North American Indian Center of Boston Grandparents' Resource Guide

Substance Abuse Treatment

Consider this... according to a recent article in Indian Country Today; an American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse study presented in August 2012 at the annual meeting of American Sociological Association identified the prevalence of traditional culture as the strongest predictor of anti-drug behavior among American Indian teens.

Put that in your back pocket as you consider that a 2009 Centers for Disease Control study showed American Indians are three times more likely to experience alcohol-related deaths than the general population of the rest of the country. At the same time, another study indicates an increasing number of American Indians being admitted to drug treatment facilities while American Indians experience a much higher rate of fetal alcohol syndrome.


  • The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline

    Provides free and confidential information and referrals for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns.

  • Hope Links

    A 24-hour hotline staffed by treatment specialists offering referral to alcohol and drug detoxification centers in Massachusetts.

Programs for Teens

  • Teen Challenge New England

    A Christian residential drug recovery, outreach and drug prevention program. There are three MA-based centers: Boston, Brockton and Fitchburg.

  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Services (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital

    Provides clinicians who evaluate and support adolescents with a full range of substance use problems and disorders – from teens who have just begun using substances to those struggling with addiction.

  • Inspirations

    An organization that specializes in drug and alcohol rehabilitation for teens.

Self Help Programs

  • Red Road

    Located at the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) 105 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Substance abuse recovery program held Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm. Schedule subject to change.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Central Service Committee of Eastern Massachusetts

    12 Channel Street, Boston, MA 02210

    Provides information about AA meeting locations and times and hosts AA meetings.

  • Narcotics Anonymous World Services

    Helps individuals to locate Narcotics Anonymous meetings anywhere in the world.

  • Gamblers Anonymous

    190 High Street, Boston, MA 02110

    Provides meetings and support for people with gambling addictions.

Treatment Programs

  • Victory Programs

    Provides a variety of services including residential programs for those seeking to recover from substance abuse.

  • Partridge House

    St. Regis Mohawk Tribe 25 St. Regis Road, Hogansburg, NY 13655

    Provides in-patient substance abuse addiction treatment for American Indian men and women 21 and older through a blend of traditional teachings and self-empowerment using a non-judgmental approach.