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“Amy” is an amazing young lady who came to HCRS in 2007; she had been placed in residential school due to her uncontrolled behavior issues and inconsistent home life and had a State appointed legal guardian. With the help of HCRS, Amy was placed in more stable home environment with a family that she had already established a relationship with during emergency respite care. With natural supports and the supports from HCRS; Amy has been able to establish a safe and more consistent relationship between herself and her biological family; she has been able to maintain gainful employment; and just last year was legally appointed to be her own guardian. Amy started working part-time at a grocery store and a department store. In 2010, Amy successfully completed a 3 month internship as a front desk clerk. This internship opportunity really helped build Amy’s vocational skills and professional self esteem. Since this internship, Amy has flourished at work and socially.

Substance Use & Addictions

Substance AbuseProviding Strengths-Based Services to Individuals and Families to Support Recovery and Wellness Efforts

HCRS offers a comprehensive continuum of services for individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives resulting from their use of substances or addictive behaviors. The Substance Use Program offers education, assessment, outpatient, intensive outpatient treatment, and referral services for adults, youth, and families. The goals of this program are to help individuals make healthy choices that support reduced risk, improved health, and recovery from alcohol and substances when indicated to promote wellness.

Co-occurring & Collaborative Treatment

Experience and research indicate that substance use issues often occur alongside mental health issues, are best treated when family or other supportive people are involved, and that services need to be tailored to match someone’s readiness to make changes. At HCRS we embrace the philosophy that recovery is not just about stopping your alcohol use, substance use, or addictive behavior; true recovery means a willingness to look at how you think, make decisions, engage in relationships, address your self-care, set boundaries with others, and open yourself up to possibilities.

What to expect when you come for services:

When you come to one of our substance use programs, an experienced and licensed counselor will help you examine how your drug or alcohol use affects your life. In a respectful, confidential, and non-threatening manner, our staff will collaborate with you to set your treatment goals, whether to get a better understanding of your relationship with substances, find strategies to achieve and maintain abstinence from substances, or to meet various legal requirements, such as license reinstatement, probation, or DCF requirements.

If you or someone you know is interested in our Substance Use Program services please call one of our offices or come to a Walk-in Clinic to speak with someone in person.

Part of our work includes helping individuals connect with natural and community supports and including them in the treatment and recovery process. Please see our “Related Links” page for more information on local and nationwide resources.

Pregnant and Postpartum Women:

If you are pregnant or postpartum and experiencing substance use challenges, please let us know. Due to the elevated risks to you and your baby, we will expedite services for you. 



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Windham County Consortium on Substance Use