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St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

159 Glenwood, PO Box 470, Saranac Lake, New York, 12983
Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, St. Joseph's addiction treatment centers promote healing and recovery for chemically dependent individuals throughout New York State. As a leader in addiction treatment services since 1971, we understand the importance of personal and professional growth. We continuously strive to advance and expand our program offerings, incorporating progressive therapies with evidence-based practices. St. Joseph's offers premier treatment services with a commitment to providing professional, effective and comprehensive care. Our experienced staff is dedicated to helping those who suffer from addiction and our belief in the spiritual nature, inherent dignity and fundamental worth of each individual contributes to the success of our clinical approach. Program innovation and evolution, responsiveness to the changing needs of our clients and continuous quality improvements continue to be the hallmarks of our professional efforts and distinguish us from other treatment centers. St. Joseph's mission and philosophy drive us to create a future that will support and enhance our standards of excellence and positive treatment outcomes and longstanding standard of excellence .

Facility Highlights

  • Lakeside


  • Out Patient

    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Robert Ross
    Robert RossCEO

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St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center provides a continuum of care to adult men and women. Nestled in New York’s Adirondack Mountains in Saranac, N.Y., St. Joseph’s offers residential treatment and aftercare services, though detox is not available on-site.


Upon admission, a multidisciplinary treatment team is assigned to the client. A comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluation is completed within three days. Each clients’ length of stay varies, but clients stay an average of 90 days.

St. Joseph’s combines evidence-based practices with holistic activities. Clients participate in medication management, 12-step meetings, and spiritual groups. The 12-step program is used in 74.5 percent of New York’s facilities and has long-term and spiritual healing components. Clients attend individual and group counseling sessions that focus on anger management, relapse prevention, and conflict resolution.

The facility’s holistic offerings include yoga, aerobics, arts and crafts, and hiking. Educational lectures on addiction, self-esteem, relapse prevention, and related issues are held often. For those interested, pastoral care focused on forgiveness, spirituality, and grief issues is available.

The family program includes support groups as well as educational services to help them cope with the recovery process. Companion rooms are available for families to stay in when they are on campus for the family sessions. Lunch is also provided during their stay.

Clients that complete the primary treatment program have access to the aftercare program. St. Joseph’s has two sober living facilities for alumni to stay in while transitioning out of care. During their stay, clients continue their counseling while enjoying more freedom to seek outside entertainment, jobs, and other activities.

St. Joseph provides services for adolescents and veterans in addition to adults at six outpatient facilities it operates.


St. Joseph's employs 139 employees throughout the residential and outpatient facilities. The treatment staff includes licensed counselors, clergy, and nurses. Volunteers and interns are also available at times to help with services.


Residential treatment is co-ed, and clients can take advantage of St. Joseph’s location by hiking, walking, and snowshoeing. There are rooms for families to stay in during family sessions. There are also sober living facilities for alumni.


At the time of this writing, seven alumni provided mostly positive feedback about St. Joseph’s to Rehabs.com. Alumni surveyed provided positive feedback about the staff and the facility’s overall treatment curriculum. Many noted success with the facility’s long-term program. Patrick praised: “Long term (at least 3 months) was also necessary for me to have any real change. 28 days is a great start but not nearly enough.”

Holistic Offerings: 4.3/5
Family Participation: 3.6/5
Cleanliness: 3.9/5

Alum E.C. wrote: “I relapsed afterwards but I carry the tools that I learned there in my recovery now. I would send my son or daughter there if they were in need of treatment.”

St. Joseph received negative feedback from two alumni. Lisa noted problems with communicating with staff and would not recommend treatment at the facility. P.M.H. called the center “worse than jail.”

On Google, St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center has an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars from 18 reviews to date.[1] While a few reviews mentioned some privacy concerns where confidential information was revealed during family sessions, most of the reviews suggested the programs was effective with “Great counseling” and the possibility for making “a lot of friends.”


Sixteen loved ones gave positive feedback to Rehabs.com to date, with loved ones praising the staff and the overall cleanliness of the facility. Patrick called the facility “1st rate at helping the family understand addictions and how to effectively deal with it.” Noreen wrote: “They have an excellent family weekend which is very intense ...it's a very good part of the program.” Loved ones did not seem impressed with the facility’s holistic offerings. Detailed polling data was collected by Rehabs.com from between six to eight loved ones.

Holistic Offerings: 2.9/5
Family Participation: 3.4/5
Cleanliness: 4.5/5
Affordability: 4/5


One anonymous staffer gave lukewarm feedback about St. Joseph’s to Rehabs.com at this time of writing. “It is a good treatment program and does an adequate job, while not being overly expensive...this one does good work with the resources it has,” they wrote. The staff member gave three out of five stars for fair pricing and honesty, with two stars for job satisfaction and when asked about receiving a fair salary.

On Glassdoor, St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center has a three and a five out of five star review at the time of this writing.[2] While staff provided positive feedback about the “amazing and welcoming” coworkers, one staff member indicated that “Management teams aren't always willing to listen or prioritize when issues arise.” The former staff member also wrote how the departments “are working off of old software, limited resources, and this can cause miscommunications and tension.”


St. Joseph’s accepts most private insurance plans. In New York, 79.1 percent of the treatment facilities accept private insurance. The facility is also supported by donations.


In January 2019, Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported that St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers fired a staffer following accused intimacy with a patient. “St. Joseph’s remains focused on the welfare of our clients, including specifically the clients in our Veterans Program, and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in this process,” St. Joe’s Communication Director Jim Grant wrote in an email.

St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers "purchased a property which will become a detox center, 24/7 open access center and permanent home outpatient clinic," reported the Watertown Daily Times in 2019.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/St-Joseph-s-Addiction-Treatment-and-Recovery-Center-Reviews-E1097883.htm

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