Substance abuse and addiction are acknowledged public health issues that pose significant problems for the health, social, and economic welfare of every community and have devastating effects on all realms of the population (National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA], 2007).
Addiction, in particular, is a chronic relapsing disorder that has many negative
consequences to individuals, families and communities. It is a complex public health
problem that requires comprehensive treatment to address the multiple components of
For this reason, the City of Boston has a comprehensive system of care offering a wide
array of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services designed to meet the unique and varied substance related needs of its individual residents, families and communities. This Resource Guide to Substance Abuse Services in Boston provides a outline to those services.
For help identifying which type of treatment is best for you or your loved one, please call 311.
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