Guided Life Structures in Somerville, NJ

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(3.8 of 5)
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75 Veterans Memorial Drive East, Suite 205
Somerville NJ 08876

Guided Life Structures Philosophy

To provide the highest quality, ethical, and affordable outpatient treatment for individuals and families who wish to recover and heal from their substance use and its associated problems. We will attain this by creating an inspiring and therapeutic environment designed to address the diverse needs of our client population. To this end, we will embrace best practice principles by utilizing clinically sound and effective treatment methods and modalities specifically matched to the unique needs of our clients.

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.

  • 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.

Facility Highlights

Individualized Treatment

Knowledgeable, Experienced Staff

30+ Years Of Experience in The Treatment Field

Meet the Staff

Eileen Oertel

Executive Director

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Eileen Oertel has owned and operated Guided Life Structures since 1994.

William Hinrichs

CADC / Senior Clinician

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William Hinrichs has extensive experience with criminal justice clientele. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Guided Life Structures in Somerville, N.J., offers outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents dealing with drug and alcohol abuse and co-occurring conditions. The facility is one of 225 (65.4 percent) of facilities in New Jersey providing intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment and one of the 117 (34 percent) of facilities in the state that treat adolescents. Guided Life Structures accepts clients involved with the criminal justice system, drug court, and on probation.


Clients will receive a psychological assessment upon admission to determine the level of care needed. Treatment at Guided Life Structures is based on the 12 Steps, which includes Alcohol Anonymous meetings and fellowship literature. The center also implements medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as well as individual, group, adolescent, and family counseling. Gender-specific counseling groups are available, and the facility is one of the 213 (61.9 percent) of New Jersey treatment facilities to provide specialized sessions for women.

Education on anger management, relapse prevention training, and life skills training is also provided.

Clients will be subject to drug and alcohol testing throughout treatment.


Guided Life Structures employs a medical doctor, psychiatrist, a licensed clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, and licensed clinical alcohol and drugs counselors. The sole staff member polled by gave the center five out of five stars for the staff’s level of experience while one alum provided five out of five stars for the staff’s support.


Five alumni polled by at this time of writing gave mixed reviews of Guided Life Structures. Two alumni providing ratings gave five out of five stars for the center’s treatment effectiveness, while the other alum gave one out of five stars.

Three alumni provided negative feedback with one individual criticizing how clients were treated and two individuals citing dissatisfaction with staff. “The treatment I encountered consisted of wolf-pack tactics whereby the counselors encourage the group to attack individuals who fail to maintain abstinence,” wrote M.J.M.

Two alumni gave the center positive reviews, leaving praise for staff members and the structure of the program. “The combination of GLS and AA meetings was just what I needed to build a foundation of recovery,” D.R. wrote in a representative review.

On Google, the center received an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars based on eight reviews. Individuals left mixed commentary, with two reviewers praising staff while two others expressed dissatisfaction with overall treatment and staff. [1]


The sole staff member surveyed by at this time of writing gave a positive review of Guided Life Structures. The employee, C.C., gave the facility five out of five stars for the staff’s level of experience and training, its treatment protocols, and its loyalty to its clients. “If you are serious about getting help and really want to stop using drugs or alcohol, this is the place to go,” they wrote.


Guided Life Structures accepts most insurance plans as well as funding from state-funded programs. The center also offers a sliding fee scale and will not deny treatment based on a client’s inability to pay.


Published on March 2018

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Unfortunately you can't please everyone. We receive referrals from all areas of the criminal justice system as well as people convicted of DUI. Most of these people though in need of treatment do not necessarily agree with that assessment. They resent the fact that they were referred into treatment to begin with and when a diagnosis contradicts their denial it is an up hill battle. Our program provides education about addiction and attempts to show the individual the negative effects their relationship with a substance has had on their life. We also offer alternative choices they can make in their lives instead of continuing in the insidious cycle of addiction. If you can take an honest inventory of the effect a substance had had on your life and are motivated to change. Guided Life can help you. Those looking for short cuts or just showing up to comply may get exactly what they put in. Please note I rated us 3 stars for neutrality.


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Great Place!! Good People!! Been sober for almost 2 years now thanks to them.


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This place saved my LIFE!! It not only saved my life but it saved my family. I thank god everyday for Guided Life Structures. Thanks to them I am finally living a sober happy life with my family. The employees here are all great and had so much patients are most definitely willing to help as much as they can. If your every looking for help I 100% recommend GLS


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GLS doesn't even deserve 1 star. If you are thinking of going here for any of their services, don't go there. They are the worst provider of rehab services in NJ. All they do is take your money & don't do a thing. In fact, their main counselor, will lie just to get you in their program, which will last 16 weeks. They will bleed of you thousands of $$$ and you won't be better off then than you are today. Please, Please, Please, avoid this place like the plague.


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If you are truly seeking treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse I insist you not utilize this resource, if so it can be called. The treatment I encountered consisted of wolf-pack tactics whereby the counselors encourage the group to attack individuals who fail to maintain abstinence. The method employed by the counselor(s) is to suggest to the group that 'someone has a secret,' which forces the individuals to look around until that particular someone fesses up. Sobriety is a life long endeavor and certainly not an easy feat to achieve even when measured by a daily basis. To be scoffed at and criticized by your counselors and peers for failing is not rehabilitation. I wouldn't even consider that tough love. Every measure taken by counselors to assist in your rehabilitation is either forced or guilted out of you. I could provide more examples of tactics employed on how they assist in keeping people clean and sober, but it would be a laundry list of aggression and guilt. It reminded me of my Catholic hell, fire, and brimstone upbringing. If this is the type of treatment you seek then maybe this is the center for you, but it certainly was very off-putting for me and I dropped out and sought help elsewhere. The sad part was is I was 'in' for a first time dui and was in denial of being an alcoholic. When I dropped out and went elsewhere I actually received 'help', not badgering. It has been almost 2 years since my last drink and I am an alcoholic. Had I stayed there and completed my mandatory 16 weeks I do not believe I would be writing these words today because I wouldn't be sober. I would have fulfilled my 16 week obligation, or 'got out', and went right back to drinking. I suppose I write this review now because this reality has truly sunk in. The only good that came out of that center was learning that what they believe to be treatment truly is not.


This facility seems to have one good counseler the rest(angry women)either have lost their ability to help others or never had it.If not for the NJ court systems forcing people to their door this place would be out of business


They only care about taking your money and NOT helping people get well. All of the clients are forced to be there because of the court system, child protective service, or a DUI. They will treat you like dirt because of it. If you or someone you know needs help, DO NOT GO HERE.

Official Facility Response

It upsets us to see read that someone was dissatisfied with our agency. We have however learned to take it with a grain of salt as it is usually their active addiction talking not the person. Addiction is a cunning and baffling disease and it makes people say and do things they would never do when of clear mind and sober. No doubt we must have interfered with this individual's using which caused him to lash out. We hope he is now clean and sober and living a happy healthy life.


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they were real people. just overall a good experience had some fun but knew when to be on point.


If you are serious about getting help and really want to stop using drugs or alcohol, this is the place to go. They are serious about your recovery.


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I really had a good experience while at GLS in that I gained knowledge of my disease and how my brain worked during my addiction years and also while in recovery. It was good to be in an IOP group and share feelings and experiences with others who can identify. I was able to build some friendships with a couple of the guys in IOP and hope to continue seeing them in AA meetings. The counselors were all very helpful and gave me hope and encouragement through some tough legal issues. I think their experiences and strengths helped me a lot to understand my thinking and how it works in staying sober and living sober. The combination of GLS and AA meetings was just what I needed to build a foundation of recovery.

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