Treatment Center Setting
Clearbrook Manor Philosophy
Our patients and their families are our most valuable resource. We are dedicated to act on their behalf and to always advocate for their best interests. We must therefore adhere to the position of never compromising patient care for any reason. We believe in putting our patients first.
Clearbrook Treatment Centers treats chemical dependency as a disease, providing supportive, immediate care to those suffering from addiction, and their family members. The 12-step based treatment model is administered in a tranquil, rural setting in conjuction with an individualized treatment plan, based on each patient's needs.
Our co-ed facility admits patients who are at least 18 years old, and have sufficient physical, cognitive and behavioral skills to effectively participate in the therapy offered, and not pose an obstacle to the personal safety and recovery efforts of others in the program.
Areas of Specialization
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
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.
We customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
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.
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.
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.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
I was so angry I was in rehab,How could I f*** up!!! Why was I here. And today I thank my family for saving my life by sending me too Clearbrook, can't say enough about this wonderful place, it would save your life if you put the work, it sure save mines. To all staff I thank you. Your truly: Benito.
I was court sent there back in the late 70's....the system felt I had a chance to survive if taken out of my reality at the time. Man oh man were they right! I ended up being there for a year some paid by insurance some by the staff finding a way to keep me there to be safe. They took my living a healthy life personal. It became my home I never wanted to leave...crazy but true. The staff and many people soon were my friends and family. I felt safe, secure and loved. I traveled many paths after leaving but that experience lives in my heart. My story back then shocked them but oh that was just the beginning.....I am happy to see this place of caring still exists.
Clearbrook helped change my outlook on things and just life itself. Yeah when i first arrived i had my doubts. But they helped change that. And i honestly couldnt thank the staff enough. This place does get a 5 star because im still sober today. Because of this rehab, i can live my life. Because of this rehab i know im not alone in a world where i thought only i had a problem. Thank you so much Clearbrook. Keep it up!
Clearbrook saved my life. The staff was amazing, the community was as well. I learned so much I had no idea about. I truly found & learned to love myself. Now I'm out i miss everyone. It really was a comfort zone.
Saved my life!! I'm a wife and mother now, 15 years clean and sober!
Six years ago I walked in the doors of clearbrook for the third time. I was broken,beatin and I needed help. It was probably the BEST decision I ever made. I am now six years sober, getting ready to get married and two beautiful children. I live a life, I never thought would even be possible for me... And it all started with clearbrook!
5 years ago I was fortunate enough to find myself at the gates of that Mountain. I had no idea what was to come of me. I was in a very bad and dark place and I was terrified. Clearbrook and all of it's amazing staff (Oct. 2008) saved me...they shared their experiences with me and the community that was with there. I emerged from that mountain a different person...a sober person for the first time in my life. I listened to what they suggested and my journey in recovery has been absolutely amazing. I have a bigger and beautiful life than I would have ever imagined -- and I wouldn't trade it for world. Thank you Clearbrook for showing me how to love and live life.
Best treatment centers ive been too. The staff truly cares about you. They helped me turn my life around!
Clearbrook helpes changed my outlook on things and just life itself. Yeah. When i first arrived i had my doubts. But they heloed change that. And i honestly couldnt thank the staff enough . this place does get a 5 star. Because im still sober today. because of this rehab , i can live my life. Because of this rehab i know im not alone in a world i thought were only i had a problem. Tha k you so much clearbrook. Keep it up
Clearbrook and it's staff saved my life. I will forever be grateful.
I went to Clearbrook to straighten out my life. One of the most impressive things I experienced was Clearbrook’s CEO Nick Colangelo taking part in my recovery. I saw him all the time while I was in treatment. He gave one of the best lectures I have ever heard in regards to recovery. It’s like he is in the trenches with us while we’re in treatment, helping us navigate the road back to life.
Meet the Staff
Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D.
Nick has personally helped thousands of people along the path to sobriety since becoming a counselor in 1975. A graduate of Boston University, he received his Master of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his doctorate degree from International College. Nick has been at Clearbrook since 1990 after serving as a principal in several recovery centers and was appointed CEO in 1998.
Nick’s personal approach to Clearbrook patients can be witnessed every day. You can always find Nick eating lunch with our patient community or giving a weekly lecture on his own personal experience of life in recovery. He maintains an active role in every department at Clearbrook to ensure that the facility is running as smoothly as possible. In October 2015, he was able to share the miraculous feat of 40 years in recovery.
Richard P. Conaboy, Jr.
Vice President of Clinical Affairs
A valued member of the recovery team since 2001, Conaboy joined Clearbrook as Administrator and Clinical Director. His current responsibilities include evaluating all incoming clients, assigning them to the appropriate counselor, following their care and planning after-care, as well as implementing the facility’s daily schedule. As a patient advocate, Conaboy takes time to talk to each patient every day, helping them solve daily problems, legal problems, and help get them through the treatment course. Conaboy has been involved in professional counseling since 1975, beginning at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview, conducting psychiatric and educational assessments of inmates. A graduate of Marywood University, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Conaboy has garnered more than 300 continuing education credits pertaining to drug and alcohol abuse, and recovery.
Joseph Kane, L.S.W.
Joe, a native and current resident of West Scranton, PA, attended the Pennsylvania State University earning his B.A. in Psychology. He then went on to Marywood University and received his Masters Degree in Social Work. Going one step further in his educational credentials, Joe completed all the requirements for become a Licensed Social Worker (L.S.W.).
Outside of work you can usually find Joe spending time with his wife and children.
Joe says that the rewarding part of working for Clearbrook is “I feel like God has given me the ability to work with people afflicted with the disease of addiction. Seeing people at the lowest point and then hope getting restored and the light returning to their eyes.”
Rehabs.com 360 Guide
ABOUT CLEARBROOK MANOR — LAUREL RUN, PA
Founded in 1972, Clearbrook Treatment Centers is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that operates Clearbrook Manor and its affiliated family program. Clearbrook Manor, located on the outskirts of the township of Wilkes-Barre, 20 miles southwest of Scranton, offers sub-acute, medically monitored detox and residential treatment for individuals aged 18+ who are struggling with alcoholism and chemical dependency.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The program lasts 28 days in total, including detox that’s monitored 24/7 by nurses. The center’s treatment philosophy follows the 12-Steps, and holds that alcoholism and chemical dependency are primary diseases.
Clients participate in individual and group therapy, including special-needs and gender-specific groups, plus lectures and discussions. They also attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings daily, both on campus and off-site. Loved ones are encouraged to attend the weekend-long family program, which offers counseling, education, 12-step facilitation, and other therapeutic activities. In addition, there’s an adventure-based program for individuals ages 18 to 27. This program, called Sober Canyon, incorporates intensive outdoor activities into the regular treatment schedule.
Discharge planning begins the moment the client is admitted, such that every client leaves with an aftercare plan, including links to local 12-step meetings and introductions to individuals at those meetings.
Staff includes a board-certified addictionologist, a clinical psychologist, a social worker, and bachelor’s level counselors. The 17 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.06 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The renovated center offers 22 detox beds, 68 residential beds, and scenic views of the Wyoming Valley. The 17 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness and exercise/leisure offerings gave them average ratings of 4.29 stars and 3.35 stars, respectively.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, Rehabs.com has asked 16 alumni of Clearbrook Manor whether they would recommend the facility, and 15 indicated that they would, one that they would not. In addition, Rehabs.com polled eight alumni on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics; they gave the center average ratings of 4.13 stars, 3.38 stars, and 1.75 stars respectively for its family participation, counseling options, and holistic offerings. The reviewers frequently praised the strength of the 12-step program and the outside meetings that were held on-site, as well as the staff, in particular the fact that numerous staff members were themselves in recovery: “The workers who are ex addicts tell there life story and it gives you hope. All of the speakers are incredibly inspiring,” Angela wrote in a representative review. Alumni also repeatedly cited the center’s “pampered” or “rich” clientele as a weakness, and two reviewers cited a lack of personal choice and extracurricular activities in programming.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the 13 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date, 10 would recommend this facility, one would strongly not recommend it, and two remained neutral on this question. The eight loved ones polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it average ratings of 4.38 stars, four stars, and 3.63 stars respectively for its family participation, connectivity, and counseling options.
The reviewers repeatedly described the staff as very caring, the location and facility as beautiful, and the program — particularly its family participation and 12-step meetings — as strong; several reviewers even noted that they could think of no weaknesses to the center. “Beautiful location, wonderful staff, friendly and relaxing atmosphere for those truly wanting help,” T.D. wrote in a representative review, and Annmarie added: “Clearbrook has a strong family program and encourages participation.”
The reviewers also raised some complaints: two clients cited unprofessional or inexperienced staff members, one felt that treatment was too short, and another complained of a lack of aftercare.
Clearbrook Manor is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Blue Cross, First Priority Health, and Health Choices, and accepts other insurance policies on an out-of-network basis. Financial assistance is available for qualifying clients, covering up to 100 percent of the cost of treatment. The 15 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.93 out of five stars.
Updated April 2017
Published on May 2017
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