Treatment Center Setting
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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ABOUT BEHAVIORAL WELLNESS & RECOVERY
Providing a range of programs for individuals struggling with substance abuse, Behavioral Wellness and Recovery (BWR) is a family-centric rehabilitation center in West Chester, Penn. Clients along with 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 partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), outpatient (OP), and community-based aftercare programs. BWR does not offer on-site detox; however, it has close relationships with local detox centers and will help facilitate admissions and then seamless transition to BWR programs.
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 disorders have access to 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.
PHP is the highest level of care at BWR. For clients in PHP or IOP, BWR partners with sober living homes close to the facility for them to stay during treatment. In the PHP, clients spend several hours each day at BWR in treatment. Select patients in the IOP may continue to go to work or school while enrolled in this BWR service. 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.
BWR’s director holds a master’s degree in professional counseling and education. Staff members include certified alcohol and drug addiction counselors, a psychologist, licensed social workers, professional clinical counselors with master’s degrees, recreation and family therapists. Clients receive on-site services from medical and psychiatric staff, as needed.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Recommended sober living housing is in a historic building close to the center. Recovery housing is monitored 24/7 and all clients have a roommate.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Four alumni, polled by Rehabs.com to date, described positive experiences at BWR. Andrew expressed appreciation for staff members who were “dedicated in helping each individual.” Alum G.O., a top five-star reviewer, offered: “You have struck gold as far as insurance dependent treatment is concerned!” Clearly reflecting the trend in alumni reviews, Gregg wrote: “I would recommend BWR to any one in my family or friends family."
Nine Google reviews published at the time of this writing (a mix of alumni and loved ones) rated the facility an average of 4.7 stars out of five. Of the total, eight offered very positive, top five-star feedback. Several former clients regarded their experience at BWR as life changing. Chris wrote: "I went to Behavioral Wellness and Recovery and I can honestly say it truly changed my life."  Michael echoed that sentiment: "BWR was the best experience of my life. It fundamentally changed me and my long standing negative core beliefs."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date had only good things to say about his wife's experience at BWR. This anonymous loved one gave the facility consistent top five-stars in the major categories of the Rehabs.com survey -- treatment effectiveness, accommodations/amenities, and meals and nutrition. This anonymous husband commented: "The staff, accommodations and treatment was superb. I cannot give any higher recommendation."
All but one of the Google reviews from loved ones of BWR clients recommended the program. Joanne wrote: “The treatment team is fantastic, they taught me how to love my son without enabling him" and added "My son has 8 months clean." However, Mike claimed: "my son went here and it was terrible he felt uncomfortable and got no help."
According to the facility’s website, BWR accepts more than half a dozen PPO insurance plans from major carriers.
Published on October 2017
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