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Lowell House Programs

Ambulatory Services

Ambulatory Services include individual and group counseling for addiction and related disorders. This also includes classes for first, second and multiple OUI offenders and a variety of case management supports.

Residential Programs

Residential Programs provide a continuum of care for individuals in recovery. They range from the  intensive recovery house which provide 24 hour a day supervision to sober housing that emphasizes independence with minimal support.

Zack's House currently has 3 openings (as of May 2019).

The Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP) is a clinically intensive, highly structured day or evening program for individuals in their early stages of recovery. They attend groups, individual treatment and support activities for six to seven hours per day.

Sober Housing

Sober Housing allows individuals in recovery to maintain sobriety in a safe environment with maximum independence and minimal staff support. 

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Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery (LHATR), a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been providing high quality, accessible and affordable addictions services and related supports to the Greater Lowell community since 1971. Our programs cover a broad range of inpatient and outpatient treatment and living options that support recovery across a lifetime. In addition to a variety of support, advocacy, community outreach and prevention programs, other services include:

  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Over 80 residential beds
  • Driver alcohol education (DAE) programs for first and second offenders
  • A structured six- to eight-week intensive-day Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP)

LHATR programs are funded through a combination of state, federal, insurance and private pay resources. Clients are accepted to programs and services based on their current needs and available space, never on their ability to pay. Please check with individual program managers and intake staff noted in the "Contact Us" tab to discuss whether a program or service is appropriate for you, the availability of that program or service and payment options.


Upcoming Events


"You could hear a pin drop" said one attendee at the 2018 Celebrate Recovery Breakfast on September 25, 2018, as guest speaker Mayor Marty Walsh recounted his years as a "fall down flat on my face alcoholic". Known for his honesty and direct forward approach, the Mayor talked about his early struggles, his final resolution to achieve sobriety and the start of his political career in the House of Representatives barely a year and one half sober. He thanked Lowell House for a chance to speak about his victory over addiction, what it meant to him and so many of his friends and colleagues. "Taking the time to talk about the victories over addiction is so important and, for even a short time, to not talk about the deadly nature of this epidemic." The mayor was introduced by his long-time friend and colleague Michael Botticelli, the CEO of the Grayken Center in Boston and the former "Drug Czar" under president Obama. The voices of recovery, Dan Rondeau and Lauren Spector talked from the heart about their recent struggles with addiction and how they've supported each other through some "pretty bad times." Dan's grandfather,  Ray Derocher, expressed the sense of relief, "now that my grandson is in a stable recovery, I can sleep again at night!" The event was opened up by the hauntingly beautiful songs of inspiration from Karen Donovan and the River of Divine Mercy Singers. It was a truly amazing 90 minutes.



Stories of Hope

Journey of a Lifetime

Major changes in our lives are often long voyages, not long weekends, a gradual and evolutionary process that takes time, support, and patience. In addictions, the change to a sober lifestyle may take months or years and often times becomes the work of a lifetime. It is rarely, if ever, a sudden epiphany or the result of one life-changing event. But the reality is that family members, therapists, friends and supporters who provide patience and support are often rewarded with the ultimate victory of sobriety. 

Portia Nelson captures the essence of this journey in a poem entitled “There’s A Hole In My Sidewalk: Autobiography In Five Short Chapters.” I put this one on the wall and now read it every time I get impatient with slow and often draining process of people changing their lives and behaviors, even when not changing threatens everything they know and love. Read More.

Story of Joe

Joe was twenty two years old when he passed away from a heroin overdose. He had been sober for nineteen months and, by all accounts, was a sweet guy with a core of sadness that marked every interaction. We could just write off Joe as number 65 in a long list of drug related deaths in the city of Lowell, a nameless victim of an opioid epidemic in our area that’s now being called the greatest public health crisis in our history. Or we could listen to the voices of people who have found a way to survive and thrive as they regain their lives and learn to live again.

Story of Anthony

“After 19 years in recovery, I thought I was safe until my daughter came to me one day and said 'Dad, I need your help.' ”

Anthony has blossomed in his recovery, is a dad and a successful businessman. “I want to tell my story so that other people will know there is hope. Addiction ran in our family, but I was still surprised when my 18 year old daughter told me that she was addicted to heroin. I talked with my counselor at Lowell House and she’s now in a treatment program. I understand addiction, but it’s never the same when it attacks the little girl you held in your arms!”


Story of Paula

“It was my family and friends who got me through some very bad years. They just never gave up.”

Paula, 38, has been sober for seven years. “What would I have done without the Lowell House Recovery Home? They helped me find a real purpose in life and reunite with my family. Mom and dad, my husband and children were right there when I was ready. And Paul, my outpatient counselor, reminds me every week what I’ve accomplished, and maybe more importantly, what I have yet to do!”

Story of Ted

“All I ever thought about was getting high. It was all I did…It was all I ever wanted to do.”

Ted, 24, was an all-star athlete in High School and an honors student. “Wow was it easy to get hooked on pills when I got sidelined by injuries. The Lowell House SOAP program helped me to see where I was headed, thank God my probation officer got me in. I think I’ve turned the corner. With a Recovery Coach in my life and nine months of sobriety, I can be do almost anything!”