New Freedom Academy in Canterbury, NH

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367 Shaker Road
Canterbury NH 03224

New Freedom Academy Philosophy

On 17 acres in serene New Hampshire, New Freedom Academy is dedicated providing high quality treatment for adult men and women. We guide clients through the early stages of recovery by helping them break through barriers of fear, anxiety, and apathy. We help our clients see that the events of life are not to be avoided but embraced; and our reactions must change if we are to be successful, joyous, and free.

Our co-occurring disorders treatment team is led by a psychiatrist, direct care managed by a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and the process is supported by master’s-level therapists, all well-versed in addiction treatment. This approach cuts through to determine precisely what is going on and treats with a combination of therapy, non-addictive medicines, holistic and sensible applications to help our clients become stable and able to internalize recovery.

As an abstinence-based treatment center, we take a thoughtful and grounded approach to co-occurring disorders. While medications can be somewhat effective at stabilizing clients with acute diagnoses and for some they are needed long term, our treatment focuses on improvement through an effective change of lifestyle. We find this often facilitates the diminishment of disorders with environmental origins. We realize that a 180-degree change of life can be very difficult, and our team monitors and supports this endeavor through evidence-based practices, such as meditation and grounding exercises, experiential therapeutic approaches, sleep studies and plans, health plans, nutrition balance, proper hydration, physical exercise, and more.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

Facility Highlights

Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders

Yoga and Meditation

Professional Chef

Meet the Staff

Gavin Cherry, MS, LCMHC, MLADC, LCS

Clinical Director

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Dr. Ian Wagget, MD

Medical Director

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Rehabs.com 360 Guide

Review by Rehabs.com Contributors

ABOUT NEW FREEDOM ACADEMY

New Freedom Academy is a treatment center located in Canterbury, N.H. Treating adults ages 18 and up, NFA has a residential program and focuses on treating substance abuse using the 12 Steps. It is among the 61 percent of New Hampshire facilities to incorporate the 12-steps.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

The center accepts new patients seven days a week. New Freedom Academy applies an integrated approach of cutting-edge clinical systems and a daily 12-step practice.

One of 17 residential facilities in New Hampshire, New Freedom offers continuum of care, individualized treatment, 12-step meetings, sponsorship and service commitments. It also offers alumni an aftercare programming. It operates through recovery-oriented systems of care, which focuses on prevention, intervention, treatment, and post-treatment.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

New Freedom staff includes a psychiatrist, direct care managed by a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and the process is supported by master’s-level therapists.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The facility has a 20-bed dormitory. It also has a large 2-story hexagon building with a great room which holds 100 people for workshops. The facility is also located on lush green in idyllic New Hampshire.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Five alums who submitted reviews to Rehabs.com gave five stars across the board. They complimented the facilities programming and treatment effectiveness.

"I have been to over 20 treatment centers and detoxes total and New Freedom Academy was the only place that gave me a new life," one alum wrote. Another alum wrote, "An amazing place where miracles happen! I found myself through the programming they have and fostered an amazing community of clients and alumni to support me."

On Google, nine alums rated the facility 3.7 stars.[1] Those that left comments left very positive reviews of the center, particularly regarding the staff and programming.

"The love, encouragement and unwavering support in those first few weeks shown to me by staff when I wanted to do nothing more than die, I will forever be grateful for," an alum wrote.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

To date, a sole family member offered five stars to New Freedom.

The family member wrote, "New Freedom Academy saved not only saved one but two of my family members lives."

WHAT STAFF SAY

Nine staff members left reviews on Rehabs.com. They all offered five stars overall. Employees said that the facility offered excellent accommodations, and that the staff was compassionate.

One staff member wrote, "Amazing facility and compassionate, qualified staff. This program brings hope to clients and families and provides a pathway to recovery that works."

FINANCING

New Freedom Academy accepts most major forms of insurance.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on July 2018

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New Freedom Academy is an outstanding program. Staff work tirelessly to help families and clients recover. The smaller setting allows for an intimate and focused treatment experience. With a strong focus on aftercare, New Freedom sets clients up for long term recovery. Excellent program.

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I highly recommend New Freedom Academy. The staff goes above and beyond to help clients get better.

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I think that the overall experience is the best. The staff are all very involved in making sure that we get the clients the help that they need.

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The team loved me until I could love myself. They blocked me from leaving at a time where walking off property seemed like a great idea in the middle of a snow storm. They worked with me and encouraged me when all I wanted to do was give up after coming in from a humiliating relapse

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New Freedom Academy boasts a wonderful staff and a beautiful campus. The treatment is top notch, and is tailored to the individual.

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I got well here, they loved me until I loved myself. They gave me the tools to learn to love myself on my own. I�ll never be able express the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. Going on two years of sobriety now. Thank you NFA.

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The biggest thing I love about New Freedom Academy is the client experience. Each client is loved and cared for. The staff is there all hour of the day and night to address concerns and struggles the client may be experiencing.

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New Freedom Academy provides and excellent atmosphere for clients to build a foundation for a purposeful life in recovery.

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Place is amazing

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New Freedom Academy is where I began the journey that changed every aspect of my life. They provided a comfortable living experience, while rigorously attacking the disease. The staff was friendly, caring and support.

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I have been to over 20 treatment centers and detoxes total and New Freedom Academy was the only place that gave me a new life.

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An amazing place where miracles happen! I found myself through the programming they have and fostered an amazing community of clients and alumni to support me.

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Amazing facility and compassionate, qualified staff. This program brings hope to clients and families and provides a pathway to recovery that works.

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New Freedom Academy saved not only saved one but two of my family members lives. With the dedicated and compassionate staff at New Freedom Academy my loved ones not only received treatment for their disease but they got a second chance at life. The staff was so great keeping me in the loop every step of the way and included me in my loved ones recovery. It was an amazing experience to see the culture that is created at New Freedom Academy, it has a personal feel with an emphasis on compassion. No two people are the same and the staff at New Freedom Academy recognize this which helped personalize the care my loved one received. New Freedom Academy is far more then a recovery center, they�re a family creating positive change for so many people.

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New Freedom Academy is a beautiful campus with caring staff that work closely with clients and families to work towards the common goal of recovery.

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New Freedom Academy save the lives of two of my family members. I watched the compassionate staff at NFA transform both my cousins into active, happy and positive people. What’s better is the treatment was so individualized that both my family members were able to reenter society without changing who they were on the inside. NFA helped them rebuild their lives and build meaningful relationshipss.

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