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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

The Office of Applied Studies, in its report for SAMHSA, regarding adolescent behavioral health in states, shows that nearly 102,000 adolescents had admitted to the use of illicit drugs in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, PA. Of these, 71,000 had been using marijuana and 50,000 had admitted to the use of some other illicit drugs. Apart from this, the situation regarding abuse of prescription drugs has also been seen to be quite grave in the state and in Philadelphia, PA. The report states that 29,000 males and 33,000 female adolescents had been using such prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, during the year prior to the review.

If someone close to you is in need of treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, they can find help by going through our directory listings of rehab centers that are located in Philadelphia, PA, and elsewhere in the state. Individualized programs are offered to clients, according to the nature and intensity of the addiction, as well as other factors. Apart from detoxification, therapy and medicinal treatment, there is continuous supervision offered to patients. In many cases, even the parents and close family and friends are invited so that they can participate with the client in therapy sessions and provide a stable support system for more effective recovery.
PHILADELPHIA, PA REHAB CENTERS AND ADDICTION TREATMENT
WHAT THERAPISTS IN PHILADELPHIA HAVE TO SAY
Caitlin Langan
Caitlin Langan
Philadelphia, PA 19128

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

My background lies in family and relationship counseling, and I use a systemic approach for treatment. A systemic approach means I take a look at your world - your family, your relationships, your lifestyle, your job - and identify emotional, behavioral, and relationship patterns within these "systems" that contribute to your concerns. I use a very collaborative, supportive, and person-centered approach and truly believe we all have the tools inside us to battle our problems - sometimes it just takes some exploring to find them!

I also specialize in wellness coaching, which takes a more intricate look at everything from stress, nutrition, lifestyle, and fitness and identifies what unhealthy patterns perpetuate emotions difficulties and behavioral problems.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy is right for you if you've reached a point where your emotions, behaviors, or relationships interfere with happy, healthy functioning on a daily basis. Perhaps you look in the mirror and say, "How in the world did I get here?" Perhaps behaviors that once felt good or "right" no longer suit you. Usually, people seek therapy when stress, anxiety, or emotional disturbances have gotten to the point where life feels out of control, uncertain, or incongruent with the path they sought out. People also seek therapy when a problem feels too big for family, friends, or other relationships to take on or help with.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

People tend to gain a greater awareness of their role in their struggles and obtain a sense of ownership over their problems. My aim is to help people find an inner strength and/or resilience that was perhaps buried under all the "mess" inside or around them. I also think people learn to differentiate themselves from thinking/emotional patterns that don't suit them anymore, while also learning more about who they are and what they contribute in relationships.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

In my practice I not only do traditional talk therapy, but I use exercise and movement as a means of intervention. I see a lot of people who struggle with diet or weight loss concerns who find emotional/behavioral challenges get in the way of feeling healthy - both inside and out! I also use exercise to help people gain a better sense of control, self-esteem, and increased positive thinking. It's amazing what people can achieve through natural means to get them to a happier state of mind!

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

A lot! (in my opinion). Whether it be a substance or a behavior (shopping, eating, exercise, etc.) people often get into intricate relationship patterns with these things that tend to come from deeper personal or emotional turmoil. For example, I see many clients who use exercise or food as a way to cope, deter from a true problem, or combat anxiety/depression (as opposed to using food or exercise for good). I see many people who struggle with substance abuse have underlying anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or trauma that fuels substance use, so I think the two go hand-in-hand.

Caitlin Langan is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and NASM certified personal trainer. For more information, please call (267) 341-7216.

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Caitlin Langan
8151 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Dan Livney
Dan Livney
Philadelphia, PA 19118

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Primary psychodynamic, but I use cognitive, behavioral and EMDR and guided imagery where appropriate. I focus on issues at the intersection of health and psychology, treating people with chronic illnesses and pain, addictions and depression and anxiety, especially where somatic symptoms are part of the distress.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

The best predictor of success in therapy is your level of "fit" with your therapist. If he or she is someone you can trust, then that becomes the building block for healing and wellness.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

An improved sense of oneself, improved ability to relate to significant others in your life, and an improved ability to function in the important activities in your world, including work and play.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I strive to combine compassion with a goal-orientation. I review treatment goals regularly with my patients to make sure they are receiving what they want and need from the therapy while also allowing them the flexibility to explore and to discover the unexpected in themselves.  

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

The two are intertwined in more ways that can be counted. Depression predicts substance abuse and vice versa. While recovery has to do, at least initially, with creating a new habit of Not Using, it cannot last in the long term without a serious consideration of all of the stressors in one's life that have led them to substance abuse in the first place.  

Dan Livney, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA. For more information, please call (484) 534-8830.

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Dan Livney
7932 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Dr. Jessica Avart
Dr. Jessica Avart
Philadelphia, PA 19103

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)/Behavioral therapy to treat a wide range of mental health diagnoses including: ADHD, High Functioning Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Disruptive Behavior Disorders. I also provide social skills training and group based cognitive behavioral therapy services.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Most studies have concluded that children must be at least 7 to 8 years old to benefit from CBT. The child must have the cognitive maturity to understand such concepts as self-talk and self-instruction. The child must, to a certain degree, be willing and open to learning new skills to deal with some of their problems. They must also be willing to practice some of the techniques at home with parental encouragement. Since CBT is insight-oriented in nature children and adults with impaired intellectual functioning and/or those presenting with limited or extreme resistance to change may be better suited for a different type of intervention or therapy.

Additionally, I complete a comprehensive intake and carefully explain my approach to treatment. I work with the patient to collaboratively establish treatment goals. After the intake process we can typically agree whether or not it is in the patients best interest to move forward in treatment. If CBT is not appropriate a referral will be provided.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on helping patients change their thoughts and behaviors related to the problems they are having. The therapist helps the patient become more aware of negative or distorted ways of thinking that may be contributing to negative feelings or behaviors. Once those negative thoughts are identified the therapist teaches the patient how to look at situations, himself/herself or others in a more positive and realistic manner.

CBT also teaches patients more positive ways to cope with everyday stressors, communicate with others better, be more self-aware and how to solve problems more effectively. CBT with children and adolescents also includes educating the family on how they can help change behaviors through structuring and modifying the child’s environment. Sessions can be conducted weekly, bi-weekly or monthly and a typical course of treatment contains 8 to 16 sessions depending on the problem.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am extremely devoted and passionate about the services and comprehensive care I am able to provide to children and their families. My compassion aids in establishing healthy therapeutic relationships that provide the foundation of successful treatment. I am a hard worker and driven by my ongoing interactions with patients throughout the assessment and treatment process.  

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is a strong relationship between mental health and substance abuse. Many individuals with a mental health illnesses seek out the drugs to self-medicate. Such attempts can unconsciously lead to a larger problem...addiction. In addition, people who may be at-risk for a mental health illness increase their risk when they abuse drugs. Special treatment approaches must be used when a patient presents with a dual diagnosis.

Dr. Jessica Avart is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Child Psychologist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information, please call (215) 735-6554 Ext. 3115. Also, with an office at 5000 Sagemore Drive, Suite 205 Marlton, NJ 08053 (856) 983-3866 Ext. 3115

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Dr. Jessica Avart
255 S. 17th Street, Suite 2710
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dr. Marion Rudin Frank
Dr. Marion Rudin Frank
Philadelphia, PA 19103

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Since I use a wide variety of approaches, the treatment modality I use depends on what is needed by the patient and appropriate at a particular time. My orientations blends cognitive, behavioral, post modern Jungian, and feminism, among others. I also may use hypnotherapy, dream analysis, and family/couples therapy.

My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, social anxiety, anger management, addictions, relationship problems, grief, and workplace issues, including executive consultant.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If you are even contemplating therapy, something in you is telling you it is time for you to try it. You may uncover self-defeating patterns, past traumas, or learn skills to handle situations in which you do not feel comfortable or need help to deal with emotional pain. There has to be a good connection with the therapist, and so I consider the first visit a consultation session; and we both decide if we are a good fit. If you feel things could be going better, you owe it to yourself to see if therapy will help; and everyone can use a little help now and then.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

It depends of the diagnosis and your personal goals, which can range from symptom relief to managing a relationship with a boss or communicating with a partner-- to acquiring an expanded sense of self and meaning in the world.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I have 35 years of experience as a licensed psychologist, certified in hypnotherapy and medical psychotherapy, have taught psychology at the graduate university level, am a published author, and interactive as a therapist. In addition, I am president of PPS, a group psychology company. So although I do not accept insurance, I can almost always get you to a licensed professional who will accept your insurance if you prefer. And I feel honored to do the work I do.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is a close and strong relationship between mental health and substance abuse. Substance abuse, which is often present in families as a genetic tendency disease, is also related to an (unconscious) desire to self-medicate. Of course, it is an ineffective way of handling emotional problems, which need to be faced rather than avoided, but people differ in their healing paths and their timing. Substance abuse itself may cause intense emotional issues, as well as relationship  and work performance problems.

Dr. Marion Rudin Frank is a Licensed Psychologist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information, please call (215) 545-7895.

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Dr. Marion Rudin Frank
250 S. 17th Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dr. Michael Ascher
Dr. Michael Ascher
Philadelphia, PA 19103

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

My approach is integrative and personalized to your specific needs. I will pull from experience and training from psychoanalytic, systems, motivational interviewing, harm reduction psychotherapy, CBT and DBT approaches. I work with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

The most important part of therapy is having a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. My goal is for you to feel as comfortable as possible so that we can work together to address your issues of concern.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Most clients find relief within the first few sessions. Your goals are individual to you. When treating addictions, I follow a harm reduction approach. Abstinence from substances may not be for everybody, but you can learn to limit use.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I offer a personalized and individualized approach to psychiatry. I will not just hand you a prescription; I will discuss your progress with you, and arrange for psychotherapy or other therapies as a complement to psychiatric help. I am one of the few psychiatrists in Philadelphia that can treat addiction.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance misuse can be a cause of mental health problems. Mental health problems can also be the underlying reason leading an individual to misuse substances.

Dr. Michael Ascher is a Psychiatrist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information, please call (646) 812-1421. 2nd location: 2200 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Dr. Michael Ascher
255 S 17th Street, Suite 2301
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Elizabeth Earnshaw of A Better Life Therapy
Elizabeth Earnshaw of A Better Life Therapy
Philadelphia, PA 19102

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space that honors the brave decision to seek therapy. I provide individuals with a place where they feel supported and encouraged to discuss any and all hopes, dreams, concerns and struggles.

I treat depression, anxiety, behavioral, and relationship/family issues. I work with individuals, couples, families for a range of emotional and/or behavioral issues, including,depression, anxiety, anger, ADHD, trauma, addiction, relationships issues, work stress, trauma, and grief and loss. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Narrative, Emotion-Focused, Mindfulness-Based, and Structural Therapy.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

It takes courage to seek therapy. This is one of the main reasons that so many people go through life, suffering from psychological pain. A pain that is as real and exhausting as a physical wound. Opening up to a stranger, trusting someone with your deepest thoughts and emotions can be frightening.  

It might be a good time to seek therapy if :

1. You are feeling overwhelmed and stuck.

2. If something traumatic has happened

3. If you find yourself struggling in your relationships.

4. If you feel sad more often than not.

5. If you no longer feel excited or passionate about something.

6. If you have lost someone or something important or special to you.

7. If you are turning to substances, risky sex, or other unhelpful behaviors in order to “cope”.

Therapy can address all of these issues and many more. Once you know that you are ready for therapy, it is important to find a therapist that is the right match for you. Take time to look up therapists in your area, read their personal statements, and set up a phone or face to face consultation. It may take a few sessions, but you should feel some level of connection and direction soon after starting therapy.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Therapy provides opportunities to express feelings, understand patterns of thinking and behavior, gain perspective on past events and current relationships, set goals, and clarify dreams for the future. By working together in a safe atmosphere, people can remove obstacles and inhibitions that have prevented them from attaining goals in the past. Therapy can be useful to individuals, couples, and families. The ultimate goal of therapy is to alleviate pain and suffering and add richness and worth to life.

During the therapy process you gain more insight about your past and how it is currently impacting your present. You can use this information to change unhelpful and painful patterns and beliefs so that you can move forward into the future that you choose.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I believe that people are not defined by any one aspect of their lives. We are all complicated, with problems and strengths, histories and futures, so I believe in treating everyone as a whole person. During therapy, you receive the most benefit when we collaborate. You will be encouraged to express yourself, understand your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, and develop new methods to cope with and thrive in your life. I offer a safe, nonjudgmental, and empathetic environment. We will work together to uncover limiting patterns and beliefs that may be keeping you locked into emotional pain.

Therapy will be tailored to your unique situation and needs. I am highly interactive so you will be assigned “homework” (don’t worry it isn’t algebra!) and be offered e-mail check-ins between sessions. I want to see you get results sooner than later so you can begin enjoying your life.

I have seen people get through some really difficult experiences and still find fulfillment, joy, and happiness in their lives because of their ability to make change. I am amazed everyday by what people have experienced and overcome. I think most people are pretty great and more interesting than they know.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Often times, substance abuse indicates that a person has unresolved emotional pain or stress that they are attempting to cope with.  Eventually the substance will cause the person’s life to feel dysfunctional and out of control. Substance use impacts a person’s self image - often creating deep feelings of shame, despair, embarrassment, and hopelessness. Substance also impacts interpersonal relationships, damaging them over time. The loss of relationships can lead to isolation and loneliness.

Attending therapy can help you to treat the cause and symptoms of depression and anxiety, address feelings of shame, guilt, and embarrassment, and rebuild relationships.

Our practice offers Family, Couples, and Individual therapy to address all aspects of life that might be harmed during substance use.

Elizabeth Earnshaw is a Marriage and Family Therapist at A Better Life Therapy in Philadelphia, PA. She works with individuals, families, and couples. For more information visit http://abetterlifetherapy.com or call 267-838-0066.  

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Elizabeth Earnshaw of A Better Life Therapy
1500 Walnut Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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