The Hamilton House, Dorchester, Massachusetts

Dorchester, MA in the autumn
25 Mt Ida Rd.
Dorchester, MA, 02122

The Hamilton House Overview

The Hamilton House, located in Dorchester, Massachusetts, is a behavioral health organization operating under the non-profit agency called The Gavin Foundation. The facility offers a gender-specific residential program to men seeking treatment. The Gavin Foundation operates multiple locations in Massachusetts and its treatment is heavily rooted in the tradition of 12-steps.
Hamilton House aims to help clients reintegrate into the community, gain full-time employment, adapt to independent living, and get their lives back. Clients being housed at the facility are required to be registered at an outpatient treatment facility and must attend house meetings before joining the working phase. The outpatient program is typically a 10 to 12-day process and clients are required to participate in both group and individual therapy. The treatment technique used during treatment is Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical behavioral therapy, 12-step, and Cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients seeking detox services may not find such here and individuals are required to have completed detox before enrolling into the organization.
The house organizes 12-step meetings for six nights a week and all residents are required to attend, as attendance is mandatory. Residents are also required to obtain a sponsor that will provide guidance as they work the steps.
If a client schedule permits, they can attend off-site meetings, but it is not mandatory. As clients progress in treatment and are ready to start working, the house gives the afternoon off for job hunting. Curfew is at 11 pm for clients who already have jobs and they must return to the facility at 5 pm for dinner. Clients must consent to be given random drug tests during their stay at the facility, as this is done to ensure complete abstinence. Designated visitation time is during the weekends and the staff of the facility consists of licensed alcohol and drug counselors, peer counselors, and nurse practitioners.

Accommodation And Food

Clients are housed in a 22-bed facility that offers a family style décor. Clients are expected to share a room as each bedroom comes with two or three twin beds, a bedside dresser, and a closet. The house also features other amenities such as a dining room, shared bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. Smoking is allowed but only at designated areas outside the facility. Clients are permitted to visit the local gym, as there is no on-site workout area.
Clients are entitled to dinner from Monday through Fridays, although during the weekends and for breakfast and lunch, they are left to sort themselves out.

Treatment & Therapy

The Hamilton House offers different programs to clients suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring issues, based on their specific needs. Some of these are:

Residential Treatment

The behavioral health facility encourages clients to renew and acquire relevant skills while living a life of sobriety. Although at this time, the center does not offer detoxification and clients may be referred to outside facilities.
The following are conditions treated at the facility:
Substance abuse

The Hamilton House Therapy Options

The Hamilton House offers a number of options for therapy to clients with substance abuse issues, which include:

  • Group therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Individual therapy
  • 12-step
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy


The Hamilton House costs $300 for a 30-day stay at the facility at a rate of $75 per week. The cost for treatment may increase or reduce depending on the level of care and length of stay. Clients can contact The Hamilton House for more information on payment, admission, and more.


The Hamilton House is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). Also locations are licensed by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services which is within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Hamilton House Advantages

After completing a basic program, clients are eligible for an aftercare or discharge plan. Activities included in the aftercare plan may include relapse prevention groups, Big Book meetings on Sundays, peer support groups, 12-step meetings, and many more.
The facility also offers recreational activities to clients registered at in the treatment programs. Some of these activities include outside sport game events and other group activities.
Finally, the facility offers comprehensive and well-rounded treatment programs to men seeking to begin the journey to long-term sobriety. Operating under the Gavin Foundation, as well as other facilities, the Hamilton House is able to offer a wide range of quality to care to clients.


John McGahan

John has served as a leader in many ways since 1994; He is currently a member of the MA Recovery Homes Collaborative where he is serving as the Vice President. He is also a member of the ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) serving currently as the Chairman, Board of Directors. He is licensed to be Alcohol and Drug Counselor and also certified to be a Domestic Violence Counselor and Addiction Specialist.

Siu Ping Chin Feman
Medical Director

Siu Ping went to the Partners Healthcare which is based or is a subsidiary of both Mclean Hospital and Mass General Hospital where she completed her fellowship. She went to the Tulane University (School of Medicine) where she earned her Medical degree and then went to Harvard Longwood to complete her psychiatry residency. She is board certified to practice Addiction Psychiatry and Psychiatry.

Barbara Samek
Clinical Director

Barbara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the Westfield State College and a
Master’s degree from Simmons College majoring in Social Work. She is also licensed to practice Alcohol and Drug Counseling and also to be an Independent Clinical Social Worker.

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