Adult Children of Alcoholics

Adult Children of Alcoholics is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. They meet with each other in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge their common experiences. They discover how childhood affected them in the past and influences them in the present (“The Problem”). They take positive action. By practicing the Twelve Steps, focusing on “The Solution”, and in accepting a loving Higher Power of  understanding, they find freedom from the past and a way to improve their lives today.


For over 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people; alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; it does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorsing nor opposing any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

American Psychiatric Association – Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives

The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its over 35,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is of a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

Children of Alcoholics Foundation

Children of substance abusers need help making sense of addiction and why their family has been affected.  They need assistance understanding their parents’ behavior, which may include abuse and neglect.  They need support as they cope with broken promises, confusion, anger, loss and bereavement.  And they need special help understanding their own unique risk for drug and alcohol abuse.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

ISTSS is an international, multidisciplinary professional membership organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma. This knowledge includes understanding the scope and consequences of traumatic exposure, preventing traumatic events and ameliorating their consequences, and advocating for the field of traumatic stress.

Manic Depressive and Depressive Association of Boston

MDDA-Boston is a non-profit, self-help organization run by and for people with affective disorders such as depression and manic-depression, and schizoaffective disorder.

Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition

The MCC is a non-profit organization committed to helping people with long-term mental health issues in Massachusetts find and secure employment, housing, education, mental health services and other services and support in the community.

Massachusetts People/Patients Organized for Wellness Empowerment and Rights (M-Power)

M-POWER is a member-run organization of mental health consumers and current and former psychiatric patients. They advocate for political and social change within the mental health system, the community, city, and statewide. Organizing as a common voice, they claim and secure their human rights. They promote free access to information about those rights. They stand against stigma, bigotry and discrimination that impede the ability to live as dignified people. They enlighten mental health professionals and the community with the truth about their lives, empowering themselves in the process. They believe all people are entitled to lives free of prejudice and oppression.


MEDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. MEDA’s mission is to prevent the continuing spread of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection. MEDA serves as a support network and resource for clients, loved ones, clinicians, educators and the general public.

The Mental Illness Education Project

It produces and distribute video-based educational programs and related materials. A non-profit organization, it is are committed to helping people deal with the often devastating effects of serious mental illness.


Nar-Anon is a twelve-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend. Nar-Anon’s program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses Nar-Anon’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The only requirement to be a member and attend Nar-Anon meetings is that there is a problem of drugs or addiction in a relative or friend. Nar-Anon is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity.

Narcotics Anonymous

NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They meet regularly to help each other stay clean. They are not interested in what or how much members used but only in what members want to do about their problem and how they can help.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Massachusetts Chapter (NAMI-MA)

NAMI-MA is part of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.

National Center for Victims of Crime

The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims. Since 1985, it has worked with more than 10,000 grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies serving millions of crime victims.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information

The NCADI is the nation’s one-stop resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline answers more than 16,000 calls per month from victims, survivors, friends and family members, law enforcement personnel, domestic violence advocates and the general public. Hotline advocates provide support and assistance to anyone involved in a domestic violence situation, including those in same-sex relationships, male survivors, those with disabilities and immigrant victims of domestic violence. All calls are confidential.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA’s mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Mental Health Association is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

National Mental Health Association

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is a consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental health consumer movement. It helps connect individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, and it offers expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers.

National Mental Health Information Center

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800-789-2647), this web site, and more than 600 publications.

National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s mission is to provide immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is the only national suicide prevention and intervention telephone resource funded by the federal government.

National Youth Anti-Drug Campaign (Office of National Drug Control Policy)

The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign is a multi-dimensional effort to educate and empower youth to reject illicit drugs. The campaign uses a variety of media to reach parents and youth, including TV ads, educational materials, Web sites, and publications. The campaign’s messages reach Americans wherever they live, work, learn, and play.

Office of National Drug Control Policy

The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the nation’s drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.

Parents, The Anti-Drug was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to equip parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. Working with the nation’s leading experts in the fields of parenting and substance abuse prevention, serves as a drug prevention information center and a supportive community for parents to interact and learn from each other.

Parent/Professional Advocacy League

PAL is an organization that promotes a strong voice for families of children and adolescents with mental health needs. PAL advocates for supports, treatment and policies that enable families to live in their communities in an environment of stability and respect.

Partnership for a Drug-Free America

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a non-profit coalition of communication, health, medical and educational professionals working to reduce illicit drug use and help people live healthy, drug-free lives.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA’s vision is a life in the community for everyone.  SAMHSA’s mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness