For over 35 years, New Hope Foundation has been helping substance abusers, young and old, regain their life and reestablish their hope. Boasting a grand total of seven facilities, most of which are halfway houses and outpatient providers, throughout central New Jersey’s Monmouth County, New Hope Foundation’s primary headquarters, which serves as the location for detox and inpatient services, sets up shop in the small township of Marlboro, NJ.
Accommodations and Food
The Marlboro campus, which formerly housed the now defunct Marlboro Psychiatric Treatment Center, opened in 2007 and is described by visitors as “clean, bright and modern.” NHF can house up to 140 residents here, usually with two people per room, and separate wings for their adult and adolescent (13-17) programs.
Clients should expect to be eating cafeteria-style grub during their stay at New Hope but one former client dubbed it “five star cuisine” so the term cafeteria should not conjure images of elementary school pizza day. The dining hall is shared with The Discovery Institute, another rehab housed on the same grounds but not affiliated with New Hope Foundation.
Treatment and Staff
New Hope Foundation operates under the blanket mission to provide “the science to restore, the caring to renew” which are both inarguable components to successful treatment. The duration at NHF is determined on a case by case basis but 30 days is considered short term residential care and any length of stay after 30 and up to 90 days is considered long term. Clients in need of detox are first assigned to the medical unit and can expect to remain there anywhere from three to 14 days under the supervision of a 24-hour nursing staff. There are a few physicians on staff every day but NHF also utilizes its “Partners in Caring” initiative wherein therapists and doctors in the campus’ surrounding area are involved in the client process but not necessarily full-time employees. This rehab is fully equipped to simultaneously treat co-occurring disorders and incorporate that as well as family history, physical health and the drug of choice into their plan of action for the client’s therapy and long term recovery. In addition to your standard rehab specialized addiction counselors, psychiatrists, nurses and social workers, NHF also boasts dieticians, financial counselors and 12-step facilitators. A truly comprehensive team is at the disposal of clients and their families.
All clients in the residential program can expect to follow a structured routine every day of treatment. Wake-up is usually 7 am, after which residents undergo a combination of meditation, group therapy sessions (usually geared toward specific topics ranging from gender related issues to stress management to recovering from emotional/physical abuse and, of course, 12-step work). There are also individual appointments with doctors or therapists, community meals and recreational activities up until bedtime at 9:30 pm. The team at New Hope aims to create a foundation based on the lifelines of Alcoholics, Narcotics and Gamblers Anonymous in hopes of releasing clients back into the world with adequate preparation for what they dub “recovery behavior”—the constant quest for self-actualization as a sober person healthfully living in society.
NHF is a little on the strict side when it comes to allotted personal belongings. Clients are not allowed to bring any reading material unless it’s religious or recovery related. The facility also prohibits makeup, cell phones, radios, laptops, body piercings, sweats (allowed for sleep only), board games, cards, matches, lighters, perfume, nail polish and short shorts (or other revealing or paraphernalia-oriented clothing). Cigarettes and smoking are permitted but only at designated times and they highly encourage utilizing their treatment program to cure that addiction, too. As far as what clients should pack, they recommend a week’s worth of clothing (laundry services and soap are provided), loose fitting jeans, two pairs of comfortable shoes and flip-flops for the shower. They provide linens but clients need to come with their on towels in tow. Permissible toiletries and a small amount of cash for vending machines are also recommended. In addition, storage is very limited so NHF asks incoming clients to bring their belongings in clear plastic bags rather than in bulky luggage.
The adolescent program at NHF is unique because it fully incorporates standard education into the treatment of addiction. They believe achievement in school will help ground the young person for an adulthood of sobriety. In fact, the adolescent program has been awarded by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for the success rate of its “virtual classrooms.”
The daily fee at New Hope Foundation encompasses the cost of room and board, physician and nursing services, psycho education, as well as individual, group and family therapy. They accept health insurance but also have grant funding available for those who are not insured. There are additional costs associated with detox services. NHF prides itself on providing high quality but affordable treatment so it’s definitely worth consulting one of their financial advisors if there is any concern regarding cost at any of their facilities.
New Hope Foundation touts a solid reputation and an innumerable amount of resources. Its centralized location is a definite advantage as are its numerous options beyond inpatient treatment. Those seeking halfway house living or continued outpatient services after their treatment have a lot of choices with other NHF facilities that will offer continued care under the same philosophies and network. If you or a loved one is in deep turmoil with addiction and on a limited budget, there is definitely still hope.
New Hope Foundation
80 Conover Rd
Marlboro, NJ 07746
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