Mount Sinai West - Addiction Institute of New York Philosophy
A comprehensive treatment center with over 40-years experience providing treatment, training and research, the Addiction Institute of New York is a Division of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and is affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The Institute’s outpatient program is comprised of separate yet integrated treatment components that range from low intensity to very high intensity services. The inpatient program features a flexible length-of-stay program for those who need an intensive, residential treatment experience. The Institute features state-of-the-art addiction treatment methods provided in a supportive atmosphere by a multidisciplinary team of experienced clinicians.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Meet the Staff
Abigail J. Herron, DO
Medical Director, Trinity House Director, Fellowship in Addiction Medicine Acting Medical Director, Addiction Institute of New York Instructor in Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Deborah Haller, PhD
Clinical Research Program Director
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ABOUT MOUNT SINAI WEST – ADDICTION INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK
Located on the west side of Manhattan, Addiction Institute of New York provides services for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. A division of Mount Sinai West’s psychiatry department, the institute offers inpatient stabilization and detox, residential treatment, and outpatient care.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients participate in a comprehensive medical and psychiatric evaluation. Clients who require stabilization or medical assistance in managing withdrawal symptoms begin treatment with inpatient detox, which typically lasts between three and seven days.
Once stabilized, clients may opt to enroll in the institute’s outpatient program, which offers treatment at a variety of intensities. Treatment sessions are offered in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings, and typically combine individual therapy and skill-building groups that cover topics including relapse prevention, weekend planning, and stress management. Specialized outpatient programming is available for gay and bisexual men, college students, adolescents, nurses, and families of people in recovery.
For those who require additional support and a more structured environment, the center maintains a halfway house that it describes as “more of a temporary home than a treatment facility.” During their three- to six-month stay, clients pursue educational and vocational goals while continuing outpatient treatment.
The center’s treatment team includes physicians, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients who opt for long-term residential treatment stay in a six-story brownstone located on Riverside Drive. The home accommodates up to 24 residents and includes private bedrooms, a dining room, television room, library, and music room. According to the facility’s website, residents are assigned daily chores and participate in recreational activities and informal discussion groups. Support staff is available to residents 24 hours a day.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At this time, reviews from former clients are limited. But the few alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com shared mostly positive reviews of their experiences. Respondents had good things to report about the staff, and multiple alumni found the facility’s level of convenience helpful, noting the good location and the easy access to treatment. “The availability of beds and treatment was great, especially when is in dire need,” one anonymous alum wrote.
Jay, who reported receiving treatment over 20 years ago, had difficulty relating to his counselor and peers. “ ONE OF MY COUNSELORS IN MY CONVERSATION ABOUT NO LONGER FEELING SAFE, AMONGST OTHER THINGS HE SAID TO ME THAT BECAUSE I HAD A LITTLE BIT OF COLLEGE AND I SPOKE WELL, I HAD A ‘BETTER THAN ATTITUDE,’” he wrote. Tim, also an alum, felt the program lacked recreational activities and a thorough review of 12-step recovery principles. “No recreation, no creative activities, no guidance/opinion of 12 step,” he wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
When asked how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, the four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com provided an average rating of four out five stars. “Great program. it is a goods program it helperd me a lot,” one anonymous loved one wrote. Respondents were most impressed with the staff’s level of training and experience and the facility’s cleanliness, giving both categories ratings of 4.5 stars. “Good personnel,” one reviewer wrote. The program’s counseling options were also rated highly, earning four stars.
Loved ones were slightly less impressed with the program’s family participation and affordability, which received respective ratings of three and 3.25 stars. One loved one also noted that the program provided “no follow up.”
According to its website, Mount Sinai West accepts most insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and others. Medicaid is also accepted, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Updated April 2017
Published on May 2017
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