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Break the Stigma Campaign

Substance Use Disorder, like cancer and diabetes, is a chronic disease and should be treated like one. Unfortunately getting treatment for the disorder is stigmatized, keeping people from seeking help. Today the opioid crisis is killing people in Western Mass at an alarming rate. Help “break the stigma” – get the facts on substance use disorder and Narcan, and find treatment options and related resources. The difference could mean life or death of a loved one.

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Recovery and Treatment Services

Multi-Service Organizations

These behavioral health agencies provide a variety of levels of substance use treatments.

Ad-Care: Provides Substance Use Treatment options throughout Massachusetts, including West Springfield and Worcester.

Behavioral Health Network (BHN) Substance Use Treatment options throughout Massachusetts, including Ware, Springfield, Greenfield, and Holyoke.

Swift River in Plainfield, Mass offers inpatient treatment, medication assisted treatment, and therapy, among other services.

Acute Treatment Services (ACT)

Detox: Short-stay inpatient program, in which detox and withdrawal are medically supervised. (Typically 3-7 days for adults, 7-14 days for youth.)

Clinical Stabilization Services (CSS)

Structured, supervised inpatient program that provides further stabilization and services.  (typically 14-21 days)

Transitional Support Services (TSS)

A short stay, residential program. (length of stay varies greatly)

There are no detox or acute service programs in the QHSUA service area. Services are available in Greenfield, Springfield, and Worcester. To find a placement visit

Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP)

Outpatient Therapeutic Treatment (Counseling)

Individual and group therapy with a clinically trained substance use counselor.

Psychology Today provides detailed information on available mental health professionals. The site is searchable by services available; insurance, issues, gender, sexuality, ages, types of therapy, services and location.

Barre- Listening Wellness Center (978) 355-3501; and Barre Family Health Center (978) 355-6321

Palmer – Griswold Center (413) 370-5282

Right Choice – (413) 370-4300

Ware – Behavioral Health Network (BHN)/Valley Human Services (413) 967-6241

Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication used to support sobriety and manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Found to be the most effective form of treatment when used in conjunction with counseling and support (type and duration varies greatly).

Barre– Barre Family Health Center provide MAT treatment for individuals that have a primary care provider at the health center (978) 355-6321

Palmer- Griswold Center (413) 284-5400

Right Choice – (413) 370-4300

Ware – CleanSlate (413) 341-1888

Plainfield – Swift River

Residential Recovery Homes (Halfway House)

Supportive, structured, alcohol and drug-free homes. Offer support with unemployment, education, legal and medical needs, provide support groups, accountability and life-skills. (Typically 4-6 months)

Ware – Gandara, Cornerstone (for women age 18-25) (413) 237-5296

Sober Homes

Sober Home is a broad term describing a sober, safe and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems. Sober Homes offer peer-to-peer recovery support. (Duration varies. All Sober Homes are not alike, look for Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing- MASH certified homes)

Belchertown– Honest Beginnings (413) 342-8285

Palmer– SMOC Crossroads Program (413) 283-5233

DART (Drug Addiction and Recovery Team) Hampshire County

The DART team is made up of recovery coaches and community police officers specially trained in substance use disorder. They can assist in accessing resources, harm reduction tools like Narcan and provide short or long term support. Visit

In Belchertown and Ware, call or text (413) 588-2335

Recovery Coach

A Recovery Coach is a specially trained and certified person, with personal experience with substance use disorder, who helps guides others on their journey to achieving recovery.

Belchertown-through the Northampton Recovery Center (413) 834-4127

Palmer/ Ware – through Behavioral Health Network (BHN) (413) 271-8078

Peer Recovery Center

Peer Recovery Meetings

NA meetings can be found every day of the week in the QHSUA region, to find a meeting visit

AA meetings can be found every day of the week in the QHSUA region, to find a meeting visit

Family Support Services

Allies in Recovery (413) 210-3724


Belchertown- Speaking Out About Addiction & Recovery (SOAAR)

Support Your Loved One – a local, ‘fee-for-service’, private consulting support coach for parents and loved ones of those with addiction.

Al-Anon meetings in:

  • Ware at St Mary’s Church, 59 South St, Ware, MA, 01082, Saturdays 9:00 AM (Group ID 30798386)
  • West Brookfield at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 10 Milk St, West Brookfield, MA, Tuesdays 7:00 PM (Group ID 502526)
  • Palmer at Second Congregational Church, 1080 Pleasant St, Palmer, MA, Fridays at 6:00PM (Group ID 30558641)

More information on Al-Anon can be found at the Al Anon website and Al Anon Massachusetts website.

Nicotine cessation

Smoke Free Teens

Text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709

My Life My Quit Call or text “Start My Quit” to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. For more information or to sign up online, visit

QHSUA Disclaimer of Endorsement

Any reference to a specific product, service, agency or provider does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance (QHSUA) of such products or services, or its producer or provider. The views and opinions expressed in any document on this site or linked website do not necessarily state or reflect the views and opinions of the QHSUA.