Colonial House Inc. in York, Pennsylvania, has been helping those suffering from addiction since 1969. The company expanded into a residential treatment facility in 1992, and today offers 12-step based treatment in inpatient, outpatient and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) varieties, as well as a program for DUI education.
Accommodations and Food
Residents at Colonial House live in a large brick building on two and a half acres in the Pennsylvania countryside. The facility looks like a cross between a professional office and a college dorm, and can accommodate 45 clients at a time. Same-sex roommates are assigned to rooms equipped with just the basics—wooden twin beds, two desks and nightstands. On-site, residents have access to reading areas, a weight room for exercise and a recreation room with board games. Other free time activities include ping-pong, horseshoes, volleyball and basketball. Clients can also watch TV during scheduled viewing times.
Meals are served three times a day in the dining hall, with frequently changing menus. Breakfast options can include yogurt or cereal, though hot breakfast (which can include omelets or waffles) is served as well. Lunch tends to be sandwiches or salads, while dinner is often comfort food entrées, like turkey with gravy or macaroni and cheese. Residents always have access to a salad bar for both lunch and dinner.
Treatment and Staff
Colonial House’s treatment programs are 12-step oriented and evidence-based, and include weekly individual therapy, daily group therapy (which is also gender-specific), 12-step meetings, addiction education and relapse prevention. Life skills classes are also required, and include topics like coping skills, anger management, self-esteem building, job preparation, stress management, social skill building and daily exercise. Clients must also do work therapy projects from 1 to 2:45 pm, Monday through Thursday. These projects entail facility upkeep, and can vary from indoor facility cleaning to yard work.
A typical day at Colonial House begins with a 7 am wake-up followed by breakfast and a group meeting. Residents then proceed to educational seminars followed by lunch and work therapy. After that comes life skills training, exercise, an individual session, dinner and a 12-step meeting in the evening. Lights out is at 10 pm.
Colonial House also offers outpatient treatment in an adjacent building. Clients can enroll in their IOP, which lasts a total of 18 weeks. During the first six weeks, all participants attend seven and a half hours of group therapy (including one gender-specific session) and one individual session a week. For the remaining 12 weeks, this changes to only one group a week and two one-on-one meetings a month. Other outpatient offerings include monthly DUI classes, anger management and relapse prevention.
The facility’s treatment staff consist of LACs, administrative staff and a doctor, who visits every two weeks. They are on-site 24 hours a day, with a staff-to-resident ratio of one-to-five.
Colonial House encourages clients to involve their loved ones through its family program. Families can meet with their loved ones’ primary counselors, or attend family-specific educational workshops which might focus on addiction, family roles, codependency, anger or relapse.
Aftercare varies depending on the individual. While some may continue on to an outpatient program as a step-down, others can be referred to a nearby halfway house. Either way, everyone leaves with some sort of plan for continued care.
Overall, Colonial House’s affordable treatment, caring staff and years of service make them a worthy recovery choice for those in the area. With myriad levels of intensity and a mix of both traditional 12-step and evidence-based approaches, this could be a solid place for someone to begin rebuilding a life in sobriety.
1300 Woodberry Rd
York, PA 17408
Colonial House Cost: $6,000 (30 days). Reach Colonial House by phone at (800) 767-9702. Find Colonial House on Facebook
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