White Deer Run New Directions

Johnstown’s Leading Men’s Addiction Halfway House

At New Directions of White Deer Run, we help men struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues build a strong foundation for long-term recovery.

Homelike Addiction Treatment Environment

New Directions of White Deer Run, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is a 30-bed halfway house for adult men, ages 18 and above, who have completed residential rehab but can also benefit from a longer-term residential treatment experience in an intimate homelike environment.  Located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, New Directions of White Deer Run focuses on helping men learn how to live sober with an emphasis on developing independent living skills and transitioning into the work force.

Comprehensive Rehab Program for Men

New Directions of White Deer Run offers a comprehensive rehab program, which includes psychiatric consultation and medication management, mental health groups, anger management groups, individual therapy, and group therapy. Residents may also participate in a specialized opioid addiction rehab option through the HOPE Program, which helps individuals to rebalance their brain chemistry during early recovery. Minimum length of stay in the program is 90 days, but residents may stay longer as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Our Therapeutic Elements for Addiction Treatment

Rehab at New Directions of White Deer Run in Johnstown is approached from a person-centered perspective, and incorporates principles of the Twelve Step philosophy along with Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. During an individual’s residence at New Directions of White Deer Run, his treatment experience many include some or all of the following elements:

Medication Management – Men who have medication needs while at New Directions of White Deer Run may take those medications in a controlled and supervised manner. Medications are locked up in the house, and participants are required to self-administer their medication under the supervision of clinical counselors. Individuals who are receiving Vivitrol will be transported by New Directions of White Deer Run staff to the location where they receive their monthly injections. Participants in the Vivitrol program may also see a psychiatrist during this time. Other medication management participants may meet with a psychiatrist on a monthly basis if necessary.

Individual therapy – While in the program, New Directions of White Deer Run provides men with the opportunity to participate in two individual therapy sessions each week. These sessions, which are conducted by a counselor who has been trained in both Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, are an ideal environment in which men can process the successes, setbacks, and other experiences that have occurred during early recovery.  
Group Therapy – Group therapy sessions are conducted five days a week at New Directions of White Deer Run. Led by trained and experienced counselors, these sessions provide a structured and supportive forum for men to learn from the experiences of others, share their own insights, and practice the healthy interpersonal skills that will be essential to their continued successful recovery. Types of groups include the following:

  • 12-step AA/NA meetings (14 per week)
  • Psychoeducational groups (20 per week, run by clinical technicians)
  • Peer-led groups (four per week)
  • Chemical dependency groups (two per week)
  • Reflections group (every night)

Topics discussed during groups may include the following:

  • Mental health
  • Anger management
  • Life Skills
  • Budgeting
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Men’s Issues
  • Big Book Study
  • 12-Step Study
  • Spirituality

Family therapy – In recognition of the importance of incorporating family into the treatment process and the journey of recovery, our program provides the option for residents and their invited family members to participate in one or two family therapy sessions with an experienced counselor. Among the many benefits of family therapy, these sessions may help to improve communication and encourage healthier relationships between family members; they may also guide family members in their efforts to make the necessary changes that will help them to support their loved one’s ongoing recovery.

Continuing care – As an individual approaches the end of his time at New Directions of White Deer Run in Johnstown, he and his counselor will complete a thorough aftercare planning process. The result of this process will be a comprehensive plan that identifies the community-based services and other resources that will support the individual’s continued recovery after he has transitioned out of the halfway house.

Empowering Men to Overcome Addiction

At New Directions of White Deer Run, we have a unique understanding of the many challenges faced by men in early recovery and a deep appreciation for the strength and potential of each individual who spends time in residence at our program. Our program’s primary objectives are to help the men in our program to build upon the progress that they have made during the residential rehabilitation phase of their recovery and to help them hone their newly developed skills and apply them in the manner that will best support a healthy transition out of treatment and the successful pursuit of long-term recovery.

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