Advanced Health and Education (AHE) provides adult men and women with treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. AHE has five locations nation-wide but two in the Northeast. The main location in the Northeast is in Eatontown, New Jersey, about an hour outside of New York City. The other Northeast location is in Pennsylvania on Philadelphia’s busy Market Street. Both locations offer outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), while Eatontown also offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).
Accommodations and Food
The inpatient program at AHE is its PHP, and is not traditional in that clients don’t eat, sleep and participate in therapy in the same location. AHE is not a lockdown facility, as such PHP clients are housed in a Marriott building staffed completely by AHE behavioral health technicians.
Housing at the Marriott consists of small suites with clients sleeping two to a room with a TV in every bedroom. Each suite also comes with a small kitchen. Clients are each given $75 a week to budget and make grocery lists for meals. They are responsible for their own meal preparation although the staff do the actual grocery shopping.
Treatment and Staff
AHE does not offer medical detox but can refer clients to local services if necessary. PHP clients at AHE’s Eatontown location are in treatment from 9 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday, returning to housing on nights and weekends. Fun sober activities as well as 12-step meetings are included in the programming for PHP clients. Though 12-step groups are not included for outpatient clients, participation in outside meetings is encouraged.
AHE uses both CBT and DBT in therapy sessions. For those with co-occurring disorders, AHE coordinates with psychiatrists and psychologists to provide clients medication management services. Clients also meet with their primary therapists once a week for individual therapy. Group sessions include both substance abuse processing and psychoeducation. In process groups clients discuss their current issues and receive feedback and support, while in psychoeducational sessions clients learn about the consequences of addiction.
For those in IOP at Eatontown, groups meet three days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) in the evenings only from 6 to 9 pm. In Philadelphia, IOP clients are not limited to evenings; the office is open Mondays through Fridays and groups are offered during the day as well.
IOP clients attend group for nine hours a week for up to 16 weeks. Groups meet three times a week for three hours each. Following IOP, clients are recommended to step down to regular outpatient, which meets twice two times a week. Those looking for light treatment can also forego IOP and begin with regular outpatient care. Typically, outpatient clients engage in treatment for one to three months. AHE also helps clients find continuing care programs in their area to help prevent potential relapses.
The Executive Director of AHE in Eatontown has a Master’s in Social Work, as does the Clinical Director who’s also a CADC. The IOP clinical director is also a CADC and has a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling. There are seven more CADCs on staff.
For all clients, smoke breaks are included throughout the treatment day when necessary. PHP clients are also offered yoga, acupuncture, guided meditations, massages and exercise classes. Visitation of friends and family is allowed but must be arranged through each client’s primary therapist.
Because Advanced Health and Education is a national drug and alcohol treatment facility, its programming is relatively streamlined. The PHP and outpatient programs here are well-organized, with plenty of individual attention for each client. For those who want the structure of a residential program but with more flexibility, Advanced Health and Education is a good choice.
Advanced Health and Education Locations
3 Corbett Way
Eatontown, NJ 07724
3600 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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