Phoenix House is an organization that provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment in 10 states with more than 150 programs. Programs serve communities people and families affected by addiction and substance abuse. It was founded in 1967 and is based in Phoenix Arizona. It is not a government agency but rather an independent network of local organizations that share their expertise experience and commitment to providing drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
In order to become a member one must be a resident of the program and have lived within its walls for at least six months. There are also requirements for those seeking to provide support to their Phoenix House peers. Members must have graduated from high school or completed college at least two years ago. Those who have no criminal records will not be accepted but those with criminal backgrounds may have to undergo additional screening before being accepted into the program. Once accepted members must abide by the standards set by the organization. For instance alcoholics cannot leave the program until all of their prescriptions are finished while those in recovery need to maintain abstinence in order to maintain access. Drug abusers are not allowed to take any medication drugs or alcohol during treatment.
All programs in Phoenix House offer the same services which include drug detoxification cognitive-behavioral therapy family therapy outpatient or inpatient care individual or group therapy life skills training and relapse prevention. For those seeking treatment they can choose to attend a local Phoenix House facility or enroll in a national center. Some centers accept both inpatient and outpatient treatment plans. Most centers accept new members on an ongoing basis. Each program offers its own specific treatment procedures treatments and therapies. In most cases the program uses a 12-step recovery model which requires the addict to take responsibility for their decision and behaviors. Phoenix House strives to educate patients and families on what steps they can take to keep their loved ones out of the danger zone.