Meet the Founders
Lake Ave Recovery was founded by a group of committed and passionate people, many who have had firsthand encounters with the current drug epidemic. The team came together to open a drug and alcohol treatment center in Worcester, MA, to provide the highest quality of dignified, discrete, and compassionate services to individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction.
Jack is the president and CEO of Creative Addiction Recovery Estates, a company dedicated to providing dignified environments of care to those suffering from substance use disorders.
Dr. James DiReda
Dr. James DiReda earned a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.
Elizabeth Belliveau, MSW, LICSW is a practicing clinical social worker and has experience in a wide variety of settings, including residential programs with adolescents, juvenile justice.
Shaun was born and raised in the Worcester area with strong family ties to the local community. He is committed to his own recovery and actively works a 12-step program. During this time, he has become a driving force in the recovery community working tirelessly with various fellowships, agencies, programs and non-profits.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science from Bridgewater State University and continues to lead by example working and living side by side with those in early recovery. Being a person in long-term recovery, he has dedicated his life to helping other addicts and alcoholics in recovery.
Meet the Team
Lake Avenue Recovery providers are licensed, clinical treatment professionals committed to compassionate, cutting-edge, evidence-based practice shared in a vibrant exchange between client and clinician. At Lake Avenue Recovery, no one is a passive recipient of our expertise. Our clinical team highly values the experiences of loved ones as well, incorporating family sessions as part of the individual’s treatment.
Accredited Internship Program
The Lake Ave Recovery Internship Program introduces both bachelor’s and master’s level students to the integral role licensed clinicians play in drug and alcohol recovery. As America’s addiction crisis rages on, our goal is to show students how their work can make a meaningful and noticeable impact by providing experience in a broad range of clinical skills. We aim to offer students a broad understanding of the field of social work, to recognize and apply learned skills and principles firsthand. We are committed to diversity, inclusion and providing a professional work environment that is beneficial to both interns as well as clients.
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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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