Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

What to Bring to Treatment

If you have decided to enter treatment at Pocono, we look forward to seeing you! Below is a list of items to bring, as well as items to leave at home. Call us with any questions.

Items to Bring to Treatment

  • List and phone numbers of current treatment providers, including counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists and family doctor.
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone else you would like to have involved in your treatment process
  • List of medications, dosages and a 30 day supply of all medications in their original bottles
  • Current health insurance card and pharmacy benefit card with corresponding contact information
  • All Medical records, especially those pertaining to your drug and alcohol dependency history
  • Records from recent detox program(s)
  • A credit card, cashiers check or personal check for the full admission fee per our agreement
  • Drivers license, passport or photo I.D.
  • $100 for your medical expense account. You can pay with check, cash or credit card. Any money not used will be returned via check shortly after your treatment is complete.
  • Enough appropriate casual/comfortable clothing and underwear for seven days (there’s no need to bring more than that as we have laundry facilities)
  • Appropriately fitted jeans and or shorts, t-shirts, workout attire (gym attire), comfortable shoes and sneakers for the gym and outside and a modest bathing suit (in season)
  • Sleepwear is mandatory (P.J.’S, sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Shower Shoes
  • Hygiene Products (soap, soap dish, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, razor, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner)
  • If you smoke you must bring sealed packaged cartons
  • Linens are provided, however, you may bring your own pillow, and/or blanket if you wish to
  • Sunblock/ “Pump-Style” Bug Spray

Please note: You will be living in a Therapeutic Community and must always be appropriately dressed. Dress very conservatively as inappropriate clothing will be stored away for the duration of your stay. Also, please be sure to pack enough items to support your length of stay (i.e. – toiletries, cigarettes, etc.). Access to outside stores and shopping will not be permitted, however, a supply of some toiletries and supplies will be available at the store for purchase throughout your stay.

Items to Leave at Home

  • Cameras, cell phones, radios, televisions, CD/DVD players, lap top computers, electronic games
  • Craft/hobby items
  • Sporting equipment
  • Business or school work
  • Books or magazines
  • Straight edge razors
  • Aerosol cans of any kind
  • Any items containing alcohol, e.g. mouthwash, hand sanitizer
  • Weapons or weapon-like objects of any kind
  • Magic markers/pens
  • Butane lighters
  • Lighter fluid
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Chewing gum, snuff, cigars, pipes
  • Cologne/perfumes/nail polish
  • Clothing with morbid or gothic or satanic themes, drug & alcohol related themes, tavern names, gang names, violent themes, racial slurs or profanity
  • Leather pants or skirts
  • Torn shirts, shorts or jeans
  • Clothing including self-made graffiti or slogans
  • Muscle t-shirts, tank tops, spaghetti strap shirts or tube tops
  • Bandannas or any gang related symbols
  • Skin tight clothing of any type
  • Expensive Jewelry: Patients can wear a watch, one ring, a necklace. In addition, female patients can wear a set of earrings and a wrist bracelet. No gages or oversized hoop earrings. No materials made of hemp.

Articles withheld from patients are either placed in patient suitcases (which are locked up) and kept there until discharge, OR preferably taken home by family members. In addition, objects identified as drug paraphernalia will either be taken from the facility by a family member or disposed of by staff with the patient’s oral consent.

The following items will be stored and their use monitored by our medical staff in an effort to encourage private, safe, appropriate and consistent use of necessary items:

  • Insulin syringes
  • Prescribed medications
  • Nasal sprays
  • Bronchial inhalers
  • Astringents
  • Foot or other powders
  • Liquid and/or cream preparations
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