Caring Together, a program administered by Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a long-term outpatient substance abuse treatment program for women. Founded by Dr. Barbara Schindler—a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a past president of Philadelphia Psychiatric Society—Caring Together draws on a multi-disciplinary treatment team to address the particular challenges women faced when enduring substance abuse and addiction.
Treatment and Staff
Clients must be referred to Caring Together by a primary care physician. The duration of treatment is adjusted by each client’s progress, but most stay in the program eight months to a year. After admission, clients begin attending treatment three to five days a week, which consists of group therapy twice a day and individual therapy at least twice a month. Ideally, clients receive at least five hours of treatment each week. Afternoon groups teach processing skills using CBT, DBT and trauma recovery, which uses the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM). Afternoons are reserved for education groups that explore topics such as improving health, anger management, relapse prevention and parenting skills. Groups are small, usually with just eight to 10 participants.
Caring Together clinicians are able to treat co-occurring disorders and the treatment team draws on the extensive resources of Drexel University which includes physicians, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, occupational therapists and nutritionists.
Treatment does not include 12-step meetings, but many clients find them a good complement to Caring Together’s evidence-based therapies.
While there is no formal aftercare program, in the final stages of treatment Caring Together clients work with their primary counselor to identify sober social support in the client’s area such as 12-step meetings and faith-based sober networks.
Caring Together also provides on-site childcare for mothers to enable their attendance of group and individual therapy.
Caring Together has been providing low and no-cost treatment to the women of Philadelphia for over two decades. Its access to the accomplished clinicians and educative environment at Drexel University and its commitment to continually evolving its evidence-based treatment practices ensure that clients experience some of the most comprehensive and highest-quality substance abuse treatment in the northeast.
Caring Together at Drexel University
The Arnold T. Berman, MD Building
219 N. Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Caring Together Cost: Medicaid and CBH Insurance only. Reach Caring Together by phone at (215) 967-2130. Find Caring Together on Facebook
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