Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai

Addiction Treatment Services

“Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain - they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs. Addiction is similar to other diseases, such as heart disease. Both disrupt the normal, healthy functioning of the underlying organ, have serious harmful consequences, are preventable, treatable, and if left untreated, can last a lifetime.” - National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Addiction is a biological illness for which appropriate treatment exists that can prevent relapse and improve the chances of a successful recovery. At Mount Sinai, we provide various comprehensive treatment services including pharmacotherapypsychotherapy, and group therapy based on the individual needs of the patient. Our multidisciplinary team of highly trained board certified psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, social workers, nurses, and counselors work in concert to provide the highest level of individualized care taking into consideration all co-occurring disorders for other mental health illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular illnesses, and other medical disorders to ensure we provide the best outcomes for people with multiple health care needs. As such our patients receive the most comprehensive care through the integrated substance abuse, mental health, and medical services available at Mount Sinai.

It is the goal of our treatment services to stabilize patients through aggressive treatment of the addiction, as well as any associated medical and/or psychiatric problems. Additionally, we provide guidance in helping the person understand and accept her or his addiction and to develop the skills necessary to remain abstinent. The needs of the individual are the sole determining factor behind our recommendations for a particular treatment service and the frequency of that service.

Inpatient Services

For patients needing the highest level of care, we offer a full range of addiction inpatient services at two Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai (AIMS) inpatient locations, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

These services include evidence-based detoxification protocols for acute withdrawal from substances such as alcohol, opioids, sedatives (including benzodiazepines), GHB and others.

We also offer inpatient rehabilitation services where patients engage in group and individual counselling and start to learn important coping skills to begin their recovery from addiction.

All of our inpatient services are physician-directed and based in tertiary, state-of-the-art hospitals.

Outpatient Services

We offer comprehensive addiction outpatient services for individuals and families struggling with problems of substance misuse and abuse across multiple Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai (AIMS) outpatient locations in New York City, Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s (formerly known as the ‘Addiction Institute of New York’) and Mount Sinai Beth Israel (formerly known as Stuyvesant Square Chemical Dependency Services).

Outpatient services include Rehab (5 day a week programming), intensive outpatient programming (IOP), group and individual counselling, outpatient detoxification services, and sobriety-based addiction pharmacotherapy (medication).

Opioid Treatment Programs

We offer daily Opioid Treatment Programs(Methadone and Buprenorphine) at the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai (AIMS)’s locations, Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai West

Our specialists and affiliates also provide comprehensive care at a number of New York City locations to accommodate various communities and patients who have diverse psychiatric and medical needs. These programs include:

  • Chemical Dependency (MICA) Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Unit (at The Mount Sinai Hospital on the Upper East Side): A 20-bed unit providing intensive treatment for inpatients dually diagnosed with an addiction as well as any co-occurring psychiatric illness.
  • James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx, NY): A Mount Sinai academic affiliate program offering comprehensive outpatient addiction and methadone maintenance treatment for veterans who struggle with comorbid psychiatric illness and substance abuse.
  • Comprehensive Health Program Downtown (in Chelsea): A clinic providing integrated psychiatric and addiction treatment program for patients with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.
  • Jack Martin Fund Clinic (at The Mount Sinai Hospital on the Upper East Side): Integrative care clinic providing psychiatric treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.