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Greenbriar Treatment Center provides detox, residential and outpatient treatment for adults 18 years of age and older for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. With several locations in central Pennsylvania, Greenbriar has been bringing recovery to the residents of Washington County and surrounding areas for almost 30 years.

Accommodations and Food

Located in the rural town of Washington, Pennsylvania, Greenbriar’s residential facility is a 62-bed co-ed program housed in a spacious, two-story brick building. The facility is surrounded by pine trees and rooms come furnished with twin beds and headboards, nightstands, a shared dresser and a closet—each also has its own bathroom. There are three to four clients per room. Though men and women do attend some of the same groups, they sleep in separate units.

Meals are served cafeteria-style in the dining room, and everyone eats together three times a day. The kitchen staff prepares all meals; though the chefs are open to accommodating special dietary requests, this isn’t always possible due to the size of the facility. For vegetarians, there’s a salad bar provided with every lunch and dinner—snacks are also available throughout the day after these meals.

Residents are responsible for keeping their rooms tidy and for doing their own laundry (Greenbriar provides coin-operated laundry machines and soap for clients to use). There are the usual rules prohibiting shirts with offensive language and tank tops, but clients must also wear shoes at all times and hats are not permitted.

Treatment and Staff

There is a 14-bed detox unit at Greenbriar which offers Suboxone and Librium, along with other drugs designed to ease the withdrawal process. Clients are monitored by a registered nurse and licensed physician. They are not expected to attend group therapy during this stabilization period, though they are expected to attend an on-site AA meeting twice a week. Detox lasts between seven and 14 days. Residents eat meals within the unit prepared by the kitchen staff until they move into the residential program, after which they eat in the cafeteria with everyone else.

Greenbriar’s residential program lasts anywhere from 14 to 28 days, depending on the initial assessment. Clients follow a very structured schedule. Breakfast is at 7 am followed by group session at 8 am; topics include addiction studies, peer feedback, problem solving, goals group and family dynamics. Gender-specific groups meet three days a week, often focusing on past trauma. After lunch, group and individual therapy continues throughout the day. Clients with co-occurring disorders meet for individual therapy twice a week for an hour, while others meet with their therapists only once a week.

Staff includes five licensed alcohol and drug counselors, six technicians and two Master’s-level therapists. A registered nurse and technician are on staff 24 hours a day, seven days per week. The client-to-staff ratio is eight-to-one.

Greenbriar also operates seven outpatient centers with locations in Monroeville, South Hills, Squirrel Hill, Wexford, New Kensington, Robinson and North Strabane. All facilities offer PHP and IOP programs. The PHP clients meet from 9 am to 4 pm four days a week for 12 weeks, while IOP meets from 9 am to noon four days a week for eight weeks. Clients attend group and individual therapy sessions again led by a Master’s-level therapist or licensed alcohol and drug counselor.


In addition to the above, the facility also offers a Family Education Program aimed at helping loved ones gain a better understanding of addiction. A Master’s-level therapist facilitates these groups, which take place on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 pm, followed by an hour and a half of visiting time. Family members who wish to visit residents must attend the family education hour and be pre-approved by the client’s therapist. An additional education group is also available on Saturdays for those who attend the Wednesday sessions.

Greenbriar also has a significant aftercare program, with two halfway houses available for alums to stay in after treatment ends. Although anyone in recovery is eligible to live in them, clients who have completed residential or outpatient treatment at Greenbriar get top priority. Typically, there is a four-month waiting list for this three to six month program.

The gender-specific Lighthouse homes are located in Washington County, and each has room for 25 residents. There are four clients to a room and three full bathrooms. The house manager lives on-site, so clients are supervised at all times. Two cooks are on staff in each house and residents are responsible for cleaning, with chores alternating every week. Though this is a step-down in treatment, residents still have a structured day which includes group and individual therapy. Lighthouse clients are required to attend three outside AA or NA meeting per week and must have a sponsor after 30 days. At the two-month mark, residents meet with their counselor to outline a job-search strategy.

In Summary

Overall, Greenbriar Treatment Center has been providing solid 12-step based treatment for those with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders since 1985. Its residential program is gender-specific with emphasis on family education, and across its ten locations they provide a full continuum of care. Greenbriar is still a viable option for those looking for a comprehensive recovery program.

Greenbriar Treatment Center Location

800 Manor Dr
Washington, PA 15301

Greenbriar Treatment Center Cost

$14,000 (30 days). Reach Greenbriar Treatment Center by phone at (800) 637-4673 or by email. Find Greenbriar Treatment Center on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn

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