Gandara Center - Hairston House in Northampton, MA

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(4.3 of 5)
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25 Graves Avenue
Northampton MA 01061

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Hairston House is a 17-bed program for men in recovery for substance use in Northampton, Mass. A program of the Gandara Center, Hairston House offers men three to six months of social model living; men here form a community through activity and service projects.

Hairston House is one of just 91 (25.9 percent) of long-term residential programs in the state and one of 185 (52.7 percent) that’s dedicated exclusively to adult men, aged 18 and up.


Hairston House invites prospective clients to interview in person and meet with men in the program. To be eligible, men must be committed to developing and maintaining their individualized plan throughout treatment.

The focus of treatment at Hairston House is on personal responsibility and peer support; the program uses “behavior modification techniques with positive reinforcement.” Men are encouraged to participate in communal activities, like preparing meals together, and volunteer with local causes.


The facility’s website mentions case managers and house staff, many of whom are former residents now dedicated to helping others in recovery.


Images on Hairston House's website show the facility as a multi-floor house in a residential neighborhood of Northampton, Mass.


The sole survey respondent awarded Hairston House eight of ten stars when asked how likely they’d recommend the program to others. Alum Marc found the surroundings sufficient and the staff “helpful,” awarding them five out of five stars for their professionalism, availability, and training/experience.

Four anonymous reviews on Citehealth reflect the positive statement above.[1] “This place helped me turn my life around and possibly saved my life,” one wrote in a representative review. Alumni also appreciated the respectful staff: “No better place to get back on your feet again, and get the support needed to re-build your life,” another commented.


Hairston House is funded by the Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services; it is one of just 231 (65.8 percent) of publicly-funded programs in the state.


Published on June 2019

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For what it offers, it is a good place to start recovery. good surroundings and helpful staff and also men in the house. hard to find housing afterwards.

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