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About Us


Our Story

Paul Hammersley, Recovery Coach/Resource Specialist with the City of Malden and
President of Malden Overcoming Addiction had a “vision” in 2015. Along with fellow MOA Board Member Dom Disario, they dreamed of a place where those with substance use disorder could find recovery services, individual and group support, and no stigma. They hoped for a peer to peer recovery center for Malden.

In 2020, the dream moved one step closer to reality in a unique partnership
arrangement. The Gavin Foundation received state funding to open the Bridge
Recovery Center in Malden, located in a space leased by Malden Overcoming Addiction. For a couple of years, and through the pandemic, the Bridge Recovery Center operated under the management of Gavin.

It was in 2023 when Bridge Recovery Center funding, through an intense grant review process, was awarded to Malden Overcoming Addiction. The funding is provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, or BSAS, oversees the statewide system of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services for individuals, families, and communities affected by substance addiction.

Malden Overcoming Addiction assumed control of the Bridge Recovery Center on July 1, 2023. This had been part of the original agreement with Gavin; they would get the Center up and running, and when ready, Malden Overcoming Addiction would go through the grant process to receive the multi year contract to operate the “Bridge”.


The Bridge Recovery Center partners with community leaders, substance use disorder providers, and organizations to provide wraparound recovery support to individuals disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic within Middlesex County.

The Bridge is open seven days a week and serves individuals and families throughout the Greater Boston area.

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