This page provides various external website links to organizations that may be of interest to users of this website. These links are provided as a courtesy for the convenience of the users. Andover Cares does not necessarily endorse these organizations, nor does it control the content of the linked websites. 

Andover Community Support Coordinator, Sobhan Namvar

Website: Andover Community Support Services
(978) 475-0411 X 1018

Andover Community Drop-In Center 
Old Town Hall 
20 Main Street 
Andover MA 01844 

     The Andover Community Support Coordinator develops, collaborates and implements programs for substance abuse prevention, addiction awareness and wellness and prevention for residents, businesses and families.
  They also provide counseling services to individuals and families impacted by addiction, substance abuse and related mental health issues and make appropriate referrals to available programs and resources.

General Information:


Since 2005, more people in Massachusetts have died from opioid overdose than from motor vehicle accidents, as reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Heath. It is important to know that  the term "opioids" refers to both heroin and pain relieving medications such as Percocet or Vicodin as well. The following resources specifically discuss opioids:​​

What exactly are opioids?  If you are interested in specifically learning about opioids this page serves to educate people about how opioids affect the body, and the consequences of abusing prescription pain relievers. 

A heroin fact sheet  that discusses the effects of using this drug. This piece also describes the possibility of prescription opioid abuse leading to heroin use.

A report   from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health related to unintentional opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts. This report provides important statistics and facts related to the opioid issue.

Strategies   aimed to fight the opioid crisis in Massachusetts are listed and described here, as provided by the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services.  provides information about various drugs including heroin and prescription drugs. This page is useful for both parents/guardians and adolescents.  explains different drugs in a manner that is useful for both parents/guardians and kids.

Resources to Help Treat and Prevent
Addiction & Substance Abuse
Support for Families

How do I decide which treatment center is best for my situation?
Start by reading the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s guide, 
Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know what to Ask.

DrugRehab: At, our mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and pursue lifelong recovery. We are here to help you or your loved one every step of the way.

Learn to Cope:
  A peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery.  Helps connect people with treatment and support groups. Adult and adolescent treatment facilities from across Massachusetts are listed as well as meetings and support groups. Family member discussion forums are also found on this website.  

4 Court Street
Suite 110
Taunton, MA 02780

Mental Health & Addiction Guide:  A comprehensive guide covering mental health/substance abuse disorders and when to seek treatment.  This site also will guide you as to how to pay for mental health or substance abuse services including information about insurance, medicare/medicaid, and resources for the uninsured.

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline : Offers free, confidential information and referrals for alcohol and drug problems (in any language).

MOAR: Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery:  Resources for Recovery Guide. This guide includes an array of “how to and where to go for help” fact sheets to support individuals and families in the recovery process.

Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts: 24/7 free, confidential and anonymous support for parents.  

Rehab Center:   Addiction Recovery and Long Term Success are in reach.  RehabCenter is an organization dedicated to connecting people seeking addiction treatment to the resources they need to succeed.  A free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. It was developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from the White House and SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves. Our initiative is expanding resources on different substances, including heroin, painkillers, and cocaine. Visitors to these pages can learn about risk factors, signs of a problem, and ways to seek help.

Government Programs

NAMI  provides information for treatment facilities and options throughout Massachusetts. Other support groups and educational pieces can be found on this site.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA, is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.  SAMHSA is useful for parents hoping to learn more about drugs. SAMHSA also allows parents/guardians to find treatment for their children/loved ones.

The Intervention eBook  that describes how to intervene when you believe that your child or loved one is using drugs or drinking alcohol. Parents/guardians will find this especially useful.   This guide  provides information for parents/guardians about prescription drugs.

The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services has an extensive  list of resources  provided by the  Bureau of Substance Abuse Services to respond to the opioid epidemic

The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline  offers free, confidential information and referrals for alcohol and drug problems (in any language). • Helpline: 800-327-5050 

Intervention & Counseling Services in Massachusetts

Arbour Health System: Provides outpatient substance abuse counseling services in a variety of locations.
49 Robinwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02130

Alcohol Treatment:  an organization connecting people seeking treatment to the resources they need.
Call Toll-Free, 24/7 At1-800-247-9938

Boston Children's Hospital ASAP   (Adolescent Substance Abuse Program): offers services to adolescents with addiction. Available services include evaluation, counseling, parent guidance, etc. Specific services are available for those with an opioid use disorder.
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Lahey Health Behavioral Services: From outpatient counseling to treatment-focused halfway houses, we offer a full range of addiction treatment programs for adults and teens.  Please note that programs are available in a range of local areas.
199 Rosewood Drive
Suite 250
Danvers, MA 01923

Lynch Wellness & Recovery Foundation: To promote recovery in the lives of individuals with substance use disorders through extended treatment services, and deliver innovative community education about addiction awareness and prevention.
80 Washington Square, Suite D-25
Norwell, MA 02061

North Shore Medical Center Substance Use Services : Outpatient services designed for people who struggle with substance use, whether the problem is minor or more severe.
81 Highland Avenue
Salem, MA 01970

Right Turn  (formerly in Arlington): Innovative outpatient treatment and extended care for addiction.
440 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Riverside Urgent Behavioral Healthcare: Provides timely behavioral health evaluations, short-term counseling, psychopharmacological services and referrals for longer-term care.
206 Milford Street
Upton, MA 01568

South Bay Mental Health:  Provides substance abuse counseling with a full range of programs.
Nearest locations: Lowell Mental Health Clinic
22 Old Canal Drive
Lowell, MA 01851

Insurance Eligibility

The new  Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act   ensures that co-pays, deductibles, and visit limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits than they are for medical and surgical benefits. The  Affordable Care Act  builds on this law and requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services as one of ten essential health benefits categories.  Under the essential health benefits rule, individual and small group health plans are required to comply with these parity regulations. 
Contact the following places to find low or no cost treatment options:

Your health care insurer may provide a phone number on your membership card to call for information about accepted programs and services.