Top 20 Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Haverhill, MA & Free Treatment Resources

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Haverhill is a great small city that has something for everyone. It’s right next door to Salem and it’s a reasonable drive from Boston. Haverhill is famous for being home to the shoe industry, and the community celebrates this important part of the city’s history with public displays of painted shoe sculptures throughout the downtown area. Along with a strong sense of community, it’s also not hard to find a drug or alcohol rehab in Haverhill. Essex County — which is where Haverhill is located — had a rate of 35.1 overdose-related deaths per 100,000 people.1 The rate of overdose-related deaths has been steadily increasing since 2000, and Essex County maintains the highest rate of these overdose death cases among its neighboring counties.1 With the overdose death rates on the rise, finding quality care from an accredited treatment program in Haverhill has never been more essential.

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Alcohol and Drug Use Statistics in Haverhill, Massachusetts

Here is an overview of the most recent statistics regarding substance use in Haverhill and Essex County:2,3

  • In 2021, Essex had a total of 289 opioid-related deaths, which was only 10 fewer than it had in 2016.

Levels of Substance Abuse Care

Several levels of care are available for addiction treatment, based on types of needs.

Alcohol and Drug Detoxification

Detox occurs under medical supervision at a hospital, residential, or outpatient facility. It is the process of safely removing drugs or alcohol from your system as comfortably as possible. Once detox is complete, you can transition to the next step of treatment.

Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Inpatient or residential treatment involves staying at the rehab facility to receive 24/7 supervised care. Treatment interventions in this setting typically include individual and group therapy, recreational therapy, nutritional counseling, and medication.

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs)

Massachusetts residents who participate in a PHP live at home while receiving treatment services at a hospital. Treatment often includes many of the same methods as inpatient care, but you return home during non-treatment hours.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

IOPs allow Massachusetts residents to attend counseling sessions several days a week while spending the rest of their time at home, at work, or fulfilling other obligations.

Standard Outpatient

Standard outpatient care is the least intensive treatment option. It involves one to two hours of treatment per week. Highly motivated people with a strong support system are good candidates for this level of treatment.

Relapse Prevention

Also called aftercare, relapse prevention is for Massachusetts residents who have completed a rehab program. It includes ongoing support such as 12-step groups, SMART recovery, and therapy.

How to Pay for Substance Addiction Treatment in Haverhill, Massachusetts

Private Insurance

Every insurance provider is required by law to cover substance abuse and mental health treatment services to some extent. Contact your provider to learn about the specific coverage they offer, which varies by company.

Massachusetts Medicaid

In Massachusetts, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are rolled into one program, called MassHealth. MassHealth members may be able to cover the cost of rehabilitation treatment services through this government-funded program. Massachusetts residents must apply for benefits, and the treatment provider must accept MassHealth as a method of payment.

Massachusetts Medicare

Massachusetts Medicare is a program funded by the government to provide coverage for Massachusetts residents who are 65 or older, have been on Social Security Disability Insurance for two years, or have end-stage renal disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Medicare covers the cost of addiction treatment services; however, some rehab facilities don’t accept Medicare methods of payment, so always check before enrolling in treatment.

Sliding Scale Rehabs

Sliding scale rehab programs charge fees based on income, so you only pay what you can reasonably afford. To qualify for sliding scale rehab in Massachusetts, you may have to provide proof of income.

TRICARE in Massachusetts

Massachusetts TRICARE (North region) is a program funded by the government to provide health insurance coverage for military personnel, veterans, and their families. TRICARE covers addiction treatment services for these individuals.

IHS-Funded Drug Rehabs

Indian Health Services drug rehabs offer addiction treatment free of charge for Indigenous people and Alaskan Natives. This coverage is provided even if other insurance is available.

Traveling to and Within Haverhill, Massachusetts

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If you’re planning a trip to visit a loved one receiving addiction treatment or are thinking of getting help yourself from an alcohol or drug rehab in Haverhill, it’s a good idea to learn what the city has to offer and how to get around.

Here are some travel tips for Haverhill to get you started:

  • The closest major airport to Haverhill is the Portsmouth International Airport (30 miles away), and the second closest is the Manchester-Boston Regional airport (34 miles away). The Boston Logan International airport is another option (38 miles away).
  • Haverhill is serviced by the MVRTA regional bus lines, and there is also an Amtrak commuter rail as well as MBTA for transportation around the bay. Rideshares such as Uber and Lyft are also widely available.
  • Being close to Boston, there are plenty of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and Air BnBs to suit all budgets.
  • Certain areas of Haverhill, such as downtown, are very walkable. However, you will need to arrange for transportation to get around beyond shopping and sightseeing.
  • Some of Haverhill’s most popular attractions include Winnekenni Castle, Willow Spring Vineyards, Ski Bradford, and the Buttonwood Museum.

Massachusetts Alcohol and Drug Laws

Policy makers in Massachusetts have enacted the following laws related to alcohol and drug use and possession:1,2,3,4,5

9-1-1 Good Samaritan Law: Passed in Massachusetts in 2012, this law states that anyone who calls 9-1-1 for an overdose emergency will not be charged with possession of a controlled substance. The policy was created to encourage people to get emergency help during overdose situations.

Naloxone Standing Order: The Massachusetts Act for Prevention and Access to Appropriate Care and Treatment of Addiction allows pharmacies to dispense Naloxone, without a prescription, to anyone at risk of opioid overdose and to others who are in a position to assist those at risk.

Marijuana Decriminalization: As of 2016, recreational use of marijuana is legal in Massachusetts for adults 21 years and older. Adults can have up to one ounce on their person and 10 ounces in their home, but any amount over one ounce must be kept locked up, and marijuana cannot be used in public or on federal property. Residents of Massachusetts can also grow up to six cannabis plants for single-adult households or 12 plants for larger households.

Zero Tolerance Law: In Massachusetts, the legal BAC for drivers under 21 years of age is 0.02% instead of 0.08%. Violation of this law can result in up to three years of license suspension, 2.5 years in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, and a suspended license.

Drug Classes: To establish criminal penalties for violation of drug law, Massachusetts has established five classes of controlled substances. Class A includes opioids. Class B includes cocaine. Class C includes some narcotics. Class D includes marijuana. Class E includes narcotics that contain additional substances.


  1. Essex Community Foundation. (n.d.). Drug Overdose Mortality Rate.
  2. Massachusetts Department of Public Health. (2022, June). Number of Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths, All Intents By City/Town: 2015-2021.
  3. Massachusetts Department of Public Health. (2022, June). Number of Opioid-Related Deaths, All Intents, By County, MA Residents: 2010-2022.

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Jillian F, MD is a board-certified Family Physician who enjoys full scope Family Medicine including obstetrics, and women’s health, as well as caring for children and adults of all ages. She manages a number of health conditions including mental health and patients with a history of substance abuse.