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  • New Bedford, MA
  • Inpatient

Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction (PAACA) in New Bedford, Massachusetts, helps individuals and families overcome addiction through prevention, treatment, and recovery support. Founded in 1983, PAACA offers low and no-cost services in a community-driven setting, open 365 days a year to support those struggling with addiction.

PAACA's mission is to empower individuals battling addiction to live meaningful lives. They provide high-quality prevention and treatment services regardless of income or insurance status, focusing on holistic care while educating the public about substance abuse issues.

  • Provides detoxification admission and transportation for those beginning their recovery journey.
  • Operates Step-Up Housing Program for clients transitioning from homelessness.
  • Offers youth services like Project Bridge and STEAM, aimed at prevention and intervention for young people.
  • Maintains a stocked refrigerator and a clothing room accessible to anyone in need.

PAACA addresses various addictions and supports individuals and families affected by substance abuse. Their comprehensive services benefit the South Coast community inclusively, focusing on medically informed, holistic recovery approaches.

  • 1 Conditions Treated
  • 2 Levels of Care
  • Speaks English
  • 5 Therapies & Programs

Conditions and Issues Treated

Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment

Rehab centers exist in New Bedford, MA to help individuals bounce back from substance abuse, which is an umbrella term for drug and alcohol addiction. Drug addiction refers to the use of illegal drugs and improper use of prescription drugs. Centers like PAACA provide individuals a chance to access individual and group therapy that can be monumental for recovery.

Substance abuse includes all problems that stem out from using various psychoactive substances. It is also a diagnostic term used by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) to define the mental and physical impairment or distress caused by misuse and overuse of certain substances in a period of 12 months.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Drug Rehab, Inpatient, with additional therapies available as listed below.

Inpatient rehab programs like what’s offered at PAACA in New Bedford, MA are ideal for covering all the bases that surround one’s addiction. It’s considered the most comprehensive approach to care for people afflicted with addiction. Patients live in a facility where they have access to therapy and medical care 24/7.

PAACA‘s Therapies & Programs

Individual therapy aims to identify the core issues that would have led the patient to substance abuse and address the root cause effectively. Patients find the therapist as a person who they can trust. It helps them to open up and discuss personal and sensitive issues, which they may not be comfortable discussing in a group.

Group therapy happens at PAACA in a controlled group environment, as opposed to a one-on-one setting. It supports New Bedford, MA patients’ recovery by offering a sense of comfort and letting them know that they are not alone. Through shared conversations, patients also learn to develop faith and understanding and gain insight on their addictions.

Location & Contact

PAACA Location and Directions
58 Crapo St
New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone Number
(508) 990-7632

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PAACA Location and Directions


  • 58 Crapo St
    New Bedford, MA 02740
  • (508) 990-7632


  • Modality
    Group, Individuals

Listed June 26, 2021

Updated July 25, 2024

New Bedford, Massachusetts Addiction and Treatment

Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of drug abuse in the country. More than half a million Massachusetts residents abuse alcohol while more than 1.5 million use illegal drugs each year. This drug and alcohol usage is the cause of over 8% of all deaths in the state. In 2017, Massachusetts ranked in the top 10 of the states with the highest opioid overdose rates.

New Bedford, a coastal city in southeastern Massachusetts, offers a peaceful environment for recovery with its beaches, parks, and vibrant arts scene. The city has a higher rate of opioid addiction compared to other Massachusetts counties, with more than 85% of opioid overdoses involving fentanyl in 2022. Opioid-related deaths in Bristol County increased by 50% from 2010 to 2015, and the county reported 707 opioid overdoses and 122 fatal overdoses in 2022.

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