For nearly 20 years, Discovery House Harrisburg has provided outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addicts in Harrisburg, a city located in South-Central Pennsylvania. Harrisburg is the state capitol, and DHH’s facility is a short distance from the State Capitol Complex. DHH offers treatment plans using methadone and Suboxone and requires clients to participate in group and individual therapy while receiving their medication doses.
Under the Acadia Healthcare umbrella, Discovery House facilities are included among an expansive international group of behavioral health facilities providing chemical dependency and therapeutic support. With its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Acadia serves communities across the country and in the UK with inpatient, outpatient and school-based treatment programs.
Treatment and Staff
Discovery House, a national chain of MAT facilities, offers a holistic approach to the treatment of opioid addiction, helping clients improve all aspects of their lives so that they are less vulnerable to addiction. DHL’s individual and group therapy helps clients overcome and manage their disease while living in a physically and emotionally healthy way. Additionally, clients work to establish a stable and safe home environment and a purpose-filled life with meaningful daily activities (such as work, school, volunteer work, family relationships and creative endeavors) that foster independence and self-sufficiency. The concept of community is also cultivated, and clients are guided through the steps of developing healthy relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope.
During their assessment, clients and the treatment team decide which course of MAT best suits their needs (methadone or Suboxone). Clients must attend group or individual therapy for a minimum of two and a half hours each month for the duration of their receiving medication. Most clients, however, choose to attend group sessions at least once a week and individual counseling at least once a month.
Clients are eligible to apply for one take-home dose of medication each week after they’ve had clean drug screens and have attended all required therapy sessions for 90 days.
DHH has a full schedule of group therapy options, with up to 60 groups each month. Therapy uses CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). The treatment team includes physicians, nurses and CADC counselors. Groups offered include Relapse Prevention, Addiction Education and Budgeting Skills. Counselors address co-occurring disorders on an individual and group level but refer clients in need of comprehensive dual diagnosis support to nearby mental health clinics. Clients are also encouraged to attend peer support meetings while in treatment—such as NA or SMART Recovery.
DHH hopes that its clients will eventually not need MAT and it works with them to create a treatment plan that culminates in tapering. However, clients are not pressured to taper on any set time-line.
Discovery House prides itself on helping each client meet their individual needs. To that end, counselors spend significant time with each client creating aftercare plans and connecting them to other supportive services in the community.
Discovery House Harrisburg has been providing residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with MAT for opioid addiction for nearly two decades. With its evidence-based group and individual therapy requirements and deep roots in the Harrisburg community, counselors are able to help clients create the emotional security and find the practical support that will make them less susceptible to relapse.
Discovery House Harrisburg
99 Cameron St
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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