Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag

Expert care for addiction to drugs and alcohol. Call us today to speak to our admission staff about treatment options.

At McLean Hospital, we know that addiction to alcohol, opiates, and other substances is a complex mental health condition, one that is often accompanied by other symptoms and conditions.

We are dedicated to helping adults recover from substance use disorders and other coexisting mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

If you have gone through detoxification and need the benefit of additional treatment in a structured environment, the Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag may be right for you.

For more information or to make a referral, please call 978.756.5101.

Located northwest of Boston in Petersham, Massachusetts, our insurance-based program provides compassionate, around-the-clock residential care to those who may be struggling with a substance use disorder, with or without other mental health diagnoses.

Treatment at McLean

Naukeag offers evidence-based addiction care for adults with substance use disorders

The Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag is ideal for adults who:

  • Have completed detoxification and require continuing around-the-clock addiction care
  • Need structured addiction treatment to set them on the path toward recovery
  • Seek the skills and supports to manage addiction and co-occurring mental health diagnoses

Naukeag is nestled in a quiet community. The program facilities offer comfortable single and double occupancy bedrooms, common areas for groups and conversation, and beautiful grounds.

Learn more about addiction care at McLean Hospital.

Treatment Approach

Our highly-skilled clinicians and support staff provide exceptional care for individuals addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, with or without other coexisting mental health conditions.

Care at Naukeag focuses on group and individual therapy, as well as medication consultations as may be appropriate. We utilize behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavior therapy and integrated group therapy. We stress the importance of attending to individual’s needs in the context of trauma-informed care.

At Naukeag, we recognize the importance of building a sense of community in recovery and provide ample opportunities for patients to engage in a variety of peer recovery activities.

Learn more about McLean‘s unique approach to addiction care.

Admission & Cost


The Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag is ideal for individuals who have gone through detoxification and need the benefit of additional treatment in a structured environment.

For further information about our program or to make a referral, please contact our admissions coordinator:

Phone: 978.756.5101
Email: [email protected]

Referral Forms


McLean accepts Medicare, Massachusetts Medicaid, and many private insurance and managed care plans. Insurance coverage may be limited for some services, especially for longer-term residential treatment.

More information on insurance providers accepted by McLean Hospital may be found on the Mass General Brigham website. You may also find it beneficial to review McLean’s patient billing and financial assistance information.

Treatment Team

Program Leadership

Blake T. Hilton, PsyD

Blake T. Hilton, PsyD, Program Director

Dr. Hilton is an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His expertise in addiction encompasses a broad range of clinical, teaching, and research activities, particularly focusing on individuals with co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses. With specialized training and years of experience working within all levels of care for addiction, Dr. Hilton is dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive treatment services to patients within a residential setting.

Gerardo Gonzalez-Haddad, MD

Gerardo Gonzalez-Haddad, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Gonzalez-Haddad has more than 20 years of experience in clinical services, research, and teaching in addiction psychiatry. Originally from Colombia, he trained in Colombia, England, and the U.S. His clinical and research expertise includes the treatment of co-occurring addiction disorders as well as medication treatments and psychosocial interventions for substance use disorders. Dr. Gonzalez-Haddad is also an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Staff and Associates

Our staff consists of a multidisciplinary group of board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and registered nurses, licensed clinical social workers and mental health counselors, and more.

This highly trained and experienced team engages with patients to plan and implement high-quality treatment and aftercare options tailored to each individual’s needs.

Naukeag staff have experience working with patients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag is part of the Division of Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction led by Roger D. Weiss, MD.


Located in central Massachusetts, the Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag offers a serene setting that allows patients the opportunity to focus on treatment and recovery.

McLean staff playing foosball to find some balance in their workday

Accommodations at Naukeag are designed for optimal treatment and recovery

Accommodations at Naukeag include comfortable, single and double occupancy bedrooms and common areas with ample room for both group therapy and leisure time. Patients have access to an onsite fitness center as well as games and activities.

The wooded grounds at Naukeag are ideal for quiet reflection and outdoor activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag located?

The program is located in Petersham, Massachusetts. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from the Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag?

Our residential program focuses on treating individuals with serious substance use conditions who are stable, post detox, have manageable mental health and physical symptoms, who want and agree to come to rehab, and are motivated for treatment.

Is family involved in treatment?

Family involvement is strongly recommended. With permission of the patient, family members can be involved in assessment and in treatment/aftercare planning.

Is smoking permitted?

At Naukeag, we address tobacco use as a substance use disorder and encourage patients to quit. Nicotine cessation treatment, including medications and behavioral interventions, is available.

Tobacco products are not allowed inside the buildings, though there is one designated smoking area outside. Cigars, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes are not allowed on the premises.

When are visiting hours?

Visitors are permitted, following program policies. Visiting hours are 2-8pm, seven days a week.

Please speak to the patient’s treatment team for more information. Additional details can be found on the Visitors page.

Are cell phones allowed?

Patients are allowed to hold and use their cell phones, except during therapy (individual and group), with some guidelines to prevent disruption of the program and other patients. Cell phones may be taken away if they interfere with treatment.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former patients access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered during and after treatment?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators.

Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey which monitors patient satisfaction and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the U.S. and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.

McLean Is Here to Help

If you or your loved one is struggling with substance addiction, call us today to learn more about the Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag. Our admission staff will talk you through our treatment options.