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Total Recovery logoThe disease of substance use is complex and chronic, but also treatable. Penn Psychiatry offers patients coping with substance abuse more options than any other addiction treatment center in the Philadelphia region. Our Total Recovery Program provides the best possible care for adults and their families facing substance use disorders (SUDs).

Our licensed and certified clinicians are trained in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria and conduct intakes and assessments for adults struggling with the following conditions in order to determine the level and type of care that best meets the needs of each individual patient:

Substance Addictions We Treat 

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Heroin and opioid addiction
  • Multi-substance addiction
  • Dual diagnoses

Patients can receive treatment through one of our excellent clinical programs, or if eligible, may receive treatment as a participant in a research trial at no cost. 

Therapeutic Approaches

We believe in holistic approaches to treat and heal our patients emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally.

We know that a singular approach does not work for everyone. Every participant works with their team, which may include psychiatrists, nurses and counselors, to partner with them and develop an individualized treatment plan.

With all levels of care, participants engage in various forms of group and individual therapy, as well as psychiatric and case management services to address individual needs.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Our therapists are trained and certified to provide CBT to program participants. CBT focuses on the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and provides participants with the coping skills necessary to resist triggers and avoid relapse. The purpose of cognitive behavioral therapy is to change thinking and behaviors that prevent positive outcomes. While other forms of psychotherapy involve delving into the past to provide insight into feelings, CBT focuses on "the here and now" thoughts and beliefs that lead to substance use and other harmful behaviors.

Body Psychotherapy

Body Psychotherapy is an evidenced-based treatment approach based on the concept that people experience the world not only through their thoughts and emotions but also simultaneously through their bodies. It is a versatile therapy as it can be utilized in both individual and group sessions, focusing on the interactions between the body and the mind. Body psychotherapy incorporates touch, breathing, and movement techniques.

  • Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT)
    The goal of ESFT is to heal the entire family by assisting them in responding to old patterns and enacting new ones as they arise throughout and post treatment. It also provides ongoing support and healing as the recovery journey continues.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

MET is a counseling approach that helps individuals resolve their ambivalence about engaging in treatment and stopping their drug use. This approach aims to evoke rapid and internally motivated change, rather than guide the patient stepwise through the recovery process.

Expressive Therapy

Expressive therapy, also known as creative therapy or art therapy, allows participants, to use the creative process and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal of art therapy is to improve or restore a participant’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. 

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

AAT utilizes trained, certified animals to assist participants in their treatment. Interacting with animals reduces feelings of aggression, depression, and anxiety, and makes participants feel happier and calmer. Studies have shown that visiting with a dog can reduce pain and pain-related symptoms, and friendly dogs are often used in hospitals to comfort stressed patients.

Additional Treatment and Recovery Options

  • 12 Step Recovery
  • SMART Recovery
  • Recovery Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Interventions (SBRIT)

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Outpatient Substance Use Treatment Program

Our outpatient treatment program strives to provide the best possible care for adults experiencing substance use disorders.

Inpatient Substance Use Treatment Program

We offer inpatient withdrawal management and rehabilitation services for adults struggling with addiction.

Center for Opioid Recovery and Engagement

The Center for Opioid Recovery and Engagement (CORE) provides comprehensive support for individuals struggling with opioid use, as well as their loved ones.

Emergency Services

Our emergency services help patients to various pathways to recovery, including medication-free and medication-assisted treatments.

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