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Outpatient Programs

Not all patients require the intensity of inpatient services. For those who can continue to live at home and/or maintain their employment, the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai – Beth Israel offers innovative outpatient programs. One of the advantages of our outpatient program is its flexibility. With a full range of programs at various times of the day, chemically dependent people can receive treatment that works around their work schedule and/or child care needs.

Outpatient services include

Patients on methadone are welcome.

Ambulatory Detox
Ambulatory detoxification is available for patients with opiate dependency only. Patients are treated with methadone or suboxene for the detoxification process. Patients must be medically and clinically evaluated for this service and are seen daily by nursing and counseling staff during the course of their detox.

Outpatient Day and Evening Services
Our outpatient programs at the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai – Beth Israel support the necessary behavioral changes needed to gain and maintain chemical abstinence. As a patient’s treatment progresses we continuously re-evaluate and adjust the intensity, scheduling and duration of services.

Treatment planning may include the following:

  • Group Therapy is the primary mode of treatment offered. Group therapy includes all aspects of education and the recovery process.
  • Individual Counseling - Upon entering treatment, patients are assigned a primary counselor whom they will meet with throughout their treatment process in a one on one setting.
  • Psychiatric Services – Referrals for psychiatric assessment and treatment are available if deemed necessary by an individual’s treatment team.
  • Chemical Dependency Education focuses on understanding addiction as a disease, the chemical and behavioral effects of addiction and the coping strategies needed for the recovery process to begin
  • Health Education Lectures are conducted by the nursing and medical staff focusing on the medical, health and nutrition needs of the patient in treatment.
  • Vocational Preparation – A vocational counselor is available to all our patients to assist in career exploration, work readiness, resume preparation, job search and to provide referrals to appropriate training programs and employment interviews.
  • Family Therapy is offered both as individual and group counseling sessions. These sessions focus on the family dynamic and the effects of addiction on all members of the family system.
  • Co-Dependency Groups help patients identify and change enabling behaviors that have developed as a result of their historical development, addictions, family dynamics and relationships with others.
  • Stress Management is an important technique utilized in relapse prevention. Stress management groups focus on corrective breathing, exercise, guided imagery and meditation.
  • Parenting Group focuses on improving the patient’s parenting skills through education and a safe forum to process the complexities of parenthood.
  • The Anger Management Group is where the patient will develop an anger control plan, in addition to assertiveness and cognitive restructuring skills.
  • Dual Focus Group provides patients who have an addiction and a psychiatric diagnosis the opportunity to explore the impact that their addiction has had on their psychiatric disorder and the impact their disorder may have on their addiction. Education and coping strategies are also incorporated into the group process.
  • Domestic Violence Groups are available to provide prevention education on issues of domestic violence. Safety planning and referrals to additional services are available for patients currently experiencing domestic violence issues.
  • Gender-specific Groups center around the specific needs of the male and female patients.
    • The Women’s Group provides education, support and discussion of issues that women face in their recovery process such as relationships, trauma, setting acceptable limits and building self esteem.
    • The Men’s Group provided education, support and discussion of issues that men experience in their recovery process such as dealing with resentments, getting respect, being valued and establishing healthy relationships in recovery.
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Group focuses on the specific issues LGBT patients experience during their recovery process.
  • Boomer’s Group (addressing issues for those patients 50+) is offered for those patients who are 50 years of age or older. The group provides education, support and a forum for discussion on the more mature patient experiences during recovery.
  • Spanish Speaking Relapse Prevention Group is set up for patients who feel more comfortable having a discussion in Spanish. The Spanish Speaking Relapse Prevention Group has the same curriculum as the other relapse prevention group.

DWI Screening Assessment and Referral
DWI screening, assessment and referral services are available for any patient who is mandated by the court system after an arrest for DWI. Please bring all court issued documents to the session. Any required documents will be faxed to the courts after completion of the evaluation. If a diagnosis of substance abuse is indicated, a referral to a DWI specific program will be provided.

Brief Therapy
Brief therapy consists of 10 sessions in a 10-week period. It is designed to assist those patients seeking solution-focused chemical dependency treatment and education.

In each individual session, the patient and counselor work on relapse prevention skills and techniques, coping strategies, self help and community resources. Homework assignments are completed weekly by the patient and discussed with their primary counselor. Telephone case management support is provided throughout the 10-week cycle.

To qualify for brief therapy, an individual must be medically and psychiatrically stabilized and motivated to engage in individual chemical dependency treatment. Random urine testing is a requirement.

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