Discreet Substance Abuse Treatment in the Philadelphia Area
Several providers at Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates have specialized training in treating individuals on an outpatient basis for addiction, substance abuse and dual diagnosis (addiction combined with mood and/or anxiety difficulties). Our practices are tailored to young adults and professionals who would like focused treatment that does not interfere with either work or school. While 30 or 90 day rehabilitation programs may be appropriate and beneficial, some individuals are simply not able to take this time off, without it causing their struggle to become “public knowledge” or impacting their professional or scholastic career.
Specifically, some of our providers have trained in outpatient:
- Alcohol abuse, dependence, detoxification, anti-craving medication & therapy for addiction.
- Benzodiazepine abuse, dependence, detoxification & therapy for addiction.
- Opiate abuse, dependence, withdrawal management, medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opiate dependence (such as Suboxone or Buprenorphine maintenance), detoxification & therapy for addiction.
- We do not keep or store medications for the treatment of opiate dependence, on site. Patients must use their local pharmacies.
- Stimulant abuse, dependence & therapy for addiction.
Specific providers have specific focuses. Do not make an appointment with a provider, unless you have discussed your specific difficulty with our scheduling team or your provider directly.
Our providers additionally have training in tapering individuals off of medications that are used for anxiety, insomnia and mood difficulties. For example, tapering an individual off of clonazepam that has been used for sleep for 10 years (as prescribed) or tapering an individual off of Effexor (venlafaxine) – which is used for depression but often has significant withdrawal symptoms.
What is “dual diagnosis?”
Dual diagnosis refers to individuals who have both a difficulty with substance abuse or dependence and an underlying struggle with mood, anxiety or other psychiatric disorder. It is estimated that approximately 50% of individuals needing treatment for alcohol dependence, benzodiazepine dependence, opiate dependence or stimulant abuse fall into this category. Therefore, there is often a great benefit to having a provider who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, concurrently treating the individual’s addiction. This allows for both therapy and medication management to be optimized and tailored to the individual. It also minimizes the risk of either over-diagnosis or failure to diagnose an underlying medical illness that is fully treatable (such as anxiety or depression). Dual diagnosis treatment is not as effective, if only one piece of an individual’s struggle is taken into consideration.
Are visits confidential?
All of our office locations are discreet outpatient environments. Our scheduling team is professional (we do not outsource administrative work pertaining to patient charts) and most of our providers handle their own billing, scheduling, administrative work and prescription refills directly. Our practice is out-of-network with insurance companies, and does not send bills or information to insurance companies (patients may choose to do so). It is not uncommon for patients to travel an hour or more to see our providers, as they prefer more discreet treatment options for their struggles, than are available in their own communities.
* All visits are by appointment only and a discussion about your unique situation is mandatory prior to setting up an initial consultation.
* We do not keep or store medications for the treatment of opiate dependence, on site. Patients must use their local pharmacies.