Our Halfway House Programs

Enrolling in a residential rehabilitation program can be an essential step for individuals who are dealing with chemical dependency and certain co-occurring mental health disorders. However, at the addiction rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania, we are well aware that not every person who completes residential rehab is prepared to make an immediate successful transition out of treatment.

For those who can benefit from additional assistance following the completion of their residential rehab experience, we are proud to provide supportive and structured step-down care at two gender-specific halfway houses, both of which are located in historic Johnstown, Pennsylvania:

  • New Directions of White Deer Run is a 30-bed halfway house for adult men.
  • Renewal Center of White Deer Run is a 25-bed halfway house for adult women.

At both of these programs, our focus is helping men and women who are in early recovery learn how to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives, free from the scourge of substance abuse and chemical dependency. We place great emphasis on guiding our clients through the process of developing independent living skills and making a successful return to the workforce. The minimum length of stay at both of these halfway houses is 90 days, though individuals may stay longer depending upon their progress and continued needs.

The vast majority of clients transfer directly into Renewal Center of White Deer Run and New Directions of White Deer Run from a residential rehabilitation center. Our comprehensive treatment programs are designed to make this transition as smooth and successful as possible. The following are among the many elements of rehab that may be incorporated into an individual’s experience at either Renewal Center of White Deer Run or New Directions of White Deer Run:

Medication Management – Halfway house participants who have medication needs will self-administer their medication under the supervision of house staff members. Participants who are enrolled in medication assisted treatment that involves monthly injections of Vivitrol will be will be transported by house staff members to the treatment center where they can receive those injections. Vivitrol program participants may also schedule psychiatric appointments at the location where they receive their Vivitrol injections.

Individual therapy – Women and men who receive care at Renewal Center of White Deer Run or New Directions of White Deer Run will participate in two individual therapy sessions each week throughout their time in rehab. These one-on-one sessions with a counselor are confidential and supportive environments in which participants can process successes and setbacks as well as address issues that feel may not be appropriate to discuss in a group therapy setting.

Group Therapy – Both of our halfway houses offer a variety of group therapy sessions five days each week. These sessions, which are led by trained and experienced technicians, allow participants to learn from others who are or have been in similar situations, share their own insights and experiences, and practice healthy interpersonal skills. Types of groups that may be featured during an individual’s time in rehab at Renewal Center of White Deer Run or New Directions of White Deer Run include the following:

  • 12-step AA/NA meetings
  • Chemical dependency groups
  • Peer-led groups
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Reflections group

While the specific content of any group will likely be determined according to the contributions of participants, the general topics that may be addressed during an individual’s time at Renewal Center of White Deer Run or New Directions of White Deer Run in Johnstown include the following:

  • Men’s Issues (New Directions only)
  • Women’s Issues (Renewal Center only)
  • Anger management
  • Budgeting
  • Mental health
  • Life Skills
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Big Book Study
  • 12-Step Study
  • Spirituality

Family therapy – Family can play an important role in promoting continued recovery, but many families are hindered in their attempts to support their loved ones because of issues such as poor communication skills, unresolved pain caused by the loved one’s substance abuse, and dysfunctional family processes. At Renewal Center of White Deer Run and New Directions of White Deer Run in Johnstown participants and their invited family members have the opportunity to take part in one or two family therapy sessions with an experienced counselor.

Continuing care – Whether he or she is transitioning to another level of care or returning home, each person who completes rehab at New Directions of White Deer Run and Renewal Center of White Deer Run in Johnstown will leave with a comprehensive discharge plan that identifies the community-based services and other resources that will support his or her continued recovery. Continuing care planning is completed via a collaborative process that involves the individual in treatment and a counselor.

From detox through residential rehabilitation, outpatient services, and halfway house opportunities, the White Deer Run Treatment Network is dedicated to providing a comprehensive continuum of care that meets individuals’ current needs and the helps them to achieve their treatment objectives. For those who can benefit from the unique type of care that is provided at the halfway house level, New Directions of White Deer Run and Renewal Center of White Deer Run in Johnstown can be essential steps along the path of successful lifelong recovery.

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