn Good Health Partnership, the markers extend along the beach front sidewalk area from The Tides restaurant (2B Wilson Road) to the Red Rock Bistro (141 Humphrey St) in Swampscott.  These visual markers encourage efforts made by those walking, running, or bicycling by informing residents how far they have gone.  In addition to the physical fitness benefits, the markers are proving to increase the overall use of this wonderful area. The partnership believes that overall wellness of the residents of Lynn can be improved through increased physical activity and healthy eating habits. A community-wide effort is needed to increase the health of residents through the support of these types of health initiatives.  The Nahant, Swampscott & Lynn Good Health Partnership aims to empower residents to take control of their health and to reach their own health “markers.

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