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Pathways Iop & Intake Center

1770 Earley Farm Road, Amherst, Virginia, 24521
At Pathways, we treat people. We accept people where they are in their unique struggle with addiction. We provide a seamless and comprehensive healing environment. We embrace contemporary, evidenced-based practices. We help patients change their lives with personalized care centered on honesty, respect, and the belief that each person under our care is worthy of our highest effort.

Facility Highlights

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Group, individual and family therapy
  • Motivational interviewing


  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
  • 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

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Sanket Dhat, MD
    Sanket Dhat, MDPsychiatric Medical Director
    Areas of special interest include medication-assisted treatment for persons with substance use disorders. Dr. Dhat completed his Residency and Psychiatry Residency, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL where he was awarded the Catherine Speedie Memorial Award - "Best amongst the residents for compassion, ethics and integrity." Dr. Dhat sees patients at the Pathways Recovery Lodge as well as at Piedmont Psychiatric Center.
  • Louis G. Chi, MD - Internal Medicine
    Louis G. Chi, MD - Internal MedicineHospitalist - Medical Stabilization Unit
    Dr. Chi served his residency at Greenwich Hospital - Yale New Haven Health and received his MD from New York Medical College.

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Surrounded by Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Pathways Recovery Lodge is one of 36 (15.7 percent) centers in the state to provide residential treatment to adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. The facility’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) and medically supervised detox services are operated at an affiliated location in Lynchburg, Va., called Pathways Treatment Center.


According to the facility's website, all clients are evaluated upon intake in order to determine the most appropriate course of care. For clients who require medical stabilization, Pathways Treatment Center offers a medically-assisted detox service, which consists of a three- to five-day hospital stay with round-the-clock supervision. The client can opt to attend Pathways Recovery Lodge once stable.

Residential treatment at Pathways Recovery Lodge typically lasts three to four weeks, though all treatment plans vary depending upon the needs of each client. However, the center's website notes that all residential programs address the needs of the whole person, including their mind, body and spirit.

The program combines 12-step methodologies with addiction education and evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Residents regularly attend AA/NA meetings and relapse prevention groups on-site.

Pathways Recovery Lodge also hosts a monthly family program as well. Aftercare services are available through the outpatient program at Pathways Treatment Center.


Pathways Recovery Lodge employs master’s-level counselors in addition to peer support workers, who have personal experience with addiction and recovery. In Virginia, 97.3 percent of all substance abuse treatment centers have continuing education requirements for staff. Of the 14 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date, the seven survey respondents polled on the matter generally approved of the facility's staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4/5


The facility's website indicates the treatment center is set on 100 acres of mountainside land. The facility’s recently renovated lodge has private and semi-private rooms with bathrooms, as well as exercise facilities and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter shared positive feedback about facility's overall cleanliness.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.4/5


The eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback, and most agreed that they would recommend Pathways Recovery Lodge to others.

"Pathways saved my life," an alum wrote in a representative review. "Upon going there I learned so much about myself and 12 step programs and now I am 2 years clean from any mind altering or mood changing substance."

Alumni reviews highlighted the personalized treatment practices and well-trained staff. Barbara wrote to Rehabs.com about the “great classroom discussions and counselors.” Additionally, another alum added: “I liked the small groups and the staff was great! However, it was expensive.”

Alumni gave mostly three-, four-, and five-star ratings for a number of survey metrics. In particular, treatment of co-occurring disorders received four out of five stars from all three alumni polled on this category. In general, the lowest ratings went to extracurricular activities, including a few one-star ratings for holistic offerings.


The five loved ones polled at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. Overall, the four loved ones polled on the matter reported positive experiences with the level of family involvement during treatment.

Family Participation: 4.5/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policies: 4.3/5

"This rehab does okay in making family and visitors feel welcome, but I haven't heard great things from people who have stayed there," an anonymous loved one remarked.

When surveyed on facility strengths, one individual wrote, "patient care was very good." A few others praised the facility's price and financial aid options, and one loved one summarized, "Great program, staff is wonderful, helped my family during the process, easy admission process, food was alright."

Ultimately, family members and friends agreed that they would recommend Pathways Recovery Lodge and also approved of the facility's available counseling options.

Counseling Options: 4/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.5/5


The one staffer polled by Rehabs.com to date gave high, five- and four-star ratings to most categories regarding the facility, including the quality of the program and treatment costs. When surveyed on specific facility strengths, K.G. wrote: “Treatment team communication, access to support groups, contingency planning, and medical modeling." He added, "Consistency in treatment are some of the great things about this place."


According to the center's website, Pathways Recovery Lodge accepts most private insurance and has worked with providers such as Cigna, Aetna, Health Smart, Optima Health, and MHNET Behavioral Health in the past. Residential treatment is $10,000 for 28 days for private pay. The seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter gave moderately positive feedback regarding the center's cost.

Affordability: 3.6/5

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