Malvern Institute Philosophy
Current research indicates that for addiction treatment to be effective a patient needs to engage in the treatment process for at least 90 days. At Malvern Institute we provide an evidence-based model of clinical care along with a 12-step approach that will provide engagement and monitoring for at least 90 days. The 12-step approach to recovery is proven, effective, and an invaluable part of our programming. Our goal is to provide a foundation for lifelong recovery and our belief is that by providing our patients with a complete understanding of addiction, they will choose the path of recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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.
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ABOUT MALVERN INSTITUTE
Situated on eight acres in Malvern, Pa., a rural suburb of Philadelphia, Malvern Institute’s flagship location provides 12-step and trauma-informed care for adults with addictive and co-occurring disorders. Though clinical programming is guided by the research-based belief that that successful treatment requires “at least 90 days,” this specific facility, one of a handful of inpatient programs run by Malvern, offers a combined 106 beds for residential treatment and detox only.
For clients seeking additional support, Malvern Institute operates six intensive outpatient (IOP) programs throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Malvern Institute combines education, evidence-based therapy models, specialty workshops, and 12-step principles and support. Prior to treatment, clients may begin with an 8-day detox program, where they’ll be met 24-hour medical support and an unmatched 82 hours of psychiatric care per week.
Designed as the most intensive care option, residential treatment typically lasts between two and four weeks. Throughout their stay, residents meet with their assigned therapist twice weekly and participate in three small, specialized daily groups covering chronic pain, grief and loss, relapse prevention, and more. After dinner, clients pick up with gender-specific meetings, on-site AA and NA meetings, and downtime and 11:00 p.m. lights out to follow.
Loved ones interested in learning more about the recovery process may join the facility for educational seminars and a minimum of two family sessions. Proud of its thriving alumni community, the organization hosts sober brunches, camping trips, 12-step meetings, and other events in and around Philadelphia.
Ranging from nursing, medical, and clinical backgrounds, all Malvern professionals have specialized training in substance addiction treatment. Full-time psychiatrists and master’s level clinicians are on staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND AMENITIES
Three meals and a snack are served daily. Cigarettes are permitted, but electronic devices are not. Though there is limited additional information regarding the 85-bed residential center, 23 Rehabs.com reviewers to date gave an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars for accommodations.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
About three quarters of the 20 personal accounts shared with Rehabs.com as of this writing are positive.
On the positive side, alumni collectively celebrated the “knowledgeable,” “caring,” and “involved” counselors. “From the director on down. everyone was in some form of recovery. Doctors included,” alum Kirk commented.
Some even claimed the facility provided them with a renewed sense of purpose and direction in their lives. Susan, who went on to pursue certification in addictions counseling to help others, is one such example. “Changed my life! Started me on the road to sobriety. I had a very positive and effective experience,” she exclaimed. J.D., another alum, felt similarly: “It is an amazing place with great help and it saved my life. Great program.”
Yet others felt that Malvern could improve its holistic programming. “Not many leisure activities,” wrote Emma, though she liked the food here. Even D.B., who referred to Malvern Institute as a “very comfortable facility that facilitated excellent recovery,” reported having “no exercise options.”
For V.M. shared their less-than-ideal experience here: “There were many young (18 to 20s) people at this facility. As an older (late 40s) person, I felt that much time was wasted on policing immature adults and less focus on treatment,” they wrote. “I also think a little more one-on-one counseling would have been helpful,” another anonymous alum reported.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Much in contrast to alumni, five out of the eight individuals to have shared details on their family member’s experiences were disappointed with Malvern in some way or another.
John, for example, immediately pulled his wife from Malvern barely into her second week in treatment. “My first visit, she looked and felt as she did after 9 days!” “Please do you, research before putting your loved one here,” John implored others.
Ral, the parent of a client, felt the facility “Never listened” and was “all about the money,” while another reviewer called the staff here were “confused” and the treatment “quite ineffective. In two words: “Very disappointing.”
On the flip side, reviewers noted that treatment was indeed effective for their spouses. “No nonsense, set limits and stuck to them,” reported April on her husband’s 30-day stay here. Another anonymous reviewer observed that three months in treatment helped her husband “think of others instead of just himself.”
This facility accepts private insurance and options for self-payment.
Updated February 2017
Published on February 2017
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