Jefferson University Hospitals

Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience

Substance Abuse Programs

For almost 40 years, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals' Substance Abuse Programs have helped thousands of individuals battle and conquer addiction.

Housed in Jefferson's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, our physicians approach addiction as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual disease that affects each person and their families on a number of different levels: physical and mental health, emotional well-being, social relationships and spiritual connectedness.

We work with patients who are struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, heroin dependency, cocaine addiction and prescription medication abuse, and move toward recovery. We offer three separate outpatient programs that provide a different focus of care depending upon your specific needs.

Insurance Accepted

CBH (Medical Assistance), sliding fee scale.

Outreach Treatment Program

An outpatient treatment program, Outreach offers therapeutic and psychiatric services for individuals with alcohol abuse, nonopioid drug abuse and combined substance abuse and mental health problems (co-occurring disorders). Assessments can be arranged within 24 to 48 hours of referral. The Program is accessible via public transportation.

Program Features

  • Assessments for appropriate level of care
  • Individual counseling
  • Group, family and couples therapy
  • Psychiatric and medical evaluations
  • Medication management
  • Referrals for additional services
  • HIV test referrals
  • General public information and education programs

Outreach is located in Center City Philadelphia at 833 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

Construction and Change of Entrance Notice

Due to construction at 833 Chestnut Street, patients being seen at this location will now enter the building nearby at 33 South 9th Street (entrance located around the corner on 9th Street). This will become the new permanent entrance for all Jefferson Health outpatient practices as well as the Jefferson Pharmacy and Outpatient Lab Services.

If you have any questions, please contact your healthcare provider office.

Phone: 215-955-8856

Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program

This 12-to-16-week intensive outpatient treatment program serves people who abuse cocaine, alcohol and other substances (amphetamines, marijuana, benzodiazepines, etc.) as well as for those with co-occurring disorders. Patients attend the Program three half-days per week and participate in group therapy, individual therapy and structured relapse prevention-oriented educational activities.

The 9-hour-per-week Program is designed for those not requiring hospitalization or residential services but who need more than once-weekly outpatient psychotherapy as well as people moving out of detoxification, inpatient care or rehabilitation facilities. There is no waiting list and the location is convenient for bus and auto routes.

Program Features

  • Assessment for appropriate level of care
  • Intensive outpatient group therapy 3 times a week
  • Psychiatric and medical assessment
  • Individual therapy
  • On-site 12-step meetings
  • HIV/AIDS prevention workshops, HIV/AIDS testing and pre- and posttest counseling
  • Structured relapse prevention-oriented activity groups
  • Referral services
  • After-care groups

This Program is located in South Philadelphia at the corner of 21st Street and Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor.

Phone: 215-790-9942

Maternal Addiction Treatment Education & Research (MATER)

MATER is a program in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and includes the Sidney Kimmel Medical College departments of OB/GYN, Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

When you’re part of our programs, you will have access to internationally and internationally recognized treatments. It will start when you meet with a MATER representative from the MATER Family Center (outpatient) or My Sister’s Place (a short- and long-term residential program.) 

Program Features

  • Care Coordination and Case Management
  • Medical Care
  • Mental Health Care
  • Individual Therapy and Peer Support
  • Group Therapy
  • Child Care
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

Phone: 215-955-3792. Learn More>

Narcotic Addiction Rehabilitation Program (NARP)

NARP is an outpatient methadone treatment program for opiate-dependent individuals. Therapeutic and psychiatric services are provided for all patients in the Program.

The Program is accessible via public transportation. Admissions are arranged in a timely fashion.

Program Features

  • Medical and psychiatric evaluations
  • Methadone monitoring, maintenance and ambulatory detoxification
  • Psychotropic medication management as needed
  • Referrals for medical care
  • Individual and group psychotherapies
  • Family and couples therapy
  • Narcotics and Methadone Anonymous 12 step meetings on-site
  • HIV/AIDS testing and pre- and post-test counseling
  • Community education/information

NARP is located in South Philadelphia at the corner of 21st Street and Washington Avenue, 1st Floor.

Phone: 215-735-5979