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 pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, 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.
Our comprehensive services for individuals and families struggling with problems of substance misuse and abuse are offered at multiple locations throughout New York:
- General Addiction Services (at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s) (formerly known as the ‘Addiction Institute of New York’)
- General Addiction Services (at Mount Sinai Beth Israel)
- Stuyvesant Square Chemical Dependency Services (at Mount Sinai Beth Israel)
- Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program (at Mount Sinai Beth Israel)
With a continuum of inpatient and outpatient care, patients are matched to the services that best meet their needs, and they are assured continuity of care within its spectrum of services. As hospital-based programs, patients have access to state-of-the-art medical and behavioral health diagnostic and specialty services.
Detoxification is the removal of substances from an individual’s system. Detoxification treatments for acute withdrawal require immediate attention. Treatment includes engagement, assessment, motivation, and referral. Detoxification is not meant to treat addiction but is the first step to long-term treatment. Our state-of-the-art medical facilities enable us to provide patients with a safe, humane detox that helps regulate withdrawal symptoms.
Inpatient rehabilitation is generally the first step in the recovery process after detoxification. Inpatient treatment is designed to help an individual develop the basic skills they will need to achieve a successful recovery from addiction. Our services are comprised of separate yet integrated treatment components that range from low intensity to very high intensity services. A patient’s length of stay depends on the type of substance and his/her medical condition. There are flexible length-of-stay programs for people who need an intensive, inpatient treatment experience. The program features evidence-based addiction treatment methods provided in a supportive atmosphere by a multidisciplinary team of experienced clinicians.
The Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program (MMTP) at Mount Sinai is one of the largest non-profit methadone clinics in the United States. The MMTP at Mount Sinai Beth Israel has been in operation for more than 40 years, with clinics throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Methadone maintenance is not a cure, but a treatment that can be very effective if taken properly. Methadone maintenance has proven to be an invaluable tool for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of opioid-addicted individuals.
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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.