Founded in the late 1960s, AREBA Casriel, Inc. (ACI) is a substance abuse treatment center on the West Side of Manhattan—the oldest private substance abuse center in America. Its founder, psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Casriel, formulated the treatment program that supplied AREBA’s acronym: Accelerated Re-education of the Emotions, Behavior and Attitudes. He believed addictive behavior to be the result of a deprivation of human bonding. A celebrity psychiatrist, Casriel popularized “scream therapy” in the 1970s, catching the interest of trendsetters like John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Upon Casriel’s death in 1983, ACI was taken over by Stephen J. Yohay, a protégé and former patient. Medical detox is available at ACI, as is Suboxone maintenance for opioid dependence, inpatient and outpatient treatment.
Accommodations and Food
ACI’s co-ed West 57th Street inpatient location is located in an eight-story brick building. In this 100-bed facility, men and women are separated onto different floors. Two to four clients share dorm-like rooms and there is one communal bathroom on each floor.
Food is prepared by cooks and served cafeteria-style in the dining room. Dietary restrictions are accommodated whenever possible.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at ACI begins with thorough physical and psychological assessments by staff, this will determine whether detox or dual diagnosis support are required. Clients either begin with a medically-monitoried detox or begin in the inpatient program.
Once clients complete detox—usually in three to five days—they may enter ACI’s short-term inpatient program. An inpatient stay is also recommended for clients who need 24-hour supervision or who have a chronic history of relapse. A stay typically lasts 21 to 28 days. All therapy utilizes evidence-based practices such as CBT and DBT in both a group and individual setting. Therapy is supplemented by case management, drug and alcohol education seminars and two weekly 12-step meetings on-site
Outpatient treatment at ACI offers the same options as inpatient, but is recommended to people who must continue to work during treatment or need more time with their families. ACI outpatient treatment varies in length depending on client needs. An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is available three nights a week for three hour sessions, as well as day treatment. Similarly offering individual, group, couples and family counseling.
ACI staff includes doctors, nurses and psychiatrists to medically supervise clients.
ACI encourages clients to learn sober social behavior through weekly entertainment events at the facility. Groups plan trips to Manhattan for recreational activities in the city.
ACI offers specialty services for DUI and DWI offenders, clients with trauma or anger management issues, LGBTQ clients, adolescents and family members of clients. ACI also provides a smoking cessation program.
Because of its rich history in the business of recovery, AREBA Casriel gives clients confidence to work a great program in a Manhattan institution. The inpatient and outpatient treatment at ACI are no-nonsense programs that move clients through early sobriety efficiently.
AREBA Casriel Inc. Location
500 West 57th St
New York, NY 10019
255 West 36th St (8th floor)
New York, NY 10018
AREBA Casriel Inc. Cost
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