Parent Resources

Parent Education Youth - Ages 9 to 18 years

Educational Websites for Teen & Young Adults

  • Above the Influence - Interactive, informational drug use / abuse
  • Alcohol Screening - Alcohol use screening tool for young adults and adults
  • The Truth Initiative - Truth Initiative is America's largest nonprofit public health organization committed to making tobacco use and nicotine addiction a thing of the past.

Websites for Youth and Health Development

  • Young Women's Health - Providing education, clinical care, research and health care information for adolescent girls
  • Young Men's Health - A website for teen guys and young men featuring state-of-the-art health information
  • MIT website - Shares research about the unique strengths and vulnerabilities of young adulthood
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - Official website outlining the Alcoholics Anonymous mission of fellowship for men and women to support each other in their goal to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety
  • AA in Eastern MA - 617-426-9444
  • Narcotics Anonymous- Official website outlining the Narcotics Anonymous mission of fellowship for men and women to support each other in their goal to stay drug-free
    • Phone: 866-624-3578
  • Faulkner Hospital- Addiction Recovery Groups: Early Recovery and Relapse Prevention
    • Jamaica Plain - 617-983-7908

Addiction Recovery Management Services (ARMS) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH 

ARMS supports youth and young adults, ages 15 to 25 (and their families) who are engaged in substance use/abuse, providing comprehensive assessment services, treatment resources and recovery support services. A clinician/coach is assigned to provide parents with factual information on substance use, guidelines on identifying signs of abuse, support in navigating appropriate resources for at-risk youth and strategies to enhance family dynamics. For consultation and appointments email Clinical Coordinator Sabrina Fanger or call 617-643-4699. Check out Addiction Answers for more information.

Support Groups for Family Members of People Struggling with Substance Abuse

  • ALANON / ALATEEN Local Group Meetings - Official website outlining the Alanon mission of learning the facts about alcoholism as an illness and how it has impacted their lives physically and emotionally.
  • Faulkner Hospital- Adult Children of Alcoholic / Self Esteem
    • Jamaica Plain - 617-983-7908

ARMS Parent Support Group

  • Free of Charge - Wednesday evenings 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    151 Merrimac Street
    4th Floor
    Boston, MA 02114
  • The Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) specializes in supporting teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 25, and their families, as they deal with their substance-related problems. Facilitated by Dr. James McKowen, for parents of adolescents and young adults. Topics include drug, alcohol and treatment system education, information on what happens to families in the addiction process and how to avoid and cope with relapse, feedback on how to motivate one's child to engage in treatment, as well as guidance on setting appropriate boundaries and limits.
  • Call Sabrina Fanger at 617-643-4720 prior to attending or for more information.
  • Addiction Answers

Crisis Lines

Counseling Support Services - Outpatient Substance Abuse

ARMS supplements the traditional inpatient and outpatient continuum and bridges the gaps in disjointed systems of treatment with leading expertise and high-quality care management by supporting guiding families of young adults faced with substance abuse issues. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) medical, clinical, and addiction research resources within the Mass General Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM), ARMS facilitates comprehensive, research-informed, care maximizing the chances for recovery for young adults ages 15 to 25 years old. Portions of the services listed are routinely covered by health insurance plans. For information on rates and please email the ARMS Clinical Coordinator or call 617-643-4699. Or please visit the Addiction Answers website.

Other Resources

  • The Hallowell Center specializes in diagnosing and treating cognitive and emotional conditions that prevent people from achieving their maximum potential; treating both children and adults. Phone: 781-726-6698 or Fx: 781-726-6725
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Associates - Wellesley - Youth, Adults, and Families - Multi-disciplinary Mental Health Services including individual counseling and psychopharmacology. Suite A: 781-239-350, Suite B: 781-239-1093, Suite C: 781-489-2300
  • Children's Hospital Boston - Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Youth substsnce abuse assessment, treatment planning, family involvement, and psycho-educational groups
    Phone: 617-355-2727
  • Dr. John Knight - The founder and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research ( CeASAR) at Children's Hospital Boston and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. For his presentation on the effects of substance use on adolescent development please visit Teen Safe.
  • Dana Group - Needham Youth and Adults - Substance Abuse and Mental Health
    Individual and group counseling for anxiety, depression, stress, and neuro-psychological assessments.
    For intake contact Bob Maron - 781-449-1143
  • Genesis - Framingham Youth & Adults - Substance Abuse
    Individual counseling, primarily substance abuse Educational 3 week program, Ongoing substance treatment groups, DUI Level1 and 2 approved programs, BCBSPPO only, All state insurances Groups not covered $35 per session. Accepts MassHealth, BCBSPPO Only.
    Phone: 508-620-2992
  • Needham Psychotherapy Associates - Needham Youth and Adult -Substance Abuse and Mental Health
    Individual counseling, mental health, anxiety, depression, and stress.
    Phone: 781-449-7522
  • Needham Youth Services - Youth, individual, group and family counseling. Substance abuse awareness program (SAAP) Phone: 781-455-7518
  • Project Interface - Youth and Adult mental health services - a community resource and referral HELPLINE. Callers receive professional, personalized counseling referrals matched for location, specialty and insurance or fee requirements.
    Available: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 617-332-3666, ext 411
  • Sameem Associates Newton Youth and Adult - Substance Abuse and Mental Health
    Individual counseling, groups for alcohol and drugs.
    Phone: 617-964-1060 Intake Coordinators: Matt Green (male clients) Joan Green (female clients)
  • Youth Central Intake and Care Coordination (YCICC)- Helps Massachusetts parents and families access treatment programs specifically for teens. YCICC is a project of the Institute for Health and Recovery.
    Phone: 617-661-3991
  • St. Elizabeth's Hospital - Substance use and abuse assessment, treatment center for young adults 18 to 25 years. Family Support Resources
    Phone: Craig Bennett at 617-562-5379
  • Faulker Hospital Addiction Recovery Program - Substance abuse assessment, inpatient detoxification, partial outpatient treatment (full day and evening treatment) dual diagnosis outpatient day treatment, individual counseling, group counseling and family support services
    Phone: Karen Campbell - outpatient 617- 983-7908, inpatient detox - 617-983-7000

Crisis Care

  • Riverside Community Care - 24 Hour mobile psychiatric crisis evaluation and intervention 1-800-529-5077
  • Riverside Community Care - Needham Youth and Adults - Substance Abuse and Mental Health
    Individual counseling as well as psychopharmacology. Accepts private insurance or on a sliding scale. Contact: Intake Coordinator, Kelly Jarvis at 617-969-4925
  • Newton Wellesley Hospital - 24 Hour Emergency Room Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Services - 617-243-6193
  • Caritas Norwood Hospital - 24 Hour Emergency Room Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Services - 781-769-2950
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - 24 Hour General Crisis Care Emergency Room 781-543-3000

Youth Detox


  • The Recovery Month websites aims to promote the societal benefits of alcohol and drug use disorder treatment, laud the contributions of treatment providers, and promote the message that recovery from alcohol and drug disorders in all its forms is possible.
  • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
  • Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) - Mission: Bring Effective Substance Abuse Prevention to Every Community
    CSAP provides national leadership in the Federal effort to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems.CSAP promotes a structured, community-based approach to substance abuse prevention through the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The SPF approach provides information and tools that can be used by States and communities to build an effective and sustainable prevention infrastructure. The SPF aims to promote youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience, and prevent problem behaviors across the individual's life span. SPF uses a five-step process to achieve these goals.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment (SAMHSA) - This searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs shows the location of facilities locally and around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse problems, including residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment programs, and hospital inpatient programs for drug addition and alcoholism. Listings include treatment programs for marijuana, cocaine, and herion addiction, as well as drug and alcohol treatment programs for adolescents and adults.


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