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White Deer Run of Allenwood

360 White Deer Run Road, Allenwood, Pennsylvania, 17810
The philosophy of White Deer Run is simple and direct: We are dedicated to ensuring that each patient is treated as an individual, receives a treatment plan tailored to his or her specific needs, and is provided with the optimum opportunity to realize a full and rewarding lifestyle, free from chemical dependency.

Facility Highlights

  • Educational Workshops
  • Individual Sessions
  • Group Therapy Sessions

Specialization

  • 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.
  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Facility Settings

  • Residential Neighborhood

Meet the Staff

  • Amy Ruiz LSW CAC
    Amy Ruiz LSW CACClinical Supervisor
    I am the Clinical Supervisor of the Men’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit. After obtaining my Bachelors in Social Work at Bloomsburg University in December of 2001 I came to work at White Deer Run in January of 2002 and have been here ever since. I began my career at Allenwood as a counselor on the Women’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit and pursued my education and received my Masters in Social Work from Marywood University in May of 2005. It was then that I was promoted to a supervisor and worked on the adolescent unit until my recent move to the Men’s Unit. My experience here at White Deer Run has been primarily with patients with co-occurring disorders both on the women’s and the adolescent units. Dealing with addiction is never easy and it becomes more difficult when struggling with mental health issues. I believe that we need to combine the treatments of both in order to have the best chance of recovery. I love working with people and to be able to see them reclaim their lives by providing them with the proper treatment and support.
  • Brianne Shreck
    Brianne ShreckSupervisor of the Women’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit
    I am currently the Supervisor of the Women’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit at WDR of Allenwood. I came to WDR straight out of college as a Counselor Assistant. Since that time I have acted as a counselor, the lead counselor for the adolescent unit, the facility lead counselor, and now supervisor. I received my BS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and my MSW from Marywood University. I am also a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Counselor. I cannot measure how much I have learned over the years at this facility. I am grateful for the experiences my co-workers and clients provide me on a daily basis. To see someone enter treatment who is hopeless, broken, and overwhelmed and watch them grow to someone who sees they have a future, can utilize personal strengths they never knew existed, and who is able to feel proud of themselves and their accomplishments is both rewarding and a testament to the work we do at this facility.

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ABOUT WHITE DEER RUN OF ALLENWOOD

Set on 150 acres in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, White Deer Run of Allenwood is a residential treatment center for adults who are struggling with substance misuse or a dual diagnosis. The center is among the 9.2 percent of rehabs in the state of Pennsylvania that offer medical detox in a residential setting.

White Deer Run operates six residential treatment centers throughout the state, including an additional residential center in Blue Island. White Deer Run facilities are, in turn, operated by the major national network CRC Health Group.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Clients who need to detox can expect the process to take between three and seven days, though the duration depends on the individual client's needs. The medical team monitors each resident in the detox program for withdrawal symptoms, and gives medication when necessary. Counseling and treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders are also available to clients during detox.

Residential treatment at White Deer Run typically lasts 28 days and is gender-specific — men and women participate in separate process groups in an effort to make them feel more comfortable speaking about sensitive issues. The program uses 12-step principles in conjunction with evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI), in both individual and group counseling settings.

Recreational and holistic activities include art therapy, yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki, meditation, and hiking. White Deer Run of Allenwood also emphasizes the importance of family in recovery and offers weekly family therapy. Clients start planning for life after treatment as soon as they arrive through the center's discharge planning services.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The staff includes a medical doctor, registered nurses, and physician assistants, along with psychiatrists, nurses, counselors, and therapists. The 32 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff's level of training and experience gave mixed feedback, skewing positive:

Staff Experience and Training: 3.7/5

White Deer Run of Allenwood is also among the 30.1 percent of Pennsylvania-based facilities accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

With 264 beds, White Deer Run is significantly larger than the average residential rehab in Pennsylvania, which has 48 beds. The 33 individuals Rehabs.com has polled on the center's amenities indicated that the facility is passably clean, with so-so extracurricular activities:

Cleanliness: 3.7/5
Exercise and Leisure: 3.4/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave mixed reviews, with some recurring notes of strong complaint. On the whole, the 22 alumni polled on the facility's offerings in a variety of metrics would recommend the facility, though their ratings indicated a somewhat bare-bones program.

Would Recommend: 3.8/5
Counseling Options: 3/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.4/5

In their comments, a number of former clients praised the facility for its comfortable detox, knowledgeable staff (many of whom are reportedly in recovery themselves), and structured schedule. “If you are serious about recovery this is a good place to stay at. The detox program is very effective and all the counselors do their best to keep you happy," Charles wrote in a representative comment.

However, the reviews also yielded recurring complaints about uncaring staff, worn-out facilities, bad food, a lack of structure, and a lack of personalized care, as a number of alumni reported oversized groups and minimal one-on-one counseling. "It was the worst 28 days of my life..i was uncomfortable all day with the seating. It was too crowded..by the time everyone (up to 50 ) women get done with introduction every hour..your bored to tears," D.W. wrote in a typical comment.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Over a dozen loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at time of this writing also provided mixed reviews. The 11 loved ones whom Rehabs.com asked whether they would recommend the facility gave lukewarm feedback. Numerous reviewers also complained that they found it very difficult to get hold of anyone at the facility, including the staff and their loved ones. This is reflected in low ratings for the center's connectivity and mediocre ratings for its family programming:

Family Participation: 3.4/5
Would Recommend: 3.3/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 2.9/5

Lori, whose sister attended the facility, described the lack of contact as following: “During her 30 day stay, only two unprofessional calls were shared between her counselor and her family. All attempts made by family to get answers were met with total indifference and disregard.” Other loved ones echoed alumni complaints about a lack of structure and inadequate individual counseling.

WHAT STAFF SAY

The single employee polled by Rehabs.com to date would not recommend treatment at White Deer Run in Allenwood. They described treatment as "very poor," and gave the center just one star for its honesty, willingness to put patients' interests first, and overall quality of care.

FINANCING

According to the facility’s website, a number of private insurance plans are accepted. The 32 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability gave moderately favorable reviews.

Affordability: 3.6/5

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