Number: +1(617) 661-6020
Address: 11 Russell Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
CASPAR (Cambridge And Somerville Programs for Addiction Recovery) is a community-based nonprofit group that runs a number of substance rehab centers in the Greater Boston Area. It is part of Bay Cove Human Services, a nonprofit group that advances a wide number of health and community programs in Massachusetts.
CASPAR was founded in 1970 as a response to the then-emerging drug and alcohol problems in Cambridge and Somerville. CASPAR was instrumental in the decriminalization of alcoholism in Massachusetts and it continues to advocate for rehabilitation and treatment over incarceration for substance-related issues.
The network currently runs several different programs, including ones focused on emergency medical services, residential care for men and women, aftercare, and reaching out to Boston’s growing population of homeless.
CASPAR offers three different residential treatment programs for substance use disorders. One focuses on adult men, another on adult women, and another program is dedicated to pregnant and parenting women. All programs are long-term, with six to nine months of participation needed before graduating.
These programs are focused on building long-term sobriety and generally only accept people who are clean and sober on admission. Participants are helped to access critical federal and Massachusetts state services including Food Stamps, MassHealth, and referrals for GEDs and to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission for vocational training. The program may also help participants obtain housing and aftercare.
The main focus of these long-term programs is to build self-sufficiency as well as skills needed to deal with residual cravings and substance use triggers. The intent is to help participants be reintegrated into the community.
The CASPAR Emergency Services Center (ESC) is a drop-in program that accepts individuals who are using drugs and alcohol and are homeless. It is one of only two shelters in the state of Massachusetts that offers this service.
Individuals can receive emergency medical and mental health care, counseling and case management, and treatment referrals in the CASPAR ESC facility. Walk-ins may also receive nutritious meals, hygiene supplies, clean clothes, as well as access to employment and housing referrals.
Graduates of residential rehab programs can join CASPAR’s transitional housing programs if they feel they need more time to heal from substance use disorder. At these homes, residents may continue their learnings from their residential program and get continuing care. Vocational training, paid employment, and even formal education may be continued in a supportive, trigger-free setting.
To learn more about CASPAR, check out www.baycovehumanservices.org/caspar.
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