Right Turn provides a broad range of evidence-based treatment programs for individuals and families recovering from substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. Since 2003, our guiding principles of recovery with creative expression and integration into the community have helped our clients and their families rebuild their lives.

We are a creative community for people in early recovery, and for those who are maintaining long-term recovery. At Right Turn each person’s needs are assessed, and an individual treatment plan is developed. Client’s needs are continually re-evaluated and plans are adjusted to recognize emerging needs and to celebrate progress. Right Turn integrates clinical best practices with outcomes-driven creative solutions into a full continuum of substance use disorder and co-occurring disorder behavioral health treatment.

Right Turn’s programs are an exciting and innovative platform combining traditional therapies and creative self-expression with evidenced based arts programming. Our program provides emotional as well as creative outlets for clients, and helps fulfill Right Turn’s commitment to treating the whole person: mind— body—heart, soul & spirit.

Anyone with a desire for recovery from substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders and other behavioral health problems will feel welcomed here. Our clients benefit from the support of Masters level Clinicians, a caring group of alumni and family members. Scholarships are provided by the generous support of our donors, for information contact Cynthia J. Wachs, CEO at 781-646-3800, ext 105.

All programs and services are covered by certain Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan
and other private insurance carriers. Please call for more information.


Located in Watertown, Massachusetts, Right Turn’s outpatient programs offer a unique and caring environment with daytime Partial Hospital Program (PHP), day and evening Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Outpatient therapy, DUI assessment, and Intervention services. Our highly experienced, dedicated, and compassionate staff of professionals meet individuals and families wherever they are in their recovery process. We provide personalized guidance, support, and structure to assist individuals and their families in developing and utilizing tools that will allow them to create, manage, and sustain their recovery—to grow and thrive.

Partial Hospitalization is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, five days per week, for at least two weeks. Clients with co-occurring disorders participate in the scheduled treatment sessions during the day and return home at night. The program runs concurrently with our IOP and has unique additional programming after a lunch break. This program is a step down from 24 hour care in a psychiatric hospital setting (inpatient treatment). It can also be used to prevent the need for an inpatient hospital stay. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is designed for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Difficulty functioning at work, school, or other occupation
  • Not at risk of harming self or others
  • Medically stable
  • Has adequate support at home
  • Motivated to participate in treatment
  • Experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders


  • Monday through Friday
  • 9:30 AM–2:30 PM (includes 30 minute lunch break)
  • Trauma Informed Group Therapy, Psychoeducation & Relapse Prevention; DBT and CBT; Gender Specific Therapy Group; Narrative Therapy; Diagnosis and Medication Group; Goal Setting; ADLs, Wellness and Self-Care

Right Turn recommends three to six months of intensive outpatient treatment which includes assessment, individual and group therapy including wellness, addiction education, relapse prevention, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy (CBT and DBT), process group therapy, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and family services.


  • Monday through Friday
  • 9:30 AM–1:00 PM
  • Trauma Informed Group Therapy, Psychoeducation & Relapse Prevention; DBT and CBT; Gender Specific Therapy Group; Goal Setting; ADLs, Wellness and Self-Care


  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:45–9:00 PM
  • Trauma Informed Group Therapy, Psychoeducation & Relapse Prevention; DBT and CBT; Goal Setting; ADLs, Wellness and Self-Care
  • Covered by most private insurance plans and are ideal for day workers and students

We believe that medication can be a valuable part of a comprehensive plan to achieve and sustain recovery. We offer medication services as adjuncts to other services that we provide. Medications that can assist with treatment, such as Suboxone and Vivitrol are offered. Our Medication Assisted Treatment includes: Evaluation, Prescribed Medication, and Monitoring by a Board-Certified Physician; Nurse Practitioner; Individual Counseling; Support Groups and other Right Turn services and activities.

Right Turn offers individual outpatient therapy in which the client is treated on a one-on-one basis with a therapist. The most popular form of therapy, individual therapy may encompass many different treatment styles including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, 12 step facilitation therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and motivational enhancement therapy


  • Monday through Friday, 30 minute and 60 minute sessions

Addiction and other co-occurring disorders cause stress, confusion, and disruption for the families. Right Turn specifically addresses these issues with an array of services designed to meet the needs of the client’s and their families. We Offer: Biweekly family support groups, Family and couples’ sessions with a clinician, Whole Family “invitational” intervention and consultation by a certified interventionist (CIP).

Once a client has successfully completed our PHP or IOP, we offer a weekly alumni support group that connects our former clients with one another to create a community of support under the direction of a Right Turn clinician.

A biweekly group started in 2012 for anyone who wishes to learn and be supported. This is a peer to peer support group facilitated by Woody Giessmann to assist in the development of coping skills for the family. The group meets on Monday evening at 7 PM. Join the group by ZOOM: ID: 491-789-200 and Password: 312 949. All are welcome.


An intervention is an invitation by family members and friends to assist a person with Substance Use Disorders or Co-occurring Disorders to get help for their issues. These interventions are highly successful and result in a person entering a drug and alcohol or mental health treatment program—learning how to live life without the use of these substances. The purpose of interventions is to coach an individual and their family members through the ways in which their disease is affecting the people they love the most, and get them into the correct level of treatment. With the help of Woody Giessmann, a licensed therapist (LADC-I) and certified intervention specialist (CIP), family and friends are invited to participate in the intervention process. The intervention does not have to be painful, rather it can be the beginning of a new way of living for all those involved.

Goals: Within the 30-day agreement, Woody will provide coaching and training for the family, refer that individual to an appropriate program to meet his or her needs. It is important that the family receive support throughout the intervention process. Woody will continue to work with the program we have chosen and help the family develop a plan to reinforce self-care to support the individual seeking treatment. Woody has worked in the field of Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health since 1993. Call 617-365-9460 if you have questions about Intervention.

Woody Giessmann Credentials: Right Turn was founded in 2003 by Woody Giessmann, former drummer for The Del Fuego’s, an internationally known rock band. After confronting his own addiction, Woody committed himself to helping others overcome substance dependency and achieve a healthy lifestyle in recovery.

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC-I) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Public Health/ Bureau of Substance Abuse Services—I, License Number 235
  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CADC) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Public Health/ Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Certification Number 1059AD
  • Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) for chemical addiction, sex, eating, gambling disorder, and mental health by Pennsylvania Certification Board—Certification Number 10026
  • Training in ARISE Interventionist for individual and family services by Dr. Judith Landau
  • Second Term and Secretary Appointment of The Board Of Registration In Medicine by Governor Baker (2019)
  • Top 10 National Interventionist—Sober.com (2017)
  • Appointed to the Board of Registration in Medicine by Governor Baker (2016)
  • Recipient: 2010 Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year, National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
  • Recipient: 2009 Robert Logue Memorial President’s Award, Massachusetts Association for Addiction Professionals (MAADAC)
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  • Woody Giessmann, LADC-1, CADC, CIP, AIS, Founder, Interventionist (woody@right-turn.org)
  • Cynthia J. Wachs, Chief Executive Officer (cynthia.wachs@right-turn.org)
  • Dr. Stephanie Stratigos, MD, Medical Director
  • Anthony Piro Jr., LICSW, Clinical Director (tony.piro@right-turn.org )
  • Gretchen Werner, MA, CAGS, REAT, Clinician Creative Arts Therapist (gretchen.werner@right-turn.org)
  • Stephanie Blick, MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Executive Administrator, Special Projects Manager, Chief of Staff (stephanie.blick@right-turn.org)
  • Bridget Heady, LMHC, Compliance Director
  • Sharon Measer, LMHC, LADC-1, CADC, Primary Therapist, (sharon.measer@right-turn.org)
  • Emma Pici-D'Ottavo, MA, Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist (emma.picidottavio@right-turn.org)
  • Sarah Hoffman, MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Primary Therapist (sarah.hoffman@right-turn.org)
  • Nicole Beatrice, MSW, admissions, (nicole.beatrice@right-turn.org)

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Right Turn, Inc., 440 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Fax: 833-331-0784