White Deer Run’s New Directions provides transitional care to men who have completed residential substance abuse treatment. New Directions is located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania—70 miles east of Pittsburgh. It has been in operation for over 10 years and is part of the White Deer Run network of facilities throughout Pennsylvania.
Under the Acadia Healthcare umbrella, White Deer Run facilities are included among an expansive international group of behavioral health facilities providing chemical dependency and therapeutic support. With its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Acadia serves communities across the country and in the UK with inpatient, outpatient and school-based treatment programs.
Accommodations and Amenities
Clients reside in a modern treatment facility in downtown Johnstown, a few blocks from Central Park. Up to 30 men are accommodated at any time, each with at least one roommate.
For recreation, residents can use the facility’s exercise equipment and watch TV in the common area, at the house manager’s discretion. Residents can also use personal cell phones at designated times.
New Directions provides the food for clients and makes weekly menus. Residents are then assigned meal-preparation duties in teams as part of their life-skills training.
Rules and Regulations
Most men enter New Directions after having completed residential treatment elsewhere. Treatment lasts three to six months and men must be employed, in school and/or volunteering consistently throughout their stay. The staff connects them with local career service agencies for help with resume writing, job search and interview skills.
Residents are required to attend group and individual therapy at least twice a week. New Directions also schedules a range of educational lectures and classes each week (topics include budgeting, Big Book study and anger management), which residents attend as their work and school schedules permit. Men can also be trained to peer-lead groups at the residence. Residents must also attend two 12-step meetings each day and most attend nearby off-site 12-step meetings—though the facility hosts up to 14 on-site each week, as well.
Therapy at New Directions is based on Choice Theory. Therapists also use Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the 12-step framework. The treatment team includes CAC addiction counselors, MSWs and clinical technicians.
Therapy also addresses co-occurring disorders, including a weekly group for mental health and substance abuse issues. Clients needing significant dual diagnosis support are taken to a psychiatrist at a nearby White Deer Run facility for therapy and medication management.
New Directions has a program for opioid addicts—HOPE—which addresses early-recovery brain chemistry, and can provide clients with Vivitrol treatment to control cravings.
Family therapy is available for loved ones who wish to participate in recovery. Family can also visit the residents on Sunday afternoons. Additionally, men have a personal recreation day each week where they can leave the facility to visit friends and partake in other sober social activities. The staff also transports residents to the local YMCA each week for exercise.
For aftercare, the treatment team helps clients create a plan that may include peer support meetings, on-going therapy and connecting with community agencies for housing and job support. The White Deer Run treatment network regularly holds a variety of alumni get-togethers throughout Pennsylvania.
White Deer Run’s New Directions provides transitional care to men in Johnstown, Pennsylvania who have previously completed residential treatment. With over 20 weekly addiction and life-skills lectures and weekly individual and group therapy, New Directions offers clients significant support and education while they achieve their employment and educational goals in recovery.
White Deer Run New Directions
538 Main St
Johnstown, PA 15901
Acadia White Deer Run New Directions Cost: No charge for residents; fees paid for by county and Medicaid. Reach White Deer Run New Directions at (814) 536-2071.
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