Substance & Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Welcome to the Brookfield Board of Health's resource page on substance abuse prevention. We understand that struggling with substance abuse can feel isolating, but you are not alone. Millions of Americans face similar challenges every day. Here, you'll find valuable resources, support, and guidance to help you navigate this journey towards a healthier, happier life. Remember, reaching out for help is the first step towards recovery. Together, we can make a difference

Resources for Substance Abuse Prevention and Support

  • Massachusetts Substance Abuse Hotline: A free, confidential 24/7 hotline that provides helpful information about alcoholism, drug addiction, and where to find help in Massachusetts. You can call them at 866-531-7211. Learn more

    MA Helpline: A statewide, public resource for finding substance use harm reduction, treatment, recovery, and problem gambling services. Helpline services are free and confidential, and available 24/7. You can call them at 800.327.5050, text "HOPE" to 800327, or chat with them online. Visit MA Helpline

    Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) Substance Abuse Services: MCDHH provides information on issues surrounding drugs, alcohol, behavioral addictions, and mental health co-occurring disorders, and offers recovery support meetings with ASL or CART. Learn more about MCDHH Substance Abuse Services

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Provides information and resources on substance abuse prevention and treatment. Visit SAMHSA
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Offers research and educational materials on drug abuse and addiction. Visit NIDA
  • 9-8-8 ( call or Text )  The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): A fellowship of individuals who share their experiences to help each other recover from alcoholism.AA Meeting List Brookfield Area     
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA): Similar to AA, NA is a community-based organization for people recovering from drug addiction. NA Meeting List Brookfield Area 
  • Al-Anon Is your life affected by someone else’s drinking? Families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help. ttps://

  • Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Alateen

Strategies for Preventing Substance Abuse

Preventing substance abuse is a crucial aspect of public health. It requires a multifaceted approach that addresses various factors contributing to substance use. Here are some strategies that can be effective in preventing substance abuse:

  • Education and Awareness: Providing accurate and comprehensive information about the risks and consequences of substance abuse is essential. This can include educational programs in schools, community workshops, and public awareness campaigns.

  • Promoting Healthy Coping Skills: Encouraging individuals to develop healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with stress, anxiety, and other emotions can reduce the reliance on substances as a means of escape or relief.

  • Building Strong Support Networks: Creating environments where individuals feel supported and connected can play a significant role in preventing substance abuse. This can involve strengthening family bonds, fostering positive peer relationships, and building supportive communities.

  • Access to Mental Health Services: Ensuring that people have access to mental health services is critical. Addressing underlying mental health issues can help prevent the onset of substance abuse.

  • Community Engagement: Involving community members in prevention efforts can create a supportive environment that discourages substance abuse. This can include community-based programs, volunteer opportunities, and partnerships with local organizations.

  • Reducing Stigma: Combatting the stigma associated with substance abuse and mental health conditions is vital. Stigma can prevent individuals from seeking help and support. Efforts to reduce stigma can include public education campaigns, support groups, and promoting open conversations about mental health and substance use.

By implementing these strategies, we can work together to prevent substance abuse and create a healthier community for all.

Preventing substance abuse requires a community-wide effort. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, don't hesitate to reach out for help. Together, we can create a healthier, substance-free community.


 Local AA Meetings  
Meeting Information

Everyday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Open  (O)

Discussion  (D)

ADA Access  (H)

This meeting is open and anyone may attend. ADA accessible.

Meets outdoors on the Common

Brookfield Common
Common St
Brookfield, MA
Meeting Information

Sunday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Open  (O)

Speaker  (S)

ADA Access  (H)

This meeting is open and anyone may attend. ADA accessible.

Brookfield Town Hall
6 Central St
Brookfield, MA