Marworth Reviews, Cost, Complaints



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Founded in 1982 in the small Pennsylvania town of Waverly, this 91-bed facility is one of the more well-respected mid-range rehabs in the northeast. Rather than a lot of fancy extras, Marworth concentrates its resources on quality treatment. It is also notable for having special program tracks for uniformed professionals and for health professionals, recognizing the unique challenges addicts in these professions face.

Accommodations and Food

Situated on 27 park-like acres, the former mansion cuts an imposing figure. The building has undergone several new expansions over the past five years, including a new dining wing and an upgraded fitness center. With two twin beds to a room, the amenities are not super plush, but they are a step up from the institutional starkness of lower-end rehabs.

Eating disorder treatment is a component of the programming here so mindfulness eating and health-conscious choices are considered. The fare itself can range from hearty American and meat-centric to vegetarian and/or diary-free.

Treatment and Staff

Marworth is equally strict about its adherence to the 12 steps of AA, and regular meetings in the community are part of every resident’s routine. Yet unlike some old-school rehabs, they recognize that AA is best used in conjunction with evidence-based practices. Even though it is far from a boutique facility size-wise, treatment plans are highly individualized. Along with individual therapy that combines CBT and DBT counseling, there are specialized support groups for trauma and PTSD as well as relationship issues. All clients are also encouraged to participate in an on-site family program.

Marworth prides itself on its highly qualified staff, and the medical professionals are no exception. Full medical detox is provided for those in need, including buprenorphine for opiate addicts. In a rare departure from the old-school methods, residents have the option to incorporate three acupuncture sessions into their detox program as well.

The atmosphere at Marworth is decidedly no-nonsense. A glimpse at the dress code hints at the general idea: even during workout hours, which is the only time sweats, shorts and yoga pants are allowed, residents’ shorts must touch the knee and can’t be made of spandex. Ladies will have to get themselves 90s style baggy track pants, because dressing options are limited. Male and female residents are completely separated in all therapy groups. Cell phones and laptops are not permitted, but residents may pack cigarettes. Clients earn privileges the longer they stay in rehab and comply with the codes.


While Marworth may not provide the variety of recreational opportunities available at the most deluxe rehabs, exercise for body and spirit don’t go completely ignored. In addition to a gym, an outdoor basketball court and a low ropes course, clients can also participate in art and music therapy, team-building and trust-building activities as well as outdoor recreation on the wooded campus and in local parks.

After residential care, outpatient treatment is available both during the day and in the evenings to accommodate clients’ scheduling needs. Marworth also has a large endowment fund and works with a number of insurance providers to help make treatment more affordable, since some of its key clientele aren’t necessarily known for their paychecks.

In Summary

For those who have tried cushy, resort-style treatment in the past and been let down, the rigors of Marworth may be a good match. Still, customers should still not be expecting the royal treatment.

Marworth Location

P.O. Box 36 Lily Lake Rd
Waverly, PA 18471-7736

Marworth Cost

$28,000 (30 days). Reach Marworth by phone at (800) 442-7722 or by email at [email protected]. Find Marworth on Facebook

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Photo courtesy of By Doug Kerr (Flickr: Pennsylvania State Route 632) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons



  1. This places boasts helping the “working class” addict by having agreements with NYC unions and specializing in healthcare and uniformed workers…
    Well they treat EVERYONE like a criminal regardless of if they are there by mandate or self referred. They minimally involve the family but claim to have a family program to make people feel warm and fuzzy about it. They only speak to family members by request and preface each conversation by saying ” I have a meeting or group in 5 min” showing they have little time to provide the comprehensive care they claim.
    They have some good staff but the majority are burnt out and mean and have zero business helping those in recovery. Again it works if you work it but they do not tailor your treatment to individual needs.
    While a loved one was there was a viral outbreak of RSV they DID NOT follow an resemblance of an infection control policy and required patients to attend groups next to individuals who swabbed positive for the RSV virus. They last thing someone in recovery or going through DTs needs is to get sick because they can be bothered to follow standard droplet precautions and cohort positive swabbed or symptomatic patients.
    They claim to give evidenced based treatment methods but in reality they jam AA down your throat and do little to no cognitive behavioral therapy and one on one sessions are once a week only and most likely with a condescending counselor.
    My loved one there is making the best out of it and likes their peers but it is extremely disheartening to hear they are treating people who admitted themselves like they are criminals. I did not believe it until I heard first hand the punitive mentality the staff have against all patients. Best to go and keep a low profile but honestly there are probably better facilities to get help from that will realize one size does not fit all.

  2. I had an eval there in 2013. I was labelled an alcoholic/addict in need of their 3 mo treatment,or I would not be allowed to work.When I started treatment there 2 weeks later,I got sick on the 2nd day. They decided(no doctor saw me) that I was withdrawing and needed treatment. I was given phenobarb and a benzo. I knew that my ulcer was bleeding. I tried to explain and they gave me stool cards to do. No drug tests had been done and I had not seen Dr Jarvis in 3 weeks. A med-peds resident who was buddy to me managed to get a nurse to believe what was really going on(melena smells don’t seem to impact psych people);I was sent to the hospital,transfused,and went to surgery the next day. To put the icing on the cake,they called the surgeon to say no pain meds(after a big surgery). Thankfully,the surgeon followed his own advice. After I recovered,I was told to go back! I retired. I could have sued,but I didn’t want the pain of that.

  3. Marworth is now running like a factory in which the emphasis is clearly on volume; that is to say, quantity and NOT quality. During my 28 day stay I never saw a doctor. I met with my counselor only once a week. Every other waking hour was spent in AA or NA meetings, ‘small group meetings’, ‘recreation’, art ‘therapy, ‘free time/study time’ or eating in the cafeteria.

    I certainly felt like a number.

    I was not very impressed.

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