Gaudenzia Erie, Inc (GE) offers a continuum of care to adults dealing with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Its treatment facilities located in Erie, Pennsylvania include detox services, inpatient and outpatient support, and gender-specific halfway homes. All of GE’s programs are structured around the principles of the therapeutic community, which encourages clients to work together and learn from one another.
GE’s inpatient facility is a basic treatment facility that provides holistic support for recovery. Treatment consists of group and individual therapy, 12-step meetings, recreational activities and medication management for those in need of co-occurring disorders support.
Accommodations and Food
The facility accommodates male and female residents in a hospital-like setting. All clients are housed in the same building but are kept separate by gender on different floors. The building holds up to 39 at a time in shared bedrooms with twin beds and dressers. There are rooms consisting of four, six or eight residents. There is also a cafeteria, a common room with a TV and a recreational room with a ping pong table. During the week, an hour is set aside after dinner during which clients can make use of the recreational room. For exercise, residents have access to a volleyball court and a basketball court located on-site. After 45 days in treatment, clients can be approved to go to the local YMCA.
Three meals a day are prepared on-site and served in the cafeteria. Meals include options like pizza, hamburgers, pasta and salads. Special dietary requests can usually be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
GE provides different levels of care to best suit each client’s needs. Residents are offered a five-day medically monitored detox program. Medication management is also available to those in need of dual-diagnosis support.
Inpatient treatment at GE typically lasts anywhere from 28 to 90 days. The program offers co-ed treatment in a highly structured environment. Clients attend weekly individual therapy sessions along with daily group therapy. Group topics include relapse prevention, anger management, trauma, coping skills and vocational goals. In addition to therapy, residents attend on-site 12-step meetings run by the clients themselves. Three times a week there are outside speakers who come and share their experiences.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) meets three times a week for two and a half hours each day. Groups meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 5 pm and Wednesday and Saturday at 9 am. Clients have the option to pick three of these groups to attend weekly. On the other hand, there is also the standard outpatient track that meets for group therapy once a week for an hour and a half at a time. These groups take place every day of the week except Sunday. On Monday, Friday and Saturday groups get together at 10 am. On Tuesday, groups meet at 4:30 pm and on Wednesday they meet at 5 pm. Lastly is the Thursday group, which starts at 6 pm. Group topics are similar to those in the inpatient program. As a supplement to these groups, clients in both outpatient tracks must attend one individual therapy session a week. Both programs typically last three months.
The staff includes LADCs, psychiatrists and Gaudenzia alumni.
GE also provides two gender-specific halfway house programs, each of which is 90 days long and includes mandatory 12-step involvement. Residents are required to attend at least five AA/NA meetings a week while employed or in school. Community Home is the female household that caters to pregnant women, single women and women with children in an old Victorian located in a peaceful residential neighborhood. The home holds up to 14 at a time in shared rooms. Males over the age of 18 can be housed in the Dr. Daniel Snow halfway house that accommodates 16 at a time in shared bedrooms. Both homes are monitored 24/7 and require clients to agree to random drug and alcohol screenings.
At Gaudenzia Erie, residents are provided with several levels of care for substance abuse and mental health issues, all though the principles of the therapeutic community model. Though treatment itself is fairly basic, the advantage of the program is that it has a stage or intensity of care to suit each individual. In all, this affordable program is worth considering to anyone in the area looking to recover from addiction.
414 W 5th St
Erie, PA 16507
Gaudenzia Erie Cost: $4,872 (28 days, inpatient); sliding scale (all other programs). Reach Gaudenzia Erie by phone at (814) 459-4775.
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