Addiction Recovery

Paving the way to healthier lives and stronger communities.

Women in recovery at Linda Fay Griffen House in Worcester

Addiction is a serious problem that causes harm not only to individuals and families, but also to public safety. Advocates offers a number of programs and treatment options for people struggling with addiction so they can embark on a path to recovery, and in turn make their lives —and our communities—safer and stronger.


Addiction Counseling

Advocates Community Counseling provides individual and group therapy to those struggling with addiction at our locations in Framingham, Marlborough, and Harvard. Our compassionate and skilled counselors support individuals on their journey to recovery. We accept MassHealth and most private insurance plans. Visit our Counseling & Psychiatry page to learn more.

First Offender Driver Alcohol Education

For individuals convicted of driving under the influence for the first time, our Driver Alcohol Education program is designed to reduce the risk of future incidents by helping participants change their behaviors and attitudes. For many, this will mean reducing or eliminating their use of alcohol. The program provides 40 hours of education over a 16-week period and includes an assessment, self-help meetings, and victim impact meetings located at Advocates Community Counseling - Harvard. Referrals are made by the adjudicating court.

Residential Programs

Advocates is a regional leader in residential services for adults dealing with both mental health and addiction issues. We help men and women on their path to recovery through our group homes in MetroWest and Central Massachusetts. Learn more about Advocates' Residential Services.

Second Offender Aftercare

This program provides one year of aftercare treatment for individuals convicted of their second driving-under-the-influence offense after they complete a 14-day residential program. The ultimate goal of the program is for participants to take responsibility for their previous behavior and make the changes necessary to cease further incidents. Second Offender Aftercare is available through Advocates Community Counseling - Harvard. Referrals are made by the adjudicating court.

Featured Stories

Journey to Recovery and Stability

On October 17, 2010, Sherri woke up from a coma after overdosing on prescription medications in an attempt to get high, her rock bottom following years of drug and alcohol addiction.

Noel: From Recovery Home Resident to Program Director

Noel had a good job, a college degree, and an active social life. On weekends, he went to clubs with friends. Life was good. Things quickly went downhill when he was arrested and spent six weeks in jail.

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