Founded by six heroin addicts in New York in 1967, Phoenix House has evolved to become a prominent non-profit establishment that provides substance abuse and addiction treatment to men and women. It is also equipped to treat clients with co-occurring disorders.
What made Phoenix House come to fruition was the treatment approach of Dr. Mitchell S. Rosenthal, a psychiatrist, and several other New York mental health counselors. Throughout the years, Phoenix House has evolved to facilitate over 120 programs in 10 states and Washington DC. Services include detox, inpatient and outpatient care, sober living, gender-specific support and case management services.
Accommodations and Food
Phoenix House’s residential treatment program in Dublin, New Hampshire is located in a quaint rural community at the base of Mount Monadnock. The large, white Cape Cod-style house sits on several acres of green grass and trees, which adds to the home’s serene environment. It can accommodate up to 40 men and women in gender-specific rooms, shared between two and three clients, with twin farmhouse-style beds, storage, desks, dressers and night lamps.
Three meals are served daily and clients eat inside a dining hall. Snacks are also provided. While smoking is discouraged, it is permitted in the adult programs in certain designated areas.
Treatment and Staff
All clients must be 18 years and older and receive a comprehensive assessment with an intake counselor prior to beginning treatment. After which, an individualized treatment plan is developed.
Detox, including Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is provided if necessary. Length of stay is determined by individual evaluations, which occur on a periodic basis, as well as the achievement of clients’ goals. Treatment can last between 30 and 90 days but clients can then reside in the home for up to 18 months, which includes transitional care.
Phoenix House employs evidence-based modalities, specifically the SAMHSA protocol. This highly structured curriculum is comprised of three stages of treatment: orientation, primary treatment and re-entry. Clients are assigned work activities designed to teach independence and life skills; these include cleaning, meal preparation, scheduling meetings and maintenance of the facility.
Weekly treatment includes group and individual therapy, case management and recreational activities. Groups are primarily gender-specific and topics include relapse prevention, recovery management, life skills training and the effects of substance abuse. At Phoenix House, it’s all about peer support and learning to become part of a productive community. With the help of peers, clients learn to accept the reality of their addiction, become honest and change— mentally, physically and emotionally.
At Dublin, dual diagnosis support is available. While Phoenix House provides 12-step literature and encourages attendance at AA/NA meetings, this approach is not mandated and listings of other recovery support groups are provided.
Staff includes CADCs, vocational specialists, psychiatrists, clinical case managers, licensed clinical supervisors and program directors.
Phoenix House offers a family program, which includes counseling. Residents are provided with visitation privileges, as well as the option of using Skype to communicate with loved ones.
Aftercare is highly stressed here and the Dublin residence provides transitional living for New Hampshire residents.
While Phoenix House does operate on a rigid protocol, this organization gives men and women who normally could not afford treatment a chance to get help and acquire a brand new life. This specific location is state-funded and therefore caters to residents from Vermont and New Hampshire.
Phoenix House Dublin
3 Pierce Rd
Dublin, NH 03444
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