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13 Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers in New Bedford, Massachusetts

New Bedford was once one of the top whaling ports in the world, and is still a harbor and seafaring community today. At more than 95,000 people, New Bedford is the sixth-largest city in the state and is an anchor of Massachusetts’ South Coast. New Bedford is considered part of the Providence, R.I. metro area, and is also home to many drug and alcohol rehab centers.

Substance Abuse In New Bedford & Bristol County

New Bedford has been working to improve substance use in the community since the late 20th century, when local officials noted that needles and empty heroin packets were found throughout the city. While addiction problems continue, the city has worked hard to improve health and available services:

  • The state of Massachusetts reported that more than 3,120 people from New Bedford sought treatment for substance use in 2014/2015.
  • 58.7% of New Bedford residents who were admitted for substance use disorder treatment in 2014/15 sought assistance for heroin use.
  • New Bedford and Fall River both have higher rates of admission for substance use and mental health concerns than the state overall.

Traveling For The Best Program

New Bedford is located within ten miles of Fall River, and 25 miles of Providence. The South Coast has residential, detox, and outpatient services available for individuals in need. To enter a program best for the person’s situation, also consider traveling to other areas in Massachusetts. For help finding a program in the state, contact

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