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Pottstown, PA Outpatient Programs

Malvern Institute is the Delaware Valley region’s oldest private addiction treatment provider. As a leader in the field for 70 years, our dedicated clinicians have successfully helped individuals struggling with the disease of addiction. The Malvern Model, our unique treatment approach, focuses on all-encompassing recovery to inspire hope for a better tomorrow. Outpatient programming is a vital component of the treatment process. We strive to provide a solid foundation needed for a life of sobriety and happiness. Outpatient treatment is a pillar of The Malvern Model, which utilizes only evidence-based treatment methods. Our outpatient services offer an individualized treatment approach, which includes education, psychiatric evaluations, mindfulness and relapse prevention through individual, group and family counseling sessions.

Our facility in Pottstown is based in a medical complex just off Route 422 about 35 miles outside Philly in Montgomery County. Our Pottstown location offers three levels of outpatient treatment: Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and General Outpatient (GOP), as well as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) options.

General Outpatient Treatment (GOP) at Pottstown

While individualized treatment plans and specialized recovery goals ensure that no two patients have the same General Outpatient experience, there are some basic tenants we believe in at Malvern.

Since we first opened our doors way back in 1948, we’ve maintained a strict focus on evidence-based care. Our reason for this focus is simple – for 70 years now, providing evidence-based care has had an incredibly positive impact on our patients’ success.

We carry this into our General Outpatient programs, which typically consist of the following core components:

  • Approximately 3 hours of clinical care per week. This can be one addiction group, two individual counseling sessions, or a mix of both.
  • A focus on process & educational groups, including Relapse Prevention, How to Maintain Healthy Employment, Educational Excellence, & many more!
  • An as needed focus on family recovery. Our patients’ families are encouraged to join their loved one in whatever capacity they feel comfortable.
  • An indefinite length of treatment – we’ve had patients meet in one General Outpatient groups weekly for 3 years.

All of this comes together to create comprehensive program that can help individuals who just need additional support or individuals who cannot commit to longer term more intensive treatment options. Our program is designed to address the unique challenges encountered by men and women as they shift from a life of addiction to a life of recovery.

Learn more about General Outpatient Treatment (GOP).

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) at Pottstown

Intensive outpatient treatment refers to an outpatient alcohol and drug addiction program that offers a curriculum that’s more intensive than a standard outpatient program. An individual who enters intensive outpatient treatment can expect to attend treatments at the facility at least a few days of week. Moreover, treatments consist mostly of counseling, psychotherapy, and group sessions. The goal of an intensive outpatient program is to offer an intensive yet somewhat flexible treatment plan for individuals who are suffering from chemical dependency, helping them to overcome their addictions via participating in social groups, counseling, and skills-building exercises.

Intensive Outpatient, the kind of which we offer at our Pottstown location is a level of care in substance abuse treatment where the individual attending will go to group therapy sessions and individual therapy a few times during the week, but they do not stay at the facility at night.

An individual attending our Pottstown center will attend group and individual therapy sessions three times a week, which gives them the flexibility to work or meet the other demands of their life, all while receiving quality support and help for their substance abuse issues. Many times, for individuals who attend inpatient treatment, this added measure of support and therapy can really help them integrate back into their lives successfully and it can help to prop them up during this transitional period of their life.

Specific topics that our patients will cover in Intensive Outpatient include:

  • Relapse Prevention
  • Co-Occurring Disorders & Mental Health
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma
  • Gender & Age-Specific Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • The 12-Steps
  • Codependency
  • Grief & Loss
  • Anger Management & Healthy Emotional Exploration
  • Issues Specific to Individual Drugs

Learn more about Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP).

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Pottstown

A Partial Hospitalization Program, like the kind we offer at our Pottstown facility, is a form of addiction treatment where the individual attends group and individual therapy during the day, but lives off campus at night. People who attend PHP can live at home with family or friends, or they can chose to live in sober living. The benefits that this form of therapy offers is that it allows the person attending to deal with real life situations and real life stresses, all while having the daily support offered by attending treatment.

Many times individuals who attend treatment thrive during the inpatient portion, but upon their release, and lacking any structure, they are risk of relapse. By offering a program that systematically reintroduces our patients back to their lives while engaging in their recovery, we have found that our clients are better able to handle the stresses of life.

Individuals can start to work while they are enrolled in our Partial Hospital Program and they can begin to deal with rebuilding relationships and the stresses of dealing with modern living. They can learn how to implement their new found life skills into their daily life, but yet they will still have the support and care that was available to them during their inpatient stay. They will be able to attend groups during the day where they can discuss what is going on with them and then take that knowledge with them outside of the treatment center at night.

Specific topics that our patients will cover in Partial Hospitalization include:

  • 5 Days / 5 Hours Per Day
  • Codependence
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Spirituality

Learn more about Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) at Pottstown

Medication Assisted Treatment is one approach that has proven successful for many individuals when added to a 12-step recovery program and other aftercare treatments. Our Pottstown location’s MAT program is highly structured, and the medication offered is only one aspect of the treatment protocol. The choice to include MAT is a shared decision between the clinician and patient, as well as the patient’s family if possible and appropriate.

Medication Assisted Treatment combines FDA-approved medications with psychosocial therapy and support meetings to treat addiction to opiates and alcohol. Multiple studies have clearly demonstrated that individuals with an opioid-use disorder and often alcohol-use disorders have superior outcomes when certain medications are utilized along with standard treatment protocols.

Our clinicians consider the preference of the patient and their loved ones, past treatment history, severity of the addictions (e.g. overdoses), treating setting and other factors when deciding on whether MAT is an appropriate option.

Patients in MAT treatment must meet the following criteria:

  • You must live with family who is supportive of this treatment approach, and be willing to allow Malvern staff to remain in contact with them. If you live alone, this is not a requirement.
    • We are currently looking into developing relationships with recovery house owners who are willing to accept patients who are on Suboxone Maintenance, but for the time being, patients must be living in a supportive environment with family or alone.
  • Must be able to meet the financial requirements of Suboxone Maintenance (our financial counselor will work with you to determine any co-pays required).
  • Agree to continue with outpatient treatment within the Malvern system for as long as you are on Suboxone Maintenance (you must be able to travel to one of MAT sites, or live within the geographical area that our transportation department will be able to accommodate you).
  • Must be willing to submit to random urine drug screens.
  • Be open to actively participate in a 12 step program.
  • If a patient fails to abide to the above requirements, or tests positive for other substances, they may be discharged from the program.

Learn more about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

Need Help Finding Outpatient Treatment?

If you believe you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and want to seek help, then call the professionals at Malvern Institute today at 610-MALVERN. We can help you find the right treatment you need in order to finally overcome your addiction and get you on the path to recovery.  We understand how difficult it can be to ask for help and many of our trained staff members have been in your position before. They know exactly what you are going through and what you need in order to finally overcome your addiction and enter a life of continued recovery. So give yourself a break and give us a call today.

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