Established in 1941, Jewish Employment and Vocational Service (JEVS) aimed to help Jewish refugees acclimate to their new lives in Philadelphia. Operating under the JEVS network, Achievement Through Counseling and Treatment operates two outpatient, state-certified opioid treatment facilities, known as ACT I and ACT II. During treatment, methadone is prescribed in combination with therapy. Although used to help wean clients off opiates and help with their withdrawal symptoms, caution must be taken with methadone. Clients should inform their health providers if they are taking any other prescriptions, because methadone has severe interactions with many drugs.
Treatment and Staff
ACT offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that includes methadone maintenance, individual therapy, group therapy and educational classes for adults over 18. Both the ACT I and ACT II buildings are open from 6 am to 4 pm Mondays through Fridays, and from 8 am to noon on the weekends. Upon intake, clients receive a physical examination, a psychiatric assessment and medication evaluation. Clients must have been opiate dependent for at least one year to receive help.
The IOP uses the Matrix Model, an evidence-based therapy. Treatment length is typically 16 weeks while the methadone maintenance program varies per person and is determined by the staff doctor. Clients receive their methadone on a daily basis, attend three-hour group sessions three times per week and see their counselor for an hour-long session at least once per week. Group topics include healthy relationships, stress management, parenting, relaxation techniques, relapse prevention, early recovery, dual diagnosis support and substance abuse awareness. Gender-specific groups are provided and there is a group for seniors, ages 55 and over. Groups tend to be large, with approximately 25 clients per session.
Out-of-pocket cost is $300 for intake, and $150 to $200 weekly for intensive outpatient. ACT serves over 270 clients at the present time and employs a medical doctor, along with ten CADCs.
A gigantic mural covers one side of the ACT II building. A collaborative effort between local muralist James Burns and ACT clients in recovery, the mural depicts the journey from addiction to healing.
ACT offers family therapy for those whose loved ones are struggling from opiate dependency. Free HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, as well as hepatitis testing and inoculation, are also provided.
While providing methadone to deter clients from using opiates, ACT provides therapy and other services, at an affordable price in two convenient locations. Their mission, as depicted in the mural, is to help recovering addicts journey out of the darkness of their past and into a bright future.
Achievement Through Counseling and Treatment (ACT) Locations
5820 Old York Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19141
1745 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Achievement Through Counseling and Treatment Cost
$300 (first intake/methadone); following this, $150-$200 (per week). Reach Achievement Through Counseling and Treatment by phone at (215) 609-6040 or by email at [email protected]. Find JEVS on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Google +
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