Teach Recovery Education Empowerment (TREE) is a licensed Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Teach Recovery Education Empowerment (TREE) is a licensed Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for people living with HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to help individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction establish and maintain recovery by offering Individualized and Person-Centered Treatment. We believe that there are multiple pathways to recovery based on an individual’s unique strengths and resiliencies as well as his or her needs, preferences, experiences (including past trauma), and cultural background. Our approach is holistic as recovery embraces all aspects of life, including housing, employment, education, mental health and healthcare treatment, spirituality, social networks, and community participation. TREE is an intensive 9-12 month program dependent on the individual’s commitment to treatment. Participants attend 10 hours per week of group and individual therapy. Staff members practice evidence-based approaches to establishing and maintaining recovery. IOP groups are offered weekly, scheduled at your convenience.

How Our Program Works

Participants attend three 3-hour group sessions and one individual session per week. Our curriculum is based on the Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Recovery Transformation model. The participants are assisted with developing their own wellness action plans that identify the tools that will most benefit them in their recovery process. It delves into self-awareness and creates a sense of hope, personal responsibility and self-advocacy, thereby fortifying their recovery process.

When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, their life skills, maturity and ability to cope with stress and responsibility often come to a standstill. As a result, they may have gaps in their knowledge of fundamental life skills. Therefore, our groups also help participants to learn budgeting skills, interview skills and how to effectively manage their time to achieve daily goals.


Program Information

  • Phone: 215-985-4448 x188

Program Groups

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring fellows, residents and students.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who joins Philadelphia FIGHT as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He completed his undergraduate training in Biology and Psychology from Union College, his medical school training at Albany Medical College, his residency training at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and his Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center