Who We Are
The Addiction Referral Center was established on Lincoln Street in Marlborough in 1973 as a drop-in center. It began with a group of individuals who were on a quest to remain sober from alcohol addiction. These dedicated people created a supportive environment and services that worked for them and created a safe haven for all who suffered from alcoholism.
It became the quest of the ARC’s members to reach out and help fellow alcoholics regain their independence and work toward the goal of increased self-sufficiency.
With the help and guidance of an all-volunteer Board of Directors, the scope of the ARC has broadened and has become an outstanding nonprofit agency that provides extensive services to the community at large, as well as to addicted people and their families.
The ARC prides itself on providing help and hope to thousands of individuals who sought and continue to seek vital assistance to fight the disease of addiction and live their lives in recovery one day at a time.
Our Executive Director, Kelly McCausland
Kelly has transformed her own suffering from substance use disorder to deep compassion for those who still suffer. She has a depth of knowledge in twelve step recovery while supporting multiple paths to recovery. Prior to joining the ARC, Kelly worked as an Executive Director of Prana Recovery Center, a nonprofit specializing in integrating multiple paths to recovery, including yoga and mindfulness meditation. Kelly was also a director of human resources in the public sector for many years. Kelly has a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She brings empathy, a stellar work ethic, and executive experience to the Addiction Referral Center.
We’re lots of people who care about the ARC.
Our board works tirelessly to improve the ARC and expand its reach to those in need. Click on the button below to ‘meet’ our board members and to access a Board of Directors application.
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I hadn’t lost it all, but it felt like rock bottom to me...
“I hadn’t lost it all, but it felt like rock bottom to me. I was hiding my drinking while still going to my job every day, working out at the gym and raising a family. It was exhausting because my compulsion to drink felt stronger than all the things in my life that my values told me were important. I thought I was depressed, maybe crazy, but an EAP counselor sent me to the ARC and I connected with people who understood and provided peer support. I became part of a community and that feeling of connection grew and has helped me remain sober these last 17 years. Since then I have volunteered my time at the ARC and helped on committees to raise awareness and funding to support the ARC mission. I tell people in crisis to call the ARC; they’ll help you figure it out.”
The Greater Marlborough Alcoholism Center established on Lincoln St.
GMAC becomes a nonprofit
Name change to Addiction Referral Center
Moved to Pleasant Street, Marlborough
Moved to Main Street, Marlborough
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