Incorporated in 1971, Lowell House Inc. (LHI) began as a residential treatment program for male alcoholics. The Recovery Home continues to operate as a 19-bed program in a historic building on Appleton Street in Lowell, providing critical housing and support services to over 75 men and women a year in early recovery. In 1988, LHI opened the Sheehan Women’s Program, a 40-bed substance abuse treatment program on the grounds of the Tewksbury State Hospital. This unique program fills a major gap in residential treatment services for women in Greater Lowell and has one of the most successful graduation rates in the state.
In the late 1980s, LHI began a shift from strictly a residential service agency to a more comprehensive, multi-service treatment center for individuals with addictions. Services were expanded to include outpatient counseling, driver alcohol education, multiple and second offender aftercare, compulsive gambling counseling, prisoner re-entry services, supportive case management, HIV/AIDS support services, juvenile diversion programs and more. In 2006, a Structured Outpatient Addictions Program or SOAP was added to provide a more intense, highly supportive day treatment program for individuals struggling with maintaining sobriety in early recovery.
Relapse is a lifelong challenge for individuals struggling with the disease of addictions. Services for individuals in recovery need to include extended supports in the community to help individuals maintain a lifetime of sobriety. In 2011, LHI opened its first sober house, Saving Grace, for women who have been in recovery for a period of six months or longer. In August 2014, LHI opened Hanover House. This beautifully renovated duplex is home to men in early recovery. Both the Hanover House and Saving Grace are viable responses to the prevention of chronic relapse to drug addiction and alcoholism by recovering people who want to live in a supportive, sober living community