Lake Avenue Recovery

Alcohol & Drug Rehab
in Massachusetts

Providing personalized, compassionate, and affordable care for over 10 years

Licensed and Accredited

About Us

Proven Addiction Rehab in Massachusetts

The team at Lake Avenue Recovery is firmly grounded in the philosophy that sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an unbelievable breakthrough. At our addiction treatment center on the shores of Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA, and Gardner, MA, our entire staff has the professional training necessary to guide each client to their highest potential through substance use disorder recovery.


Our Massachusetts Rehab Locations

Worcester, MA

Our Worcester, MA location provides evidence-based treatment modalities, our luxury facility strives to create the most peaceful atmosphere to help our patients recover in the best way.

Gardner, MA

We offer several levels of care at our program in Gardner, Massachusetts. Our outpatient treatment means each person travels to our facility for their treatment sessions and then returns to their homes.

Same-Day Clinical Assessment

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Our Testimonials

What Our Clients Say About Us


Along with a comforting and accommodating atmosphere. They go above and beyond to care for and give their patients the guidance and help that they need and are in search of. Highly Recommend.


At the detox I went to, I felt like just another number and I was very wary of further treatment. Thankfully, I landed at Lake Ave where my treatment has been just the opposite.


The Staff are fantastic and creative in their therapy. I would recommend Lave Ave Recovery to anyone who is in need of their services!


The Staff are professional and demonstrate utmost dedication and compassion for those in recovery. The facility is clean, and everyone adheres to COVID Safety Guidelines. This is truly a supportive facility and community, highly recommend.


My husband entered the recovery center in late August of 2020 and hasn’t looked back! I am forever grateful for this Lake Ave Recovery Community. The staff, the programs and resources have surpassed all expectations.

Our Specialities

What We Treat


Those with alcoholism become reliant on alcohol both physically and psychologically and experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to quit drinking.

Drug Addiction

We developed our drug rehab in Massachusetts to reflect our belief in CURE: treating people through Compassion, Understanding, Respect, and Empathy.

Dual Diagnosis

7.7 million adults in the U.S. have a dual diagnosis. 52.5% of them do not receive treatment for either condition.

Mental Health

We continue to work together to eradicate stigma, expand access to care, and integrate the latest evidence-based services and medications into treatment.

Barriers To Addiction Treatment

A person in need of treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol may embrace the fact that they need help, but still feel hesitant to take action. This can be for a variety of reasons, but ultimately it keeps the individual from getting the vital help they need for their substance use disorder. Lake Avenue Recovery recognizes that it takes true courage for someone to overcome the barriers to seeking addiction treatment. We explore the most common obstacles that keep people from entering outpatient treatment, whether as a first step in getting help or after completing residential treatment.
The cost of quality treatment for addiction can cause many people to feel scared to even explore the option. One of the benefits of attending outpatient care is that it proves much less expensive than residential or inpatient care. Because the person in treatment doesn’t reside in a facility, they can count on a lower cost that still provides the highly focused care they need. In addition, most insurance plans cover different levels of treatment for substance use disorders, making it affordable for people from all backgrounds.

This fear can crop up in two different ways. Someone who has just completed residential care may understand they will benefit from immediately transitioning to outpatient care but feel scared of working with a new treatment team. As well, someone who begins the entire process of seeking help in an outpatient center may feel concerned about meeting new people. Opening up and discussing emotions, behaviors, and experiences may seem frightening at first, but our staff of therapists is trained to help ease people into the process. We strive to make everyone feel a sense of safety and security while we work with them. We offer a compassionate, judgment-free experience provided by friendly experts who work to gain each person’s trust.

For those who do not live close to our facility, Lake Avenue Recovery provides transportation from supportive housing/sober living homes in the area. We also provide transportation to our local gym partner.

For those who do not live close to our facility, Lake Avenue Recovery provides transportation from supportive housing/sober living homes in the area. We also provide transportation to our local gym partner.

People are hardwired to want to avoid feeling embarrassed or judged by others. While someone who needs treatment for their substance use disorder may feel they are all alone, the reality is that they are not alone. In fact, a study done in 2021 revealed that 46.3 million people in the U.S. aged 12 or older met the criteria for having an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Getting help from a safe and proven facility does not mean the person is bad or weak. It actually shows they have great strength and bravery because they are choosing to become well and regain control of their lives.


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Holistic Rehab in Massachusetts


Reiki, also known as energy healing, is a form of alternative therapy that originated in Japan in the late 1800s.


Acupuncture is a holistic modality that addresses emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental health.

Water Excursions

We offer complementary boat rides on Lake Quinsigamond and water excursions as a holistic part of treatment


Exercise for addiction recovery offers multiple benefits that people in recovery need to help them achieve their goals.


Meet The Team

Ashley Maroney, LMHC

As Program Director, Ashley Maroney, MA, LMHC is a client-centered therapist that brings her experience working with substance use in adolescents, adults, and families of all walks of life.

Nicole Maki, LMHC

Nicole brings passion and commitment to her work as Clinical Director. She has experience working in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders through various settings.

Destinee Lucier, LC

As the assistant Clinical Director, Destinee is a client-centered therapist that has a passion for substance abuse treatment. She has experience working with diverse populations and cultures over the years.


Lead Clinican

Natalie Tinkcell, MSW

Natalie Tincknell, MSW, is a compassionate and dedicated therapist with a passion for working with vulnerable populations in the form of client-centered and strength-based approaches of social work and psychology.. Read More…



Amaliah Torres, MS

Amaliah Torres, MS, is a practicing master’s level mental health counselor, who holds experience working in diverse settings including residential, community, school-based, in-home, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, private practice, telehealth, and outpatient. Read More…



Jen Breeds

Jen joined the incredible team here at Lake Ave Recovery with one thing on her mind: Changing Lives. Read More…



Brett Carpenter, MSW

Brett comes to Lake Ave Recovery bringing a myriad of experiences of working with many different populations struggling with substance use disorders. Read More…



Gina Abbott

Gina Abbott comes to Lake Ave Recovery with several years of medical office experience ranging from behavioral health to pediatrics. Read More…

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We have a longstanding foundation in the treatment and recovery community

Lake Avenue Recovery is a state licensed and Joint Commission accredited organization committed to promoting, maintaining, and restoring the dignity, well-being and mental health for those with substance use disorders and their families serving greater Worcester county and beyond.


  • 132 Years Clinical Excellence
  • 105 Years Recovery Experience
  • 8:1 Ratio Client to Staff
  • 12 Publications on Alcohol and Drug Use

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Lake Avenue Recovery will work with you and your insurance provider to determine the best treatment options to fit your needs. We accept private insurance providers and provide free insurance verification upon consultation. Though we do not accept State Medicaid plans at this time, we offer private pay options, including a customized payment plan.

    Learn more about insurance and assessment

    Lake Ave clients keep their cell phones, laptops, or tablets with them throughout treatment. We ask that they be silenced during groups to reduce distractions and interruptions.

    Our experienced medical and clinical staff use a comprehensive 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.

    We evaluate you on an individualized and personal level. Our comprehensive assessment starts with psychological and cognitive evaluations so we can better understand your history with addiction, identify any co-occurring disorders that may affect your treatment and place you in the appropriate care. This assessment will help determine our recommendation to you for PHP or IOP level of care.

    If you are experiencing the effects of withdrawal or need detox, we will gladly help place you in one of the many detox programs or other substance abuse centers in Massachusetts with whom we have strong relationships, prior to you joining Lake Ave Recovery for treatment.

    Learn more about our treatment options

    Greeted by our friendly staff and led to our state-of-the-art café, your day begins by sipping a cappuccino by a warm fire before joining the dedicated clinical team for life changing psychotherapy sessions. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in daily psycho-educational, therapeutic, and experiential groups along with your weekly individual counseling sessions. You will participate in experiential or mindfulness activities which include restorative sessions in a quiet lake cove, forest bathing, nature walks, light strength and fitness training, yoga, Tai-Chi, Qigong, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, expressive arts therapy, or any number of new and engaging activities.

    Our on-site therapy dogs assist our professional curative team in providing the comforting and uplifting atmosphere we on which we pride ourselves. Clients can enjoy our complimentary snacks and beverages, or a delicious, nutritious catered lunch which provides an opportunity for clients to get to know each other. Each day ends with an informal wrap-up session, safeguarding your progress in treatment and providing the guidance for another positive and productive day. We also have an active Alumni Program and a Family Education program, and both are open to all Lake Ave clients.

    We do not have a detox but if you are experiencing the effects of withdrawal or need detox, we will gladly help place you in one of the many detox programs or other substance abuse centers in Massachusetts we have strong relationships with, prior to you joining Lake Ave Recovery for treatment. We will arrange for your admission to detox if you need it.

    Our programs are geared towards clients who meet the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) placement criteria for Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient programming (IOP). For clients who need a higher level of care such as inpatient treatment, we will work with our referral partnerships to find the appropriate inpatient program for your needs.

    Yes! We take brief breaks in between groups and enjoy a nutritious catered lunch eat day. We will plan for and accommodate your specific dietary needs or restrictions.

    Lake Avenue Recovery prides itself on the variety of activities we offer to our clients. Some of our activities include restorative sessions in a quiet lake cove, forest bathing, nature walks, light strength and fitness training, yoga, Tai-Chi, Qigong, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Expressive Arts Therapy, hiking, kayaking, team building games, volunteering in the community, Alumni Group gatherings, Family Education Day, or any number of new and engaging activities.

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