Pyramid Healthcare’s Hillside facility takes a holistic approach to treating addiction and mental health issues. Located in what was once a resort in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania, it uses evidence-based therapies while incorporating the 12 steps. From interventions to detox to intensive residential, Hillside a lot to offer those seeking recovery.
Accommodations and Food
With a maximum of 40 clients at a time, Hillside falls somewhere in the middle in terms of client load. While some rehabs split their living accommodations and main therapy facility, Hillside does everything under one roof. The bedrooms are spacious but resemble a motel room, including two full-sized beds, wooden dressers and a bathroom.
Hillside views recreation as an important part of the recovery process. While there is no gym or pool, they do offer a basketball court, tennis court and a space for guided yoga. Those who love the outdoors can participate in supervised hikes.
Meals are provided in the dining hall. A resident chef creates menus each week that focus on nutrition and fresh ingredients. Special arrangements for clients with food allergies or observing a vegetarian diet are possible. Both sugar and caffeine can be found in this facility.
Treatment and Staff
One of the maddening things about addiction can be the addict’s reluctance to enter treatment. If that is the case, an intervention is often needed. Hillside’s certified intervention specialists use highly effective techniques and resources to reach the addict. Friends and family members are present, sharing their concerns and support, as the specialist guides the process. A successful intervention ends with the addict agreeing to enter into treatment.
Hillside also provides on-site, medically monitored detox, typically lasting for five days.
Following an assessment with a counselor, clients are able to determine their needed length of stay, usually falling between 30 and 90 days. The treatment is highly structured, mixing a variety of therapies with life skills, recreation and on-site AA/NA meetings. In addition to treating substance abuse, Hillside addresses co-occurring issues such as PTSD, grief, anxiety and eating disorders. Clients can meet with an individual counselor on a weekly basis while group therapy runs for several hours each day. Group topics include relapse prevention and evidence-based modalities such as CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) are used.
The family program at Hillside invites family members in to participate in group therapy. Topics include addiction as a progressive disease, healthy communication, relapse prevention, codependency and an introduction to Alanon. Clients can also bring family members into individual therapy if they choose.
The staff at Hillside is a mix of medical and clinical, including a psychiatrist, medical doctor, nurses and counselors.
Hillside combines traditional 12-step work and evidence-based therapies. With one-on-one attention and a highly structured schedule, clients can find serenity if they are willing to do the work.
420 Supreme Court Dr
East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
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