Institute for Health and Recovery


  • Overview of Organization and Services:
    For help with substance use or mental health issues, call us at 617-661-3991. IHR offers outpatient treatment services for adults, youth, and families struggling with substance use or mental health issues.

    Clinicians work to support clients in addressing their substance use disorders by integrating parenting, mental health, and trauma counseling into treatment. IHR believes that substance use and co-occurring disorders, as well as recovery, occur in the context of family and relationships; therefore, our clinicians support family stabilization by focusing on all family members. IHR’s outpatient services include individual counseling, case management, and group treatment.

    We provide treatment in your home, community, or in our Boston, Cambridge or Lowell offices. We serve most towns in greater Boston and all of northeast Massachusetts.

    To reach the main office, call: 617-661-3991
  • Additional Info:
    The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) is a statewide, nonprofit organization incorporated in 1990 to provide services, policy and program development, research and capacity-building activities. IHR provides training, consultation, technical assistance and curriculum development for state, local and national organizations to improve integration of best practices and policies into prevention and treatment programs.

    IHR is certified by Massachusetts’ Supplier Diversity Office as a women-operated agency, and employs 70+ staff, plus interns and research/evaluation consultants. At least 30 percent of IHR staff are in recovery from substance use, mental health or trauma, and/or living with HIV/AIDS. IHR’s primary funding sources are Mass. Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS); Mass. Department of Children and Families; MassHealth; and federal partners SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and Administration of Children, Youth and Families.

    IHR’s main administrative offices and a licensed, CARF-accredited behavioral health clinic are in Cambridge, Mass. Other licensed clinic sites are in Lowell, Boston, and Fall River, and soon to be Springfield, MA. IHR has additional offices in Roxbury and Brockton and also works in homes, communities, and other organizational settings across the state.

    IHR has been acknowledged as a Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Exemplary Program for Homeless Addictions Treatment; a Pregnant and Parenting Women and Infants Promising Practice and has received numerous awards, including a SAMHSA Science and Service Award. IHR was named a Boston Globe Top Place to Work in 2013.


  • Demographics Served:
    Adults: 19+, Children: 12 and under, Families, Seniors: 60+, Youth: 13-18
  • City/Towns Served:
    Amesbury, Newbury (incl. Byfield), Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury
  • Types of Services Provided:
    Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse