Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Massachusetts

At Lake Avenue Recovery, we guide our clients down a comprehensive addiction recovery path that includes a Day Treatment Program(PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program, Evening Treatment Program and an Outpatient Program.

Our focus in the Day Treatment Program (often referred to or billed as PHP), the IOP and Evening Treatment program is to provide treatment in an experiential and instructive format to help increase the participants ability to create change and develop healthy living activities. We believe that with experience, the neural pathways in the brain change most dramatically and we believe in the science of play to support learning and integration for that change. Relying on the work of Dr Stephen Porges and Polyvagal Theory that emphasizes a playful mixture of activation and calming in the social engagement system.

The social engagement system helps us navigate relationships which we consider to be integral in the reintegration of a person back into a state of well-being. We pride ourselves on creating fun and novel experiences to engage our participants to create sustainable recovery-oriented traits that lead too lasting recovery from alcohol and drug disorders.

Our medical and clinical directors  use an assessment to determine which level of treatment would be most suitable. This assessment is based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s placement criteria, the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions.


  1. Lake Avenue Recovery incorporates and maintains a quality management plan that is consistent with ASAM best practice and utilizes appropriate measures to monitor, measure, and improve the activities and services it provides.
  2. Lake Avenue Recovery’s continuous quality improvement process utilizes standardized scoring metrics and satisfaction surveys to measure and improve the quality of care and service delivered to clients, and their families.
  3. Clinical outcomes data are made available upon request and are consistent with SAMHSA performance standards for intensive outpatient services.

We work with the most reputable addiction treatment centers in MA and often recommend community supports including, wellness, self-help, and recovery information and resources, including but not limited to: listings of other self-help groups (i.e., Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or other 12-step models, and other groups with local and statewide Members), and a listing of advocacy and wellness organizations statewide (i.e., National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, PAL, Independent Living Centers, etc). We believe in the importance of proper placement and if our medical and professional evaluation determines you are in need of a level of care we do not offer, we will place in one of the many inpatient or long term drug rehab facilities in Massachusetts we have strong relationships with.

Contact our clinic in Worcester, MA, to speak to an addiction specialist and learn more about our immersive drug and alcohol treatment programs.


ASAM’s Six Criteria

The six dimensions ASAM’s criteria uses, are:

Emotional, Behavioral, or Cognitive Conditions and Complications (mental health issues)

Acute Intoxication/Withdrawal Potential (history of substance use)

Biomedical Conditions (physical illness)

Relapse, Continued Use, or Continued Problem Potential (relapse potential)

Readiness to Change (readiness, openminded, spiritual connection)

Recovery Living Environment (environmental circumstances)