People Acting to Help (PATH) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offers two residential substance abuse treatment programs for men, one for adolescents ages 16 to 21 another for those between 18 and 25. Both programs are located on the grounds of Friends Hospital. Two adult outpatient programs are also offered for men and women, one for substance abuse and another for co-occurring disorders called Renaissance. PATH has been providing a wide variety of community service programs to families and individuals since 1973.
Accommodations and Food
PATH’s 16 to 21 year-old inpatient program can host six at a time, while the 18 to 25 year-old program can host 12. The homes are sunny and spacious one-story stucco structures, with hardwood floors in the living rooms and game rooms with white and yellow walls accentuated with modern color patterns. TV and videos games are available in both locations. Residents follow a structured daily routine of meals, chores, therapy, free time and off-site appointments. Although Friends Hospital is centrally-located in the city, clients still have a taste of nature from an on-site pond surrounded by trees, often with deer, groundhogs, foxes and other wildlife.
The kitchens have all modern appliances and are spacious enough that cooking can be done together. Meal times are considered important during treatment for learning communication and life skills. Meals range from pizza and hamburgers to spaghetti and steak.
Treatment and Staff
The young men’s residential programs combine psychiatric and rehabilitative care with therapy for a successful transition into adulthood and independent living. Washing, ironing clothes, sewing, cooking, study skills, conflict resolution and job searching skills are all taught throughout the program. Medication management services are available as well. Along with school and employment there are house meetings and group, individual and family counseling sessions. PATH does not feature an on-site detox program, but can provide referrals as necessary.
Renaissance participants learn decision-making, symptoms management, social skills and self-maintenance through personalized plans and a schedule that includes individual, group and family counseling. Those in Renaissance have 24/7 access to staff who work at a staff-to-client ratio of between one-to-one and one-to-four.
Outpatient treatment focuses on substance abuse through flexible plans allowing for family and employment obligations. Treatment can be tailored as needed, whether clients prefer a more individual or group-oriented experience. Outpatient services are available from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday and Friday and 9 am to 8 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Staff consists of residential assistant counselors that first contacts for those in the program, working at a staff-to-client ratio of one-to-two. They are supported by social workers, case managers, therapists, nurses (LPNs), doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists as needed.
Those in the youth programs have access to basketball, picnic table areas, a rec center with a gymnasium and a pool. Adventure therapy, visits to amusement parks and other off-site activities are also available. Renaissance clients can learn computer skills, and those in the outpatient programs can participate in family counseling.
Since 1973, PATH has offered a range of mental health and substance abuse plans to adolescents and adults in the Philadelphia metro area. In conjunction with Friends Hospital, clients have access to many different services and treatment professionals. For those looking for treatment in the Philadelphia area, Path is likely to have a program to suit their needs.
People Acting to Help (PATH)
8220 Castor Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
4641 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19152
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