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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

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Serving Boston’s youth since the late 1960s

Contact Details

Number: +1(617) 423-9575

Website: http://www.bridgeotw.org/

Address: 47 West Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111

About Bridge Over Troubled Waters Inc.

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Bridge Over Troubled Waters provides temporary housing as well as innovative, evidence-based counseling and therapy services for young people. While not specifically a substance rehab and treatment center, Bridge Over Troubled Waters has, in the course of its mission, gained considerable experience in addressing the needs of down-and-out youth with respect to drug and alcohol misuse.

Who is Bridge Over Troubled Waters For?

Bridge Over Troubled Waters was a pioneer in transitional living homes for minors in America, being one of nine in the entire country in the early 1980s. Today, the group still primarily focuses on children and teens, though recently it has acquired Liberty House, a sober living facility for young adults aged up to 24. They also have programs for young parents and up to two of their children.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters is focused on helping high-risk youth in Boston find a means to self-sufficiency and a life of meaning. It has mostly stayed focused on helping this very specific group of people. Minors may stay in the transitional facilities for up to 72 hours without parental permission.

Services offered for substance use disorder

While not a rehab center specifically, Bridge Over Troubled Waters does provide resources to help clients recover from substance use disorders and more.

While it does offer counseling and therapy, it is mainly a safe space where homeless youth can get temporary accommodations, have a hot meal, take a shower for a nominal fee, or for free. Bridge over Troubled Waters also provides emergency medical assistance and may also refer clients to other facilities for further treatment.

Critically, the group also offers educational and vocational services, aimed at helping young people be more self-sufficient. This is partly a type of preventative service that may help keep individuals from turning to substances later on.

You may contact Bridge Over Troubled Waters Inc using their website at www.bridgeotw.org to learn more about the treatment services that they offer.

The facility name, logo, brand, and registered trademark(s) depicted above are the property and registered trademarks of Bridge Over Troubled Waters Inc, and are being used for identification and informational purposes only. Use of these names, logos, and brands shall not imply endorsement. This site is not affiliated with or sponsored by Bridge Over Troubled Waters Inc.

Treatment approach

  • Substance abuse counseling approach

Treatment options

  • Outpatient
  • Regular outpatient treatment



  • Smoking not permitted


  • Adolescents
  • Young adults


  • Female
  • Male


  • Substance use disorder
  • Intervention center
  • Medical Detox

Areas of specialization

  • 12-step facilitation approach
  • Anger management
  • Do not treat opioid addiction
  • Individual counseling offered

Payment options

  • Federal or any government funding for substance abuse programs
  • Payment assistance (check with the facility for details)

Accepted insurance plans

  • Medicaid
  • State financed health insurance plan other than Medicaid