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About Alpha House

Alpha House has provided community-focused substance-use disorder treatment in the heart of Pittsburgh since 1971. For fifty years, Alpha House continues to ascribe to the same individualized care and commitment shared by its founders, all within a home-like environment.

What started with a small group of caring men and women has evolved into a licensed thirty-bed inpatient facility, and outpatient program. Alpha House is a non-profit residential treatment community that employs a “whole person” approach to recovery. We are a place of healing where residents can reconnect with themselves and others, working together to build a life of meaning, purpose, and long-term recovery.

While at Alpha House, residents address the underlying issues that impact their substance use: negotiating family issues, receiving educational and vocational resources, obtaining referrals for health and social services, and learning other necessary life skills. Our staff help to shape the future of those who come to us seeking guidance and acceptance, acknowledging the person for who they are, as they are, and meeting them where they are. We believe this is unique and very important to what we do. As one Alpha House Resident put it:

“The drug of choice may be different, but we all have that common thread…We can help one another out… This is more intimate than other rehab programs.”

We maintain a focus on holistic, habilitative care, with a passion for individuals who need additional support in developing daily structure and prosocial behaviors, including those with a forensic background. Alpha House is the product of a decades-long labor of love championed by well-known community leaders. Seeking to mitigate the barrier of stigma, our program acknowledges and addresses intersectional issues such as trauma, generational oppression, and adverse life events that often drive active use. Our treatment program is innovative in that we recognize and communicate on the social determinants of health and other key variables that have a direct impact on overall wellness and long-term recovery.

Our Board of Directors

Roxanne Plater

President

Adam Beers

Vice President

Sarah Daly

Secretary

Sylvia Gibson-Withrow

Officer

Donald Talley

Officer

Our Staff

Tonisha Wilson, MSW

Executive Director

Sarah Lynn Gorzelsky, LPC, CTP, CAADC

Director of Operations

Zachary Pollack, M.S., NCC

Lead Counselor

Abigail Lloyd, M.S., NCC

Counselor

Joe Nevarez, CRS

Certified Recovery Specialist

Sean Nestor, CPS, CRS

Assistant Counselor

Sharon Atkinson

Monitor Supervisor

Heather Roney, CFRS, CRS

Night Monitor

Pamela Smith

Night Monitor

Carrie Bumbaugh

Night Monitor

Janel Ganaway

Program Assistant

Debra Banach

Accounting Specialist

Stephen Yannotti, AA, CDL

Facilities Manager

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Substance use disorders impact everyone. Whether you're seeking treatment for yourself or someone you love, Alpha House staff are happy to answer questions and provide more information about our treatment program.

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