Treatment Programs

Treatment Overview

Our program offers evidence-based practice utilized by highly qualified and compassionate staff. Our team is skilled in outpatient care associated with addiction. We offer, Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, and Partial Hospitalization. All levels of care.

Lakeside NEPA provides a holistic approach to drug and alcohol treatment across a continuum of care throughout Lackawanna County and all of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Outpatient Programming

  • Treatment is 1-9 hours weekly, in addition to a weekly one-on-one individual session.
  • Our program consists of individual, group, and family counseling sessions.
  • An individual treatment plan is designed for each client with the goals of achieving and maintaining a chemical-free, healthy lifestyle.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

  • Treatment is 3 days a week for a minimum of 9 hours, in addition to a weekly one-on-one individual session.
  • Clients are provided with individual, group, and family therapy as needed.
  • Clients receive an individualized treatment plan focused on sobriety and recovery.

Partial Hospitalization Program

  • Treatment is 5 days a week for a minimum of 25 hours, in addition to a weekly one-on-one individual session.
  • For Clients who would benefit from more intensive services, without 24-hour care.
  • Clients are provided with individual, group, and family therapy as needed.


  • Weekly Family support group meetings
  • Convenient counseling sessions

Some of the CORE programming covered in groups and individual sessions:

  • Triggers, Cravings, and Relapse
  • Planning Sobriety
  • Spirituality
  • Sex, Alcohol, and Other Drugs
  • Stress and Emotional Well-Being
  • Skills for Reducing Stress
  • Negative Emotions
  • Anger and Communication
  • Relapse Prevention Basics and Advanced Relapse Prevention
  • 12-Step Programming
  • Problem Solving
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Human Needs and Social Relationships
  • Grief

Methods of instruction include didactic lectures, process groups, art therapy, experiential therapy, individual and group counseling, video critiques, journaling, reading.

The length of treatment will be determined by the client's compliance with scheduled appointments, responsiveness to interventions, and attainment of all treatment goals. Clients that are internally motivated for recovery and who are responsive to treatment interventions, may complete treatment within three-six months. Prior to discharge, a discharge plan, a recovery plan, relapse prevention plan, and a follow up plan is discussed with the client.

Addition/alcoholism is a family disease; therefore, family involvement is critical in the recovery progress. Family counseling is available and offered by licensed clinician on staff.

What you can expect from your group therapy experience:

Groups form the core of most OP programs. Several recent studies confirm that, for delivering relapse prevention training, a group approach is at least as effective as a one-on-one format. Group counseling allows programs to balance the cost of more expensive individual counseling services.

A group approach supports OP clients by:

  • Providing opportunites for clients to develop communication skills and participate in socialization experiences; this is particularly useful for individuals whose socializing has revolved around using drugs or alcohol.
  • Establishing an environment in which clients help, support, and when necessary, confront one another.
  • Introducing structure and discipline into the often-chaotic lives of clients.
  • Providing norms that reinforce healthful ways of interacting and a safe and supportive therapeutic milieu that is crucial for recovery.
  • Advancing individual recovery; group members who are further along with recovery can help other members.
  • Providing a venue for group leaders to transmit new information, teach new skills, and guide clients as they practive new behaviors.

Quick reference for Potential Signs and Symptoms:

  • Missed work or school
  • Damages relationships
  • Poor performance at school or work
  • Steals or borrows money from work, home, or friends
  • Secretive, defensive behavior about activities and possessions
  • Unusual mood changes
  • Abrupt temper outbursts
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Changes in peer group or social group
  • Loss of interest in usual activities, pastimes, and hobbies
  • Aggressive or physical behavior
  • Money or valuables missing from home
  • Traveling to locations outside of normal range

Physical signs and symptoms

  • Rapid wieght gain or loss
  • Slow or staggering walk
  • Inability to sleep or awake at unusual times
  • Unexplained bruises or marks
  • Glazed or red eyes
  • Pupils larger or smaller than usual, blank stare
  • Cold, sweaty palms or shaking hands
  • Puffy face, blushing or paleness
  • Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness
  • Runny nose, hacking cough
  • Needle marks on lower arm, leg, or bottom of feet
  • Nausea, vomitting, or excessive sweating
  • Unusual nose bleeds
  • Unexplained breakout of acne/rash
  • Unusual odors
  • Low or no energy
  • Depressed or anxious
  • Deterioration of personal appearance or hygiene

Our admissions process.

Before being admitted into our program, you must first speak with our Administrative Assistant or any of our counselors to determine your level of care. In order to make this determination, we will perform a phone assessment to gather pertinent background information. Each prospective patient must be 18 years old or older, have a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder (SUD) and be able to participate in clinical programming. Please call 570-344-5253 to start your journey.