Mountainside Treatment Center – Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Center Review

Located on the base of its own mountain in Canaan, Connecticut, Mountainside Treatment Center is a beautiful, serene, and transformative drug and alcohol treatment facility.

Providing an idyllic environment for a long-term recovery, Mountainside Treatment Center offers an intensive and structured treatment model that includes detoxification and rehabilitation.

The facility is staffed with a complete medical team of professionals who ensure the safety and comfort of patients.


1.      Treatment

Upon arrival, patients go through assessment at the new detox center. To ease withdrawal symptoms, nurses are available 24/7 to provide a combination of pharmaceutical and holistic treatments.

The 28-day residential treatment program’s goal is to heal the body, mind, and spirit by supplementing traditional treatment methodologies with alternative and holistic therapies. These traditional treatment methodologies include an introduction to the 12-steps, individual and group counseling, but also gender-specific programming, relapse prevention, and addiction education. Among the most-used evidence-based practices are CBT, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and more. Family counseling is also available, and families regularly attend multi-day family workshops.

Furthermore, patients also engage in a wide range of supplementing activities including yoga, meditation, sweat lodge ceremonies, acupuncture, positional therapy, and qigong. There are also the quasi-mandatory “Change in Action” trips where adventure therapists lead clients into the woods to help improve self-esteem, interpersonal skills, and spiritual awareness. One alum shares his thoughts about the outdoor activities saying, “A hiking/camping weekend that allows for more intimate sharing with a small group and also lots of reflection time in the beautiful wilderness surrounding Mountainside.”

In addition, Mountainside Treatment Center offers an Intensive Outpatient Program and general outpatient care. In addition, there is a 12-week IOP available for adolescents ages 15 to 17. Parents can also enroll in a parallel 12-week family program. This program combines education about addiction, training in coping skills and refusal strategies with individual, group, and family counseling. 

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2.      Accommodations and Food

Mountainside Treatment Center is situated at the foothills of the Berkshire mountain range in Northwest Connecticut. Set in an idyllic location away from urban life, its first-rate amenities create the perfect ambiance to reflect, recover, and renew. The 60-acre campus is surrounded by forests, hiking trails, and waterfalls. The facility bursts with alpine cabin décor with a touch of modernity.

Housing 60 beds in total, men and women live on separate floors and share a room with another roommate. The building has an auditorium, yoga studio, and also a climbing wall, basketball court, and a large deck.

One alum describes the facility as “an excellent four-star-hotel quality detox facility, and improving (very comfortable, but not “luxe”) residential facility, largely reasonable “rules” that are applied even-handedly and provide a safe environment.”

Moreover, the food menu at Mountainside Treatment Center includes soups and salads, entrees like Prime Rib, and Butternut Squash Ravioli with Pine Nuts, though lots of vegetarian options are available as well at every meal. There are also many traditional meals like burgers, pasta, Cuban sandwiches, Buffalo wings, and a taco bar. Patients can get regular coffee until 9 am, then it’s decaf after that.

A former patient describes the food, “The food was very good and they also offered choices for different diets. They had a chore list the residents would help with. They allow smoking but also do a lot of education on it and offer assistance in quitting.”

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3.      Staff

The staff at Mountainside Treatment Center consists of a clinical team, medical team, wellness tram, continuing care team, alumni team, and an executive team.

Especially relevant, the licensed clinicians have an excessive experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, while the medical team of Board-certified psychiatrists and nurses deliver the highest caliber medical care available. The adventure facilitators and practitioners help clients foster personal growth and reduce stress, while the continuing care team helps patients sustain wellness following rehabilitation. Furthermore, patients describe staff as “attentive and professional, fair and firm, with their motivation being the desire to see you succeed.”

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4.      Reviews

Mountainside Treatment Center has a 4.3-star rating on Google reviews, 3.9 stars on Rehabs, and 3 stars on Yelp. Some of the comments include:

Strengths: Updated rooms, dining hall, common areas; Relaxed, pleasant surroundings free from outside distractions; extended care includes employment in facility-run restaurant. Weaknesses: Treatment of co-occurring conditions; extended care program does not include comprehensive transition plan for after care. – C.G

Mountainside is a for-profit business and they do not care about the increasing problem of addiction. Moreover, they treat patients as commodities to line their own pocket. Anyone can work the program but it would be nice if it were a program worth working. – L.C

When I first arrived I was very nervous and I kept thinking what have I done, 3weeks later, I was clean! It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done! With all the love from staff and people in detox, I got through, day by day! It was like a family! Everyone was so kind and caring! Best thing I’ve ever done for ME? – P.S

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5.      Pricing

Treatment at Mountainside Treatment Center costs $30,000 for 28 days. The detox program costs additional $5,000 to $7,000. Furthermore, Mountainside Treatment Center is a CARF-accredited alcohol and drug addiction treatment center that works with most insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, ConnectiCare, Harvard Pilgrim, as well as Optum, Oxford, United Behavioral Health, and United Healthcare.

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6.      Summary

After the initial primary care of 30 to 90 days, patients at Mountainside Treatment Center can choose to continue with an extended care program in a sober living house located in a close proximity to the main facility.

Facilitating change and empowerment for a healthier life, patients here would find a community of exceptional warmth and compassion.

In conclusion, for those who love the scenic outdoors and are open to the 12-step spirituality, Mountainside Treatment Center would be the ideal place to seek recovery and a long-term sobriety.

For more information about Mountainside Treatment Center, please visit their official website.


  1. My daughter was seriously hooked on heroin. She tried two other rehabs but each time she got out, she went back to drugs within days. It was an endless struggle. She knew she needed help and, like us, were desperate! Our doctor suggested we try Mountainside.
    She was accepted with a welcoming smile and made to feel at home. Not going to lie, she struggled, but she’s an addict and getting drugs physically and mentally out of your system is not easy. The great news is, she completed the program and went into their extended care program. She finally learned how to cope with everyday stress without having to lean on drugs as a crutch. She even realized she has a passion for cooking!
    She is coming up on her one year clean date and we have never been so proud of her and the team at Mountainside!
    THANK YOU!!!!

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