ABOUT NEWARK RENAISSANCE HOUSE IN NEWARK, NJ
Newark Renaissance House, located in Newark, N.J. offers residential and intensive outpatient treatment to adolescents, pregnant women, and women with children who struggle with addiction. The facility also offers a developmental nursery program and an infant program for children of women receiving treatment. Newark Renaissance House was established in 1975 and is a private not-for-profit, community-based organization.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The facility’s treatment program follows the 12-Step method of treatment. To be admitted, clients must call the facility during business hours. The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and the Adult Residential Program at Newark Renaissance House are for pregnant women and mothers of children ages 0-5 years old. Clients in each program receive individual group, and family substance abuse counseling, parenting and life skills training, case management, and educational and vocational assessments. Women in the Residential Program also benefit from access to an on-site pediatrician and family medical practitioner as well as transportation services. Each of these adult programs offer early intervention, early childhood education, and mental health services to children of women enrolled in treatment through the organization’s Developmental Nursery Program.
The Adolescent Residential Program at Newark Renaissance house is open to boys ages 14 to 18 years old who are not in need of detoxification. Throughout treatment, the clients attend school, individual and family counseling, alcohol and drug education classes, and life skills classes. Family participation is strongly encouraged and multi-family groups meet bi-weekly at the facility. The average length of treatment in the adolescent Residential Program is three to six months.
The Adolescent Day Treatment, Adolescent Outpatient, and Adolescent Co-Occurring Intensive Outpatient Programs accept both boys and girls. Day Treatment occurs between 9AM and 3PM, and Outpatient treatment occurs from 4PM to 7PM on weekdays. The schedule consists of classroom instruction and counseling services for each of these treatment programs.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. However, when asked whether staff members at Newark Renaissance House are experienced and well-trained, one alumni gave four out of five stars and the other alum gave one star.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by Newark Renaissance House regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, one alum polled by Best-rehabs.com rated the facility’s accommodations and amenities with four out of five stars while a second alum surveyed gave the facility one star in this category. Both alumni gave the facility one star for cleanliness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there have been two alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com. The first anonymous client gave the facility one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. She strongly disagreed that there are many counseling options to choose from, that the facility is adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems, and that facility staff are experienced and well-trained. When asked about strengths of the facility, she expressed that the psychologist she worked with was “incredible” and she continued with him after treatment. When asked about weaknesses of Newark Renaissance House, she said, “we lived like animals…just one of the worst experience of my life.” She also added that “They didn’t prepare us to survive on our own.”
The other alum gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, four stars for accommodations and amenities, and three stars for meals and nutrition. This alum disagreed when asked if there are many counseling options to choose from, strongly agreed that the facility is adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems, but agreed that facility staff are experienced and well-trained. When asked about strengths of the facility, she said, “It truely made me keep my head straight so I would never have to subject myself to living that way again.” When asked about weaknesses, she said the building needs to be “worked on” and there need to be more things for clients to do. The anonymous alum added additional commentary saying, “all the staff is a recovering addict.”
There is currently no information provided by Newark Renaissance House regarding its costs. However, one alum surveyed gave the facility two out of five stars for affordability.