Founded in 1970, NorthEast Treatment Centers is a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health, foster care and social services to adults, adolescents, children and families in Pennsylvania. NET has seven locations in Philadelphia, as well as one in Delaware. The NET network provides evaluations and residential substance abuse treatment services and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) to adults with co-occurring disorders. Two of the NET locations (NET Bethlehem and Easton) also offer outpatient services for adolescents. NET employs a 12 step approach, offers CBT and dual-diagnosis services and provides detox through its Kirkwood, Delaware location.
Accommodations and Food
The NET facility that provides residential treatment is now the West Counseling Center (formerly provided out of Wharton Residential Center). NET West provides men-only, dorm style living spaces for a maximum of 35 clients at a time. There are a few smaller rooms that provide bunk beds for four people. Out of the two largest rooms one houses 12 beds, the other 13. Every client gets his own organizational space, including a dresser and foot locker. NET receives it clients mostly from referrals by mental hospitals and jails and also houses participants of court mandated drug and alcohol programs.
There are three meals provided a day, starting with an early breakfast at about 7 – 7:30 am followed by lunch and dinner, after which snacks are allowed. Clients are assigned to work in the kitchen on a rotating basis.
Treatment and Staff
NET inpatient treatment is strict in that its clients do not get to leave the facility. Length of stay is determined by the client’s unique needs and may be short or long term, ranging from 30 days to six months. Clients are assigned a counselor who devises individualized plans that include group and individual therapy. NET offers an integrated treatment approach that breaks down into three phases: assessment, stabilization, and community reintegration. On top of group and individual therapy and life skills training, NET clients are required attend daily on-site 12-step meetings.
The NET IOP is an eight month program provided out of four different NET facilities. During the first four months clients attend three days a week and go down to one day during the second half of treatment. Clients undertake group and individual counseling at least twice a month and have the option to attend morning, afternoon and evening classes, each of which lasts three hours. Some of the facilities even provide their services in Spanish. Medical needs are monitored by physicians, while co-occurring issues are addressed by clinical and medical professionals.
NET also offers a Women’s Trauma Recovery IOP, which provides a TIC approach and focuses on those with histories of trauma—such as domestic violence and sexual abuse— that lead to substance abuse. Meanwhile, the NET IOP that focuses on co-occurring disorders offers holistic treatment through a Minkoff-based approach. The focus is on developing a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle while treating the chronic effects of psychiatric illness. Finally, NET’s basic outpatient recovery programs have clients attend group counseling for five or less hours a week.
Out of its Kirkwood, Delaware location and only through the particular facility, NET also offers medically monitored inpatient detoxification. Treatment is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The overall NET staff amounts to approximately 800 accredited health professionals. Substance abuse treatment alternates between two therapists who run group meetings while clients also meet with a different CADC individually. Inpatient clients are visited by a psychiatrist once a week.
For those clients who graduate from NET treatment Net offers the “NETWorks Recovery Support Center” which is a community-based continuum of services which include relapse prevention. This informal NET “clubhouse” is open during afternoons and early evenings and is under supervision at all times.
Services include: peer mentoring and case management support, 12-step group support, some faith-based programs, emergency housing, flood and clothing supports. There are also social and recreational programs provided, as is GED assistance, vocational training, career counseling and credit repair counseling.
With over 40 years of experience, NorthEast Treatment Centers is a well established recovery resource. Its range of services is quite wide-reaching, covering the full spectrum of substance abuse treatment from inpatient, to outpatient, even to detox. What may give prospective clients pause is that residential services are populated almost entirely by court-ordered clients. However, that is only the case with NET inpatient while the rest of NET services are definitely open to a more general public. Besides, the fact that the majority of NET’s clients are of low or no income also means that NET designs its payment plans with them in mind. NET does not accept private insurance nor self-pay, but does take CBH insurance and welfare. For those in need of treatment and in a difficult financial situation, this is the place to go.
NorthEast Treatment Centers
499 N. 5th St, Ste A
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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