Program & Services

Our Program

Our program is located on the University of Pennsylvania campus, within the internationally acclaimed Center for Studies in Addiction (LINK: CSA webpage). Our doctors are at the vanguard of addiction research, and provide the latest and most innovative treatments. Pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions are integrated into a patient-specific treatment plan designed to establish and sustain recovery.

A Comprehensive Assessment

During your first visit to the Charles O'Brien Center, our treatment team of doctors will conduct a complete assessment of your physical and mental health, while remaining sensitive to stressful or traumatic events affecting your life. We will also identify your strengths - strengths that will help you achieve recovery. Because family members can be a powerful source of support, we will ask your permission to have them participate in your assessment.

A Targeted Plan

After completing your assessment, our treatment team will meet with you to discuss individualized recommendations and answer any questions you might have about the treatment process. Your treatment will be uniquely tailored to your problems and strengths, and may include medications, individual therapy, group therapy, and family meetings designed to provide education and improve relationships. Our treatment remains flexible and adaptable to your changing needs. Typically, treatment is most intensive at the onset, and becomes less so as recovery is achieved.

Sustained Results

Because our treatment is based in an outpatient setting, without the artificial security of an inpatient setting, you will have a realistic sense of your progress in recovery. Throughout your strength-based treatment, we offer compassionate support and specific guidance to help you with "real world" stresses and challenges. Care is always non-judgmental and respectful. As you meet your treatment goals and are ready to discontinue regular treatment at the Charles O'Brien Center, we will work with you to design a plan for sustaining your success.

Our Services

Consultations and evaluations are available for a wide range of substance use including:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Stimulants
  • Tobacco
  • Behavioral addictions such as internet, video-gaming, and sex addiction can be treated as well.

The following services are provided in an outpatient setting:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Long-acting Injectable (LAI) Medications
  • Genotype Testing
  • Contingency Management
  • Evidence-based Psychotherapy
  • Family Education
  • Telemedicine/Telepsychiatry Visits
  • Rehabilitation Referrals

Care can be coordinated and integrated within Penn Medicine care. Additionally, our team can work with your current treatment team, physician, psychiatrist, therapist, counselor, or healthcare provider.


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