Valley Forge Medical Center 1033 W Germantown Pike, Norristown, PA 19403

The Experience



Admission – Getting Started
The First 24 Hours
A Typical Day
Dual Diagnosis

Admission – Getting Started

From day one, we are with you every step of the way.

The Valley Forge admission process identifies a treatment plan for each individual. Every person looking for help with addiction is unique. The work begins with the very first call. Our trained specialists know what to look for and which questions to ask. Background, history of use, treatment history and helpful anecdotal information are all relevant.

Respect and empathy guide all our conversations with prospective clients and their families. From the moment of first contact, Valley Forge Medical Center builds a relationship founded on trust. If you or a loved one entrusts Valley Forge with your wellbeing, you are not a patient. You are our equal partner.


A candid assessment starts with honest, open communication.

At intake evaluation with Valley Forge Medical Center, you’ll meet with a medical professional and addictions counselor. They will review your medical history, current health, and substance use patterns. Intake evaluation is an interview that helps place you in a program best suited to your needs.

People struggling with substance use often feel considerable shame about their addiction. They are tempted to omit details or lie about their level of usage. Yet, a false or misleading picture of your habits can impede progress. It may even needlessly prolong treatment. Please help yourself by being completely open and honest from the start. Valley Forge staff is here for only one reason. We want to give you the best chance of success. Everything you share is to your benefit and held in strictest confidence.

Financial circumstances, insurance details, and payment options are also discussed at this time.

The First 24 Hours

The first day can be overwhelming and scary—yet exciting and full of promise.

During your first 24 hours, our caring staff will help you get settled in and comfortable. You will be welcomed by a licensed therapist and medical professional. We want to really get to know what motivates and drives you. Hearing your voice is the most important foundation of Valley Forge addiction treatment.

Patients requiring detox will be welcomed by our medical and clinical team. During detox, you will be monitored 24 hours and any concurring medical issues will be managed by out team of doctors. While drugs and/or alcohol work their way out of the system, our staff will keep you safe and as comfortable as possible

If you don’t need detoxification, we will tour the facility together. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have. Clarity is vital for your integration into treatment.

A Typical Day

Every day, you can look forward to three group sessions and a variety of recreational activities.

All residential clients take part in yoga and meditation sessions. You will enjoy access to our state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Twice a week, you will have private therapy sessions with a skilled addictions specialist.

Clients also meet in three gender-specific groups each week. Group therapy gives you the opportunity to work as a team and build strong relationships. Everyone learns from the experiences and strengths of the group. You will discuss different facets of addiction and the benefits and challenges of long-term sobriety. Building a peer support network holds you accountable for your actions going forward. This happens with honest sharing.

Group therapy may also include discussions on a wide range of ideas.
Modalities include art therapy, role playing, music therapy, educational seminars, fitness activities, and 12-step discussions.

Exploration of spirituality is an important element of recovery. Through work with your team at Valley Forge Medical Center, program literature, and holistic practices including meditation, you will have daily opportunities to connect with a higher power.

Dual Diagnosis

Many times, the problem isn’t just addiction.

It is common for a person with a substance addiction to be struggling with co-occurring conditions like depression or anxiety. Dual diagnoses need integrated care to comprehensively address both conditions.

Sometimes one condition might contribute to or worsen the other. For example, someone might use drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms of mental illness. On the other hand, substance abuse can exacerbate mental illness. Failing to treat both issues can put the individual at an increased risk of relapse. It is crucial for his or her rehab program to recognize that.

Valley Forge Medical Center bases dual diagnosis treatment on the individual’s needs and preferences. We may use medication in combination with behavioral therapies.

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