Daystar offers services for those in recovery


Inpatient Long-Term Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

Daystar Center is a drug and alcohol long-term residential treatment center licensed by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Daystar Center is typically a three to six-month program in which clients receive both individual and group counseling with a strong emphasis on life skills.

Evidence-Based Treatment

  • Person-Centered Treatment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma-Informed Care

Medicated-Assisted Treatment

Daystar Center currently accepts Vivitrol and Revia as forms of Medicated-Assisted Treatment.

“Vivitrol is an antagonist or blocking medication. Antagonists create a barrier that blocks opioid molecules from attaching to opioid receptors. Antagonists attach to opioid receptors but do not cause the release of dopamine. They are non-addictive and do not lead to physical dependence. Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors in the brain for one month at a time, helping patients to prevent relapse to opioid dependence, following opioid detox, while they focus on counseling.” (

  • Revia is the pill form of Vivitrol and must be taken on a daily basis.

Spiritual Guidance

Daystar Center believes in a holistic treatment approach in which residents heal all aspects of self – physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. Residents will work individually with their primary counselor to implement spirituality into their treatment planning. Spiritual commitments can range from organized religion, meditation, yoga, mindfulness walks, etc.

Case Management

Daystar Center works closely with community-based resources to assist residents in connecting with these services. These resources provide assistance with Certified Recovery Specialists, housing assistance, aftercare planning, mental health services, physical health services, dental services, parenting education, healthy recreational activities, employment agencies, spirituality, legal assistance, educational services, etc.

Recovery Support Systems

Residents will begin developing a strong support network during their treatment stay. Each resident will be educated on recovery support systems and the importance of their involvement throughout their recovery process. Recovery Support Systems may include, but are not limited to, the following: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Methamphetamine Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Recovery Dharma, Co-dependents Anonymous, Refuge Recovery, etc.

Recovery Houses

Daystar Center operates two recovery houses located in Harrisburg with a capacity for 10 individuals (5 per house). Daystar Center’s recovery houses are closely monitored by Daystar staff. Our recovery houses provide a safe transition into the community for graduates of Daystar Center’s inpatient treatment program. Recovery house residents begin gaining independence through paying rent on a weekly basis, food budgeting, and maintaining a healthy living environment while continuing to balance their recovery and employment.

Individual and Group Sessions

Each resident will work with a primary counselor during their treatment stay. Residents will attend individual sessions with their primary counselor on a weekly to bi-weekly basis. Each resident will work hand and hand with their primary counselor to develop their own treatment plan goals.

Residents will attend a weekly small group facilitated by a clinical team member. These groups consist of 8 to 10 residents. Group topics range from communication skills, healthy coping skill, refusal skills, healthy boundaries, building a strong sober support network, etc.

Family Services

Daystar Center believes that family members can play an integral role in the recovery process of loved ones. Daystar Center offers individual family sessions for residents and their loved ones. These family sessions will be facilitated by the resident’s primary counselor.

A Family Program is offered on a monthly basis for residents, family, friends, and supports. The Family Program is facilitated by clinical team members and offers a setting in which residents and loved ones can come together for healing. This program provides an opportunity for loved ones to learn about the disease concept of addiction, codependency, boundaries, family dynamics, and self-care.

Community Involvement

Daystar Center believes that community involvement is a vital part of the recovery process. Residents will begin giving back to the community during their treatment stay at Daystar. Daystar residents volunteer their time at the local soup kitchen, recovery centers, and local events throughout Dauphin County. Daystar has also adopted the local block where residents participate in a regular clean-up of the neighborhood.

Life Skills

Residents begin to develop or relearn life skills while in treatment at Daystar Center. Residents participate in basic living skills to begin developing healthy daily routines. Daystar Center staff helps to assist residents in budgeting, resume building, job search, interviewing skills, time management, credit repair, banking, etc.

Medication Monitoring and Education

All residents will meet with a medical professional during their treatment stay at Daystar Center. Residents will learn about their physical and mental health needs. Daystar Center works closely with physical and mental health providers in the community to meet the needs of each individual resident.

Long-Term Follow-Ups

Daystar Center performs follow-ups with all residents after treatment, no matter discharge status. Follow-Ups are conducted at the following rates: 7 days, 1 month, 3 months, and 1 year. Former residents are encouraged to remain connected with Daystar Center through mentoring current residents, facilitating recovery meetings, etc. All former clients are encouraged to attend Daystar Center’s weekly aftercare group.