Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Behavioral Wellness & Recovery Philosophy
At Behavioral Wellness and Recovery of Pennsylvania we are committed to being a driving force of empowerment and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by substance use disorders.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Meet the Staff
Angela Burdick-McPhee, LPC, LCADC, CAADC, NCC, ACS
Angela joined us in December, 2015 as Clinical Director and was recently promoted to Executive Director. Angela received dual Masters Degrees in both Professional Counseling and Education from Seton Hall University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Nationally Credentialed Counselor and Nationally Approved Clinical Supervisor.
Dr. Novitsky, MD
Medical Director and Psychologist
A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Novitsky completed his undergraduate work at Wake Forest University. He was a Chief Fellow at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Novitsky currently serves on the faculty of the Temple University School of Medicine providing supervision in the area of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Novitsky lives in the Media, PA area with his wife and children.
Zach has a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and a Master’s in American History. He obtained his CAADC in May, 2016. Has been a counselor since 2013.
George Chu, Ph.D
Dr. Chu has a MBA from the Wharton School of Finance and a Ph.D. from Adelphi University. He received his BA from the University of Michigan Dr. Chu has twenty-five years’ experience in operations and finance. He has provided operational support and/or initiated, structured and financed transactions for private companies in healthcare, high technology, manufacturing and in financial services.
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ABOUT BEHAVIORAL WELLNESS & RECOVERY
Providing a comprehensive network of rehabilitation programs for individuals struggling with substance abuse, Behavior Wellness & Recovery (BWR) is family-centric rehabilitation center in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Clients and friends and family members in their social support systems participate in individualized treatment plans designed to help them heal and prepare for long-term recovery. Services include dual diagnosis treatment, intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization (PHP), and community-based aftercare programs. Detox and recovery residences are not offered on-site; however, BWR works with clients to find recommended, local facilities to ensure a full range of rehabilitation support.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Evidence-based therapies are the foundation of BWR addiction treatments. Men and women living with the consequences of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders have access to on-site psychiatric care, dialectical behavior and cognitive behavioral therapies, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and other holistic practices featuring 12-step programs, nutrition, meditation, group counseling sessions, art therapy, and exercise.
For clients involved in PHP or IOP, Behavioral Wellness & Recovery partners with sober living homes very close to the treatment facility. Outpatient programs run seven days a week as individuals progress from initial assessment of their current condition and history into intensive, traditional therapy complemented by positive, sober recreational activities. Specialized care is offered for clients diagnosed with PTSD and substance abuse.
The involvement of family members and other loved ones in the rehabilitation process as well as in long term recovery is a high priority and family therapies are offered all stages of care.
The BWR center’s director holds a master’s degree in professional counseling and education. Staff members also include certified alcohol and drug addiction counselors, a psychologist, licensed social workers, professional clinical counselors with master’s degrees, and a psychiatrist who also serves on the faculty at Temple University.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
BWR’s West Chester facility is within relatively close access to Philadelphia, Camden, N.J., and Wilmington, Del. Reading and Lancaster, Pa., host two additional BWR sites.
Recommended sober living housing is in a historic building close to the main center’s residential neighborhood.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Three alumni wrote to Rehabs.com about their positive experiences at Behavioral Wellness & Recovery. Andrew expressed appreciation for staff members who were “dedicated in helping each individual.” Alum G.O. offered: “You have struck gold as far as insurance dependent treatment is concerned!” Clearly reflecting the trend in alumni reviews, Gegg wrote: “I would recommend BWR to any one in my family or friends family.”
Eight Google reviews published at the time of this writing are split between alumni and friends and family opinions; all but one were very positive. Frank L. appreciated the staff’s care and concern and articulated what he learned: “recovery is more than just stopping the use, but really learning about the behaviors that led me to that point.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
All but one of the Google reviews from loved ones of BWR clients recommended the program. Joanne wrote: “My son has 8 months clean.” Reflecting the center’s family-centric approach, she followed up: “they taught me how to love my son without enabling him.” However, Mike wrote about his son, a client: “he was uncomfortable.”
According to the facility’s website, BWR accepts more than half a dozen PPO insurance plans. The cost of treatment is $1,695 per day.
Updated December 2016
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