The Center for Addictive Diseases
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The Center for Addictive Diseases


The Center for Addictive DiseasesThe Basics

The Center for Addictive Diseases is the outpatient substance abuse unit of the behavioral health division of Main Line Health, a conglomerate of health services and hospitals serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health is also home to an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility, Mirmont Treatment Center. The Center for Addictive Diseases operates two outpatient locations, in Exton and Drexel Hill, treating people aged 14 and older with chronic substance abuse issues. The goal is to stabilize clients, build a firm foundation for their sobriety and provide support for their loved ones.

Treatment and Staff

The Center for Addictive Diseases subscribes to the belief that addiction is a disease, treatable through peer-driven self-help groups, professional guidance and enthusiastic support from family and friends. They do not provide detox on-site but do have a Suboxone program for those withdrawing from opiates. They facilitate two levels of treatment: specialized outpatient programs and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Both levels of treatment use a combination of stress management, relapse prevention strategy, 12-step recovery, motivational speakers and group therapy. Once clients complete the IOP, they are encouraged to transition into the regular outpatient as a form of aftercare. Most of the groups in both program tracks max out at 15 to 20 people.

The IOP meets three days a week for a total of nine hours, each session lasting for three hours. Clients have a choice of four session times per day. The IOP is generally six weeks in length, depending on each client’s individual progress. There is also an adolescent IOP that meets three times a week for eight hours of group plus one family session. In the adolescent IOP, the Center for Addictive Diseases provides transportation from school to group and the therapy focuses on maintaining abstinence, learning coping skills and relapse prevention.

Outpatient groups meet once a week for an hour and a half. There are 11 groups total, two of which are step-down groups serving IOP clients so they can keep the same therapists. Participation in the outpatient groups is ongoing depending on client need.

Whether a client starts in outpatient or ends up there as part of an aftercare program, treatment is specific to gender, age, dual diagnosis sufferers, DUI offenders, opiate addicts (medically-assisted or otherwise) and those with addictions associated with chronic pain.

The treatment team includes LSWs, Master’s-level therapists, CACs a medical director and two psychiatrists. There are eight therapists at their Exton location and four therapists at Drexel Hill. When needed, social workers are also involved in clients’ recovery.


Basic relapse prevention and sobriety maintenance groups are offered on a weekly basis for graduates of the program. Another perk is the direct pipeline to a myriad of medical resources through Main Line Health. If referrals are needed for additional care, treatment facilitators have a vast network from which to choose.

In Summary

It’s rare for an outpatient facility to offer 11 separate programs—which could be a bonus for trauma sufferers, dual diagnosis clients and the elderly. The transportation service for adolescent clients is a convenient bonus for parents and, if the programming is not strict enough for chronic relapsers, the Center for Addictive Diseases can easily connect those clients to the help they need.

The Center for Addictive Diseases
401 Pilgrim Ln, Ste 103
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

479 Thomas Jones Way, Ste 800
Exton, PA 19341

The Center for Addictive Diseases Cost: Sliding scale. Reach The Center for Addictive Diseases by phone at (888) 227-3898. Find Main Line Health on Facebook 

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