Gateway Rehab is a network of detox, outpatient, residential and transitional substance abuse treatment facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Gateway Rehab was started in 1972 by Dr. Abraham Twersky, a medical doctor who has authored 60 books and become a well-known lecturer on addiction.
Just 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Beaver Falls is the home to Gateway’s Moffett House, a halfway house for men. Moffett House opened as a 10-bed facility in 1997 and moved to its current two neighboring 25-bed facilities in 2003.
Accommodations and Food
Moffett House is located in downtown Beaver Falls, just a short distance from amenities, shops and public transportation. The facility has two buildings, each housing 25 men. Residents have up to three roommates in dorm-style rooms and share one bathroom per floor.
As part of their life skills training, men are taught meal-planning and are taken to the grocery store each week for shopping. There are 25 ‘house tasks’ to be performed daily which include meal preparation for the entire house. These tasks rotate regularly, so all residents have an opportunity to learn basic cooking and kitchen maintenance skills.
Treatment and Staff
Men typically stay at Moffett House for four to six months. Most arrive after having completed a 30-day residential treatment program at Gateway Rehab or elsewhere.
There are three phases of treatment at Moffett House. In Phase One, which typically lasts a month, residents are heavily supervised and are required to attend daily community 12-step meetings and to look for a sponsor. Clients meet with their primary counselor and attend group therapy daily. Throughout their time at Moffett House, residents have individual therapy at least every other week.
In Phase Two, residents are required to do volunteer work in the community. Men must complete at least 30 hours of volunteer work while at Moffett House. During this phase, they continue daily group therapy and attend 12-step meetings several times a week. Towards the end of Phase Two they work with counseling staff to find employment.
In Phase Three, residents prepare for independent living. They are required to make three sober contacts—friends or colleagues—each week and must arrange their own transportation to 12-step meetings. While Moffett House does not have a formal aftercare program, in this phase clients plan their post-Moffett House recovery steps with their counselor.
The treatment team at Moffett House includes Master’s-level therapists and addiction counselors including CACs. While staff is equipped to counsel those with co-occurring disorders, residents who need medication and intensive therapy are referred to a nearby mental health clinic.
Moffett House residents receive a membership to the local YMCA for exercise. Moffett House requires residents to attend the Y each Saturday and an additional time during the week. For recreation, residents can travel to another Gateway facility for a ropes and climbing class on the weekends.
Gateway Rehab has also developed a motivational app called “12:01” which gives guidance and encouragement to clients who have completed their programs. It also features a motivational recovery-oriented Thought of the Day on its website.
Gateway Rehab’s Moffett House provides men with a highly structured community where they can transition into independent living following residential treatment. By requiring a commitment to developing connections through local 12-step meetings and finding stable employment, Moffett House ensures that men have marketable skills and a strong social support network with which to build their new lives.
Gateway Rehab Location
1215 7th Ave
Beaver Falls, PA 15010-4409
Gateway Rehab Moffet House Cost
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