Welcome to QHSUA
The Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance (QHSUA) is a diverse, dynamic group of individuals and organizations that have a keen interest in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery.
We believe that substance use and mental health disorders are preventable, treatable conditions and that recovery is possible. We value all pathways to recovery and respect the wisdom of lived experience.
In the rural Quaboag Hills geographic area, the Alliance works in close collaboration with many partners who live and work in communities at the margins of three Massachusetts Counties – Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester Counties.
We believe it’s up to all of us to make sure our youth have the best chance to become healthy adults and that support for individuals and families seeking recovery is widely available.
Check out the calendar of events for more information about our monthly meetings and the activities of our community partners.
HELP STOP THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH ADDICTION
We all can help to lead the way toward ending the opioid epidemic by using language that de-stigmatizes the disease of substance use disorder. That means using terminology that recognizes that substance use disorder is a chronic illness, not a moral failing, and people can and do recover.
• We pledge to treat all people with a substance use disorder with dignity and respect.
• We pledge to talk about addiction as a chronic illness, not a moral failing.
• We pledge to be leaders in reducing stigma and promoting recovery from this disease.
WORDS MATTER! And please remember, we’re here to help!
Recovery Center of Hope (RCH) in Ware
The Recovery Center of HOPE (Healing Ourselves with Peers Everywhere), the new name for the former Ware Regional Recovery Center, is committed to being a safe and welcoming space to cultivate recovery, support families and bring together the growing recovery community in 18 towns in the Quaboag Hills Region. The RCH benefits people and families impacted by substance use as well as those who have lost a loved one to addiction. Offerings include multiple pathways of recovery, health and wellness services, navigation to local resources and providers, recreation, education and employment assistance, group and family support, youth recovery, and other activities. The Center is open Wednesdays 10am–7pm & Fridays 10am–2pm. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.
Resources for Support
In an Emergency Call 911
MASS Recovery Helpline
MA Statewide Emergency Service/Crisis Line
Baystate Mary Lane Emergency Room
Baystate Wing Emergency Room
Ware Carson Center (Counseling)
Palmer Griswold Center (Counseling)
NA (Narcotics Anonymous)
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
SAMHSA's National Hotline
Domestic Violence Hotline
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Trevor Project (LGBTQ Support)
Crisis Text Line
Text "Help" to 741-741
Join Our Cause
Prevention. Treatment. Recovery.
- Monthly Meeting of QHSUA
Second Monday of the month, 9:00-10:30 am
Meeting ID: 828 0770 0901
Monthly Meeting of QHSUA
Our monthly meetings are free and open to anyone in the Quaboag Hills region with an interest in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery. We welcome your participation!
Our meetings are currently held on the 2nd Monday of the month from 9:00 – 10:30 am via zoom:
Meeting ID: 828 0770 0901 | Passcode: 563439
A typical meeting agenda includes updates and discussions about local and regional projects, ways to assess emerging trends or needs, and how we plan for and evaluate activities in the region. We discuss prevention work, local data, treatment resources and gaps in services, recovery supports, and activities such as outreach, fundraising and community education
We may have a guest speaker or ‘mini-training’ as part of the general meeting. At least once per year, we invite our state legislators to attend. We want them to better understand the region’s unique needs for policy and financial supports on substance use.