We're still offering services - remotely! Please see important updated information in our Outpatient Programs and how to reach us. https://lowellhouse.publishpath.com/ambulatory-care

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. 

Welcome to Lowell House Inc.

An Important Message on the Corona Virus from Lowell House

The real strength of Lowell House is our ability to pull together as a community, as a family. And like a strong family, we have faced down so many threats over our 50 years through a sense of teamwork, shared support and the strong belief that our commitment of service to clients and community requires both our courage and vigilance.

The individuals we treat and support are a particularly vulnerable population. Continued services and supports are critically important to their health and recovery. We will do all we can to keep those services available in some form as long as we’re permitted, and prudent infectious disease control allows us to continue without a negative impact on staff and their loved ones. The spread of the Coronavirus may also have a disproportionately negative impact on our clients in recovery since many are also struggling with related medical issues. Slowing the spread of Covid-19 and thus the widespread impact on people in recovery is not just our job in the next few months, it's our mission!

Things have changed rapidly for all of us in the past few days. It became evident last night that we couldn't continue to provide needed services at our new site with a blend of live center-based and virtual services with staff working from home, so we are in the process of plan B - converting to remote virtual services and connections for every program and service with the exception of our Recovery Homes/Sober Houses. Here's what we're asking all our clients and partners to do:

  • For anyone needing a phone or video appointment for individual and group treatment, recovery coaching, case management support or joining our early recovery Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP) please call (978) 459-8656 for an on-line intake appointment. The individual completing the intake will provide specific instructions, both verbally and by email, for the next steps. Our team of front desk support staff, case managers, counselors, and therapists will all be ready to listen and help to provide the same high quality, sensitive service we have provided for over 50 years.
  • The Recovery Cafe' Lowell Staff is still here for you virtually. You are not alone! As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020 per the Governor's Coronavirus order, the Recovery Cafe' Lowell has temporarily closed its doors. If you need help, or just someone to talk to, please call Rich at 978-735-3734 or Jaime 978-770-8919.
  • The Sheehan House, Men's Recovery Home, Zack's House and our sober houses, will all be open. We are accepting new referrals at each of our houses. Please be aware that during the Coronavirus situation, no visitors will be allowed in the residential programs and we will be emphasizing social distancing and heavy disinfecting. We will also prepare a quarantine room at each location just in case. Please call Diana Newell at 978-941-4579 if you have a referral, need support or have any questions.
  • Finally, we will have a day call-in line for people who are in distress or just need information on community resources.  We also have a “clinician on-call” line for after-hours to reach a Lowell House clinician. In case of an emergency. please call 9-1-1 immediately. 

o Daily Call-in Line will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. It will be staffed by an experienced case manager or recovery coach. The call-in number is (978) 866-9145.  Alternately, you can call the Commonwealth hot-line 2-1-1.

o The after-hours clinician line is staff by an experienced clinician and should be only used when other resources are exhausted. The Lowell House ATR after-hours on-call clinician's number is (978) 788-4545. Alternatively, you can call the Lowell Crisis Team at 800-830-5177.

Again, if you have an emergency of any kind, please immediately call 9-1-1

We will vacate our 101 Jackson Street Facility and roll-out the current plan by Monday, March 23, 2020. Please be aware that there will be a gradual transition as we implement a very complex plan, so please be patient as we make adjustments and call our main number (978) 459 - 8656 if you have any feedback or questions. Most of our information on this new plan and regular updates will be posted on www.lowellhouseinc.org - please come and visit us.

We are a recovery community. People in recovery have taught us all the power of persistence and the critical nature of responsibility. Taking care of each other is a long-standing tradition. The decisions we’ve made in the past 24 hours will help to protect the most vulnerable members of our community while giving a safe haven of support through available technology. Isolation will continue to be a major concern, but we hope the sacrifices we make today will bring us all back together in the months ahead. And what a reunion that will be! Thanks again for your patience, understanding, and support.

What is Lowell House?

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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!”