Lancaster Freedom Center

Lancaster Freedom Center


Since 1989, the Lancaster Freedom Center, Inc. (LFC) has provided community-based outpatient care for teens, adults, and families struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.

Licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and located in Lancaster, Penn., the facility offers intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and outpatient care with a variety of specializations. LFC is one of 158 facilities in Pennsylvania that offers medication-assisted therapy (MAT) using Suboxone, though medical detox is not provided.


The length of treatment varies from one session to several months, depending on the client’s needs.

The highest level of care is the IOP, which meets three evenings a week for group therapy, psychoeducation, and one individual therapy session per week. Clients typically attend at this intensity for between three and six weeks before advancing to the two- to four-week transition phase, which prepares them for everyday sober living with two therapy sessions a week. The aftercare phase, set for 10 to 15 weeks, features weekly or bi-weekly group therapy, and aftercare clients are also required to attend 12-step sessions. All clients are subject to random urine testing throughout treatment.

The center offers various targeted outpatient groups throughout the week, such as men’s and women’s early recovery groups, a family group, and a group for older clients — one of 101 such programs for older adults in the state of Pennsylvania.


The center’s website notes the program is led by a registered nurse who’s also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). The treatment team also includes a board-certified physician, master’s-level therapists, and certified addiction counselors, as well as drug and alcohol consultants experienced in working with children and youth. The two alumni polled by to date gave LFC a four-star rating and a five-star rating for its staff’s level of training and experience.


Both of the alumni polled by to date would recommend LFC. Both reviewers gave the facility five stars for its family participation and ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and they variously praised the center’s “mix of youthful professionalism and experienced professionals” and its “great team work programs.” However, one alum complained of having “too much freedom” — perhaps because, in the assessment of the other alum, Michael, the program is “under staffed.”

LFC has polarized reviews on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with a one-star rating and a five-star rating both left on Google.[1] “Practical advice for my issues,” wrote five-star reviewer Ahmad in the only piece of accompanying commentary.


According to LFC’s website, the center is in-network with most private insurers and managed care organizations. The two alumni polled by to date gave the facility a four-star rating and a five-star rating for its affordability.

[1] GoogleReviews

Lancaster Freedom Center Reviews

  • Treatment Effectiveness
A good mix of youthful professionalism and experienced professionals Under staffed....would be an excellent facility for more people if they were to grow For me, they're ability to grasp and understand how I was struggling with my alcohol addiction, and then to keep me positive and focused on the big picture felt really comfortable
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Great team work programs. Too much freedom. You can't change unless you WANT to change.