Located in scenic Westfield, Pennsylvania, Seabrook House West offers a 90-day transitional living program for men ages 21 and up who are newly sober from alcohol and drugs. A recovering alcoholic founded the original Seabrook House in 1970, and in 2008 Seabrook House West opened. Situated in Tioga County, Seabrook House West is about four hours from both Philadelphia and New York City.
Accommodations and Food
Seabrook West sits on 25 acres of open land with hiking trails, hills, and gardens. The house is a colonial revival mansion with original hardwood floors and marble spanning 9,000 square feet. In addition, there is a detached two-story 10,000 square foot residence that sits along side the mansion. All bedrooms are double-occupancy and have queen-size beds, a full closet, chest of drawers and two nightstands. Bathrooms are attached to each room and feature bathtubs and hand-held shower heads. LCD flat-screen TV’s with cable are in every bedroom, but there are structured TV hours (Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 7:45 am and 8 pm to 1 am). Wi-Fi is available throughout the estate and shuts off at 1 am.
A gourmet chef prepares dinners during the week and residents prepare their own breakfasts, lunches and snacks. The men are responsible for preparing their lunch and dinner on the weekends. Resident meals are made to ensure nutrition and health. Caffeine is not allowed after 2 pm, which includes soda and tea. No energy drinks of any kind are allowed.
Treatment and Staff
Seabrook West requires a 90-day commitment that is divided into three different phases. The program is 12-step focused; acquiring a sponsor and completing step one assignments are a necessary component of moving out of phase one. Cell phones are not allowed for residents on phase one—phone cards and designated phones must be used. Phases two and three allow cell phone use during free time only. All phases must attend a minimum of five AA/NA meetings per week. Phases two and three are allowed to have visitors, and are permitted to use their vehicles.
Residents are required to participate in at least 12 hours of on-site clinical services per week. The exact number of hours and type of treatment depend on the individual. Group therapy and individual therapy focus on topics like anger management and relapse prevention. Family therapy is also considered an essential part of learning to live sober and loved ones are welcome for appointments and structured visiting. In the afternoon residents are allowed to go out for various reasons; this is the time they would use for medical appointments, volunteer work, the gym, or to search for employment. Residents must be home by 5 pm for dinner during the week.
Staff includes a Master’s-level clinical coordinator, several CADCs, two MFTs and counselor assistants. Twelve step groups and meditation groups are included on-site as part of the program as well and run by both staff and volunteers.
The Seabrook House West campus offers many outdoor recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing, biking, soccer, volleyball and horseshoes. Skiing and snowboarding are available a few miles down the road and residents can enjoy golf at a nearby country club. A large fire pit is used for evenings around a campfire.
A large media and game room includes computers, a TV, arcade games, pool tables, ping-pong tables and home theatre with surround-sound to enjoy during free time. Seabrook House West offers a cardio workout room, a weight room available 24/7 and an outdoor basketball court. Residents off restriction can also use the Penn Wells Fitness Club, which includes an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna rooms.
Seabrook House West offers all of the amenities individuals looking for luxury could hope for at a relatively reasonable price. With a strict 12-step recovery model, their hope is for individuals to find a fun and safe recovery environment. For those that can afford the extras, Seabrook West offers a great opportunity for men to find sobriety while enjoying the finer things in life.
Seabrook House West
355 Church Street
Westfield, PA 16950-1523
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