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Nfa Behavioral Health

367 Shaker Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire, 03224
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.

Facility Highlights

  • Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Professional Chef


  • 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 Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Gavin Cherry, MS, LCMHC, MLADC, LCS
    Gavin Cherry, MS, LCMHC, MLADC, LCSClinical Director
  • Dr. Ian Wagget, MD
    Dr. Ian Wagget, MDMedical Director

Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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."


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."


New Freedom Academy accepts most major forms of insurance.

[1] GoogleReviews

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