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.
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.
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ABOUT CLEARBROOK MANOR — LAUREL RUN, PA
Located in Wilkes Barre, Penn., Clearbrook treatment center is private, nonprofit that operates Clearbrook Manor and its affiliated family program. Clearbrook Manor provides adult inpatient treatment and medically monitored detox to individuals who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Clearbrook Manor, 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.
Clearbrook Manor's website notes the staff includes a board-certified addictionologist, a clinical psychologist, a social worker, nurses, and bachelor’s level counselors. The 17 individuals reviewed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave an average of 4.06 for the staff's level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clearbrook Manor's website indicates the facility has a new dining hall. The new residential building has a 22-bed detox unit and 68 residential beds. The 31 people polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave an average of 4.5 out of five stars for accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The more than dozen alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback with just one alum giving a negative review.
The eight alumni surveyed in multiple metrics gave an average of 4.5 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Clearbrook Manor. Alumni also provided an average of above four stars for the staff's level of training and experience, affordability, cleanliness, and family participation.
Some alumni complained about the lack of activities, and on average gave just 1.75 for holistic options. Most alumni praised the staff, but some did complain about how expensive it is.
"Clearbrook rehab center has very friendly and supportive staff," an alum wrote in a representative review. "I always feel welcomed when arriving and never embarrassed."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the 13 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date, nine gave positive reviews, two left neutral feedback, and two had negative opinions of the center.
The eight loved one surveyed in multiple metrics gave an average of 4.25 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Clearbrook Manor. Loved ones also gave above four stars for the staff's level of training and experience, cleanliness, family participation, and connectivity. Loved ones also rated holistic offerings the worst with three stars.
"They keep your family involved and they continue to offer free and informative sources when you leave the facility and I think a big part is they offer open AA meetings," a loved one wrote in a representative review.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided positive feedback and indicated they would recommend Clearbrook Manor.
According to Clearbrook Treatment Centers's website, it accepts most major insurances including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Blue Cross, First Priority Health, and Health Choices. The 15 people surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave an average of 3.93 out of five stars for affordability.
Published on January 2018
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