The World's First 12-Step Treatment Center

Join a culture of compassionate care, dignity and respect.

Immediate help is available.

The World's First 12-Step Treatment Center

Join a culture of compassionate care, dignity and respect.

Immediate help is available.

The First 12-Step Treatment Center in the World

Located in Kent, Connecticut


High Watch was established in 1939 as the world’s first 12-Step treatment center. Since then, our Connecticut addiction treatment center has led thousands of individuals from the grip of alcohol and drug addiction to the freedom of recovery.

Nestled in 300 wooded acres in the lush Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, High Watch Recovery Center is a residential treatment facility that provides state-of-the-art treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

We integrate the latest clinical interventions in addiction medicine together with the time-tested teachings of the 12 Steps.

Joint Commission National Quality Approval logo National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers FoRSE DATA SITE SAMHSA
Joint Commission National Quality Approval logo National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers FoRSE DATA SITE SAMHSA

Clinical Site of the Year

Sacred Heart University has awarded High Watch the prestigious "Clinical Site of the Year" award for our unwavering commitment to educating Physician Assistant Students in the healthcare industry. We are proud of this recognition and excited to continue working with more students in the future.

Clinical Site of the Year Award

Commercial Insurance Accepted

We accept health insurance plans. If you have questions about insurance coverage or whether your insurance provider is accepted, contact our admissions team today. We can guide you through the process of determining what your policy covers and answer any questions you may have about our residential treatment services or outpatient programs.

Treatment Programs for Every Recovery Journey

Each of our programs is customized to support the individual needs of our patients. Whether inpatient, outpatient or extended care, treatment will address all sides of the disease of addiction and any co-occurring illnesses — mental or physical.

As a nonprofit provider, we believe that everyone should have a chance at recovery. We strive to make treatment affordable and accessible by offering various inpatient and outpatient programs to meet the needs of and give hope to everyone seeking recovery.

Call Us: 860-927-3772

Residential Care

Proven Effective Treatment for Substance Use Disorder lies in our unique High Watch Program. We integrate the latest breakthroughs in addiction medicine for treatment of both the Neurobiology of Addiction and any co-occurring disorders (such as depression, anxiety or bi-polar disorder) into the time-tested spiritual teachings of the 12 Steps. Our residents and their families benefit from a powerful healing blend of Customized Individual Treatment. You can learn more about our program by clicking on the button below.


Extended Care

Once a guest has been at High Watch for a minimum of 45 days they may apply for the Extended Care Program. Space is limited for this program so the applicants are reviewed by our clinical staff as well as our Director of Psychiatric Medicine. 95% of our Extended Care Guests complete this program and leave High Watch feeling accomplished and more confident that they will succeed in recovery. Click below to learn more about the Extended Care Program.

Detox Services

For most individuals seeking addiction treatment, detox is the first step to breaking the physical and psychological hold that a substance has on their system. Withdrawing from drugs or alcohol can be a dangerous and even life-threatening process, and is best done under medical supervision. In our medically-supervised detox program, our caring medical team will oversee the withdrawal process providing necessary medications and emotional support to ease symptoms and stabilize vitals. Learn more about High Watch's Detox Treatment Center at the link below.


Equine Assisted Learning Program

The Equine Assisted Learning Program is an experiential learning process that involve activities with horses to promote human physical and mental health. The goal of the Equine Assisted Learning Program is to help the participant develop needed skills to become more emotionally agile. Guests are offered a group equine experience. Our program consists of four three-hour sessions over two weeks. Individual equine therapy sessions are also available. You can learn more about the Equine Assisted Learning Program by clicking the button below.

Meet Our Credentialed Clinicians

Danielle Ouellette, LPC, LADC, ATR, CTT, Therapist

Danielle Colopy, LPC, LADC, ATR, CTT


Danielle is a talented therapist with a specific expertise and interest in Art Therapy. She is licensed as a registered art therapist working towards her board certification.

Dana Pollack, MSW, LCSW, CTT, Coordinator of Trauma Services

Dana Pollack, MSW, LCSW, CTT

Coordinator of Trauma Services

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dana Pollack is recognized for her ability to develop individualized treatment for residents based upon their strengths using...

Kimberly Cognato, LADC, LPC, EMDR, ESMHL, CTT

Kimberly Cognato, LADC, LPC, EMDR, ESMHL, CTT

Sr. Clinician of Outpatient Services

Kimberly has been working with individuals struggling with addiction and mental health for over 17 years. She has worked in both private and non-profit...

Matthew Ahlberg LCSW

Matthew Ahlberg


Kimberly has been working with individuals struggling with addiction and mental health for over 17 years. She has worked in both private and non-profit settings and has helped individuals through detox...

Lauren Woods, LCSW

Lauren Woods, LMSW


Lauren is an experienced therapist having treated individuals struggling with substance use disorder in both residential and outpatient settings prior to her arrival at High Watch. She focuses on...

Our Continuum of Care

High Watch is home to a fully working farm that is the centerpiece of our Intensive Outpatient Program. It is currently home to both our men’s and women’s IOP program, HOPE House. This outstanding program is available to guests who have completed their residential stay with us and who wish to continue their recovery at High Watch. Located on over 100 acres of land, the HOPE House farm includes a horse and sheep pasture, horse stalls, and acres of gardens.


Intervention Services

We at High Watch often observe that individuals who are clearly in need of addiction treatment are unable to see it. People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek help. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. Family members want to help their loved one but that individual may not be receptive. We can help in these situations by assisting with a formal intervention. An intervention presents your loved one with a structured opportunity to make changes before things get even worse, and it can motivate him or her to seek or accept help. Learn more about our Intervention Services at the button below.

Sober Living

Eden Hill's Transitional Living program serves as a bridge between Inpatient Substance Use Recovery Treatment and the abrupt return home. With a typical length of stay between four and six months, our residents return home with more confidence and an increased likelihood to build long-term recovery. During a woman's time at Eden Hill we are committed to helping translate skills learned in initial inpatient treatment into real life experience.


After Care Employment

Wilson’s Bakery & Cafe is a vital component of recovery. While with us at High Watch, our guests gain the tools they need to live happy lives free of substances. Our guests are members of the High Watch family for life and many of our alumni take advantage of the opportunity to work at Wilson’s. While with us, alumni gain valuable work experience and learn to live free of addiction while supported by other employees who have lived through and are conquering the same challenges.

High Watch Recovery Center
We are the leading addiction treatment center in Connecticut. Our campus is nestled in 300 wooded acres of Kent, CT.

Our Address
P.O. Box 607
Kent, CT 06757

(860) 927-3772 (phone)
(888) 493-5368 (toll-free)