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Caspar Inc


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Humane, affordable, and comprehensive substance recovery

Contact Details

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.

Residential services

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.

Emergency services

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.

Sober living houses

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.

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Treatment approach

  • Cognitive/behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy
  • Substance abuse counseling approach
  • Trauma-related counseling

Treatment options

  • Long-term residential
  • Residential


  • Smoking permitted in designated areas
  • Transitional housing or halfway house
  • LGBT friendly

Primarily serves

  • Adult men
  • Seniors or older adults


  • Substance use disorders

Areas of specialization

  • 12-step facilitation approach
  • Accepts clients on opioid medication
  • Anger management
  • Brief intervention approach
  • Clients referred from the court/judicial system
  • Contingency management/motivational incentive
  • Family counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders
  • Relapse prevention

Payment options

  • Cash or self-payment
  • Check
  • Federal or any government funding for substance abuse programs
  • Payment assistance (check with the facility for details)
  • Major credit cards

Accepted insurances

  • Most insurance plans

How It Works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, our calls are confidential and are available for 24/7 help.

Calls from your area will be answered by Legacy Healing Center, and network of treatment centers who can be found here

We are available 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work for a treatment center and will discuss whether their facility may be an option for you.

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If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can: browse top-rated listings, visit our homepage, or visit SAMHSA, at, or by calling 800-662-HELP. You may also contact The Florida Department of Children and Family Services at