‘You don’t cure the disease, you arrest it’
The Malvern Clinic has opened a new drug and alcohol addiction treatment center in Bethlehem, and a September open house brought famed Philadelphia Flyer hall of fame goalie Bernie Parent to town to welcome visitors and encourage people to seek a life of sobriety. Parent is community liaison for the Malvern Institute.
The new facility, which is located in what was formerly a physician’s office at 2092 Stefko Boulevard, operates as an outpatient clinic and provides both individual and group counseling according to Jennifer Lively, assistant vice president of clinical administration. Those covered by private insurance and who are self pay are accepted into Malvern’s detoxification programs.
Lively explained that Malvern follows the twelve step program adhered to by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Individuals and families meet in individual and group sessions and are assigned a primary counselor to set up a treatment plan which includes addressing life skills such as money management and employment.
Parent explained that he has been sober for 37 years.
“You don’t cure the disease, you arrest it,” said Parent who noted that it was important to change the people who influenced his life before sobriety. Parent said he addresses a group at Malvern each Wednesday. I ask them, “What has alcoholism stolen from you?”
For additional information about the Malvern Institute, interested parties should contact 610-Malvern (625-8376). Day and evening appointments are available Monday through Friday.