Mountainside serves to assist women while they actively seek a spiritual quality of life. Our nurturing and loving environment increases self-esteem and a sense of community. The women come to trust and care for each other in their recovery. Utilizing a cognitive and behavioral approach, we assist the women to identify how they need to change in order for lifelong recovery, peace and success.
Mountainside Estate for Women is tucked away in a rural community overlooking the Pocono Mountains in northern Pennsylvania. Our home is designed to stimulate positive personal growth through alcohol-free and drug-free living. The home itself features several amenities that provide a comfortable living environment for residents during their stay, including a spacious kitchen and fitness facility.
After more than 20 years in existence, Mountainside Estate is lucky to have an asset many other facilities don’t: our alumni. We have a wonderful community of women who continue to give tremendous support to our current residents. Many of these women remain in the nearby area & are anywhere from one to 20 years into their recovery. We are lucky they continue to volunteer their time & share their resources with women who are new to the program, through sponsorship, networking & support as they integrate into the recovery community. Mountainside Estate residents are also lucky to benefit from the enormous community of young people involved in the local 12-step fellowship.
24-hour supervision including a House Mother who lives at Mountainside Estate for Women
All meals included
On-site fitness facility
Transportation to and from all 12-Step meetings
Transportation to and from work if needed. Cars are permitted after residents secure a job.
Community Group six mornings per week
12-Step Program Study
Big Book Study
Weekly yoga at a local studio
Two hours of Art Therapy each week
Life Skills Coaching
Educations and vocational support
Referrals to specialized consultants and therapists
Cooking and domestic coaching
Family coaching and support, as needed
The staff at Mountainside Estate for Women consists of alumni and other individuals in recovery who have maintained total abstinence. Considered “angels” by the clients who come through our doors and their families, they dedicate a large part of their lives to helping chemically dependent women find a better way of life.
Our staff seeks to coach each individual through the 12-Step Program, allowing them to gain insight into their behavior as it relates to their addiction. In turn, our clients develop a sense of trust and confidence in them as they realize the staff identify with their struggles firsthand.
Angela M. Albano CAC, CASAC, ICADC
Angela Albano is a certified addictions counselor with state and international credentials. She was trained and employed as Primary Therapist at the Caron Foundation’s Adolescent Unit in 1992. Following her experience in a traditional 30-day treatment facility, Angela saw there was a need for an affordable program tailored to women. She knew such a program would need to offer structure, nurturing and a family-like atmosphere.
Thus, Angela went on to found Mountainside Estate for Women in 1995. She believes in creating an open environment for the women in the house, where continuous counseling & coaching is always available.
Angela M. Albano
CAC, CASAC, ICADC
"Because of Mountainside I was able to turn my life around and have a future. I'm finishing up school, something that I never thought I would accomplish... Thank you so much! Words can't explain the gratitude that I have for all you have showed me."
"Your understanding, patience and guidance has helped Breanna in her journey - and you have been a gift to me as well - thank you for your honesty and advice - I appreciate it every minute of every day."
"I feel fortunate to take these tools with me in my new life. Words cannot express the difference I feel physically, mentally, and spiritually."
"Your name has 'Angel' in it for a reason... I can honestly say this house got me sober and gave me the tools I need to survive. God put me here for a reason. Thank you Angela, you're truly one in a million!"
"Your program, compassion and generosity has touched our lives and souls in such a positive way. I know we'll never be the same people you met last April!"
"I wanted to thank you so much for this opportunity for a new, better life. If I didn't have this chance with the experience I don't believe I would have made it this far or even have the desire to want something more for myself."
"This house is so beautiful, so well run, and so beneficial. You have made such a huge difference in my life."