Resources for Addiction Recovery and Support

“Even in the midst of devastation, something within us always points the way to freedom.”—Sharon Salzberg

“Our greatest glory is not in ever failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”Confucius

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don’t give up.”—Anne Lamott

On campus

HDS Office of the Chaplain and Religious and Spiritual Life
Swartz 110
Phone: 617.496.7540

Office of Student Life
Swartz 106
Phone: 617.496.3091

Counseling and Mental Health Services at Harvard University Health Services

Denominational counselors: the HDS Office of Ministry Studies employs part-time denominational counselors who serve the needs of several particular faith communities at the Divinity School.

Harvard Chaplainsthe umbrella organization of 38 chaplains representing 26 of the world’s traditions, united in their commitment to serving Harvard’s diverse student communities.

The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion at Harvard University Health Services offers Alcohol and Substance Abuse Resources

Off campus

The sites below are maintained by organizations external to Harvard Divinity School; their inclusion here does not necessarily imply endorsement by HDS. 

Al-Anon & Alateen meetings for friends and family
Alcoholics Anonymous Boston meetings
Bay Cove Human Services for substance use treatment, prevention, short-term residential programming, and individual group counseling
Gamblers Anonymous meetings
Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous (ITAA) online meetings
Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center
Narcotics Anonymous meetings

Refuge Recovery meetings
Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration treatment locations

Online Resources

Addiction Group: Alcohol Effects, Addiction Treatment, and Resources
Addiction Group: Drug Addiction Effects, Risks, Treatment, and Resources
Alcohol Abuse and Mental Health

Alcohol Rehab Help: Recovery and Relapse Prevention
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
College Alcohol Abuse

Films on addiction and recovery at Arrow Passage Recovery comprehensive list of Alcohol, Drug, and other rehab centers in Boston
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism resources
National Institute on Drug Abuse resources
Recommended books on addiction and recovery at Futures Recovery Healthcare
SMART Recovery online meetings/forums
Voices on Addiction: How to Stay by Jennifer Hollis, HDS MDiv ‘03