Avenues Recovery Center at Lake Ariel

Lake Ariel, an Avenues Recovery Location

Welcome to Avenues Recovery Center at Lake Ariel, where we’ll help you recover for good — with innovative treatment and a community that’s with you forever.


About Us

Avenues Recovery Center at Lake Ariel is an accredited drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation center located in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. Our radically effective treatment protocol incorporates evidence - based, community - centered care, and keeps 95% of our community sober long after they’ve left. Even if you’ve been to drug or alcohol rehab before, our exceptional medical and clinical treatment will help you enjoy a life of sobriety, stability, and happiness!

Where You’ll Stay

Residential rehab is clinically proven to offer the best outcomes. By receiving treatment in a safe, light-filled environment, away from harmful or unstable living situations, clients can gain the tools they need for sobriety to stick.

Our recently remodeled 40-bed inpatient rehab center is where you’ll live, eat, relax, and receive addiction treatment. Located on a scenic, expansive campus in the picturesque Poconos Mountains, you’ll be able to disconnect from the frenetic pace of life and immerse yourself in your recovery. Clients looking for a beautiful, modern inpatient drug and alcohol rehab in Lake Ariel, PA, with supportive staff & lasting recovery, will love the Avenues Lake Ariel community!

  • Beautiful, inviting accommodations
  • Sprawling private campus
  • Large outdoor areas - patios, hammocks, fire pits
  • On-Site Gym
  • Lounge and Recreational Areas
  • Gourmet, Nutritious Meals
  • Local Transportation

Additionally, Avenues partners with step down sober living apartments for post-treatment clients who can benefit from additional support after treatment.

What You’ll Do

If you require drug or alcohol detox, your stay will begin in our comfortable detox center. Once you are medically cleared, you will move on to inpatient rehab - and your days will be filled with individual therapy, guided group sessions, interactive classes and workshops on addiction. Throughout it all, you’ll be surrounded by a top-notch medical and clinical team and a warm community of fellow recovering addicts. You’ll gain the strength and tools you need to cope with stress, triggers, and the challenges of daily life. 

  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Family and Couple Counseling Sessions
  • Daily 12-Step Meetings - AA, NA, CA, HA
  • Alternative Therapies 
  • Art, Music, Yoga, Nature and Meditation
  • Enjoyable Weekend Activities

Treatment Modalities

At Avenues Recovery Center at Lake Ariel, we believe that no two people heal the same way. You are unique, and so is your recovery journey! We choose from a wide array of evidence-based treatment methods to create a drug rehab plan tailored to your strengths and weaknesses.

And with a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists, we’re qualified to treat the whole person – mind and body — so we can get to the root of your struggles and help you heal from within.

  • Alcohol Detox
  • Drug Detox
  • 24/7 Medical Care
  • Expert Psychiatric Care
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment 
  • Inpatient Rehab
  • Individual Therapy 
  • Group Therapy
  • Family and Couple Counseling Sessions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Immersive 12-Step Programming
  • Holistic Arts Track
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

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Avenues Recovery Center at Lake Ariel

Detox and Inpatient Drug and alcohol rehab in Lake Ariel, PA

50 Industrial Park Road | Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania 18436

Give us a call! 570-354-6060

Cities & regions we serve

Scranton Lake Ariel, PA Readburn, NY Cooks Falls, NY Highlands, PA Hunlock, PA Colesville, NJ Penn Haven Junction, PA Godeffroy, NY Shin Hollow, NY Paulins Kill, NJ Upper Lehigh, PA Hill Yard, PA Retta, PA Gulf Summit, NY South Heberton, PA Elk Brook, NY
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Why Avenues

Because you’re going to have bad days.

(We all do!) And we won’t let you give up.


We’re in this with you, no matter how hard it is.


So you can bring your healing back home.


A toolbox of treatments — customized to your needs.

Dual diagnosis

Get answers & support for both your physical & emotional health.

Real world

Job retraining, relationship counseling, and more.

Incredible alumni program

So you can stay sober — and love the rest of your life.

Our clients are our heroes.

The Avenues Recovery Center at Lake Ariel Team

Staffed with a full-time physician, psychiatrist, and licensed counselors, the Avenues Recovery team is warm, loving, and acutely qualified to help you!

Akiva Stern

Regional Executive Director
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Akiva Stern is from Lakewood, NJ and works in addiction treatment. The idea of spending his days with people who are working on themselves to be better people was very appealing to him. He has lived all over the world and loves to travel. In his free time, Akiva enjoys top foraging, yoga, hiking, and reading.

Jeff Tellish

Executive Director
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Jeff is the Executive Director of Avenues Lake Ariel, and has been in the recovery field for 8 years. Originally from Greenfield Township, Jeff is also a CPR Instructor at Avenues. He found his way to the recovery field because of his love for helping people, and watching their amazing transformations as they go through the program.

Jeff has 2 wonderful kids who are the soul and spark behind everything he does. He loves to take his vacation to the beach, where he can get on a boat, go fishing, and escape the shore for a bit.

Joseph Kane

Regional Clinical Director

John Johnson

Operations Manager
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John Johnson is the operations manager at Avenues Recovery Center Lake Ariel, originally from Reading, PA. He attended George Mason University and has been dedicated to the field of addiction treatment ever since getting sober.

John’s personal experience with addiction and recovery has given him a unique perspective on the challenges that individuals face in their journey to recovery. He is passionate about helping others who are struggling with addiction and is committed to providing the highest level of care to his clients.

Outside of work, John is a devoted dog dad to two happy pups who bring joy to his life every day. He spends much of his free time attending 12-step meetings and sponsoring men who are working to overcome their addiction. Meditation has been a significant part of John’s wellness journey, and he makes a point to practice it as often as possible.

As a big NFL and NBA fan, John can be found cheering on his favorite teams whenever he gets the chance. Despite his love for sports, John’s true passion is helping others, and he feels incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of his clients every day.

Cassandra Hunter

Clinical Supervisor
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Cassandra is a graduate of Lackawanna College with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She has also obtained certifications in trauma-informed yoga along with grief and loss counseling. Cassandra believes in family education about the disease and finds her passion educating and supporting both clients and family members on their road to recovery. Ahe prides herself on her hands-on approach and ability to help clients find internal motivation for change. Cassandra lost her brother in 2020 to a drug overdose, and she uses his story to  empower others to walk the road of recovery. When Cassandra is not at work you can find her spending time with her children, watching football (Go Steelers!), or out on her daily run. 

Caleya Velez

Physician Assistant
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Caleya Velez, a compassionate healthcare professional, spent her formative years in Duryea, PA. She embarked on her educational journey by initially attending community college for a year before pursuing her passion for healthcare. Caleya achieved both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Marywood University in Scranton, PA.

Her personal experiences have shaped her career path. Caleya has witnessed the challenges of addiction within her close family circle and understands the devastating consequences of untreated addiction. Motivated by a desire to make a meaningful difference, she chose a profession that allows her to provide comprehensive care and support to patients struggling with addiction. In the field of addiction medicine, Caleya recognizes that healthcare providers must not only treat medical needs but also serve as vital sources of support in the journey to sobriety. For her, it's about helping patients transform into the best versions of themselves.

In her personal life, Caleya finds joy and companionship in her German shepherd puppy, Areys. Family and friends hold a special place in her heart, and she treasures their presence above all else. Her love for travel fuels her desire to explore new places, with Greece ranking high on her list of dream destinations. During her free time, Caleya enjoys hosting game nights and indulging in her favorite TV shows, reflecting her love for connecting with loved ones and finding relaxation in the simple pleasures of life.

Jenna Smith, PA

Physician Assistant
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Jenna Smith is from Tunkhannock, PA. She went to Keystone College and achieved a MPAS at Marywood University. She is CAQ-psych. She chose this career because she watched loved ones suffer tremendously from addiction and she felt compelled to show the same amount of compassion, love, and support to other individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her 2 dogs, Xena and Lola, playing softball, and going to the gym. She loves to travel and experience new places.

Victoria Ramsamooj

Nurse Manager

Valeria Paz

Primary Counselor
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Valeria Paz is a counselor at Avenues in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. She went to Clarion University for her undergraduate degree and is currently working on her masters in Social Work at Widener University. Valeria has always been passionate about helping others, especially those who suffer from mental health and addiction issues. She believes that every person who comes through the doors at Avenues has the ability to make a beautiful life for themselves, regardless of their past struggles. In her free time, Valeria enjoys writing, painting, reading, and preparing for her first baby.

Kerri Homerick

Primary Counselor

Makayla Seifert

Primary Counselor
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Makayla Seifert is a certified alcohol and drug counselor at Avenues in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. She was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania and went to Lackawanna College for her bachelors degree in human services. Makayla is currently pursuing her masters degree in social work at Widener University and her main goal is to obtain her license in clinical social work. She chose this career  because of her passion for helping and supporting others in need. Makayla has worked in the substance abuse field for several years now, and truly believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to get sober and live a happy and healthy lifestyle. She loves Avenues' commitment towards clients' recovery, and their family approach that provides clients with genuine care and love. In Makayla’s free time, she loves to be outdoors and go hiking with her dog Malcom while listening to Elton John.

David Liedel

Primary Counselor
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This program is for individuals who require medical detox before beginning their recovery journey.


Our inpatient treatment program offers a safe, structured environment for you to heal and rebuild.


Our outpatient rehab program provides weekly therapy sessions for post-treatment individuals.


Our alumni program is a warm sober support network - part emotional support, part family, part party.


Avenues Recovery Center at Lake Ariel detox and rehab center accepts private pay and most insurances, including:

First Health
Geisinger Health Plan
BlueCross BlueShield
PA Health & Wellness
Praxis Health Network
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