St. Joseph's Recovery Center - Glenwood Drive

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St. Joseph's Recovery Center - Glenwood Drive is a nonprofit rehab located in Saranac Lake, New York. St. Joseph's Recovery Center is a 67-bed coeducational inpatient facility. The program offers a holisitc approach, education, individualized treatment and more.

St. Joseph's Recovery Center - Glenwood Drive 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

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person's mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

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 St. Joseph's Recovery Center - Glenwood Drive offer?

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

At their 67-bed coeducational Inpatient facility in Saranac Lake, clients generally reside with them for 90 days, an extended stay that is longer than most treatment facilities. Experience proves that a lengthened, holistic approach to chemical dependency treatment is very effective in attaining and maintaining sobriety. Their comprehensive program focuses on client-centered care that addresses the specific needs of each client.

Treatment Types:

Holistic Treatment

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic treatment facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic treatment is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Individualized Treatment

Upon admission, each client is assigned to a multidisciplinary treatment team. Within the first 72 hours, a comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluation is completed. The evaluation serves as the foundation for an individualized treatment plan developed to serve the needs of the client. In addition to individual and group counseling, personal adjustment transition (PAT), intensive relapse prevention counseling, and pastoral care, inpatient services also include a family component for one’s family and one’s significant others.


Their intensive treatment model is based on a multidisciplinary team approach and utilizes many principles espoused by the philosophies of the self-help fellowships of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. 12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). 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.

Aftercare Support

From the onset of treatment, St. Joseph’s works with each individual to establish goals and to create an action plan for continuing recovery. Residents must be open to aftercare planning, which may include a stay of three (3) months in a Guest House or 6 – 12 months or more in a community residence or other alcohol and drug-free residence upon successful completion of St. Joseph’s inpatient program. The individual’s referring source may be actively involved in the Aftercare Planning process. St. Joseph’s Fellowship is a non-profit organization that provides ongoing support for individuals after they have completed their inpatient, veteran, or outpatient services at St. Joseph’s.

Therapies Offered:

Family Therapy

Residents also participate in Family Program sessions which educate both residents and their family members about the destructiveness of chemical dependency as a "family disease", and to assist in breaking through denial on the part of the both residents and families. Of note, St. Joseph's Family Program was the first residential offering in the country, and has served as a model for treatment facilities nationally.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional talk therapy by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

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. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

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.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is a way of getting nicotine into the bloodstream without smoking. It uses products that supply low doses of nicotine to help people stop smoking. The goal of therapy is to cut down on cravings for nicotine and ease the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

St. Joseph's Recovery Center - Glenwood Drive Highlights:

Qualified Health Practitioners provide lectures that focus on the disease concept of addiction, self-esteem and emotions, nutrition, and a variety of other issues relevant to recovery. Lectures cover subject areas such as relapse prevention, spirituality, understanding the chemical nature of alcohol, the cycle of addiction, recovering from grief and loss, and establishing lasting relationships. Specialized women's programming and services for the co-occurring disordered are also available.
Beginning with a thorough assessment, individuals move through a time-tested process of education, individual therapy and group counseling. St. Joseph's Recovery Center - Glenwood Drive’s unique mountain setting inspires reflective thought and introspection. The physical environment of their treatment center complements the therapeutic process, easing the mind and elevating the individual above the addiction.
St. Joseph's Recovery Center - Glenwood Drive’s integrated approach to addiction treatment addresses all aspects of personal recovery. They offer individualized lengths-of-stay, extensive family services, mental health services for co-occurring disorders, spirituality, recreation therapy, a statewide supportive fellowship network, specialized services for women, and treatment approaches focusing on the needs of clients involved in the legal system.
Therapeutic recreation is an important element of their treatment approach. They encourage each individual to take advantage of the facility’s pristine mountain environment through a variety of outside activities including nature walks, hiking, volleyball, and many other recreational opportunities.
The mission of St. Joseph's Recovery Center - Glenwood Drive's is to promote healing and recovery for individuals, as well as their families, suffering from the illness of alcoholism and chemical dependency. They offer these services with a commitment to providing effective, professional and quality treatment. Their services are enhanced by their belief in the spiritual nature and inherent dignity and worth of each individual.
The treatment team at St. Joseph's Recovery Center - Glenwood Drive’s understands that addiction is a complex, yet treatable, disease – not a weakness of character. To promote lasting recovery, their clinical approach combines profound behavioral change with an understanding of the spiritual nature of lasting recovery, and a deep appreciation for the inherent dignity and worth of all who come to us for care.
Art activities during treatment
Adventure during treatment


  • CARF


  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Medicaid
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash, Credit or Debit card accepted

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  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Beds Available: 67
  • Treatment Duration: 90 days
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