Sunrise House Treatment Center
- Motivational Interviewing
- Indoor Gym
- Registered Dietician
- Family Therapy
- Certified Fitness Trainer
- Individual Therapy
Family ProgramResearch shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness, or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier, and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Residential TreatmentResidential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
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Meet the Staff
- Dr. Evangelos ChristodoulouMedical DirectorDr. Christodoulou has provided psychiatric emergency services and evaluations for over 20 years. He has taken a special interest in treating children and juveniles, as well as those who suffer from substance use disorders. Dr. Christodoulou is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and has certifications in both psychiatry and neurology.
- Kenneth ThomasClinical Director
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Sunrise House remains open and committed to providing critical addiction treatment during the Coronavirus pandemic. As per the updated CDC guidelines, patients who are vaccinated may not need to quarantine upon admissions. Those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 should bring their vaccination cards to the facility when they enter treatment. COVID-19 testing at Sunrise House remains available, and the facility is accepting both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients.
Situated on 22 acres in the mountains of Sussex County, N.J., Sunrise House provides a tranquil setting for addiction recovery and behavioral health disorders. The center provides residential, intensive outpatient (IOP), and general outpatient programs for adults, as well as medically supervised detox, for those clients who require it — positioning Sunrise House among just 4.1 percent of New Jersey-based, non-hospital residential centers that offers medical detox. Founded in 1983, Sunrise House began operation under American Addiction Centers in 2015.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The program begins with a comprehensive assessment of the client’s medical history, followed by detox, if necessary, which typically lasts five to seven days. The residential program typically lasts 90 days, and uses evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI) alongside 12-step facilitation.
Therapy is conducted in individual, group, and family settings, and specialized treatment is available for gender-specific concerns, LGBTQ-specific treatment, and trauma (which is treated at 46.2 percent of New Jersey-based facilities). As well as treatment sessions, clients attend educational and motivational lectures and programming on preventing relapse.
Clients who complete the residential program can progress through the complete continuum of care, beginning with an IOP that meets for three hours at a time, between three and seven days a week. The IOP is offered in the daytime or the evening, to suit a variety of schedules. In standard outpatient care, clients meet for one or two hours a week, as needed.
All clients leave treatment with a comprehensive aftercare plan, including recommendations for further care, contact details for local sobriety resources, and membership in the American Addiction Centers alumni network. And under the AAC brand promise, all clients who complete the 90-day residential program can come back for a further 30-day stay free of charge if they relapse.
The treatment team includes licensed physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, therapists, and support staff. The 50 Rehabs.com survey respondents who assessed the center's staff to date gave very positive feedback concerning the staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.5/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Once an old nunnery, the Sunrise House campus is set on several acres of rural land. Images on the website show manicured lawns, dorm-style bedrooms, and outdoor seating areas. There's also a fitness room on-site, complete with exercise machines. The 50 Rehabs.com survey respondents polled on the center's comfort and amenities gave mixed-to-positive ratings:
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 3.8/5
Exercise and Leisure Offerings: 3.1/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com paint a mostly positive picture of Sunrise House, with 37 alumni indicating that, on average, they would recommend the facility and were impressed with the program's family participation. However, they were less impressed with the program's holistic offerings.
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.2/5
Family Participation: 3.9/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.7/5
In their comments, the reviewers repeatedly praised the knowledge and experience levels they found in staff, and some alumni were particularly impressed that some staff are themselves in recovery. "The staff was great. They are experienced and know what they're talking about," John wrote in a representative comment.
Negative comments repeatedly cited understaffing and inadequate extracurricular activities. "Strengths: Excellent staff and amenities Weaknesses: Lack of leisure time activities," Joshua wrote in a typical comment.
On secondary sites, Sunrise House has mixed feedback, skewing positive, with average ratings of 3.5 stars based on 106 reviews on Google, 3 stars based on 10 reviews on Yelp, and 4.6 stars based on 46 opinions on Facebook (where the facility is able to manage its own reviews).  
Reviewers repeatedly praised the center's staff, and even thanked Sunrise House for saving their lives. "Sunrise house saved my life and gave me a better life ! I'll be forever grateful for this facility," B.M. wrote in a typical comment on Google. However, more than one reviewer expressed concerns that the center was more interested in making money than helping people.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The 13 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly positive feedback, offering positive ratings for the level of family participation and counseling options. Like alumni, the reviewers repeatedly praised the center's staff, in particular their personal experience with recovery. "All counsellors were past addicts or had loved ones that were. Not enough extra curricular. Everyone was very kind," one anonymous reviewer wrote in a typical comment.
Family Participation: 4/5
Counseling Options: 3.5/5
Echoing alumni opinions, loved ones indicated that the center's extracurricular activities were somewhat lacking. However, loved ones strongly agreed they'd be highly likely to recommend the facility to others.
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.6/5
Exercise and Leisure Offerings: 2.9/5
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staffer polled by Rehabs.com to date would strongly recommend treatment at Sunrise House. "Strengths: Individualized treatment - dedicated staff - resources and guidance," the staff member wrote, giving the facility five stars for its family participation, counseling options, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders.
Sunrise House accepts most private insurance plans and offers self-pay and payment plan options. Find out if your insurance covers some or all treatment costs.
The New Jersey Herald reported in January 2018 that Sunrise House offers 15 scholarships a year, providing up to 30 days' treatment for those who wouldn't otherwise be able to access it.
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