Cazenovia Recovery Systems - Casa Di Vita in Buffalo, NY

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200 Albany Street
Buffalo NY 14213

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Cazenovia Recovery Systems - Casa Di Vita provides residential addiction treatment services for chemically-dependent adult women struggling with or at risk for homelessness. Services provided include daily life skills education, individual and group therapy, trauma-informed treatment, case management, vocational services, community integration, individualized planning and more. Relapse prevention and self-help are emphasized to empower clients to achieve lifelong sobriety.

Areas of Specialization

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

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Life Skills Training

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Review by Contributors


Cazenovia is a private nonprofit that provides residential services at a variety of locations in New York State for individuals who are struggling with problematic substance use and/or mental health disorders, and are at risk of homelessness. In addition to treatment services, the agency provides housing with varying levels of support, from intensive residential units to transitional housing.

Located on a tree-lined residential street three miles north of central Buffalo, Casa di Vita is a community residence program for women aged 18+ who are struggling with substance use disorder and either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, according to HUD standards. Under Cazenovia's definition, a "community residence program" offers highly structured care while allowing residents to hold a job. Treatment is slightly more intensive than a traditional transitional living facility.

Other Cazenovia facilities include Unity House in Buffalo and Turning Point House in Eden, south of Buffalo, both of which provide residential treatment for men.


Like all of Cazenovia's programs, Casa di Vita provides trauma-informed care. At this facility, that care is provided in the context of both individual and group therapy. Self-help meetings are held on-site, but Cazenovia does not at present indicate whether these follow the 12-step program or another recovery program; transportation is also provided to off-site self-help meetings. In addition to providing therapy, case management, and self-help meetings, Casa di Vita aims to prepare its residents for life after treatment, via training in daily living skills, vocational services, and referrals to employment readiness programs. Residents are also encouraged to establish and maintain healthy relationships with their families and friends. Casa di Vita can accommodate women struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders, however, treatment for these disorders consists of referrals to off-site providers.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff.


Residents sleep in semi-private rooms in a free-standing, two-story redbrick home with a front lawn. During their stay, women are provided with meals; there's also a fitness room on-site and a common room with a TV. The center is on a major bus route, for those who require public transport to get to work.

REVIEWS has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff; however, secondary sites yielded some feedback, and it was exclusively negative: a 1.75-star average rating based on four reviews left on CiteHealth at the time of this writing.[1] The reviewers repeatedly cited uncaring and unhelpful treatment from staff: "This facility is terrible. I cant believe this is a rehab facility! The staff dismisses residents problems," one anonymous reviewer wrote; "Its disgrace to have people [staff] in position destroying resident spiritually, mentally when they are supposed to be in position to help the resident achieved their goals to be a productive member of society," another added.

However, Cazenovia Recovery Systems as a whole had a 4.2-star average rating based on 29 reviews on Facebook at the time of this writing, though it should be noted that the facility can manage its own Facebook page.[2] Several of the comments left on the Facebook page were from staff members: "This is a great company to work for. They help many people and keep there staff trained to be able to deal with a variety of people," C.S.D. wrote in a representative review. Two further comments described Cazenovia's services as life-changing.


Cazenovia accepts health insurance, private pay, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability, and Department of Social Services payments. Reviews left on CiteHealth at the time of this writing indicated that the Casa di Vita also accepted Medicaid.


Published on December 2017

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