Clearhaven Recovery exists to help individuals struggling with addiction change their lives. We offer hope and healing in our Waltham, MA addiction treatment center. Through treatment programs founded on the time-tested 12 step approach and clinical immersion, our participants rediscover life free from drug and alcohol addiction.

Many of our team members have firsthand experience in recovery from substance abuse. Compassion, empathy, and a high level of support are some of the founding principles of Clearhaven Recovery.

Learn more about Clearhaven Recovery and how we help those in the greater Boston area find healing from addiction in our outpatient programs today. Contact us at 833.970.2054 or reach out online to begin your journey to recovery.

Our Mission

Our mission is to restore families by healing individuals. We help our clients achieve and maintain sobriety through supportive compassionate care and family engagement. Our sole focus is our clients and to guide them in taking their lives back from alcohol and drug addiction.

Our Program

What truly separates Clearhaven from other treatment centers is our diverse programming and wellness-based activities. Like most treatment centers we offer evidence-based treatment modalities — as such, clinical therapy is offered in both a group and one-on-one setting. Unlike other treatment centers that’s only a piece of what we offer. We balance traditional therapy with unique holistic components that keep our clients engaged, connected and excited about recovery.

Key Program Components


Each client brings a unique set of needs. Our treatment team works directly with clients to develop personalized treatment plans and objectives to ensure each client gets the right help and the most out of the program. Our process allows us to identify the underlying root causes of their alcoholism/addiction–allowing us to address risk factors, past trauma, relapse triggers and mental and physical health needs specific to each individual.


  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Boxing Classes
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Nutrition Classes
rock climbing


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma Informed Care


Families often feel helpless and left out as their loved one battles alcoholism or addiction. They need guidance. They don’t know what to do, what not to do or how to help. At Clearhaven we aim to educate and involve family members in an inclusive and supportive manner by offering family sessions and support groups upon request and consent.

A word from our owners

Choosing the right treatment option for yourself or a loved one can be a confusing and overwhelming process. At Clearhaven Recovery Center we make the process as simple and supportive as possible. With one phone call we will handle all of your recovery needs and build an entire treatment plan — from intervention to detox all the way through residential and/or outpatient after care options. From the first point of contact our team will professionally and compassionately guide you through the entire process.

We know that there are many different treatment options and that there is no “one size fits all” approach. It can be difficult to understand how one option is different from or better than another. So why choose Clearhaven? Clearhaven is a very special place with a caring and compassionate staff and a unique program. Focusing on whole body wellness rather than repetitive groups and activities, our clients are able to connect, engage and open up. It’s at that point we start to see the honesty, understanding and growth needed for real recovery.

Clients come to us broken, anxious and depressed. At Clearhaven they are able to regain their self worth and are given the skills to live the lives they are supposed to live and become the best versions of themselves. Nowhere else will you find the level of individualized care and attention that you find at Clearhaven Recovery Center.

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Meet Our Staff

Alex Piro

Case Management

Alex Piro has been deeply involved and committed to helping people with substance use and mental health challenges for over 7 years. As a former addict/alcoholic, he uses his past experiences to help individuals who are struggling as he once was. Alex coordinates and operates family interventions and has had ample experience in crisis situations. Alex has run a community family support group for over 4 years and is always active in the recovery community, whether it be running fundraisers or speaking at public events to raise awareness about addiction and mental health. Alex says, “I truly feel blessed to be here today, and now it’s my job to give that same feeling to someone else.”

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Dr. Natalie Lender

Medical Director

Natalie L. Lender, MD is our Medical Director and is a psycho-pharmacologist and Certified in the practice of Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Natalie Lender received her medical degree from the Moscow State Medical University (Moscow, Russia). She later graduated from the psychiatric residency-training program at TUFTS University (Boston, MA) in 1998. Dr. Lender worked as an attending psychiatrist at Bournewood Hospital located in Metro Boston, where she practiced general psychiatry and specialized in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Dr. Natalie Lender is the founder of Square Medical Group where she serves as Chief Medical Officer and designs and implements innovative patient care strategies.

Lauren Sabbath

Clinical Director

Lauren Sabbath, LICSW, LADC-1, received her master’s degree at Boston College and has over 10 years of experience in the field of addiction. Over the course of her career, she has worked in multiple levels of care and has been an advocate for both people with addiction and substance use providers. She worked with the Department of Public Health to pilot the first integrated co-occurring enhanced treatment program in the state of MA within a 95-bed residential program, and trained staff to provide trauma-informed response protocol for the new client population. Lauren works to establish strategic partnerships in the addiction and mental health community to enhance awareness and improve wraparound care for clients and has presented at national and local conferences to educate the medical community about this work. Her work with the street outreach unit of the Boston Police Department rebuilt relationships and diminished the stigma between clients with a history of incarceration/legal issues and law enforcement officers. It resulted in officers’ deeper understanding of the disease, community outreach events to effectively support the homeless population in active addiction, and a significant increase in BPD referrals to treatment in place of legal action. Officers are now accompanying clients, as advocates, to court cases or to clear warrants, and work with the legal system to find non-arrest pathways to treatment. In March of 2020, she conceptualized a research project to identify work-related stressors and the impact of compassion fatigue on frontline addiction treatment providers in MA, and was recruited by the Harvard Center for Work, Health, and Wellbeing to guide and serve as Director of Community Partnerships for the project. Lauren is a person in long-term recovery and is committed to using both her personal experience and professional expertise to build an effective, genuine, and evidence-based treatment program for people in early recovery.

Emily Koen

Program Director

Emily is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in Massachusetts (LCSW) and has diverse experience working within the behavioral health field in community, group and individual settings. Operating from a strengths-based lens, she aims to help clients discover their inner strength, build self confidence and become empowered by their own story. Emily combines 12-step ideology with individualized clinical interventions such as cognitive & dialectical behavioral, narrative and collaborative therapeutic approaches to help her clients have the best chances of success as they learn to navigate a new way of living without the use of drugs and alcohol. Emily values holistic treatment and understands the importance of the mind-body connection in relation to healing from trauma and addiction and is also a certified yoga instructor (YTT-200) and climbing wall instructor. Emily is connected in the recovery community and hopes to help shatter the stigma of addiction by sharing professional and personal experiences of hope. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Simmons University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Salem State University

James Castrucci

Director of Admissions/Business Development

James is an individual in long-term recovery who understands, first hand, the difficulties that individuals face when trying to get into treatment. He is the current lead facilitator for The Family Restored support group (Stoneham MA), the co-founder of The Family First support group and is a Certified Family Interventionist. James is the former owner of Observatory Sober Living, a 12-step retreat dedicated to teaching the practices and principles of the 12 steps, the same foundation on which he developed Clearhaven Recovery Center. James is the co-founder of Clearhaven, along with his partners: Walter Frankel and David Hanley. James is also an avid volunteer for the Town of Stoneham, filling roles as a volunteer speaker in the local school systems and working with local police and fire fighters to better understand the underlying causes and effects of addiction. James also enjoys coaching and working with young adults at his alma mater, Malden Catholic High School.

David Hanley

Executive Director

David Hanley, our Executive Director, has a BA from Merrimack College and has worked in the recovery field for 9 years. David was one of the founding members of the non-profit organization, Into Action Recovery, which provides long-term residential care and support for individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorder. Most recently David spent the past 2 ½ years serving as Program Director at Fox Run Sober Living.

David has been impacted, both directly and indirectly, by the disease of addiction. With 10 years of continuous sobriety, he is able to truly relate to the individuals he seeks to help and implements an understanding and empathetic approach to care. David’s true passion is working with individuals struggling with addiction/alcoholism and their families to provide guidance throughout the recovery journey. David is also one of the Co-Founders of Clearhaven Recovery center along with his partners Walter Frankel and James Castrucci.

Walter Frankel

Chief Financial Officer

Walter Frankel has been involved with many social help organizations for over 25 years. Most recently Walter was a committee member for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and continues to serve the organization and community in that capacity. In 2016, Walter and his children Alexander and Samantha founded TeamUpBoston.org in Newton to help promote volunteer activities in Newton and the Boston area. TeamUpBoston was focused on making volunteer opportunities available for families that wanted to involve their children in a life of service. Walter was also responsible for all corporate volunteer efforts (CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility) in Waltham for Moody’s Corporation from 2016 to 2018 serving local organizations such as Waltham Fields, Habitat for Humanity, Rosie’s Place, The Greater Boston Food Bank, St. Francis House and The New England Home for Veterans. Walter is passionate about caring for people and families.

Prior to entering the behavioral health space Walter owned and operated several businesses and worked in information technology for over 25 years at large organizations such as EMC, Moody’s, Schneider Electric and Northeastern University. Walter holds a BS in Economics and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Chelsea Gaudet

Primary Clinician/Expressive Arts Therapist

Chelsea Gaudet, Masters Level Clinician, is an alumni of Salem State University and William James College where she received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy. While working on her education, Chelsea spent years employed at mental health/dual diagnosis group homes as well as with the YWCA as a domestic violence advocate at a local shelter. During Chelsea’s post-master’s occupational exploration, she has spent time working as an in-home therapist, counseling children and families, working alongside a recovery coach to provide family therapy to people affected by addiction, leading groups in a virtual IOP (intensive outpatient program), and as a primary therapist at a residential rehab for drugs and alcohol. Chelsea has years of experience as a group facilitator, where she prides herself in her abilities to combine psychoeducation on addiction and recovery along with expressive arts activities to assist members in exploring their creativity and gaining a better understanding of their sober selves. She uses an individualized approach to working with clients in order to provide the best quality treatment to each person she meets with. Chelsea strongly believes in the mind-body connection and strives to use her knowledge of expressive arts therapy to assist clients in healing all aspects of their being.

Contact Clearhaven Recovery Today

When you reach out to our team, whether for yourself or for a loved one, we can verify your insurance, tell you more about our treatment programs, and help you access the care you need. Our treatment center in Waltham, MA offers a safe, supportive environment where your loved one can heal.

Contact us at 833.970.2054, or contact us online today to learn more.