Celebrating the Gains Made by Those in Recovery!
Every September during Recovery Month, we celebrate the gains made by those in recovery from substance use disorder just as we celebrate health improvements made by those with hypertension, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and many other chronic illnesses.

Public belief of addiction as a health problem is growing in the midst of an opioid epidemic that is killing an average of 115 Americans a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a time when 21.5 million American adults are battling substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and nearly 8 million American adults are battling both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder according to SAMHSA.

Recovery Month celebrates the millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Recovery Month celebrations help the wider community learn about treatment and support resources, and gain an understanding of substance use as a health issue from which no one is immune.
Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community!

When individuals with substance use and/or mental health symptoms seek help, many more are now met with the belief that anyone can recover and manage their conditions successfully. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) identifies four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

  • Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and, for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.

  • Home—having a stable and safe place to live.

  • Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.

  • Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope. Hope is the belief that these challenges and conditions can be overcome, and is the foundation of recovery.

The process of recovery is personal and occurs via many pathways that often include, as does James' story below, a combination of clinical treatment, medications, peer support, family support, self-care, and other approaches.

My recovery started with the help of AdCare and
my firm decision to change.
My name is James and I am a person in recovery. My recovery story started with the help of AdCare and my firm decision to change. Once I decided to embrace recovery, I followed the suggestions of the experts at AdCare. I became more humble and asked for help. I also asked questions and used the resources available to me.
When I realized that I had been using street drugs to mask mental health issues that were re-surfacing, I joined Genesis Club. I also discovered Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Center, which has helped me tremendously. I can identify with the people there. We all share a desire to stay sober, improve our lives, and help others.

Baby steps are often as important as giant strides!

Recovery is a process requiring patience and persistence. I learned that patience truly is a virtue because no one recovers overnight. Along my path of recovery, many doors closed and many new doors opened. Today, I am enrolled in my second semester of business management courses at Quinsigamond Community College. I spend a lot of time at Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Center where I help others, which in turn, helps me. I spent my summer helping out my parents who are in my life today because I am in recovery. I say that I am in recovery without specifying from substance use and mental health issues because people recover from many kinds of conditions that impact many aspects of their lives. The important thing is that they are recovering and working toward changing their lives for the better.

When telling your recovery story remember that words matter and the language of addiction is changing. Using new recovery language can help end stigma.
For example, did you know that the word “addict” cannot be found in the most recent edition of the standard Associated Press (AP) Stylebook? That’s because earlier this month, the Associated Press took a groundbreaking step in de-stigmatizing the disease of addiction – they removed the word “addict” as a noun. Learn more about recovery language:  Words Matter

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Stop by the AdCare table and pick up an AdCare tote bag!
Get inspired by recovery!

Pier Recovery Center
September 5, 1-4 PM
209 Main Street
Hyannis, MA
Main Rally
September 15, 2-6 PM
Roger Williams Park
Providence, RI
MOAR Recovery Walk & Celebration
September 17, 9 AM Start
City Hall Plaza to Faneuil Hall Boston, MA
Stoneham Recovery Day
September 17, 5-7 PM
Town Common
Stoneham, MA
Aquidneck Island Rally
September 8, 2018, 1-4 PM
Pottsy Field, Middletown, RI

Bristol Rally
September 22, 1-4 PM
Town Commons, Bristol RI

Woonsocket Rally
September 29, 11 AM-2 PM
Northwest RI Community Care Alliance, Clinton Street
Woonsocket, RI

Closing Ceremony
October 5, 5-7 PM
Warwick Mall, Warwick, RI
Western Mass Recovery
September 21, 11 AM-2 PM
Holy Name Social Center
Next to Liberty Prep High School
37 Alderman Street
Springfield, MA 
CCAR Recovery Walks!
September 22, 10 AM-2 PM
Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT
PAACA Recovery Day
September 28, 11:30 AM-2 PM
360 Coggeshall Street
New Bedford, MA
Worcester Cares
September 29, 10 AM-4 PM
City Hall Plaza, 455 Main Street
Worcester, MA
Pathway to Care 5K Run for Recovery
September 23, 11 AM Start
Ashley Reservoir, 250 Whitney Avenue
Holyoke, MA
$25 per runner/walker

Proceeds to benefit Substance Abuse Education and Outreach Program at Mercy Medical Center.
Registration: 5K Run for Recovery.
Five minutes from our former Beacon Street address, Boston Outpatient Services is now located at 50 Congress Street, suite 430, minutes from the MBTA and Faneuil Hall.

"Our new professional office space at 50 Congress Street has been fully redecorated and refurbished," said David Hillis, Jr., Vice President of Outpatient Services at AdCare. "We are working toward expanding our full spectrum of outpatient services that now include Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) in the day and evening, as well as Early Recovery and Specialty Groups such as Mindfulness, Parenting, and Women in Recovery."

Our flexible treatment services are delivered by masters-level and licensed alcohol and drug clinicians between the hours of 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Please call 617-227-2622 for an appointment or walk in for a same-day assessment.
"A holistic approach to treating addiction"

When Stephanie Pratico, LMHC, Substance Abuse Clinician at AdCare Outpatient Services in Worcester, Massachusetts, moved to Worcester from her native Tucson, Arizona, to attend the College of the Holy Cross, she envisioned a career in music therapy. Ms. Pratico studied math and music at Holy Cross, and taught math while going to graduate school for a degree in expressive therapies and mental health counseling at Lesley University in Cambridge. Ms. Pratico doesn't work in music therapy today, but as a clinical supervisor helping those with drug and alcohol

Stephanie Pratico, LMHC
Substance Abuse Clinician, OP Worcester


Healthy boundaries and communication enhance family dynamics,
and are part of successful recovery for everyone.

What's a Healthy Boundary?
It's the line that defines where you and your responsibilities end and where a loved one and their responsibilities begin. This means recognizing your needs and feelings as important, learning to say no, identifying behaviors that don't work for you, being in touch with reality, trusting yourself, and focusing on yourself.
Establishing Healthy Boundaries & Communication
Ask questions to ascertain information that you do not have.
Be realistic - establish attainable goals.
Be clear - set definable timeframes and markers.
Learn to say no - Set a limit and stick to it.
Stay firm - Maintain consistency.
Assume recovery is the same for all.
Arbitrarily change requirements without discussion.
Change your stance on established roles.
Give in or get worn down.

Complimentary education and support for individuals impacted by a loved one's substance use

AdCare Outpatient's complimentary Family Informational Programs provide substance use education and support. Family Programs are open to anyone concerned with the substance use of a family member or friend.
Boston Outpatient
50 Congress St., Ste. 430
2nd Wednesday of the month 6:30 PM
Quincy Outpatient
1419 Hancock St
1st Thursday of the month
6:00 PM
North Dartmouth Outpatient
88 Faunce Corner Rd.
4th Wednesday of the month
6:00 PM
Worcester Outpatient
95 Lincoln
4th Wednesday of the month
6:00 PM
West Springfield Outpatient
117 Park Avenue
2nd Wednesday of the month
6:00 PM
Warwick RI Outpatient
400 Bald Hill Road
1st Tuesday of the month
6:30 PM
North Kingstown RI Outpatient
1950 Tower Hill Rd.
Last Wednesday of the month
6:00 PM

For more information about AdCare Outpatient Family Services, please call the office near you!
WHEN SOMEONE NEEDS HELP, American Addiction Centers IS NEAR
As part of AAC, AdCare is connected to treatment facilities across the county

Continuing our tradition of expanding substance use treatment and broadening the continuum of care that we provide, AdCare proudly joined American Addiction Centers (AAC) on March 1, 2018. In addition to AdCare Hospital, AdCare Outpatient Services, and AdCare Rhode Island's Residential Program, AdCare is now connected to treatment facilities in unique treatment environments across the country, To learn more about our parent company, visit American Addiction Centers.