Alcohol & Other Substances

Our programs help individuals of all ages who want to become drug or alcohol free. Our compassionate and skilled staff will support you throughout your recovery process.

If you are new to Howard Center and are looking for services, please call our Access and Intake number at 802-488-6000.


Individuals of any age may contact ACT 1 if they feel they are incapacitated due to alcohol. They may also be referred by the police, friends, family, or a community member. Once at ACT 1, individuals have a clean and supportive setting where they can stay while they regain their sobriety.

Following an initial screening, individuals may stay at ACT 1, be referred to the hospital for medical attention, released to a family member, or referred to protective custody.

ACT 1 follows a goal-directed approach toward intervention and treatment while recognizing that many clients are in the midst of a life crisis. ACT 1 helps the person and family through the crisis, promotes stability, and recommends an appropriate follow-up level of care and assists with referrals.

To make a referral or for more information about ACT 1, call 802-488-6425.


The Bridge Program provides short-term stabilization, detoxification, and withdrawal management in a non-medical setting for individuals who are experiencing problematic alcohol or other drug use.

The Bridge Program is staffed 24 hours a day. We provide related services by coordinating with the University of Vermont Medical Center Emergency Department and through referrals to other Howard Center services, depending on each individual’s specific needs.

Bridge offers medical oversight, coordination of services for injection drug users, clinical assessments, and referrals for individuals needing more intensive treatment. Continuing care plans are developed with each client, and ongoing support after discharge is available through free, daily community support groups.

Clients are referred by the court system, primary care providers, friends, family, clergy, a concerned community member, and by self-referral.

To make a referral or for more information about Bridge, call 802-488-6425.

Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program

Howard Center offers The State of Vermont’s Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP/formerly known as Project CRASH) for individuals who have had their license suspended because of an impaired driving violation. Individuals may need to complete the IDRP before they can have their driving privileges reinstated.

The IDRP provides people the opportunity to openly examine facts about alcohol and other drug use and discuss the role these substances play in their life.  This is accomplished by an evaluation, a 10-hour education class, and frequently other requirements, which will be discussed during your evaluation as they are specific to every individual. For more information, visit the State of Vermont website.

Register here: Two-Step Enrollment Process

View or download the monthly and intensive weekend schedules for 2022.

St. Albans Substance Use Crisis Program

The St. Albans Public Inebriate Program (PIP) provides a safe and supervised environment for individuals who are incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs until they can regain sobriety.

For more information about the St. Albans Substance Use Crisis Program, call 802-488-6265.