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Jefferson University HospitalsThe Basics

For almost 40 years, Jefferson University Hospitals has offered programs in an academic setting for patients struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction and co-occurring disorders. The physicians at Jefferson University Hospitals treat addiction from every angle, providing a level of care specific to the needs of each client. Substance abuse services are available in three separate outpatient programs at two locations in Philadelphia, at the Center City Hospital and at a clinic at 21st Street and Washington Avenue.

Treatment and Staff

The Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program would be considered Jefferson’s IOP. Clients moving out of medical detox or inpatient rehabilitation facilities that need a more intensive program (but do not require hospital or residential services) may find this a useful step-down in treatment. This 12- to 16-week program (three half-days per week) addresses alcohol, cocaine, amphetamine, marijuana and benzodiazepine abuse, in addition to co-occurring disorders, using individual and group therapy, on-site 12-step meetings, HIV/AIDS testing and prevention workshops and structured relapse prevention educational activities. This program can accommodate approximately 200 clients in total, parceled out into smaller groups. Clients attend a three-hour core group on Monday and Thursday; specialty groups and one-on-one counseling augment these sessions.

The Narcotic Addiction Rehabilitation Program (NARP) provides ambulatory detox, methadone monitoring and maintenance, and dual diagnosis support. A full medical and psychiatric evaluation is used to determine treatment schedules, which consist of group and individual therapy, family and couples counseling. and on-site 12-step meetings. Clients also receive HIV/AIDS testing and counseling in addition to addiction education. Modalities of therapy depend on the theoretical orientation of individual counselors and represent a full range of scientific practice.

Though on-site 12-step meetings are part of both of these programs, Jefferson University Hospitals does not so much follow 12-step ideology as subscribe to the idea that a sober community is an important component of successful aftercare.

The staff in the Intensive Substance Abuse Program consists of Master’s-level therapists and psychologists who practice a wide range of clinical therapy modalities including CBT and DBT. Treatment staff in the Narcotic Addiction Rehabilitation Program includes approximately 15 Bachelor’s- and Master’s-level clinicians.


The Outreach Treatment Program is equivalent to basic outpatient and is for clients who are already sober (no detox is available). This is a small program, staffed by only one counselor and one psychiatrist on rotation who is available on certain days of the week to assist in dual diagnosis cases. Therapies include individual, group and family counseling and couples management; treatment is CBT-based and does not include the 12 steps.

In Summary

Jefferson University Hospitals provides three levels of evidence-based substance abuse services for people struggling with a variety of addictions: a small, single-counselor program, an intensive outpatient program and a narcotic addiction program, with a focus on dual diagnosis clients. The outpatient program could be used as a continuation of care for IOP clients and the methadone management program is ongoing and clinicians are all highly qualified.

Jefferson University Hospitals Outreach Program
1015 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Jefferson University Hospitals Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program/NARP
1020 S 21st St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Jefferson University Hospitals Cost: Insurance only. Reach Jefferson University Hospitals by phone at (800 533-3669). Find Jefferson University Hospitals on LinkedIn

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