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Recovery Services

The Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services supports substance use disorder and addiction recovery strategies in the City.

We work to give more people access to the support they need. We also build key partnerships with City, State, and community partners. Our office is the first municipal recovery office in the United States.

774 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Get help

For recovery support, please call 3-1-1 or 617-635-4500.

Recovery Month events

Recovery Month events
Event Date, time, and location Contact

Recovery peer support meetings at the Gavin Foundation

At the Devine Recovery Center, there's an outdoor seating area that is safe during COVID-19. 

  • Art and Recovery with Medicine Wheel: Mondays, 7 p.m.
  • Southie Mid-Week: Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
  • Gavin Recovery Meeting: Thursdays, 7 p.m.
  • Southie Young People: Sundays, 7 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, at 7 p.m.

Devine Recovery Center, 70 Devine Way, South Boston, MA 02127

Dave DeCourcey,

'Reflect, Respect' Language Campaign

The words we use as public health advocates matter. They have the potential to impact policy, treatment and funding decisions. The Community Prevention Office has created a guide to support using person-first and strengths-based language.

Ongoing through September

Any location, self-paced

Dishon Liang,


There will be 23 days of activities to reflect the 23 million living in recovery in the U.S.

Virtual daily activities, September 1 - 23

Sydney Durand,

Opioid Epidemic Memorial for Boston

Participants sign up and receive a card of seed-paper in the mail. They write the names of their loved ones lost to opioids. They then plant the cards wherever they want within the City of Boston.

A year from now, poppy flowers will grow as a form of public memorial.

Fall 2020

Activity by mail

Maia Dolphine-Krute,

Collegiate Recovery Office Hours

Lina Abdalla is a local leader in collegiate recovery and a person with lived experience. She has offered to respond to texts about the subject of collegiate recovery on the weekends. This is a low-threshold, personal, and de-stigmatized way for people to get plugged into collegiate recovery.

Saturdays and Sundays, daytime

By text: 857-302-2919

Lina Abdalla,
Boston Bulldogs Weekly Run

We welcome and encourage runners (and walkers) of all levels. Some of our runners are in recovery, some are impacted by addiction, some just want to "do something" to help, and others just want to run. All are welcome - no questions asked.

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.

Cleveland Circle/Chestnut Hill Reservoir
Recovery Month: Developing an anti-racist recovery movement

This discussion will critically evaluate how academic medicine, research and policy has systematically excluded Black, Indigenous and other Persons of Color (BIPOC) from the recovery movement.

September 15, 1 - 2 p.m.

Virtual event

Elizabeth Powell,
Recovery coach perspectives on bias and stigma

Recovery coaches present on:

  • intentional and unintentional stigma
  • knowing and recognizing our own biases, and
  • learning how to use these truths to make the patient care experience more beneficial for all.

September 17, 12 p.m. (noon) - 1 p.m.

Virtual event

Elizabeth Powell,
Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day

Virtual town hall event where participants will learn from experts about opioid misuse and treatment, and will be able to take a free, anonymous, online screening for themselves or a loved one.

September 22, 9 - 11 a.m.

Virtual event

Scott Weiner,
Buprenorphine Waiver Training (Clinicians only)

This activity combines pre-work with live didactic lecture and discussion, including review of case studies.

September 22, 1 - 5 p.m.

Virtal event

Samantha Sawyer,
MA Recovery Day

Recovery Day celebration featuring speakers, comedians, and artists.

September 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Virtual event

Maryanne Frangules,
Artists in Recovery

The MA Recovery Day event showcases visual and performance art by people in recovery.

September 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Virtual event

Yoga on the Greenway

Join NamaStay Sober and Jason Denham for an all-levels yoga class - newbies welcome!

September 23, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Virtual event

(There's also an in-person option on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Atlantic Avenue.)

Nicoletta Longo,
NamaStay Fighting

Third annual NamaStay Fighting event is being hosted virtually. It's all day, with HIT, boxing, meditation, yoga, and self-help discussion.

September 26, all day

Virtual event

Nicoletta Longo,
Charleston Candlelight Vigil

Join us at the Charlestown Peace Park for our annual vigil. If you would like to submit a photo of a loved one to be added into the vigil slideshow, please send their name and image to

September 26, 6:30pm

Charlestown Peace Park (Mount Vernon Street and Lowney Way)

Shannon Lundin,
Recovery Mass

September 27, 6 p.m.

St. Mary – St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 55 Warren Street, Charlestown, MA

CORI Panel

Panel on sealing a CORI and looking at the intersection between substance use and re-entry.

September 29, 11- 12:30 p.m.

Virtual event
Introduction to Boston Bulldogs

Boston Bulldogs is holding an informational session online. They'll discuss what they are doing to support wellness in recovery during these challenging times.

September 30

Virtual event

COVID-19 online resources

With physical locations closed across the state due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, we put together a list of online resources for recovery support groups:

Doing the Work: Recovery in Boston

Listen: Voices from the front lines

Hear about the experiences of people working on the front lines of the addiction epidemic:

Project Opportunity

A Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) can pose challenges to employment. That’s why Project Opportunity connects Boston residents with legal experts to determine if their records can be sealed or expunged. 


About our work

In 2015, Mayor Martin J. Walsh created the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services. We’re focused on substance use disorder and addiction issues in Boston. We work closely with Boston Public Health Commission’s Bureau of Recovery Services.

To build and support local recovery services, we partner with:

  • City of Boston departments
  • state and federal agencies
  • local service providers, and
  • community network.

What we’ve done so far

In 2014, Mayor Walsh and the City partnered with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Together, we analyzed Boston's substance use addiction problem. As part of our work, we set up an Addiction Recovery Advisory Group made up of:

  • addiction experts
  • community leaders, and
  • researchers.

The group created the Addiction and Recovery Services Blueprint. This plan identifies strategies the City should use with the nation's first Office of Recovery Services.

Our office partnered with 311, the City’s constituent service hotline. Through this effort, we’ve created an easy way for residents to get access to recovery services and resources.

We’ve more than doubled the staff and extended the hours at the PAATHS program, the City’s access to care program.

Public health tactics are now a part in the City’s public safety work, thanks to our partnerships with:

  • Boston Police and Boston Fire
  • Emergency Medical Services, and
  • the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department.

These efforts include diversion for low-level drug offenses, overdose prevention and follow-up, and reentry supports.

We created a Street Outreach Team that engages with the most vulnerable members of our community in care. Our Mobile Sharps Team responds to 311 requests for syringes and proactively patrols high-volume areas. At our Engagement Center, we provide a welcoming space for people to spend time during the day. 

We supported Mayor Walsh in his role as the Chair of the US Conference of Mayors’ first-ever Substance Use, Prevention, and Recovery Services Task Force.