White Deer Run of Allenwood Philosophy
The philosophy of White Deer Run is simple and direct: We are dedicated to ensuring that each patient is treated as an individual, receives a treatment plan tailored to his or her specific needs, and is provided with the optimum opportunity to realize a full and rewarding lifestyle, free from chemical dependency.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Meet the Staff
Amy Ruiz LSW CAC
I am the Clinical Supervisor of the Men’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit. After obtaining my Bachelors in Social Work at Bloomsburg University in December of 2001 I came to work at White Deer Run in January of 2002 and have been here ever since. I began my career at Allenwood as a counselor on the Women’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit and pursued my education and received my Masters in Social Work from Marywood University in May of 2005. It was then that I was promoted to a supervisor and worked on the adolescent unit until my recent move to the Men’s Unit. My experience here at White Deer Run has been primarily with patients with co-occurring disorders both on the women’s and the adolescent units. Dealing with addiction is never easy and it becomes more difficult when struggling with mental health issues. I believe that we need to combine the treatments of both in order to have the best chance of recovery. I love working with people and to be able to see them reclaim their lives by providing them with the proper treatment and support.
Supervisor of the Women’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit
I am currently the Supervisor of the Women’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit at WDR of Allenwood. I came to WDR straight out of college as a Counselor Assistant. Since that time I have acted as a counselor, the lead counselor for the adolescent unit, the facility lead counselor, and now supervisor. I received my BS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and my MSW from Marywood University. I am also a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Counselor. I cannot measure how much I have learned over the years at this facility. I am grateful for the experiences my co-workers and clients provide me on a daily basis. To see someone enter treatment who is hopeless, broken, and overwhelmed and watch them grow to someone who sees they have a future, can utilize personal strengths they never knew existed, and who is able to feel proud of themselves and their accomplishments is both rewarding and a testament to the work we do at this facility.
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ABOUT WHITE DEER RUN OF ALLENWOOD
Located on 150 acres in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, White Deer Run of Allenwood is a dual diagnosis rehab facility that provides treatment for alcohol and drug abuse in a peaceful residential setting. The facility offers gender-specific adult programs (ages 18 and older) that are personalized to suit each client’s unique needs, taking into account mental health and behavioral issues that might impede treatment if not addressed concurrently, and detox services are available on-site.
White Deer Run operates nine locations throughout the state, including an additional residential center in Blue Island.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, treatment at White Deer Run typically lasts 28 days and is gender-specific — men and women participate in separate process groups in an effort to make them feel more comfortable speaking about sensitive issues. The program uses 12-step principles in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI), and it provides daily individual and group counseling. Recreational and holistic activities include art therapy, yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki, meditation, and hiking.
White Deer Run of Allenwood also emphasizes the importance of family in recovery and offers weekend family programs and outpatient counseling for loved ones. Discharge planning — considering what to do after treatment ends — begins at the start of recovery at this center. As the facility believes recovery is a lifelong endeavor, continuing care is offered.
Residents in need of detox usually spend three days under medical supervision and seven days tapering down in the center’s residential rehabilitation program. The medical team monitors each resident in the detox program for withdrawal symptoms, and gives medication when it’s necessary. Counseling and treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders is also available to clients on this track.
White Deer Run of Allenwood’s website states the facility is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Staff includes a medical doctor, registered nurses, and physician assistants, along with psychiatrists, therapists, and certified addiction counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The center’s website indicates the 264-bed rehab houses men and women in separate, gender-specific residences.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The more than 30 alumni who were polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mixed reviews. On average, alumni gave the center 3.7 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend White Deer Run.
A number of former clients praised the facility for its comfortable detox, knowledgeable staff (many of whom are reportedly in recovery themselves), and structured schedule. The 22 alumni polled to date on the staff's level of training and experience gave an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars. In a representative review, Charles wrote to Rehabs.com: “If you are serious about recovery this is a good place to stay at. The detox program is very effective and all the counselors do their best to keep you happy.”
The 22 alumni polled on additional metrics provided average ratings of 3.5 out of five stars for exercise and leisure provisions, 3.6 stars for cleanliness, and 3.7 stars for affordability. Lower average ratings of 2.4 and 2.6 out of five stars were given for holistic treatment offerings and the connectivity/visitor policy, respectively.
One common complaint was a lack of personalized care — a number of alumni reported oversized groups and minimal one-on-one counseling. R.S. described the treatment as “generic” and wrote to Rehabs.com that the program’s “tough love type of counseling” was not worth the money.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Over a dozen loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at time of this writing also provided mixed reviews. A number of loved ones echoed alumni complaints, including Sherry, who wrote to Rehabs.com that her boyfriend received only one hour of individual counseling during his 30-day stay.
Lori, whose sister attended the facility, added that the rehab offered next to no family programming. She wrote: “During her 30 day stay, only two unprofessional calls were shared between her counselor and her family. All attempts made by family to get answers were met with total indifference and disregard.”
Loved ones rated the center’s staff’s experience and cleanliness the highest with 3.9 out of five stars. However, they rated White Deer Run’s holistic offerings the worst with 2.7 stars.
WHAT STAFF SAY
A former staff member who was questioned by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided a negative review of White Deer Run. They wrote they wouldn’t recommend the center, and the management was a weakness. They also wrote overall, the center was “very poor.”
According to the facility’s website, a number of private insurance plans are accepted.
Published on November 2017
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