Discovery Institute in Marlboro, NJ

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(4.3 of 5)
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80 Conover Road
Marlboro NJ 07746

Discovery Institute Philosophy

The Discovery Institute views dependence as a disorder of the “whole person” affecting every aspect of his or her behavior, belief system, and lifestyle. This disorder is profound in nature and has a negative impact on one’s self, family, and society as a whole. Discovery has come to recognize that this condition affects people many ways, which causes our treatment approach to be designed to address any and all issues that support and contribute to addiction. A primary emphasis is placed on the importance of the individual to seek and incorporate a change in his or her behavior, attitude, and lifestyle.
Discovery’s holistic treatment initiatives will be all encompassing in nature due to addiction affecting so many aspects of an individual’s life. This allows Discovery to not only treat addiction, but address significant related issues based on the individual needs.

Areas of Specialization

  • Individualized Treatment
    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others 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.

  • Medical Detoxification
    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.

Facility Highlights

76% success rate 6 months out of treatment as per the state of New Jersey

Transportation Available

Trauma Informed Services 360 Guide

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Founded in 1970 as a state-operated facility, today Discovery Institute is a private nonprofit offering medical detox and a variety of residential, outpatient, and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for adults struggling with substance abuse or a co-occurring mental health disorder. Set on 10 rural acres in Central New Jersey, the private nonprofit also runs a separate 16-bed sober living facility for men. It is one of only 28 residential facilities in New Jersey that offer on-site detox programs.


Clients begin their assessment with an initial phone evaluation, which is then followed by an in-person interview with a staff psychiatrist. Programming is both holistic in nature and highly structured. On a regular basis, clients attend 12-step support meetings, daily psychoeducational seminars and lectures, as well as group and individual therapy with their primary counselor. Holistic offerings include yoga and nutritional counseling, nutritional counseling, and emotional counseling.

The program is a collaborative attempt to gain understanding of addiction and is run by a community of peers who are themselves in recovery. With guidance from professional staff and clinicians, residents are responsible for pacing their own recovery. It should be noted that the center also conducts random urine tests and drug screenings.

For those seeking a step-down option from inpatient care, there is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that meets for nine hours of treatment per week, as well as a traditional outpatient track that runs once or twice a week. Both options are suitable for residents of Discovery Institute’s sober living homes as they transition back into “the real world.”

Prior to leaving, each client works together with their primary counselor to develop a continuing care plan (CCP), outlining aftercare treatment, place of residence, and local support meetings.


Treatment teams include a psychiatrist, medical staff, and master’s level clinicians and counselors. The six individuals polled on the matter appreciated the aptitude of staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5


Pictures published on the two-story facility’s web page indicated an exercise room and simple bedrooms with single beds, drawers underneath, and a night table. For residents, an initial 72-hour “black-out period” means limited communication with loved ones. Transportation is provided for outpatient clients. Overall, individuals polled on the matter appreciated the quality of the facility.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.3/5


Feedback from alumni is largely positive. Overall, alumni found treatment very effective, though many were unimpressed with the quality of meals, accommodations, and holistic options. S.M.G., who credited the center with saving their life, wrote: “They are a bare bones facility that cares for the individual.”

In a more mixed review, alum Jared called the center “a blessing and a curse.” He celebrated the “awesome” nurses, but felt that the counselor was so busy that “setting up after care is extremely difficult and there are no groups or meetings really.” And Caril, wholly dissatisfied with her experience, wrote: “They just want the money. Horrible, disrespectful,” without adding further details.

Reviews from secondary sites were more mixed. On Google, 23 individuals gave an average rating of three stars out of five.[1] "Just want you to know this place is not qualified to take care of the addiction problem that has manifested itself in the state of NJ," Tina wrote. "Money is all they care about!!!" Several other individuals disagreed, including Gerald, who called the staff "very encouraging and sympathetic."


Of the six reviews received by to date, five were positive. Most of the individuals polled on a variety of the facility’s offerings gave perfect five-star ratings for the family programming and its counseling options, though one dissenting reviewer, who primarily gave one-star ratings for these categories, succinctly wrote: “The counseling was weak.” Loved ones also offered more moderate ratings for the facility's holistic offerings.

Counseling Options: 4.6/5
Family Participation: 4.2/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.2/5

“They teach all the skills needed to live a drug free life,” one anonymous reviewer wrote. Reviewer Alexandra added: “The staff is phanominal… Extremely caring and kind.”

Despite these positive trends, parent G.K.D. wrote: “Poor treatment plan… Our son was not medicated with his mood stabilizer during his stay which in turn caused him to act out.”


Fees are determined on a sliding scale. Discovery Institute accepts private pay and insurance from “most of the leading insurance providers in the country"including United Healthcare, Blue Corr/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Discovery receives funding from county, state, and federal resources to makes its services more accessible.


Published on June 2018

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PROS First time detox at another facility for seven days. I admitted myself to Discovery for alcoholism. Words can not express the positive life time experience i have acquired within the three week of admittance. However, I feel its imperative to express. Upon arrival I was accordingly search, then assigned a room. The rooms are double and some have shared bathrooms. I guessed I lucked out and was assigned a room with my own bathroom and no roommate. The food (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)was above decent as well as the portions served. The staff from Admin to the hands on Techs were accordingly affable along with with being stern when needed. As one can imagine,order is a necessity to keep over 30 male addicts in order. My assigned Counselors were professional, knowledgeable and readily willing with providing me with further outside (Programs and Therapy, etc.)assistance after program completion if needed. The days are scheduled to the tee give or take. Personal time is included within the day as well. I had a choice to workout at the gym, play pool or relax and look at movies with the other clients. Most important for me were the scheduled group meeting along with the evening outside AA or NA speakers. Clients can sign up for outside evening meetings as well. Overall, checking into rehab is sobering, intimate and personal choice. In addition: Twice a week clients are able to sign up and chosen to use the YMCA facility in a town (Swimming, Steam room, Hot tub, Gym, etc) Truthfully, I've made one of the best decision I have ever chosen for myself. to date, I SURRENDER! Now I'm committed to put in the work thanks to Discovery Institute rehab. "One Day At a Time" GOOD LUCK!:) CON The worst experience: At night tech opens door hourly to check on you. With the announcement "ROOM CHECK!" How is one suppose to sleep with that business. Sleep is extremely advised within the rehabilitation,recovery process. if so, then why they exercise this nonsense as a routine. I'm Baffled:(


Even though I've been to many programs and have struggled with alcohol and drugs for nearly 50 years, I am happy I made the decision to participate in the in-patient program at Discovery. The accommodations were better than other programs, but more importantly, the group and one-on-one counseling were excellent. I kept an open mind and heard recovery based inormation I really never considered before. Coming home I have issues wirh family and employment, but running away from these problems and getting high is NOT the solution today. Thx Discovery and a special thx to my counselor, Irene.


I have been working at Discovery Institute 2 years this september I love working at Discovery I have learned a lot working at Discovery. All the other employees are good people and we all take care of the clients and show we care about them were here to show love 4 are clients and make them feel better and to make are clients feel very comfortable.i love love the people and staff at Discovery I love my job and I love doing what I do.i have met the owner and he is a very good and caring guy.


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One of the best facilities ever. From the minute you walk in your greeted with love and compassion. Best counselors, nursing staff, and techs. If you wanna be given the tools to learn how to live a life in recovery, this is the place to go.


Staff chooses favorites and counseling is bad , all the workers just care about getting paid . Ive seen alot of people at my stay there ,


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Amazing staff with quality care! Have recommended this place to several of my friends and family members.


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This place is a blessing and a curse. I only did the detox part so I cant speak for the full 30 day program. However if you go in for detox the nurses are awesome, the techs/babysitters are great. However the psyciatrist had zero compassion, the counselor is a good guy but hes so busy that setting up after care is extremely difficult and there are no groups or meetings really. Instead of learning about recovery you just watch tv all day. If its your 1st time you will learn very little. If you want to learn and have groups so you dont sit around allday thinking then id recommend carrier. If you dont care about what happens after detox and just want to watch tv then this place is for you. The food was descent. I had issues with the program directors bc they lied ALOT, there is sooo much miscommunication but its a nice facility.. Best of luck!


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counselors treatment. they teach all the skills needed to live a drug free life.


They just want the money. Horrible, disrespectful


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Counselors are great. they were the best in helping you to cope with your addiction and on how to live A BETTER LIFE.


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counselors and staff are great. it is a great facility if you really want to recover.


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The staff is phanominal they are very professional was well as extremely down to earth and well mannered and seem. Extremely caring and kind , the facility is very clean as well which is always of great importance for good health in any manner anytime and anywhere , also a lot of great activities. Maybe could have a bit of bigger and more private patients rooms other then that I believe that discovery institute hands down in a wonderful rehab as well as the faculty seem like they know what they are doing and seem To be doing a great job by my own opinion and expirences. The discovery institue in Marlboro NJ is really a wonderful and well mAnnered and also very Caring and are always going above and beyond helping the patient as well as just being with there patients and communicating properly and as it should be anywhere anyday home or hospital or rehab or shopping or in the street.


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Teaches you structure and how to get rid of negative behavior. Food is not healthy.


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This center helped save my life. They are a bare bones facility that cares for the individual. They have certainly changed the old school treatment plan they used to have. They work with the individual more than ever. I attended when it was a therapeutic community and again after they integrated a better individual approach and they helped me stay clean and sober.


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Poor treatment plan. It was substandard so currently looking for another/better rehab center. Our son was not medicated with his mood stabilizer during his stay which in turn caused him to act out. Their excuse was he refused his meds, but I was not informed and no intervention was enacted on their part.


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This was old school therapeutic community. They really could have placed me on an island and I would have stopped shooting dope. The process of going through a therapeutic community merely reinforced the decision I had made about discontinuing my heroin use. It certainly does not operate the way it did 40 years ago, and I consider myself unique and I had a vision of myself being something other then an addict the rest of my life. Today puts the emphasis on a disease at the time of my dependency on heroin is was a bi-product of delinquency.

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