White Deer Run Harrisburg

Harrisburg Outpatient Program for Addiction Treatment

At White Deer Run of Harrisburg, we help individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues build a strong foundation for long-term recovery.

Transitioning from Residential Care

A Sober Living Environment for After Residential Care

We, at White Deer Run of Harrisburg, recognize that recovery from substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders can be a long and difficult process. We also understand that successful treatment does not end when one completes detox and participation in residential programming. For this reason, we are proud to provide outpatient and intensive outpatient services that can help each individual in our care transition from residential care and back into daily living as he or she progresses in treatment. Our outpatient services are an important part of fulfilling our mission to ensure that each person who comes to heal with us is equipped to continue on his or her journey towards lifelong sobriety.

Our treatment consists of both an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and a traditional outpatient program (OP).


Program Schedule for Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Each individual receives nine hours of care per week in the IOP and two to four hours of care each week in the OP. In order to best accommodate treatment participants, we offer services at a variety of times:

Adult IOP:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Monday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Adult OP:

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to noon

Schedules are subject to change based on needs.

Treatment Modalities

Outpatient Treatment Modalities for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

White Deer Run of Harrisburg has designed its treatment programs to be dynamic, individualized, and effective, providing participants with the best possible chance of achieving long-term recovery. We incorporate a variety of different methods and models into treatment, such as:

  • Reality Therapy – Reality Therapy is designed to allow participants to experience the natural consequences of their behaviors, emphasizing their present situations. This type of therapy encourages responsible behaviors rather than placing an emphasis on feelings or attitudes.
  • Client-Centered Supportive Therapy – Client-centered therapy aims to create an environment of genuineness and acceptance, allowing clients to explore themselves and eliminate negative influences in their lives.
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) – REBT argues that people’s beliefs are central to their experiences of depression, anxiety, and other painful emotions. Therapy aims to help people become more aware of their reactions to situations, allowing them to be free to choose better, more rational reactions in the future.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, emphasizes the role that emotions, thoughts, and behaviors play in a person’s life. CBT helps individuals improve their lives by addressing and changing their unhelpful cognitions and retraining their maladaptive behaviors.
  • Family Interaction Model – This model of therapy considers each family as a unique and interrelated system, emphasizing that each individual plays a role in that system. This model is useful for working with couples and families who are struggling with the effects that one family member’s substance abuse can have on the family as a whole.
  • Ego Psychology Model – Ego psychology is founded on the idea that an individual responds both to the external world and to internal conflicts. Therapy focuses primarily on the relationship between the participant and the therapist with the idea that a positive relationship with the therapist will help a person make positive changes in his or her life and will reduce his or need to self-medicate with substances.
  • Disease Concept Model – This model assumes that substance abuse is a progressive, deteriorating, chronic disease. The Disease Concept Model helps participants remember that substance abuse is not the result of a weak or immoral character, but is simply a disease like any other that must be managed through healthy life choices.
  • Twelve-Step Recovery Model – The Twelve-Step model provides a step-by-step process for recovery that includes acknowledging one’s powerlessness over substances and seeking out help from others.
  • Motivational Interviewing – Motivational Interviewing is a technique for helping participants resolve ambivalence that they may feel about the treatment process and encouraging positive change.
  • Client-Directed-Outcome-Informed – This approach meets individuals where they are in their recovery. Referencing the stages of change and using the therapeutic alliance, it focuses on building on each participant’s strengths in order to help him or her meet his or her treatment goals.

The above treatment modalities are integrated seamlessly into a participant’s treatment plan, and each person’s customized plan may include the following activities:

Individual therapy: Individual therapy consists of one-on-one sessions with a participant’s primary therapist and can be scheduled based on each person’s needs. These sessions can be helpful to participants who would benefit from more individualized attention or who need to address topics that may not be appropriate for discussing in a group setting.

Group therapy: Groups allow participants to learn and grow together, to practice interpersonal skills, and to learn from each other’s experiences in a safe environment. Groups are led by counselors and therapists and are a foundational component of the intensive outpatient and traditional outpatient programs at White Deer Run of Harrisburg. The topics addressed in these groups may include:

  • Coping strategies
  • Depression symptoms
  • Anxiety symptoms
  • 12-Step recovery process
  • Relationships and boundaries
  • Life stressors
  • Relapse prevention
  • Disease concept

Family therapy: Substance abuse often affects one’s entire family, and yet families can be some of the strongest sources of support for individuals in recovery. As a result, White Deer Run of Harrisburg provides family therapy that is designed to help families work through the painful effects of substance abuse so that family members can support each other with compassion, care, and patience. Family sessions are conducted by a participant’s primary counselor or therapist and can be scheduled depending on each person’s needs.

IOP Curriculum: Participants in White Deer Run of Harrisburg’s IOP program will complete a comprehensive curriculum that can address the following topics:

  • Holidays and Recovery
  • Legal System and Recovery
  • Criminal Thinking and Recovery
  • Character Defects / Value Systems and Recovery
  • Recovery and Stress Management
  • Humor and Recovery
  • Relationships and Recovery
  • Recovery and the Family
  • Recovery and Mental Health
  • Physical Recovery
  • Recovery Support
  • High Risk Situations
  • Education of the Disease

At White Deer Run of Harrisburg, we are committed to providing each participant with the skills he or she needs to live a substance-free life. With our staff of caring and experienced treatment professionals, we are dedicated to each individual’s journey of recovery and are committed to providing an environment of clinical excellence, integrity, open communication, teamwork, and respect for each person who comes to us to heal.

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