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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 Find Marworth on Facebook

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