The Gate House is a non-profit organization founded in 1972 providing gender-specific drug and alcohol treatment services. Residential, outpatient and sober living programs are available, as are personalized intervention services. The Gate House for Men, located in Lititz, Pennsylvania, treats adult men through a 12-step based program that includes group, individual and family therapy sessions along with vocational support.
Accommodations and Food
GHM has space available for 25 residents in a home-like environment, with rooms typically shared between two to three clients at a time. The house is a sprawling, Victorian-style mansion with lush communal outdoor areas. The facility has a living room with a flat screen TV, a fully-equipped kitchen with modern appliances and a washer and dryer located on-site. As part of treatment, residents are assigned household chores including kitchen duties. Those on kitchen staff cook breakfast and dinner for all the other clients, with clients required to prepare their own lunches.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment is highly personalized with individual, group and family counseling sessions scheduled as needed. There are also daily peer groups, daily 12-step meetings, vocational counseling and employment readiness services. Within the latter two services are a variety of classes which focus on budgeting, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, self-esteem, nutritional meal planning and communication skills.
Clients participate in a three-phase program that lasts anywhere from three to six months. During Phase I, residents work with their counselor to establish treatment goals. They take part in group and individual therapy while simultaneously working to build a strong sober community for support. Once their initial goals are met, clients transition into Phase II where they seek employment or volunteer work. During Phase III, residents begin to plan for the future and are helped with discharge planning which includes on-site relapse prevention groups. Counselors also introduce clients to Gate House’s outpatient and sober living programs which they can transition into after graduation. Treatment methods include 12-step principles and evidence-based modalities such as CBT and DBT.
GHM’s staff includes case managers, resident managers, CADCs and other counselors pursuing addiction certifications. While there is no on-site doctor available, there is a visiting psychiatrist. The facility always maintains at least two to three counselors on-site.
Women in need of residential services can attend Gate House for Women, which follows the same structure as the men’s program. The women’s facility has space available for 24 residents.
In addition to residential and outpatient treatment, Gate House also has male and female sober living residents in Lancaster County. Clients are offered housing for up to one year after initial treatment and are required to remain active in a 12-step program, complete household chores and participate in regular house meetings.
There is also a family program which meets on a bi-weekly basis. Family members are offered group meetings but can also schedule individual family sessions with clients’ primary counselors. Teleconferencing or online video sessions are available for family members who are unable to travel. Weekly aftercare groups are also provided along with an alumni association for all Gate House clients.
Overall, The Gate House for Men offers a comprehensive residential program which gradually lets men take on more and more responsibility as they progress in their recovery. Treatment includes plenty of 12-step support and a range of additional services available through the larger Gate House organization. While those in need of dual-diagnosis services may need a more specialized program, Gate House is ideal for men seeking a recovery community and opportunities to step down to less intensive care following residential treatment.
The Gate House for Men Location
649 E Main St
Lititz, PA 17543
The Gate House for Men Cost
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