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Guided Life Structures

286 East Main Street, Somerville, New Jersey, 08876
To provide the highest quality, ethical, and affordable outpatient treatment for individuals and families who wish to recover and heal from their substance use and its associated problems. We will attain this by creating an inspiring and therapeutic environment designed to address the diverse needs of our client population. To this end, we will embrace best practice principles by utilizing clinically sound and effective treatment methods and modalities specifically matched to the unique needs of our clients.

Facility Highlights

  • Individualized Treatment
  • Knowledgeable, Experienced Staff
  • 30+ Years Of Experience in The Treatment Field


  • Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

Facility Settings

  • Residential Neighborhood

Meet the Staff

  • Eileen Oertel
    Eileen OertelExecutive Director
    Eileen Oertel has owned and operated Guided Life Structures since 1994.
  • William Hinrichs
    William HinrichsCADC / Senior Clinician
    William Hinrichs has extensive experience with criminal justice clientele.

Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide


Guided Life Structures in Somerville, N.J., offers outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents dealing with drug and alcohol misuse and co-occurring conditions. The facility is one of 242 (65.6 percent) of facilities in New Jersey providing intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment and one of the 117 (31.7 percent) of facilities in the state that treats adolescents. Guided Life Structures accepts clients involved with the criminal justice system, drug court, and on probation.


Clients will receive a psychological assessment upon admission to determine the level of care needed. Treatment at Guided Life Structures is based on the 12-Steps, which includes Alcohol Anonymous meetings and fellowship literature. The center also implements medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as well as individual, group, adolescent, and family counseling. Gender-specific counseling groups are available, and the facility is one of the 229 (62.1 percent) of New Jersey treatment facilities to provide specialized sessions for women.

Education on anger management, relapse prevention training, and life skills training is also provided. Additional services include MMPI personality testing, early recovery educational groups, and off-site prevention education. Clients will be subject to drug and alcohol testing throughout treatment.


Guided Life Structures employs a medical doctor, psychiatrist, a licensed clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, and licensed clinical alcohol and drugs counselors.


The eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com at this time of writing gave mixed reviews. On the positive end of the spectrum, several reviewers credited Guided Life Structures with their recovery. In a representative review, P.C. wrote, "Great Place!! Good People!! Been sober for almost 2 years now thanks to them."

However, negative reviewers complained that the treatment was ineffective. In a representative review, M.J.M. wrote, "The treatment I encountered consisted of wolf-pack tactics whereby the counselors encourage the group to attack individuals who fail to maintain abstinence."

On Google, the center received an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars based on nine reviews to date.[1] Individuals left mixed commentary, with two reviewers praising staff while two others expressed dissatisfaction with overall treatment and staff.


Two staff members surveyed by Rehabs.com to date both gave positive reviews. One employee, C.C., gave the facility five out of five stars for the staff’s level of experience and training, its treatment protocols, and its loyalty to its clients. “If you are serious about getting help and really want to stop using drugs or alcohol, this is the place to go,” C.C. wrote in a representative review.


Guided Life Structures accepts most insurance plans as well as funding from state-funded programs. The center also offers a sliding fee scale and will not deny treatment based on a client’s inability to pay.

[1] GoogleReviews

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