Retreat at Lancaster County

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Retreat at Lancaster County is a private rehab center providing dedicated drug and alcohol addiction programs as well as detoxification. Patients are treated on an individual basis and receive a custom treatment and recovery regimen to fully address their specific needs. Retreat at Lancaster County is located in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

Retreat at Lancaster County Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Those suffering with co-occurring disorders can turn to us for integrated healing programs designed to address their specific needs and challenges. They provide a stigma-free treatment center where patients will be treated for mental health and their drug and alcohol addiction in a safe environment.

Rehab Services:

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) | SAMHSA

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications along with counseling and therapy to treat substance abuse. MAT is mainly used to treat opioid addictions (i.e. heroin and/or prescription drugs like OxyContin or Vicodin). Medications like buprenorphine are used in MAT to help normalize brain chemistry, block the effects of alcohol and/or opioids, relieve cravings, and stabilize body functions, making sobriety easier to maintain. All medications used are approved by the FDA, and every MAT program is tailored to the patient’s specific needs.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient's mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person's mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Retreat at Lancaster County offer?

Medically Assisted Detox

Drug and alcohol addiction often takes a heavy toll on one's body. Over time, a physical dependence can develop, meaning the body physiologically needs the substance to function. Detox is the process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body, a process that can be lethal if mismanaged. Medical detox is done by licensed medical professionals who monitor vital signs and keep you safe, healthy, and as comfortable as possible as you go through detox and withdrawal.

24 Hour Clinical Care

At certain points in the recovery process, it's important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

Treatment Types:

Holistic Treatment

They offer a diverse range of holistic therapies to help their patients recover from addiction using a whole-person approach. These therapies help ease the stresses that may lead patients to drug or alcohol abuse. Holistic treatments also assist in giving their patients a greater sense of overall well-being.

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person's specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Aftercare Support

The alumni organization at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers strives to provide continued support through our patient’s journey into long-term sobriety. Retreat’s alumni organization is led by dedicated staff who will offer a safe haven where their alumni can stay connected and receive added support from their peers, sponsors, family members, as well as other individuals who have also gone through their drug and alcohol addiction treatment program. By becoming an active member of the Retreat Alumni group you can attend quarterly meetings, where you will listen to a guest speaker, enjoy a nice meal, and have an opportunity to reconnect with Retreat Staff and peers. Alumni who attend their quarterly meetings will be provided continued educational services that will help them maintain their sobriety.

Therapies Offered:

Family Therapy

Through their Family Education Program (FEP) at Retreat at Palm Beach and Retreat at Lancaster County, you and your family will learn the basic elements of addiction, as well as the tools and resources most associated with long term recovery. Their Family Education Program is designed to address the needs of both the patient, as well as the patient’s family.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Drug and alcohol addiction often coexist with psychological issues, which may be tackled through individual therapy. One-on-one sessions will offer complete privacy and discretion to allow you to achieve personal growth through your counseling.

Trauma Therapy

Patients with a history of traumatic stress and addiction can get the assistance they need from our personalized, team-centered treatment approach. They help patients set boundaries and establish a sense of emotional and physical safety through their integrated modalities.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is another effective strategy for facing emotional issues associated with addiction, and it can also be an opportunity to learn new coping mechanisms from others who have been in similar situations. Because patients are separated into age- and gender-specific groups, they are able to communicate with peers for a more comfortable group therapy environment.

Equine Therapy

Research indicates that Equine therapy can be effective in the treatment of addiction (s), emotional trauma, self-worth issues, abuse, anxiety and depression. Equine therapy uses horses to improve the occupational, physical, emotional wellbeing of participants. Equine therapy is a form of experiential therapy where patients are engaged intellectually, emotional, socially, soulfully, and physically.

Experiential Therapy

Recreation Therapy is a holistic form of therapy geared towards educating and instructing patients on how to increase healthy living habits and structured leisure time as a means of self-care and compassion for the mind and body. Their Recreation Therapy program at Retreat at Lancaster County is run by a Masters Level Clinical Specialist with a background in Clinical Counseling and a passion for Sports and Exercise Psychology. Morning Small Group Recreation Therapy includes activities such as Team Building challenges, nature walks, and competitive sports.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Participants of their culinary program are taught how to prepare meals and snacks that are good for their bodies. Patients are also taught about nutrition and healthy eating habits in general. Culinary practices are not only therapeutic, but are an important life skill.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.

Retreat at Lancaster County Highlights:

Art activities during treatment
Music Therapy during treatment
Recreation room


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  • Monthly Fee: $30,000.00
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Cash, Credit or Debit card accepted


  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • LGBTQ Outstanding programs available
  • They have a unique track at Retreat that addresses trauma and PTSD and they have veterans on their clinical staff at both of their facilities. They offer a full continuum of care, individualized programs for PTSD, Grief & Loss as well as Trauma track groups and holistic therapy which offers patients different outlets.