Cazenovia Recovery Systems - Unity House in Buffalo, NY

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923 Sycamore Street
Buffalo NY 14212

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Cazenovia Recovery Systems - Ivy House provides residential addiction treatment services for chemically-dependent adult men 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.

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  • 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.

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Cazenovia Recovery Systems is a private nonprofit agency that provides a continuum of residential treatment and reintegration services in New York for individuals who are struggling with substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders.

Located between the Kingsley and Emerson neighborhoods of eastern Buffalo, Unity House is a community residence for adult men who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. The program offers intensive transitional care focused on holistic recovery. In New York, just 19.7 percent (166) of the state’s 842 rehab facilities offer residential long-term care, and 64.5 percent provide services tailored for men.

Other Cazenovia facilities include Casa di Vita, a women's community residence in Buffalo, and Turning Point House in Eden, which provides intensive residential treatment for men.


As a three-to-six-month reintegration program, Unity House typically serves clients who have completed initial treatment, according to the Cazenovia Recovery Systems website.

All of Cazenovia’s programs provide trauma-informed care. Self-help meetings are held on-site, and residents can expect to choose from an array of group therapy sessions. Among the evidence-based practices at this facility are motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and medication-assisted therapy (MAT). Just 9.9 percent of New York facilities offer MAT.

In addition, Unity House supports development of daily living skills, vocational skills, and plans for continuing education. IN New York, 52.3 percent of facilities provide some form of employment counseling or training. Alumni of the program have access to special events, current facility activities, and on-site self-help meetings.


Unity House employs advanced credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors (CASAC).


Cazenovia Recovery Center’s Unity House accommodates up to 24 men at a time in semi-private rooms, below the New York residential rehab average capacity of 26. Residents share a back deck and an exercise room, and the facility is handicapped-accessible and located on a primary public transportation route. On-site meals are provided.

REVIEWS has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff. Other secondary review sites at the time of this writing yielded mixed feedback with an overall positive trend. On Google, about 25 written reviews left for various Cazenovia facilities suggested strong satisfaction from a majority of former clients.[1] More than one-third indicated that their time in treatment was successful. Alumni also highlighted the caring staff. Fewer than 10 percent characterized the program as disorganized or staff as incompetent.

In a separate listing specifically for Unity House, 14 Google reviews had an average rating of 2.7 out of five stars.[2] Two alumni concurred with other reviewers that the facility was a “good place for recovery,” while one reported insufficient one-on-one therapy.

Feedback from former and current employees of Cazenovia Recovery facilities in Buffalo typically represented a supportive, but straining environment in eight reviews averaging 2.9 out of five stars on Indeed and seven with the same rating on Glassdoor.[3] [4] Staff conflicts and management concerns were among the repeated comments, while a representative staffer wrote: “Working with residents was the best part of the job.”


Admissions information on the facility’s website references public assistance, Social Security, health insurance, and private pay.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] GoogleReviews

Published on June 2019

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Well I'm still a resident at Unity HOUSE and for what it's worth I recently provided a swab tox test quest was the testing place. Mind you I'm a drug addict and staff have a hard time agreeing with the addict about a positive tox when the addict (thats)me. That I did not partisapate with putting any kind of drugs in my body. The two counselor that brought me I'm the office were not interested in what a had to say. Yes I was angry and verbally getting my thoughts in the meeting. My coping way of processing my thoughts is to leave be alone to process my anger and the director stoped me from leaving and things got worst. The substance was buphinorphiny and I'm on a high dose of methadone. It would be senseless to voluntary take the drug. All and all I accepted it for being a positive tox and sit down for 14 day black out. So however it got in my body they say it's there,so I got a new date for my clean time. I love Unity HOUSE it's really nice in side. My own room with A.C. that's huggggga. So I give Unity HOUSE 5 stars. Over all.

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