Admissions

For Outpatient Centers

Before admitting anyone for treatment, our physician conducts a complete physical examination to determine whether methadone treatment is appropriate.

A person may be physiologically addicted if they have been taking heroin or other opiates daily for extended periods of time. People exhibit symptoms of withdrawal when they stop using these drugs.

Along with irritability and cravings to use opiates within eight hours of discontinued use, the most common signs of opiate withdrawal are runny nose, large pupils, eyes tearing, sweating, chills, diarrhea, yawning, nausea, cramps, insomnia, joint pain, and gooseflesh.

Getting Started

Initial Interview

The process starts by scheduling an interview with us. In that interview, a staff member and potential individual to be admitted meet to answer questions, explain services, fees, guidelines, and the admission process.
To be admitted:

  • Participation must be voluntarily.
  • Individuals must be at least 18 years old.
  • There must be one year of dependence on heroin or other opiates before admission. (The one-year requirement is waived for pregnant women or HIV-positive patients.)
  • Required photo ID.

Call or stop in to schedule an interview.

Medical Check

After the interview, the individual receives a medical exam to help us understand medical history. The exam will include blood work and urine samples. If the individual is pregnant they will be referred for prenatal care and follow-up.

For Residential Centers

Individuals who would like to enter our residential program, generally plan to stay with us for 30 days or longer. They are asked to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance Card
  • Prescription Card (if applicable)
  • Valid Credit Card
  • Money order of $250, prepaid Visa, OR valid credit card for prescription co-pays (the pharmacy does not accept American Express)
  • Toiletries (must be non-aerosol)
  • Washcloth, body wash, all medications in their original prescription bottles (non prescription medications such as vitamins need to be in unopened packages), up to 2 cartons of unopened packs of cigarettes (if a smoker), notebook, and pen.
  • Clothing
    Comfortable clothing, pajamas, slippers, jeans, undergarments, sweatpants, comfortable shoes/sneakers. Clothing should be appropriate for season. No clothing with inappropriate logo’s or slogans. Please limit clothing to one week and one piece of luggage. In the summer bring a swim suit.
  • Optional Items
    NA/AA recovery reading materials or religious readings
    Advanced Directive/Living Will
    Stationary/stamps

Do Not Bring

Food (including gum and candy), cell phones, laptops, cameras, MP3 players (iPods), video games, alcohol, drugs, lighters, weapons, cologne, mouthwash, curling irons or flat irons.

Please note

We will provide all linens – Bedding, pillows, towels, blankets, comforters. Please read the required list before coming in as these items are necessary for admission.
Any items of value, including credit cards and cash, will be sent home with family once paperwork is completed.
Feel free to call us at 717-969-8400 with any questions. Our goal is to provide the tools you to stop the destructive behaviors surrounding alcohol and drug abuse.

How to prepare for treatment

Many who suffer from addiction may consider a drug treatment program, but will likely see it as much easier to postpone, or often second guess themselves and assume they are helpless against their habit.

Depending on the severity of the user’s addiction or the circumstances, there may not be much time for preparation. But for the typical user, it’s important to get personal affairs in order. Returning from rehab and facing overwhelming burdens can often trigger immediate relapse, which is something that should be prevented at all costs.

A few priorities to consider before arrival to a detox and rehab center are:

Work – Addiction is considered a disability, and by law, individuals are permitted by “The Family Leave Act” to take a leave of absence without disclosing the reason for leave. Inquire with a doctor or with the facility for further information regarding your employment rights.
Finances – Make arrangements for coverage off financial obligations during the treatment period.

Court – Often, legal problems go hand in hand with addiction and drug abuse. If there are pending court dates, be sure to notify the attorney, the courts, or have a friend or family member be present at the scheduled court date.

Friends/family/children – Chances are that loved ones already know this. Take some time before leaving to apologize for shortcomings or problems which have arisen from your addiction. They will be very supportive and sometimes this is the only thing you’ll need to succeed.

Once everything is in place, the individual enters into treatment with only one concern – beating addiction.

If you or someone you know suffers from drug addiction, alcohol addiction or prescription drug addiction, please know that it’s never too late to get help.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be afraid to get sober – contact us today for more information at

717-969-8400.