White Deer Run of Blue Mountain

White Deer Run of Blue Mountain Kempton Pennsylvania

White Deer Run at Blue Mountain is a residential substance abuse treatment program located in the Blue Mountain range near Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. With guidance from our clinical team of Masters level licensed staff, our adult clients begin to learn increased self-awareness, gain an understanding of their interpersonal relationships and receive an education on the disease of addiction through both group and individual sessions.


Situated in heavy woodlands six miles north of Kempton and 30 miles northwest of Allentown, Pa., White Deer Run of Blue Mountain offers residential substance abuse treatment for adult men and women. Co-occurring mental health disorders are also addressed. The facility is part of the White Deer Run family of rehab centers, which operates a handful of treatment centers throughout Pennsylvania and is in turn operated by CRC Health, one of the nation’s largest providers of rehab and behavioral health services.

Supervised medical detox is not available at Blue Mountain, though it is available at most other White Deer Run facilities.


White Deer Run of Blue Mountain treats a full spectrum of substance dependencies. The admissions process includes a full medical evaluation and, where necessary, psychiatric evaluation. After admission, residents follow an individualized treatment track that combines group, family, and individual therapy with evidence-based practices such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational enhancement therapy (MET).

In addition to medication management services, clients participate in daily meditation, group therapy, addiction education, gender-specific groups, 12-step meetings, and recreational activities. Length of stay varies depending upon client need, however the average treatment plan lasts 24 days.

Aftercare planning is another core part of treatment, and each resident works to put together his or her own comprehensive, individualized, post-treatment plan. Possible continuing care options include outpatient treatment and halfway houses within White Deer Run’s network.


Staff includes physicians certified in addiction medicine, a team of nurses, master’s level therapists, and certified addiction counselors. A staff physician, psychiatrist, and medical director are on-site once or twice per week.


The 20-bed facility is set on seven expansive acres in the Blue Mountain range, near Pennsylvania’s fabled Lehigh Valley, with plenty of recreational space nearby. The six individuals surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing on the facility’s accommodations and amenities gave it an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars.


Feedback from the five former clients polled by Best-rehabs.com to date indicated that White Deer Run of Blue Mountain offers adequate treatment, a qualified staff, and a serene environment. Except for one alum who claimed that the rehab did not tend to individual needs, the other four reviewers praised the facility and gave it either four or five out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness. “Great environment! Wonderful experience, I learned great tools for sobriety!” wrote S.F. in a representative review.

Elsewhere online, four reviewers to date left ratings on Google that average 4.8 out of five stars.[1] The only comment was left by Montana, who gave five stars and wrote: “The staff is a wonderful, caring, and helpful bunch.” This reviewer also noted that the activities were enjoyable.


The single loved one surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing noted the rehab’s “peaceful, isolated setting,” but was ultimately disappointed in its treatment because her daughter did not receive much-needed psychiatric care and relapsed shortly after her release as a result. “I believe my daughter has some sort of mental illness other than addiction and self-medicates herself with alcohol. She was never given an psychiatric evaluation while at White Deer Run despite my urging,” the anonymous parent wrote.


According to the facility’s website, White Deer Run accepts a number of private insurance plans, including Medicare, Aetna, Cigna, and BlueCross BlueShield.


Services provided by White Deer Run of Blue Mountain

Service Setting

  • Residential
  • Type of Care

  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Treatment Approaches

  • Anger Management
  • Brief Intervention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Trauma-related Counseling
  • 12-step Facilitation
  • License/Certification/Accreditation

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • State Department Of Health
  • The Joint Commission
  • Payment/Insurance/Funding Accepted

  • Medicaid
  • Genders Accepted

  • Male
  • Female
  • White Deer Run of Blue Mountain Reviews

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  • First thing people need to realize when reviewing this place is that they are majority Medicaid funded and take Medicaid all throughout the state- few inpatient facilities do that. Leslie is an amazing director who believes in second chances and dedicates her life toward this place. That said-if you have private insurance that will cover inpatient rehab go elsewhere. This place was only running at 3/4 capacity (15/20 beds being occupied) while every other rehab is at full capacity. There's a reason for this. Most patients come straight from jail. Many get away with stuff they wouldn't get away with at other facilities because money is tight and because occupancy isn't ideal for WDR. I can say there were at least 6-8 people that came in and out during my four week stay that shouldn't have been there. If you get kicked out of this place you must be a severe screw up because there were so many instances I said to myself wow this wouldn't fly at a facility that isn't hurting for money and or patients. You get next to zero counseling aside from being pressured into staying at one of white deer runs recovery houses (see how they make money off addicts from beginning to end). Most people get daily counseling at private rehab and pa regulations dictate that you receive an hour of counseling a week. This does not happen. Chef is Amazon and cares a lot a great deal about patients. Techs are ok-you get what you pay for and at $10 an hour your not getting the best of the best. Leslie does best she can with activities with limited budget by getting instructed to come Thursdays for Yoga. That's awesome as well as drum circle. You get to go to outside meetings but it's split up since they don't have staff to drive everyone so they split meetings into alcoholics and heroin drug addicts- AA for alcoholics and NA for drug addicts. I wet almost two weeks without going to an outside meeting. They have good number of people who are kind enough to bring meetings to is in out very remote location. Gym and weight area wasn't operational so during rec time our exercise options were limited. Overall it's adequate if your on Medicare and are Out of control and are in dire need of help. If you have private insurance try and get into a better facility as tough as that sounds. Best advice I have is spend more time giving individual counseling and start working on exit plan from day one instead of last ten days your in treatment. This will prevent people from overstaying their welcome since a few people were there for over six weeks because they had no bed in recovery house since they waited til last minute to deal with issue. Give computer time for patients to work on resume an get interviews and jobs set up for when they leave if they don't have a job already. Don't wait until someone is so much of a problem they destroy the community as I experienced. Fix weight area and allow access daily for patient to establish and maintain good exercise regiment. And for gods sake don't accept people for smoking pot. They are just distractions and will be exposed to world of hard drugs. More harm than good.
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  • Great environment! Wonderful experience, I learned great tools for sobriety!
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  • Very strongly trained staff. Utilizes different addiction approaches. Can treat co-occurring disorders. Stays sometimes are not long enough. This facility has well trained staff. It helps works with people with different disorders, along with their addiction. Clean, neat, organized rehab. Offers family treatment, along with group and individual counseling.
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  • The facility is in a peaceful, isolated setting. My daughter started drinking a week after she was released. I desperately wanted my daughter to have a mental health evaluation and told the staff so. I believe my daughter has some sort of mental illness other than addiction and self-medicates herself with alcohol. She was never given an psychiatric evaluation while at White Deer Run despite my urging.
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  • They did not individually tend to the needs.
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  • White Deer run was like a resort with AA meetings Counseling and interaction with other patients all in a beautiful setting in the Mountain's I didn't want to leave!.
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  • The staff was very passionate about their involvement in our treatment. A lot of the counselors where recovering themselves and could relate on a personal level. They literally knew what we where going thru and had the answers on how to stay sober.