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Partial Hospitalization Program in New Orleans

Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Substance use/mental health recovery thrives with consistency and structure, creating new pathways and healthy patterns of thinking and behaving. Join our four to six-week PHP program, complete the remainder of our 10-week IOP, and continue on with our 12-week Outpatient Program and aftercare. This continuum of care gives you the opportunity to engage in more than six months of clinical education, support and connection. Become part of the Imagine family and establish a strong peer recovery community that will change your life!

Why PHP as an alternative to Residential Treatment?
PHP offers a flexible solution for treatment while minimizing the disruption of daily life. We understand that you have other responsibilities such as work, school, and family. That is why we specialize in therapeutic services that allow you to enter treatment and continue your normal living activities. Admission to PHP is based on clinical appropriateness – PHP is also the ideal step down from residential treatment. 

Learn about Imagine House Transitional/Sober Living for Women and Men

PHP Substance Misuse and Mental Health programming
Groups: Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm
view group descriptions here

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills
  • Goals Group
  • Psychodrama and Experiential Therapies
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mind-Body Medicine Skills
  • Cultivating Self Compassion and Empathy
  • Creativity Group
  • Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps
  • Art, Music, and Mindfulness Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Individual therapy: Once per week between 1:00-5:00pm

Plus Family Therapy, Education, Support Group bi-weekly

Imagine’s Programs are transformative for individuals living with substance misuse, depression, anxiety, borderline and other personality disorders, suicidal ideations, self-harm behaviors, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, process addictions, binge-eating disorder, PTSD, and trauma-related issues.

Please note that staying local for treatment gives your families more opportunities to engage!


90-minute Psychiatric Evaluations and 30-minute follow-up sessions for ongoing care and medication management

Dr. José Calderón-Abbo

Medical Director
Addiction Psychiatrist
Certified in Mind-Body Medicine

Dr. Andrew Williams
Addiction Psychiatrist

PHP Group Descriptions

Intensive Outpatient Program
Psychoeducation, Process, DBT Skills

Goals Group
Activity scheduling and goals group aims to enhance structure and accountability on a weekly basis. Our group utilizes the SMART goal format allowing the clients to create weekly goals falling within this format. In addition, we review the eight dimensions of wellness in each group to give members a clearer understanding of their weekly priorities and objectives. Group members can create daily structures aligned with their values and personal recovery. Lastly, they can create these structures while experiencing increased accomplishment and self-efficacy.

Psychodrama group views healing through an experiential and action-oriented lens. Throughout group sessions, members engage in a multitude of action methods. They can include role-playing, sculpting, and spontaneous dramatization to better understand and process their experiences. With these methods, group members can support one another via interpersonal challenges. For example, they can identify conflicting thoughts and emotions, and provide clarity for one another’s healing journey. Our group aims to empower members, enhance creativity in problem-solving, and embrace connection and fun. By practicing their own roles and those of others, group members can broaden their perspectives and leave sessions more confident.

Narrative Therapy
Narrative therapy is founded on the idea that we make meaning of our lives through the stories we live out as we interact with each other. These stories are shaped and constrained by the stories that are carried in our social, political, and interpersonal contexts — the ideas in our culture that we take for granted as “reality” are carried in these dominant storylines. When we feel stuck in stories that don’t measure up on some cultural scale of performance, we can restrict the possibility to perceive a better life. Imagine Recovery’s Narrative Therapy groups aim to help people experience some of the alternative storylines that already exist in their lives that may have been overshadowed or forgotten — stories with themes and plots that are in line with more empowering, more satisfying, more hope-filled futures. Such stories are always there if we look for them. The goal is to explore alternative stories to better match who we are and want to be, bringing about positive change and better mental health.

Mind-Body Medicine Skills
Mind-Body Medicine Skills group focuses on the interactions and connections of the mind and body. This occurs by using various forms of concentrative and expressive meditations, as well as mindfulness. These skills and techniques help regulate the nervous system to better navigate life experiences. From shaking and dancing to autogenic training, Imagine Recovery integrates mind-body medicine skills in all groups to promote holistic, community healing, learning, and self-care. 

Cultivating Self Compassion and Empathy
In this group, you will learn how to engage with yourself and others more compassionately, which can help to quiet the inner critic and strengthen social connection. You will learn about managing shame, self-criticism, and isolation, which are common roadblocks to practicing empathy and self-compassion. You will also learn to integrate into your daily life the tenets of formal self-compassion practice, including mindfulness, self-kindness, and understanding common humanity, which can help you to approach your recovery, and your entire life, more effectively and sustainably.

Creativity Group
Creativity group allows members to process their healing journey through creative expression. Participants use clay, make collages, and use crafts to participate in a different side of recovery. This group also utilizes varying mindfulness modalities, offering group members a chance to find their preferred “mindfulness muscle.” They receive themes for their creations. Processing these themes while creating gives access to multiple parts of the brain, which allows room for new insights, observations, and expressions.

Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps
Gentle path group is informed by Patrick Carnes’ A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps. It gives clients a user-friendly introduction to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The group emphasizes the earlier steps to help members get started and grounded in this aspect of recovery. For those more experienced in A.A., it is both a review of some known information as well as exposure to fresh perspectives. Group members engage in open book discussions, and are offered a space to process their own personal experiences in relation to the material. Please note that even though this is a recovery-focused group, our mental health clients benefit greatly from learning how to apply the Twelve Steps and principles to issues in their daily lives which may be totally unrelated to substance use.

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Clients and Family say:

About Imagine Recovery

  • When I came through the doors of Imagine last year, I looked and felt like the “before” photo in a pet adoption advertisement: Sick, scared, confused, and probably not smelling all that great. I didn’t know exactly what I needed, only that I wanted a better life, a healthier, happier one. Soon after, I became Imagine Client #1. No pressure, right? After ten weeks of IOP and eight weeks of outpatient treatment, I felt as though I’d been born again. It’s not hard to see why Imagine has chosen a phoenix as its spirit animal and logo, a legendary mythical creature that is continuously born anew from its own ashes. And that’s precisely how I feel today, rebuilt from the charred remains of an unhealthy and fearful life, a new and better man, husband, brother, son, and (at least I hope) member of the human race. For the first time in a long time, I have peace, health, and hope, which are no small things. I am, and will always be, eternally grateful for those gifts.

    Scott G.

  • I will NEVER forget you and Chris taking my hand and walking me through the hardest time in my life. Your words gave me hope when I needed it the most. I make 6 months this week!!”

    Catilin S.


    I can’t say enough how much Imagine has impacted my life. Being in a new city, I felt lucky and grateful that a place like Imagine was a familiarity and sort-of home base in my life for the first couple months – and I know it will always be there for me moving forward. It has not only helped me build a strong community and confidence as I start this new chapter of my life, but it also has given me tools to continue to succeed in whatever life throws at me.


  • Felicia & Chris,

    We are beyond grateful for what you have done for our son and our family. You caught a soul before he fell too far and redirected the course of his life. What we are learning about epigenetics is that you have not only impacted our son, but also his future children and their children. You are deeply impacting this world. You are both such inspirations to all those that are fortunate enough to know you.

    Parents of an Imagine alumni

    Hi everybody,
    To everyone in the Imagine Family, I wanted to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. This truly was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. I promise to come back every now and again because I don’t want to lose touch with the people that changed my life for the better.
    From the bottom of my heart, thank you and with love,

    Anonymous male graduate, 24

  • I was sitting outside, enjoying the breeze, watching the trees sway and admiring the beautiful colors. For me, that is a stillness I was once uncomfortable being in. I must admit, I did not think I needed IOP at Imagine after completing a 30-day inpatient program. In fact, I felt I knew all the cliché sayings, read the material, had it thrown at me from every direction, and I would not gain anything from attending IOP post-inpatient treatment. Oh how wrong I was! While attending group meetings and one-on-ones, I gained so much insight, compassion and confidence. I learned to fully forgive, both myself and others. I am more patient when I used to be reactionary. The shell of a person I once considered myself is now humbly strong. And guess what – I like me. I could not have made these leaps without the guidance and suggestions I received at Imagine. I am beyond grateful to have y’all as part of my journey. Thank you so much for everything you do and everything you’ve allowed me to gain through your program. 

    Much Love Ladies 🙂

  • To the wonderful people of Imagine,

    Someone wise once told me that we should live our lives in a way that, when we pass, the most important words spoken about you will be “They made a difference.

    In the game of addiction, hope is hard to come by, the pain swallows people whole and the wounds can turn into an unimaginable cancer. If one can muster up enough strength and conviction, recovery is possible. But still, the process has to include the contrasting element to addiction, connection.

    At Imagine, Felicia, you’ve devoted your life to be a healer. You have provided the pace for connection – that is a crucial element in having a chance at conquering addiction. The wonderful staff are all as equally important as you are. Thank you all for your compassion. It is a breath of fresh air!

    I know I speak on behalf of many people when I say… Imagine is making a difference in this world!

    Thank you.

    TL 🙂

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