Sobriety Through Outpatient offers a coed Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in North Philadelphia, a densely populated and diverse urban area easily accessible by public transportation. Founded in 1987, STOP prides itself on its multi-cultural staff, bilingual services and support for trauma survivors at every stage of recovery. It also has a community-based youth program—SPARC—that provides early intervention for at-risk youth as well as several programs that support clients navigating the criminal justice system.
Treatment and Staff
After an initial assessment, clients are admitted to the IOP. During the first week of treatment, a comprehensive evaluation is performed by STOP’s director of psychiatric services. The IOP requires an initial four-month commitment with a customized plan of group and individual therapy sessions.
Most clients attend between seven and 20 hours of group sessions per week. Groups have a maximum size of 12 participants. All groups are led by Master’s-level therapists including MFTs and LADCs. A psychiatrist is on staff to prescribe and adjust medication as needed. The group meetings are not 12-step oriented, though STOP therapists can refer clients to community AA/NA (and other relevant fellowship) meetings. STOP offers dual diagnosis support and primarily uses CBT. Couples and family counseling are available, as are workshops in parenting skills.
At each stage of recovery, STOP offers life skills training and provides fitness groups, art and music therapy, GED prep and reading/writing groups. There are four pre-vocational groups that provide job-hunting, work and professional skills counseling.
STOP offers DUI services and massage therapy and has two HIV/AIDS specialists on staff. Recovery Radio is an in-house radio station that helps clients develop new talents by creating recovery-oriented radio content to serve the community.
With nearly three decades of service to the North Philadelphia community, STOP understands the unique experiences and challenges of its clientele. Its therapy model assists trauma survivors to express and manage their emotions and clients can expect to leave the program with marketable vocational skills and new ways to manage their personal relationships.
Sobriety Through Outpatient
2534 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19132
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