Parent Guide Booklet

Parent Guide Booklet

PA Drug and Alcohol Rehab

The purpose of Little Creek Lodge is to aid residents in developing a clean and sober lifestyle. Everything else comes second. Here, residents learn to act maturely and responsibly. Character is built through self-discipline and structure, goal-setting, and perseverance. We take an honest look at our past and our future, yet we always remember to live in the moment.

At Little Creek, we learn about and live the 12-Steps every day. We learn to use the tools of recovery through the beauty of prayer and meditation, the importance of the 12-Steps, the power of AA & NA meetings, and the guidance of a sponsor. Together, we can change from who we were to who we aspire to be.

Little Creek POLICIES


Payment is due on the day of arrival, and invoicing will occur monthly for services and other expenses that are incurred during resident stay.


Permissible Use

After 30 days and with counselor approval, residents can earn the privilege of having their cars. Cars are to be used only to drive to and from work, school, doctor appointments, and home visits. Keys must be given to staff upon returning to the house. Keys will be kept locked in the office. Residents cannot hold onto their keys, and violation will result in loss of car privileges.

Computer Access

Residents are kept on a strict computer blackout for the first 30 days. Exceptions are online classes. On weekdays, computer access is permisible from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and from the end of the evening meeting (8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m.) until lights out at 11:00 p.m. On weekends, computers may be used from 1:00 p.m. until lights out at 12:00 a.m. Computer access is a privilege reserved for residents who are up-to-date on assignments. Residents are limited to 2 hour sessions during these allotted times. FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace or sites used for gambling and pornography are not permitted.

Drug Testing

No drugs or alcohol are permitted on the premises. This includes over-the-counter medication and prescription medications not previously approved by the program director, as well as vanilla extract and mouthwash containing alcohol. If at any time a resident is found with drugs/ alcohol or paraphernalia, that resident immediately will be evicted. All residents must submit to random drug and alcohol tests by urinalysis and Breathalyzer, and, if the situation dictates, a blood test. If there is evidence of tampering with any test, or if any resident refuses to participate in a test, that resident will be evicted from the house immediately. The testing process goes through the residents’ insurance when it is submitted to the lab. Any billing questions can be answered by staff.

Home Visits

Residents who travel home for their mid-term visits are to be with family. Home visits are not for rekindling female relationships or for dating. A home visit is for the resident to mend their relationship with their family and to rebuild trust. Residents must attend an AA or NA meeting while at home. Residents are to honor all boundaries that are set up with family and staff prior to the home visit. Drug testing is mandatory upon a residents’ return to Little Creek.

Music Players

Portable music players (Nano or Shuffle) are allowed upon admission. They are not to be used during groups, meals, or at meetings. Staff can confiscate iPods if residents appear to be using them to isolate or withdraw. Portable music players are not to be used in the vans unless staff gives special permission. They are never to be used while attending any Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting.


There are two separate addresses at the Lodge, one for US Mail and one for deliveries from UPS, Fed Ex, etc. All packages must be opened with a staff member present.

For US mail, including packages through Parcel Post, address items to:

Little Creek Lodge
P.O. Box 942
Hamlin, PA 18427

For deliveries only, address items to:

Little Creek Lodge
359 Easton Turnpike
Lake Ariel, PA 18436


All personal, prescription medication is kept locked in the medicine cabinet. Residents are not permitted to have any pre-workout or workout supplements unless approved by staff. Residents are given access to certain amounts of medication as directed by the staff. Your son will notify staff when he needs a refill from one of the local pharmacies. Rite Aid is located just a few minutes up the road at the corner of Route 191 and Route 590. All residents are to notify the staff of changes in medication, i.e., starting a medication, stopping a medication, increasing, or decreasing a dose. Over-the-counter medications also must be kept in the medicine cabinet and monitored. Do not share any medication with other residents. The Pharmacist can answer any questions on medication or insurance information.

Rite Aid Pharmacist
(570) 689-9899

Petty Cash

Residents’ cash, credit/debit cards, checkbooks, etc. must be turned over to the office upon arrival at the lodge. A personal “account” will be created for residents from which they can withdraw funds for their daily needs. These requirements vary according to the individual’s needs, such as smoking, additional counseling, doctor’s appointments, movies (when not a planned activity), and personal items.

Please notify the office of what spending limits you want for your son. Relatives may make additional deposits to these accounts by sending a check made payable to the resident to the office at Little Creek Lodge. When received, the resident will be asked to endorse the check, and that amount will be added to the account.


Residents can obtain employment within 45 days of entering the program. When a resident gets a job, all pay must be turned in to the office as it is received. Cash pay should come with a note from the employer stating the amount paid. The resident can have a car when he has a job. Residents also must be able to make a meeting with their work schedule.

Outside Therapy

Additional counseling is available and welcomed when deemed necessary. Our clinical team, alongside parents, makes that determination. At Little Creek, there are two in-house, licensed therapists who see patients privately. Residents are charged per session and are billed directly by the therapist.

In addition, residents can see the many psychologists, psychiatrists, and addictions counselors in the area. Little Creek Lodge charges transportation costs for each visit.


Transportation is provided for residents for doctor appointments, job interviews, and other requirements. All individual rides outside a 5-mile radius of the facility will be charged to the resident’s personal account at the rate of $20/hr.


There is a two-week no-visitation blackout period when a resident first arrives. Afterwards, visitation is through staff approval only. Hours are from 12:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. on Sundays. A resident can spend the day away from facility property with his family if he chooses. All visitors need to be back on the property by 5:15 p.m. Any items purchased while out shopping/visiting with family must be checked by staff before the resident may bring them into his room.

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Little creek lodge is such an amazing place for people who want to make a serious change in their life. I’ve watched my loved one grow immensely through his recovery with the help of the caring staff and engaging programs. Adventure trek is always popular on the agenda!

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Little Creek Lodge 359 Easton Turnpike Hamlin, PA 18427