Additional Resources

Substance Abuse

The helpline offers free, confidential information and referrals for those with alcohol and drug problems seeking help.

Addiction Resource provides resources to help those suffering from substance use disorders and their loved ones find treatment and support. They offer a wide variety of information around substance use disorders, including recognizing signs and symptoms of abuse, who’s at risk, the various levels of care, and self assessment tools.

SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
This organization provides a wealth of information around substance use disorders and mental health disorders. They over many publications, data, and resources for the patient, their families, and treatment professionals. they also provide a treatment locator to find treatment facilities in your area.

Make the Connection
Launched in 2011, connects Veterans, their family members and friends, and other advocates with mental health information, local resources, and Veterans’ own inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can learn about the signs of problems with drugs and alcohol and find sources of support. The site is free and accessible to everyone.


Homelessness Links

Hunger Links

  • Worcester County Food Bank Resource Locator
  • For help call the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 TTY 1-800-377 1292
  • The Worcester WIC (Women, Infant, Children) Feeding Program is operated by the Family Health Center, located at 199 Chandler Street. Their phone number is: (508) 762-5700
  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is operated by the Worcester Community Action Council, located at 484 Main Street. Their phone number is: (508) 754-1176

Smoking Cessation

The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline now has three ways to support people who want to quit tobacco.  New online options expand upon and complement the traditional telephone service and make a free and confidential quit coach more accessible.

  1. Users of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes, and chew can reach a quit coach who can answer questions about: the most effective ways to quit, how to get through cravings, and whether to use medicines. Coaching is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week (with some holiday exceptions) by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
  2. In addition, tobacco users can now enroll online either for online-only services or to receive combined phone and internet services, through
  3. Those who prefer online-only support can receive all of the same services—free coaching, help with planning to quit and help tracking progress using a variety of online tools—through
    • Online support includes the ability to develop a quit plan, plan for triggers or withdrawal, and chat with others who are trying to quit.
    • Motivational text messages, emails and instant messages are also available.

Participants choose the parts of the Helpline program that work best for them and can use the services as frequently and as long as needed at no cost.

  • Free nicotine patches and nicotine gum are available to all eligible users.
  • And the Helpline services are available to support friends and family members, too.

People who use coaching and medicines together are three times as likely to quit for good as those who use neither.  For more information about the Helpline and to enroll online, visit  The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.