SOBA College Recovery for Young Adults in New Brunswick, NJ

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104 Bayard Street
New Brunswick NJ 08901

SOBA College Recovery for Young Adults Philosophy

Substance Abuse Treatment and Counseling for Young Adults

SOBA College Recovery’s specific motivation is to help those in a community setting who may have a problem with substance abuse or other mental disorders commonly associated with substance abuse. At each phase of treatment, clients receive certain levels of care, with a gradual step-down process proven most effective for recovering adults in this phase of their lives. When enough trust is built, clients are stepped-down from their level of controlled supervision and given more responsibility and privilege. Throughout treatment, our clients are to receive personalized attention and therapeutic care for addiction and the underlying co-occurring disorders associated with drug abuse and mental health issues. The simple idea is that the more a client works through the program the more they become self-sufficient and learn to care more about their actions and take responsibility for their own futures.

Areas of Specialization

  • Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
    Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.

  • Emphasis On Enjoying Life In Recovery
    Addiction affects every area of an individual’s life, from interpersonal and romantic relationships, to work and education, to identity and recreation. At SOBA College Recovery, our team focuses not only on treating addiction and sustaining recovery, but also on helping clients rediscover themselves by finding out who they are and what they like to do. Clients will find new, healthy ways to fill their time through the many recreational activities our program offers, all in a safe, supportive environment with people who understand what they have been through and where they are trying to go in the future.

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Meet the Staff

Patricia Wallace, LCSW, LCADC, CCS

Clinical Director and Facility Administrator

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Patricia Wallace is the Clinical Director and Administrator at SOBA College Recovery. An alumnus of Rutgers University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s in Social Work from the Rutgers School of Social Work.

Ms. Wallace began a career in social services at a residential agency providing psychological supports and housing to adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illnesses. She served these individuals in the capacities of Residential Counselor, Program Developer, Clinician and Supervisor, and eventually became the Director of Residential and Outreach Services. She earned her License as a Clinical Social Worker while participating in the exponential growth of this organization. The latter had one group home upon the commencement of her employment, and eventually had 54 scattered-site housing projects for which she developed the service structure, also supervising the delivery of services. During this time, Patricia partnered with the School of Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Behavioral Healthcare, where she received her Certification in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and advanced wellness and recovery services at the agency.

Ms. Wallace ventured from her job of twelve years to further find her niche, and pursued working with at-risk adolescents and their families, working with those experiencing various emotional, psychiatric, substance use, and behavioral issues. She began the pursuit of her License as a Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor while working with adults with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders at methadone clinics in Elizabeth and Newark, New Jersey. After receiving her Certification as a Clinical Supervisor for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, she provided supervision to staff pursuing their alcohol and drug certifications and licenses.

Most recently, Patricia served as the Clinical Director of a Partial Care, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient Program in Essex County, NJ that specialized in the provision of Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment. During her tenure at this organization, Patricia was instrumental in developing an evidence-based array of programming that included services such as The Matrix Model, Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy, Recovery Life Skills, Illness Management and Recovery, Seeking Safety, Double Trouble, Interactive Journaling, Wellness and Recovery Action Planning, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Patricia supervised clinicians pursuing their Licenses for Clinical Social Work, Counseling, and Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Upon completion of the Seminar in Field Instruction, she supervised students pursuing their Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Rutgers School of Social Work, College of Saint Elizabeth, Fordham University, Monmouth University, and Kean University. She ensured an individualized approach to treatment by equipping clinicians with an eclectic repertoire of theoretical frameworks from which to fashion treatment planning and interventions, including Humanistic Approaches, Cognitive Behavioral Strategies, Interpersonal Process Theory, and Motivational Interviewing Techniques.

Patricia is a member of The National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Addiction Professionals. She is certified in Clinical Social Work Supervision and as an International Certified Clinical Supervisor. She enjoys laughing, singing, and dancing, with her husband and three children as well as performing in musical theatre at local community theaters. Her most recent role was that of Eva Peron in Evita, which she performed while newly pregnant with her daughter, who was subsequently affectionately named “Eva” after her first role as a leading-lady.

Greg Hannley


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Nationally recognized addiction expert, Greg Hannley is the Publisher of “Recovery Today Magazine”. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of SOBA Recovery Center and Executive Producer of the acclaimed film with Daniel Baldwin, “The Wisdom to Know the Difference”. Greg has appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live, Fox News, Fox and Friends, San Antonio Living, and other national media outlets. His vision is to provide a safe, sober environment for those suffering from the disease of addiction and to evangelize a simple, powerful message; there is hope. 360 Guide

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Located next to Rutgers University in downtown New Brunswick, N.J., SOBA College Recovery offers residential and outpatient care for young adults dealing with substance abuse, process addictions, and co-occurring disorders including PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, and more. Medical detox is not available on site. Aftercare planning services are also available through the treatment programs.


The treatment process at SOBA College Recovery begins with an assessment to identify any co-occurring disorders. A team of medical and clinical staff members evaluate each client, and collaborate with the client to identify and begin the best method for treatment. Clients can schedule evaluations by calling the facility’s office and working with an admissions coordinator. Clients can also be referred from other facilities.

Treatment consists of two components, residential and clinical treatment. The facility views substance abuse as the result of other behavioral issues rather than the cause. Therefore, treatment options are designed to treat the co-occurring conditions while treating substance abuse issues. 12-steps principles are used in treatments. These treatment methods also focus on long-term recovery and sobriety maintenance rather than providing a cure for each client’s condition. Treatment plans are individualized for each client.

Treatment follows a three-phase process. The initial phase focuses on establishing a recovery-focused lifestyle where clients break their involvement in various trigger activities that influence their substance abuse. The second phase focuses on teaching clients sober living and coping skills, as well as providing educational opportunities for various topics like substance abuse. The final phase focuses on transitioning out of the program and establishing a sober living lifestyle with the assistance on the program.

Clinical therapy, case management, and holistic health form the basis for treatments throughout the different phases. Clients participate in therapy sessions to identify problem behaviors and to understand how they influence each client’s substance abuse. Clients also participate in recreational and community culture based activities. Sports, dancing, social events, and community involvement are used to promote physical and social development in preparation for creating a sober lifestyle.

Family involvement is encouraged throughout the program and support services are available for family members. Family counseling can be made available as needed. Clients meet with aftercare planners to prepare for reintegration into the community once treatment is completed. Clients are encouraged to continue to participate in community-based recovery groups to promote sober living activities.


The treatment team at SIBA College Recovery consists of a board certified addictionologist, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, a nutrition and wellness coach, case managers, and a personal trainer. Various other activity leaders, group coordinators, and recreational therapy staff members are on hand to coordinate recovery activities. The facility is accredited by the Joint Commission and all staff members are credentialed accordingly.


No information regarding the accommodations and amenities at SOBA College Recovery is provided through its website.


At the time of this writing, has received feedback from six alumni about SOBA College Recovery. The feedback was positive.

Alumni complimented SOBA’s approach to aftercare and life after treatment. Alum Josh wrote: “College Recovery's long term model, and slow integration back into society are what make it stand out from other treatment centers.” Alum Sam noted that the facility “help them ensure long term success and stability.”

Alumni also appreciated the staff. Of the two alumni surveyed about the background and experience of the staff, both gave five out of five stars. Alum Michael commented about the “staff enthusiasm” while alum Kerian indicated that the staff “they made me feel like a part of a family.”

On Facebook, SOBA College Recovery earned 4.8 out of five stars from 51 reviews to date. [1] 46 of the reviews offered five out of five star ratings. Most of the reviews highlighted the program’s relationship with Rutgers University and the effectiveness of its methods. “This is such a great step and is well needed in the college setting,” alum Doris wrote. “Students are sometimes alone in situations like addiction, to know there's a program around to support them while they continue their studies is priceless.”

On Google, the facility received five out of five stars from 12 reviews. [2] Alumni credited the facility with their sobriety and giving their lives a focus. In a representative review, alum Shane wrote: “ The staff at both the housing and clinical facility are top notch. They care deeply about the clients and do everything in their power to help them excel in both their personal lives and path to recovery. SOBA College Recovery changed my life, and I am glad to know it will continue to change the lives of addicts for years to come.”


One loved one has provided feedback about SOBA College Recovery to to date. The feedback was neutral to negative.

The reviewer gave three out of five stars for meals and nutrition, exercise opportunities, connectivity, family participation, and affordability. However, the loved one only gave one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, the facility’s holistic offerings, and counseling options. “When we talked on phone and chose this facility they told us how they were a leading facility in dual diagnosis and this was just the place for our son,” parent Michael wrote. “They said he would have a psyche exam immediately upon arrival and still nothing after five days....not even a One on one with a counselor!”


At the time of this writing, one staff member has provided feedback about SOBA College Recovery to The feedback was positive, with five out of five stars given for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition.

The staff member appreciated the environment where staff were “working as a team.” Additionally, the staff member, Ashley, noted that the facility’s “model is so much different than most current programs in this area.” She added that there is a holistic focus that includes: “making their first resume or getting back into college (or going for the first time), talking with estranged family or regaining custody of their children, handling legal issues, finding new hobbies or career paths and simply stating clean in the process.”


Treatment costs at SOBA College Recovery are divided by the types of programs available. Residential treatment costs are generally not covered by insurance. Clinical treatment costs are generally covered and are billed separately from residential costs. Insurance plans are accepted, but specific plans or types are not specified. Self-pay is available through certified and personal checks, direct deposit, credit cards, and debit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover).

The facility’s website indicates that insurance is accepted, but does not specify which policies. Financing and payment plan options are also available.


Published on December 2017

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SOBA College Recovery is an amazing program staffed by some of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The clinical staff works with every client to provide an individualized treatment program. They are flexible when it comes to college and work schedules. The housing staff consists almost entirely of people in recovery, who help to guide people in the program through the most difficult aspects of early recovery. The food they make is amazing and there are a ton of options if you don't like what the chef is preparing. I've been to numerous facilities and no other program compares to this one. If you have an interest in going to college and truly making a positive change in your life this is the place to go.


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The housing portion of the program is ran very efficiently and the accommodations are quite comfortable. The non clinical staff are also great - 90% of them are in recovery and thus can relate to what you're going through. The clinical staff on the other hand is extremely weak. They try to sell you on masters degrees but a 5 year masters program at Rutgers in social work and not being in recovery does not add much value. Having said that, there are a lot of good clients/technicians in the program and at the end of the day if you're ready to surrender, you can get clean anywhere. Don't forget that at the end of the day this is a business and you need to have strong insurance that will continue to pay for what the clinicians put on your treatment plan so if you're trying to stay long term, keep that in mind and work on anything and everything. Nothing changes if nothing changes.


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Up most respectful staff. The strengths are many ways to renew your life Gym Yoga, mediation, All staff are experienced to help clients in and out of the program. Not many weaknesses. but theirs no detox facility and doesn't except Medicaid


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Working for SOBA College Recovery has been an absolute delight. I have been able to excel in many areas I did not think possible for myself. The other staff here at College Recovery made this possible for me. My co-workers spend ample time building each other up and working as a team; setting beautiful examples for our clients here. To be able to help others in recovery find a new way of life is an opportunity that I am very thankful for. Our model is so much different than most current programs in this area. I see these young individuals actually grow into active members of society with the help of all of our clinical and housing staff. Whether it may be making their first resume or getting back into college (or going for the first time), talking with estranged family or regaining custody of their children, handling legal issues, finding new hobbies or career paths and simply stating clean in the process... All of these experiences can be difficult for someone young in recovery. We help these moments go as smoothly and as positively as possible. We see miracles happen first hand every day!


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College Recovery's long term model, and slow integration back into society are what make it stand out from other treatment centers. They don't throw you out to the street after 30 days like many treatment centers, they will carry you until you learn to carry yourself.


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I enjoyed my time at College Recovery, they have a very qualified and loving staff that really attended to all my needs. My life was a mess when i arrived here and as I'm leaving I have a job, I'm enrolled in college, and my family loves me again. I really appreciate all the love and support I've received, they made me feel like a part of a family and I couldn't have asked for a better year! Thank you for everything CR!


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I attended about a dozen treatment centers before this one, including some in Florida and PA. All to no avail. College Recovery is the most complete treatment center I\'ve ever been a client at, due to its group therapy material, aftercare, recreational activities, and staff enthusiasm. Anything I needed I had, and if I had a goal I wished to achieve, everyone who could reached out to get me there. CR saved my life, and I believe will do so for anyone who is willing enough to let the program help them as well.


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This facility is the only resourceful long term care facility in the region that caters to the individual needs of its young adult demographic. Helping with both work and professional success while treating individuals with addiction and co-occuring diagnosis, they accommodate the individual needs of their clients and help them ensure long term success and stability


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None we saw as parents Son arrived and was 5 days into stay and still yet to have any sort of medical evaluation or psyche evaluation. When we talked on phone and chose this facility they told us how they were a leading facility in dual diagnosis and this was just the place for our son. They said he would have a psyche exam immediately upon arrival and still nothing after five days....not even a One on one with a counselor! He suffers from extreme social anxiety and needed help. They allowed lap tops immediately upon entry so we received many texts that the anxiety was too much too handle and we made repeated phone calls to the facility, all answered by young counselors and techs, who all showed such a lack of concern. We pulled him out on the 5th night and transferring to another facility and still no phone calls from anyone asking why!


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