Located in the historic town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, New Freedom Academy provides residential treatment for young adult men between 18 and 35 who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Set on 17 pristine acres, New Freedom has provided rehab in a tranquil and structured environment since 2015.
Accommodations and Food
Newly renovated, the center includes single or dual-occupancy bedrooms for 20, all stylishly furnished with comfortable twin beds, desks and closets. Shared bathrooms are clean, modern and spacious. Clinical offices, group rooms and a 100-person capacity meeting room make up a second building, all newly remodeled and set on sprawling, landscaped grounds.
A Chef prepares nutritious and tasty meals on-site, serving residents in the café building. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated, and snacks are available around the clock.
Treatment and Staff
An abstinence-based program, clients remain at New Freedom Academy from 30 to 90 days. Engaging the 12-step model, clients attend daily AA or NA meetings on-site, study literature and complete step work with a sponsor. Along with daily meditation and community meetings, learning 12-step principles encourages clients to act with greater integrity and accountability. In addition to the steps, individual therapy sessions may utilize CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing (MI) and EMDR within the Stages of Change model.
Additionally, clients engage in group therapy three times a day on weekdays. These groups aim to develop healthy communication skills and identify triggers. Anger management, relapse prevention techniques and life skills training encourages independence. Daily chores and weekly group activities, yoga and nutritional coaching round out treatment. Visitation is on Sunday and families are strongly encouraged to attend Alanon meetings while their loved one is in treatment.
Those with co-occurring disorders benefit from a dedicated team of specialists offering evidence-based treatment. Though medication management is utilized if needed, New Freedom prefers to use medicines as a single piece in a larger, holistic treatment plan. A psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse and Master’s-level therapist determine the appropriate course of action, which often includes individual therapy, meditation, experiential therapy, sleep studies, exercise and nutritional counseling.
Though detox is not offered on site, transport to and from referred centers is arranged. Clients are ensured a supervised continuum of care from when they begin the process of recovery. Case managers, addiction counselors and therapists monitor treatment goals.
Aftercare plans include referrals to sober living or extended care facilities, 12-step resources, ongoing relationship counseling and six months of monitoring. For those in the area, a variety of alumni activities and volunteer opportunities are available.
New Freedom Academy offers a targeted, gender and age-specific program in a serene, comfortable environment. With therapeutic modalities complementing 12-step work, clients find a supportive, structured and peer-driven program.
New Freedom Academy
367 Shaker Rd
Canterbury, NH 03224
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