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Drug & Alcohol Services

As of July 2012, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), formerly under the Department of Health, became a department.  This change reflects a strong commitment by the Commonwealth to provide education, intervention, and treatment programs to reduce the drug and alcohol abuse and dependency for all Pennsylvanians.

Whether treatment is needed for alcohol use disorder, opioid addiction or another substance use disorder, recovery is possible.  Overcoming addiction is not only possible but can also give you a renewed sense of self that can dramatically transform and improve your life. With treatment, personalized care, and 12 step meetings, this has proven to be the most effective evidence-based methods.

Involved in Treatment:

  • Care coordination & recovery support
  • Combined medication-assisted, 12-step & behavioral modification approach
  • Withdrawal management (detox) & inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Extended care
  • Recovery support
  • Long-term aftercare options

What is Recovery

Recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems help people with mental and substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully.

Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.

  • Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
  • Home—having a stable and safe place to live.
  • Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
  • Community—having healthy relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
  • Hope, the belief that these challenges and conditions can be overcome, is the foundation of recovery.

The process of recovery is highly personal and can happen many ways.  Recovery is characterized by continual growth and improvement in one’s health and wellness that may involve setbacks. Because setbacks are a natural part of life, resilience becomes a key component of recovery.  12 Step Meetings play a huge role in the life of a person recovering from a substance abuse disorder.  12 Step Meetings provide support and guidance to actively engage your recovery and rebuild your life.

The process of recovery is supported through building healthy relationships and social networks. This often involves family members who become the biggest fans of their loved one’s recovery. Families of loved ones in recovery may experience adversities that lead to increased family stress, guilt, shame, anger, fear, anxiety, loss, grief, and isolation. The concept of resilience in recovery is also vital for family members who need access to intentional supports that promote their health and well-being.  There are support groups available for people who are worried about someone with a substance abuse problem.  These support groups are called Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. The support of peers and friends is also crucial in engaging and supporting individuals in recovery.  Recovery services and supports must be flexible. What may work for adults may not work for youth or older adults.

What is MAT?

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs. Click Here to read more...

Other Resources


2551 Walnut Street 

Harrisburg, PA 17103

Office Phone:  717.221.1022

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Lifeline (

988 Partner Toolkit

Call or Text 9-8-8

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project | For Young LGBTQ Lives


Youth America Hotline

Youth America Hotline (YAH) | Greater Longview United Way


988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Lifeline (

988 Partner Toolkit

Call or Text 9-8-8

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