SSTAR Prevention

The SSTAR (Stanley Street Treatment and Resources) Prevention Program supports young people and their families by delivering substance use prevention education, treatment, recovery, and wellness initiatives to Greater Fall River, MA, and the surrounding communities and towns.

All of the work and collaboration efforts through SSTAR Prevention are grounded in Positive Youth Development. Positive Youth Development builds on the strengths of individuals, families, and entire communities to create healthier communities, free of youth substance abuse or misuse.

Our prevention efforts emphasize the importance of both physical and mental health and wellness. This practice is in alignment with our parent organization, Stanley Street Treatment and Resource, which supports a continuum of care to people of all ages, especially those with mental and behavioral health needs.

SSTAR Prevention’s  BOLDER (Building our Lives Determined Empowered and Resilient) Coalition’s mission is to prevent youth substance use and change societal norms regarding substance use by reducing access, increasing perceptions of risk and harm of substance use, and increasing parental disapproval of youth use. BOLDER’s vision is to create a healthy community for the youth of Greater Fall River. The BOLDER Coalition has representatives from different sectors of the community: youth, parents, business, media, schools, law enforcement, faith and youth serving organizations, civic groups, healthcare professionals and governmental agencies. We encourage all who are committed to the betterment of the lives of young people to join us!

SSTAR Prevention’s MeB4Use campaign is a social marketing campaign aimed at youth to help promote positive youth development and healthy decision making.

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Visit SSTAR’s main  contact page for locations and phone numbers. If you need a department contact go here.

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  • “If I could give this place 100 out of 100 I would. Highly recommended!!! They helped me turn my life around and get my kids back. They believed in me until I believed in myself. And for that I am eternally grateful.Thank you to my Sstarbirth family 💜”

    – Tara D.
  • I’ve been with sstar for almost 2 years now and I’ve only ever had one problem and it was taken care of right away and I haven’t had a problem since. I would gladly recommend sstar to anyone trying to get clean the staff at Sstar has been my main source of support and I’m very grateful for them.

    – Angee R.
  • Sstar helped me save my life 7 plus years ago. Pretty sure it’s the only detox that you can still smoke cigarettes at. Which was a plus when I detoxed. The staff are amazing, and care about you and want to see you succeed. When the pandemic hit, and IOP and groups had to close, Sstar acted fast to set up programs to still be able to help people. I utilize the groups they use on Zoom, and they have helped me, but I can’t wait til they can be in person again! They have helped me with mental health, addiction, everyday issues, as well as when I’m sick. I have made friendships over the years, and Sstar has its own little community of support. It’s worth it! They are everyday life savers, that deserve more recognition then what they get! Forever grateful for all the support from my army at Sstar! 🙏🏼💜

    – Andrea O.
  • “They are in the business of saving lives. Saved mine thank you.”

    – Jeffrey G.
  • “People are SO well taken care of here. The level of kindness and compassion is over and above.”

    – Anonymous

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