The New England Alliance for Addiction recovery (NEAAR) was a regional network of people from the Recovering Community, including recovering substance abusers and their family members. NEAAR provided support and technical assistance to chapters in each New England state. Most of these chapters are still active (see list below)

NEAAR History
The New England Institute of Addiction Studies (NEIAS) was awarded a grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to create a regional network of people from the Recovering Community. NEIAS partnered with private non-profit agencies across the six New England states to create a regional network, the New England Alliance for Addiction Recovery (NEAAR), of people from the Recovering Community, including recovering substance abusers and their family members.

Each state developed local groups to educate the general public, professional groups, and each other on a) the subjects of addiction and recovery and b) what can and should be done to improve the quality and responsiveness of the substance abuse service system. Activities in each state included educational activities designed to increase knowledge and reduce stigma around chemical dependency, and discussions with state and private funders and providers of substance abuse treatment, leading to a formal voice for clients and former clients in the development and ongoing assessment of the quality of the treatment system.

Representatives of each of these state groups came together at least quarterly as a Regional Steering Committee to share information and experiences with state and local projects. The committee developed regional training programs designed to support state efforts and also served as a policy setting body at the regional level. In each state a similar steering committee directed program and policy activity at the local level.

NEIAS at the regional level and one local agency in each state served as corporate hosts for this network and its activities. The agencies assisted the Steering Committees in developing funding to supplement and ultimately replace CSAT funding and supported the committees' efforts to establish themselves as independent groups, including eventual creation of separate corporate structures, if desired by the groups.

NEAAR Mission
NEAAR is dedicated to improving attitudes and public and legislative awareness about substance abuse recovery issues. We seek to engage recovering people and all others concerned about the recovery process in educating policy makers, service providers, legislators and the public. Our goal is to support the empowerment of recovering people in their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth and provide opportunities to make significant contributions to society.


  • Creating a formal voice for the recovery community.
  • Reducing the number of people suffering from addiction, alcohol, and other drugs.
  • Raising public awareness of substance abuse and addiction through education, and information exchange.
  • Reducing the stigma associated with addiction and recovery.
  • Emphasizing the effectiveness of treatment and recovery programs.
  • Influencing public policy and requesting for increased resource allocation.
  • Increasing active participation in the legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Assessing, improving, and monitoring the quality and responsiveness of addiction treatment and prevention systems in north eastern states: Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

  • New England Recovery Organizations
    , Executive Director
       Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
       530 Silas Deane Highway Suite 220
       Wethersfield CT 06109
       Phone: 800-708-9145 or
       860-244-CCAR (2227); Fax: 860-244-2228


    , Coordinator
       Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery
       8 Mulliken Court
       Augusta, ME 04330
       Phone 1-207-458-4366; Fax 1-207-621-8362


    , Coordinator
       The Landing Project - Maine
        "Creating entrance ramps of opportunity & service in addiction recovery"
       38 High Street
       Portland, ME 04101
       Phone 207-761-9090

       Meetings: every Monday at 7pm at the Sahara Club,
       135 Washington Ave., Portland, ME

    , Coordinator
        Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Revovery (MOAR)
        c/o Boston ASAP
        30 Winter Street (3rd Floor)
        Boston, MA 02108
        Phone: 617-423-6627; Fax: 617-423-6626

    , Project Manager
        The RECOVER Project
        55 Federal St Suite 125
        Greenfield, MA 01301
        Phone: 413-774-5489 x12; Fax: 413-774-6039

    New Hampshire
        Friends of Recovery New Hampshire (A member of Faces & Voices of Recovery)
        P O Box 704
        Kingston, NH 03848
        Phone 603-642-8719

    Rhode Island
    , Director
        Rhode Island Community for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICAREs)
        102 Dupont Drive
        Providence, RI 02907
        Phone 401-521-5759, ext 14; Fax 401-751-7850

    , Executive Director
        Friends of Recovery - VT (FOR-VT)
        P.O. Box 1202
        Montpelier, VT 05601
        Phone 1-802-229-6103; Fax 1-802-828-5252

    National Recovery Resources
    Faces and Voices of Recovery
    For more information contact
    New England Institute of Addiction Studies
    75 Stone Street, Augusta, ME 04330
    Phone: 207-621-2549, Fax: 207-621-2550