Recovery Month at Mass General

Doctor and patient at the Mass General Bridge Clinic

Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities!

Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative

The Mass General Recovery Month Celebration is led by the Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative. The initiative was developed in response to a Community Health Needs Assessments in Chelsea, Revere and Charlestown, where residents identified substance use, particularly opioids, as the single greatest issue in their community. It represents a collaborative effort between the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, Social Work & Nursing, as well as The Center for Community Health Improvement, Mass General Community Health Centers and the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

The initiative was designed to improve the quality, clinical outcomes and value of addiction treatment for all Mass General patients with substance use disorder while simultaneously reducing the cost of their care. To accomplish this mission, patients must have access to evidence-based treatment that is readily available and standardized across the system. The Mass General SUDs Initiative is focused on re-designing care at all levels to meet this goal.

Sarah Wakeman, MD

“Although addiction is a chronic and potentially fatal disease, it is treatable and most people will recover. Recovery Month offers us an important opportunity to highlight this message of hope, spread awareness about the effectiveness of treatment and continue our fight against stigma.”

--Sarah Wakeman, MD, Substance Use Disorders Initiative Medical Director

Addiction Services at Mass General


“Addiction is a disease that impairs will power and decision making. We are working to educate patients, families, communities and health care professionals that addiction is a chronic brain disease and not a moral failure. There are millions of people who live in recovery. Treatments work. We want to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements.”

--Nalan Ward, MD, Director, Mass General Outpatient Addiction Services

The West End Clinic (WEC) of Mass General is an outpatient facility for those with alcohol and drug addictions, co-occurring mental health disorders and other types of addictive behaviors. The clinic offers a wide range of outpatient therapies and medication treatment along with other resources.

Learn more about the West End Clinic

The Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) specializes in supporting teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 and 26, and their parents, as they deal with their substance use and related problems. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 617-643-4699.

Learn more about ARMS

Watch Emily’s inspiring story of recovery with the help of Mass General’s Bridge Clinic. “It’s a relief to have found a place where I’m not kicked out for being honest and asking for help,” she says, “I’ve felt loved and accepted, and love is crucial to someone in recovery.”

Mass General Campus Events

A list of event highlights for Recovery Month 2018 taking place on the Mass General campus and in the city of Boston will be coming soon.

Mass General Community Events

A list of event highlights for Recovery Month 2018 taking place in Charlestown, Chelsea and Revere will be coming soon.


News and Highlights

Peter Slavin, MD

“Through our Substance Use Disorders Initiative, Mass General is committed to providing excellent care to patients and families struggling with addiction. Recovery Month is part of our larger goal to highlight the advances that are being made in the field of addiction medicine, to draw attention to all the work that still needs to be done and to celebrate patients whose struggles with addiction have become inspirational stories of recovery.”

--Peter Slavin, MD, Mass General President

Read recent coverage about Recovery Month, the opioid crisis and Mass General's response and other topics related to substance use disorders:  


For more information on the Recovery Month Celebration and the Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative, contact:

Elizabeth Powell

Project Manager, SUDs Initiative


For media inquiries, please contact McKenzie Ridings in the Massachusetts General Hospital Public Affairs Office at 617-726-0274 or