How do I know if I need help? What will treatment be like? Will it really work? All of these questions can be answered upon meeting with one of our friendly and qualified therapists but in the meantime, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Has my behavior or choices caused problems for myself or others?
  2. Has a friend or relative expressed concern about me recently?
  3. How often have I been bothered or concerned about my thoughts or behaviors?
  4. Have there been changes in my overall attitude or personality recently?
  5. Am I having any difficulties related to use of substances or my state of mind?

Taking the first step in contacting us can be considered a victory. It takes courage to look at the things that have been on your mind or caused negative consequences in your life. We look forward to offering you hope and working toward experiencing contentment. For more information, review the frequently asked questions page. Check out the type of services we offer below:

Mental Health Services

Mental health and Employee Assistance Program counseling are offered for individuals, couples, and families. Our qualified and compassionate counselors bring clinical experience to the treatment setting and are available to help you begin to explore healthy ways to cope with specific concerns. If more structured treatment is needed, we can assist with referrals to other facilities that provide partial or inpatient services for clients with mental health diagnoses.

Employee Assistance Program services are available at The Lancaster Freedom Center. We value the positive relationships developed with area employers and work toward opening up lines of communication with them about your progress in treatment. Many companies offer the opportunity to attend several counseling sessions to help determine ways to cope with life issues negatively impacting both job performance and the work environment. Refer to your employer’s human resources department for more information on how to access outpatient counseling services with our agency.

Substance Use Services

Substance use counseling includes individual therapy sessions and/or groups. In order to keep pace with current trends in chemical dependency treatment and be able to provide a wider-range of therapy options, we have several outpatient group formats.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The intensive outpatient program takes place Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm. All sessions include a psychoeducational component, as well as a group therapy component. Individual therapy sessions are typically scheduled on a weekly basis.

Clients appropriate for this program include those for whom weekly outpatient sessions are not sufficient to address the current level of use, but for whom residential treatment is not indicated.

Intensive Outpatient Program Description

The Lancaster Freedom Center currently offers a flexible three-phase program for treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and mental health concerns:

  1. The initial contact with the client consists of an assessment/evaluation to determine the appropriate level of care according to ASAM/PCPC criteria.

  2. Typically the intensive phase consists of three – six weeks on intensive treatment where the client attends treatment three nights per week, 2.5 hours per night one and a half hours of group therapy. Each evening consists of one hour of experiential or didactic education and one hour of group therapy.

  3. The transition phase consists of sessions twice weekly for one hour each evening for a two-four week period. This transitional period serves to move the client from a more intensive component of treatment to the extended aftercare component of the program.

  4. The aftercare phase is comprised of ten-fifteen weeks of group therapy sessions. Each session lasts one and one half hours. At this level of care, individual sessions are scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The client is expected to attend at least one AA or NA fellowship meeting per week and be at least open to the recovery process. Both the women’s and men’s aftercare groups are open to individuals who have recently completed treatment at our facility or another drug and alcohol facility.

  5. Given that abstinence is the cornerstone of LFC’s program, clients are subject to random urine testing through the treatment program.

Outpatient Groups

Women’s Early Recovery Group: Monday evenings 6:00-7:30pm

For women who have completed a treatment experience either at The Lancaster Freedom Center or another facility and who are dealing with the issues of living a substance-free lifestyle. This group provides the chance for women to express thoughts and concerns about issues specific to females in recovery. Clients are expected to attend at least one weekly AA or NA meeting.

Generations Group Tuesday 10:00-11:30am

This group works with clients who are dealing with substance abuse issues later in life. It is specifically targeted for men and women who are recently retired from the work world and are struggling with problems by abusing alcohol , prescription medications and other substances to cope with this adjustment.

Men’s Early Recovery Group: Tuesday evenings 6:00-7:30pm

For men who have completed a treatment experience either at The Lancaster Freedom Center or another facility and who are dealing with the issues of maintaining a substance-free lifestyle in the beginning stages. This group allows men the opportunity to focus on gender-specific issues relevant to living successfully as a male in recovery. Clients are expected to attend at least one weekly AA or NA meeting.

Family Group: Wednesday evenings 6:00-7:30pm

For spouses, parents, and other concerned individuals involved with someone who is abusing drugs and/or alcohol. Clients involved in treatment at LFC and who are 18 and under must have at least one parent or guardian willing to participate in this group.

Educational/Outpatient Therapy Group: Morning Outpatient Group: Wednesday, 11:30am-1:00pm; Evening Outpatient Group: Thursday, 6:00pm-7:30pm

For clients who have substance misuse or abuse issues. The program is designed to help clients gain insight into their substance use patterns, acquire skills to make healthier lifestyle choices, and avoid further negative consequences from their use. The Outpatient Program focuses on topics like refusal skills, emotional management, reducing risk factors, and developing healthy coping skills. It often fulfills the requirements for individuals charged with a DUI or taking part in the ARD program, and have not had prior treatment.

Buprenorphine Assisted Treatment:

Buprenorphine (Suboxone) assisted treatment offers individuals who have become addicted to opiates the opportunity to focus on recovery treatment without dealing with the multiple problems often associated with withdrawal from the drug. Taking Suboxone allows clients to develop alternative coping skills and begin to change behaviors that have become entrenched in the lifestyle of self-medicating with illicit drugs.

Individuals who wish to participate in this program will be expected to take the medication as prescribed and attend counseling sessions as recommended during the initial evaluation. They will also be expected to allow for free communication between all individuals who are working with them in this recovery process (physicians, therapists, caseworkers, RASE Project, family members, and legal entities if indicated).

Find Us

The Lancaster Freedom Center
436 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
tel: 717.397.9118; fax: 717.397.3514


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