ABOUT ALINA LODGE
Alina Lodge, located in rural western New Jersey, offers long-term residential treatment for adults struggling with substance misuse. Founded in 1957, the facility specializes in the treatment of adults with histories of chronic relapse. Alina Lodge offers dual diagnosis treatment and also operates a transitional-living facility for women called Haley House. Medical detox is not provided on-site, but Alina Lodge can refer clients to trusted detox providers when necessary. Alina Lodge is among the 50.9 percent of New Jersey–based facilities that operate as private nonprofits.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The length of treatment varies by client, but the program typically last around ten months, on average — positioning Alina Lodge among the 11 percent of New Jersey–based rehabs that offer residential treatment lasting longer than 30 days. Alina Lodge stresses that its programs are highly structured throughout their duration.
Treatment follows the 12-Steps, supplemented by individual, group, and family therapies that are catered to deal with a wide range of needs, including trauma resolution, codependency counseling, relapse prevention, and nicotine cessation. There are also dedicated programs for eating disorders, grief, and gambling (which is treated at 34.3 percent of New Jersey–based rehabs), among other difficulties.
Family members over the age of thirteen may participate in Alina Lodge’s family program. The family program educates family members on the disease of addiction and how to help their loved one, enables them to begin their own recovery, facilitates conversations with the client about how addiction has affected the family unit, and encourages families to attend 12-step meetings such as Families Anonymous.
Clients' holistic health is catered to through exercise and nutrition programs, including yoga, aerobics, and an on-site gym, and spirituality coaching. Alina Lodge also offers aftercare planning, including referrals and lifelong access to staff support.
The team includes a board-certified psychiatrist, a board-certified physician specializing in internal medicine, several nurses, master's-level counselors and social workers, a reverend, and support staff including a dietitian and chefs. Most alumni polled by Rehabs.com on the level of staff support provided at the facility gave four- and five-star ratings.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Pictures published on the facility's website show a large facility spread over several buildings, with ample grounds that include a kitchen garden. There's a chapel on-site as well as an exercise room, yoga facilities, and a pond. Residents share bedrooms, and most of the nine alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's cleanliness gave it a four-star or a five-star rating.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alina Lodge has mixed feedback from alumni at the time of this writing. Several reviewers praised the center's long-term program, crediting it with allowing them to turn their lives around. "The length of stay , in my case 11 months, was crucial as it allowed me to feel safe in a rehab setting and for me to start to develop relationships with my counselor and my peers," Liza wrote. Others appreciated that center's structure and no-nonsense approach.
However, numerous reviewers complained of excessively harsh discipline. "Very misguided approach to addiction treatment. Punitive approach. Near incarceration conditions," J. wrote in a typical comment. "It’s tough enough getting clean, feels like they are rubbing salt in the wound," an anonymous reviewer added. Although the nine alumni polled on the center's holistic offerings were unimpressed, the same nine polled praised the aptitude of staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.4/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.4/5
Alina Lodge has mostly positive feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with four perfect five-star ratings on Google, a 4.8 out of five-star average rating based on 24 opinions on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), a 3.6-star average rating based on five reviews on CiteHealth, and on Yelp, two one-star ratings and a five-star rating.   
The negative reviews tended to echo alumni polled by Rehabs.com, complaining of outdated and punitive treatment methods. However, several reviewers credited the facility with their sobriety. "Alina Lodge saved my life and helped my family learn about the disease and what they needed to do to help me get well and help themselves," C.J. wrote in one such comment on Yelp.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Most of the loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave positive feedback. Where alumni complained of the harsh discipline at Alina, the same quality seemed to have impressed residents' family members. "They break you down to where you finally look at yourself in a real way... The thing is that the disease of addiction can't be pampered," wrote parent J.K.L. "My husband and I are truly grateful that we have our daughter back again. She says Alina Lodge saved her life," added parent J.P.
However, Anita had a very different experience, writing: "If you are looking to put your loved one in a jail-like setting and have them isolated, this is the place. If you believe in a recovery that includes the support and care of loved ones (several modern day treatments are this way), then you will regret sending your addicted family member to Alina Lodge."
The cost of rehabilitation therapy at Alina Lodge is $420 per day. The facility requires a non-refundable deposit of $12,600 at the time of admission, which covers 30 days of treatment. Alina Lodge accepts insurance on an out-of-network basis only.
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