Clearbrook Lodge is a private, not-for-profit, sub-acute, freestanding Adolescent Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center serving PA, NY, NJ, CT, and the Northeast. This co-ed facility admits patients who are between 13 and 18 years old, and have sufficient hearing, speech, and verbal skills to effectively participate in the therapy offered.  These candidates must be ambulatory and without psychiatric disorders which would prohibit their benefiting from the therapy, or would serve as an obstacle to other patients personal safety and recovery efforts.

Established specifically for adolescents, this 46-bed inpatient rehabilitation center is the beginning of what must be a continued effort to maintain a lifestyle and lifetime of sobriety.  The 12 steps of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous are an integral part of the patient communities\’ daily activities and efforts.  Clearbrook provides schooling which allows patients to stay current and allows them to complete high school or a GED education during their treatment stay.

Our 30 day treatment program is comprised of detox and rehabilitation treatment.  Detox is conducted in a non-hospital, sub acute, medically monitored setting and provides round the clock nursing.  If detoxification is necessary, upon completion, patients are transferred to the Lodge to begin the second component, our Primary Care Program, which is based upon the belief that alcoholism and chemical dependency are primary diseases.   Our approach to understanding and treating the disease of addiction is based largely upon the philosophy and principles of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous.

Patients participate in both individual and group counseling, each of which is conducted by the patients\’ primary counselors.Psychological assessments are provided as clinically needed.  In addition to individual and group sessions, patients participate in an intense daily schedule of activities, including lectures, discussions, gender and special needs groups.  Patients are also required to attend daily AA/NA meetings that are held in-house or community-based.

Establishing a comfort level and familiarity with the various types of AA/NA meetings is the key to assisting the patient in developing a commitment to continue utilizing these meetings following discharge from Clearbrook Lodge.  Discharge planning begins the moment a patient is admitted to Clearbrook Lodge and concludes with the patient reviewing, agreeing to and signing a commitment to a specialized aftercare plan.  The discharge plan will include patient communication with a recovering individual who will meet the patient immediately after discharge, familiarizing him or her with the local AA/NA meetings and introducing them to people within those groups.

Extended Care Program

Incorporated into Clearbrook\’s nationally recognized treatment program is an Extended Care Program for adolescents.  This program has proven very successful in helping chemically dependent youth develop a behavioral foundation that will serve them in all life situations.  Lasting 90 to 180 days, the Extended Care Program utilizes a 13-acre island as a focal point to this program.

With a longer length of stay, we are able to teach new living skills and develop healthy behavioral patterns that increase the individual\’s chance for a drug-free and productive life.  The outdoor activities and rank-earning system challenge participants to trust one another, work together, and acknowledge each other\’s strengths, skills and life experiences.

Extended Care Goals

  • Abstinence from mood-altering chemicals (sobriety).
  • Use of the 12 Step program.
  • Demonstrated change in personal behavior and self-image consistent with a healthy recovery-oriented behavior.
  • Adherence to a value system that promotes healthy functioning.
  • Initiate an improved, chemical free lifestyle.

Program Stages

Within the setup of each stage, the Extended Care Program allows each patient to recognize the progress he or she is making.  Each stage has its own programmatic objectives.  A patient must remain in a stage for a minimum of four weeks before being eligible to progress to the next stage.  Promotion to the next stage occurs after the patient attains the necessary merits for that stage and an assessment by the patient\’s counselor is referred to the promotion board.

The Stages Include

  • Pre Cadet- Must earn merits
  • Cadet- Must earn 15 merits
  • Ranger- Must demonstrate excellence in all Core Functions
  • Eagle- An honorary stage for those demonstrating exceptional investment in recovery

The patient\’s progress through a ranking system requires earning a promotion to the next rank.  The pre-cadet stage focuses on the traditional drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment.  The next three stages focus heavily on a behavioral change.

Promotions within the stages are additionally based on review and approval from a promotion board consisting of the Program Director, Senior Counselor, Second Shift Supervisor and Primary Counselor.  When the board agrees the patient has satisfied all requirements, promotion to the next stage is granted.  Movement to the stage of Eagle requires approval of the CEO and President.

Program Components Include:

Alcohol and Drug Treatment

  • Detoxification
  • Diagnostic
  • Medical
  • Evaluation and Monitoring

Social, Psychological, and Family:

  • Family Participation
  • Parenting Assistance Skills
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Issues
  • Discipline and Environment Issues
  • Adult Role Modeling

Education and Group Experience

  • Behavioral-Emotional
  • Disciplined Environment
  • Code of Conduct
  • Rank Earning System
  • Grooming and Personal Care
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Time and Placement Requirements
  • Self Image Building
  • Problem Resolution
  • Anger/Conflict Management
  • Team Building
  • Character Building
  • Earned Self Esteem
  • Leadership
  • Academics
  • Educational Needs Assessment
  • Continuation of Scholastic Requirements
  • GED Preparation
  • Emphasis on the Three Rs


  • Weekend Residential Program
  • Recreational
  • Daily Calisthenics
  • Team Sports
  • Wilderness Experience

Successful completion of the Extended Care Program is not dependent upon completing all stages of the program, but rather is determined by the successful completion of individualized treatment plans developed for each patient.