Located just 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh, the Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Addiction Center was known as Butler Alcoholism Recovery Center when it was founded in Butler, Pennsylvania, in 1971. For the last 44 years, they have provided substance abuse treatment for adults, including pregnant women and those with co-occurring disorders. The facility is now named for a strong advocate for the rights of addicted persons and offers outpatient and residential treatment that is customized according to the clients’ needs.
Accommodations and Food
The inpatient residence boasts a beautiful green outdoor area that covers several acres. There is a maximum capacity of 29 patients at any given time (male and female). Roommates are of the same gender, with most rooms being shared by two patients although there are some one-bed and four-bed rooms. There is an on-site kitchen, laundry and recreation facilities. Patients are encouraged to take advantage of the local YMCA to enjoy softball and volleyball, among other activities. The facility also offers the finest in homemade food, served family-style in the dining room.
Treatment and Staff
At The Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Addiction Center, the minimum stay for residential treatment is 14 days and programs are offered in 30-, 60- and 90-day options. The facility embraces a 12-step approach, with daily individual and group therapy and off-site AA/NA meetings. No detox is provided, but dual diagnosis support is offered.
Clients choose from several different levels of treatment intensity. The outpatient and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs are for individuals who need help, but are living and working in the community. In the IOP program, clients attend three group therapy sessions per week and each session lasts three hours. The program length is eight weeks, or 24 group sessions. Outpatient is a weekly program where clients attend one group per week lasting 90 minutes, and one individual therapy session per week. These sessions focus on relapse prevention and maintaining sobriety. This is a flexible level of care depending on the client’s needs. Clients also have the option of attending weekly individual sessions with the therapist to enhance the treatment process. For those clients whose schedule cannot accommodate the weekly group, individual therapy sessions alone are available.
The staff pride themselves on enjoying what they do. There is an on-site medical team that includes a physician, nurse practitioner and registered nurse. The treatment team is comprised of Master’s-level addiction counselors and certified techs.
Beyond the basics, the Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Addiction Center also provides life and coping skills workshops and gender-specific groups. Aftercare is another focus; in addition to a relapse prevention track, those who complete a residential or outpatient program may continue receiving services. The Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Addiction Center also stands out for offering co-occurring psychiatric monitoring and psychiatric medication monitoring on top of the standard medical services. Finally, they offer a family program for residential patients that brings family members into the process of recovery.
While you can’t call The Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Addiction Center a luxury rehab, the proof of its success is in the institution’s longevity. They honor Ellen O’Brien Gaiser’s dedication to aiding those battling addiction by offering a full rehab package, with no frills, but with a fair balance of treatment, support and a sense of community, at a very reasonable cost.
Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Addiction Center Location
165 Old Plank Rd
Butler, PA 16001
Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Addiction Center Cost
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