Northeast Times Calls Livengrin House of Healing

By William Kenny Jan. 3, 2017 Dense woods, un­du­lat­ing hills and gently flow­ing streams shroud the Liven­grin Found­a­tion’s Ben­s­alem headquar­ters, largely isol­at­ing the 43-acre ad­dic­tion treat­ment fa­cil­ity from the bust­ling com­munity out­side it. The pri­vacy is clearly by design. After all, al­co­hol­ics and drug ab­users in the early stages of re­cov­ery be­ne­fit from the serenity of nature and need not be ex­posed to the pub­lic stig­mas as­so­ci­ated with their dis­ease as they cope with its emo­tion­al, phys­ic­al and fin­an­cial con­sequences. Liven­grin’s Hul­meville Road cam­pus has looked es­sen­tially that way since a wealthy and bliss­fully ec­cent­ric ad­vert­ising ex­ec­ut­ive and en­tre­pren­eur, Standish Forde Hansell, pur­chased the former Brice Farm and foun­ded the non­profit there in 1966, nam­ing the in­pa­tient fa­cil­ity after a per­son­al man­tra: “live and grin.” Yet, with its golden an­niversary com­mem­or­a­tions now com­plete and the found­a­tion em­bark­ing on its second half-cen­tury, it finds it­self en­gaged in a fierce com­pet­i­tion where, iron­ic­ally enough, pub­lic at­ten­tion might serve as one of its greatest as­sets. Road to recovery: Livengrin Foundation serves more than 4,000 patients annually at eight campuses, including a counseling center at 9140 Academy Road in the Northeast. Above, president and CEO Rick Pine leads a tour of the foundation’s Bensalem [...]

Northeast Times Calls Livengrin House of Healing 2017-12-20T22:16:04+00:00